A group of armed activists from the Huey P. Newton Gun Club joined with local residents to protest against an anti-Islam rally taking place in front of a mosque in Dallas, Saturday.
The Huey P. Newton Gun Club is an armed protest organization named after Black Panther Party founder Huey P. Newton.
During the Club’s demonstration they chanted “black power” and made racial slurs calling on lookers “crackas”.
Racial tensions in South Dallas almost exploded at an anti-mosque protest Saturday afternoon before quickly dissolving when the protesters retreated.
A few hundred South Dallas residents, mostly black, flooded Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to oppose a planned demonstration by a mostly white group that routinely protests outside mosques.
Both sides were armed.
Dallas police stood guard on a funeral home’s roof as black counterprotesters swarmed the parking lot of Eva’s House of Bar-B-Q, vowing to defend their streets and chanting “black power.”
The anti-mosque group showed up in camouflage, carrying guns and an American flag, FOX 4 reported. They left soon after and the protests ended without incident.
“It’s a people’s victory here in South Dallas today,” said Yafeuh Balogun of the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, named for the founder of the original Black Panther Party.
Balogun, who helped organized the counterprotest, added that he wasn’t “surprised” the group withdrew when confronted by the emotional crowd.
“Would you come out and face them?”
Down the street, in the barbecue restaurant’s parking lot, anger at Saturday’s anti-Islamic outsiders quickly bubbled into shouts about racism and classism in America.
A chorus of voices cried out in support of “black power.”
They bellowed to shield their home from white infiltration: “Whose streets? Our streets?”
One man swore at a white TV reporter and later shouted, to no one in particular, that “we got the right to shoot back” if tensions escalated.
Robert Greaves, who lives in South Dallas, said his community owed no explanation for its anger and frustration.
“This is the black America that white America made,” he said.
The battle lines are being drawn for the next civil war.