‘As it is said in the Second Amendment, you know. So this is not new. The people in this country have always defended themselves against tyranny. So I can’t liken this to a civil war.
‘Is it a war? Yes, it is. It’s a war against black people because we’re the ones being murdered. We’re the ones being killed. So there’s been a war against us. But is it a civil war? I can’t say that that’s the case.’
He added that the death of Sylville Smith was yet another example of black men ‘being murdered’ and the ‘same old that is happening around the country’.
Omowale is the co-founder of the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, a coalition focused on self-defense and named after a co-founder of the Black Panther Party.
The club provides armed patrols and training exercises and takes people from poor, minority communities to local gun ranges.
The People’s New Black Panther Party was founded two years ago as an off-shoot of the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense, a militant black separatist group that has been described as a hate group ‘whose leaders have encouraged violence against whites, Jews, and law enforcement officers’.
It is understood that Micah Xavier Johnson, who shot dead five cops at Dallas Black Lives Matter protest in July, went to several People’s New Black Panther Party meetings.
While the groups refer to the Black Panther Party, which was set up in 1966 and advocated violent protest, they are not affiliated with the original group.