Black separatist extremists are individuals or groups that seek to establish an independent nation for people of African descent through force or violence. These groups claim superiority over whites, are typically anti-Semitic, and oppose integration and racial intermarriage.
The intent and capabilities of black separatist groups vary by chapter and region. At least two groups are active in New Jersey—New Black Panther Party (NBPP) and the Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ (ICGJC). NBPP portrays itself as a militant, modern expression of the original Black Panther Party, while ICGJC justifies its rhetoric with religious ideology and believes its members are the true descendants of Hebrews. NBPP and ICGJC promote violent and hate-based rhetoric against law enforcement, government officials, Jews, and whites.
THREAT TO NEW JERSEY: LOW
Black separatist extremist groups in New Jersey are disorganized and focus on activities related to narcotics, illegal weapons, and financial crime.
- NBPP members operating in New Jersey are unlikely to plot or conduct violent acts despite the hate-based rhetoric they espouse because of their lack of consistent leadership and the arrests of key members.
- In November 2014, federal authorities arrested two NBPP members—Brandon Orlando Baldwin and Olajuwon Ali Davis—for plotting to attack the police chief in Ferguson, Missouri, the county prosecutor, a police station, and an armored police vehicle. Baldwin and Davis were plotting in reaction to the killing of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, by a Ferguson police officer.
NEW JERSEY NEXUS
In November, a NBPP protest was scheduled at a Walmart in Kearny (Hudson County), but no members showed up. The New Jersey NBPP last successfully organized a rally in April 2011, when it protested a National Socialist Movement gathering outside the State House in Trenton (Mercer County).
New Jersey NBPP members are known to attach to other NBPP chapters or social activist groups during highly publicized racial incidents, including recent protests in Ferguson; Sanford, Florida; and Baltimore, Maryland.
ICGJC’s leader is a New Jersey resident who oversees churches in at least 10 states. ICGJC is not known to be violent, but some members participate in criminal activity, particularly financial crimes they believe are ordained by God to help members survive in a “white-dominated world.”
Are any black separatist extremist groups plotting to conduct attacks in New Jersey?
How many black separatist extremists are operating in New Jersey?
Is there a regional NBPP leader coordinating members in New Jersey?
What is the financial status of ICGJC?
- Baldwin and Davis pled guilty to federal explosives and weapons charges and each were sentenced to seven years in prison.