Members of the Huey P. Newton Gun Club and the Bureau of American Islamic Relations (BAIR) squared off in South Dallas on Saturday.
Members of the New Black Panther Party lined Luther King Jr. Boulevard in response to a BAIR protest against the Nation of Islam Muslim Center in Irving. Both groups were armed.
BAIR has marched on the mosque several times. The organization opposes radical Islam and the federal government’s decision to take in Syrian refugees.
The Huey P. Newton Gun Club is named after Black Panther Party founder Huey P. Newton. He was shot to death in 1989 by a member of the Black Guerrilla Family, a prison gang with a Marxist-Leninist ideology. The group is dedicated to overthrowing the government.
The Huey P. Newton Gun Club is linked to the Indigenous People’s Liberation Party, a group associated with the African People’s Socialist Party-USA (APSP). In 1982, APSP founded the African National Reparations Organization.
Outnumbered and outgunned, BAIR decided to cancel its protest.
“This is what they fear—the black man,” activist Olinka Green told The Dallas Morning News. “This is what America fears.”