'New' Black Panthers same as the old - only worse

With Louis Farakhan threatening "retaliation" for the killing of Trayvon Martin, you might have wondered if African American leaders could make the situation any worse.

They did:

The new Black Panther Party offered a bounty of $10,000 Saturday for the "capture" of a Florida neighborhood watch captain who killed unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.

"An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth," leader Mikhail Muhammad said after announcing the reward for George Zimmerman at a protest in Sanford, Fla.

Muhammad called on 5,000 black men to mobilize and capture the neighborhood watch volunteer.

"If the government won't do the job, we'll do it," Muhammad said, leading chants that included "freedom or death" and "justice for Trayvon."

Muhammad said New Black Panther's chairman, Malik Zulu Shabaz of Washington, was taking donations from black entertainers and athletes.

The group hopes to collect $1 million off the outrage by next week.

New Black Panthers members pointed to what they called the inaction of government officials -- from Sanford city officials up to the governor -- and accused them of lying and delaying justice.

They also said Angela Corley, the newly appointed special prosecutor, was an enemy of the black community.

You might recall that this is the same outfit that threatened white voters at a Philadelphia precint with clubs during the 2008 election. Attorney General Eric Holder dropped the charges against the group, evidently thinking that their intimidation did not rise to the level of violating the protections offered all citizens under the Voting Rights Act.

Kudos to the Daily News for pointing out how this is a publicity stunt to raise money. Of course, some might take the call to arrest Zimmerman seriously which would probably result in more tragedy.

I wonder if Holder would take any action if that happened?