After taking over a police press conference in Ferguson, Missouri, on Thursday, New Black Panther Party leader Hashim Nzinga went on a rant attacking Barack Obama, The Blaze reported. Accusing Obama of watching black people being murdered, Nzinga went full "birther," calling the president a "Mau Mau" who comes from Kenya.
“This is a shame that as we speak the president of United States is talking to Russia, he’s talking to China, he’s talking to North Korea, he’s talking to Iraq and the Middle East about treating their people better,” he said. “But as he look out the window at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, he’s watching the black man, who built the White House, shot down like dogs.”
"If you like it or not, he’s from Kenya and he’s a Mau Mau," Nzinga added. "He need (sic) to go back to his roots and stop people from killing Africans in the streets right outside of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. And stop telling other nations to do what you won’t do yourself, President."
In 2008, the UK Daily Mail reported that Obama's grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, was involved with the Kenyan independence movement that evolved into an uprising by a group of fighters known as "Mau Mau." According to his family, Obama was imprisoned and tortured by British soldiers for two years.
Nzinga, The Blaze added, was arrested in 2012 on weapons charges. The arrest came shortly after the New Black Panthers issued a "dead or alive" bounty on George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Moartin.
The New Black Panther Party -- along with other organizations -- issued a series of demands regarding the Ferguson shooting. Among them was a demand the officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown be identified, arrested and tried for murder.
On Friday, authorities identified the officer as Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the department with no history of disciplinary action. Shortly after the announcement, Twitter exploded with calls for Wilson's death.
Authorities have said Brown was a suspect in a local robbery. Since then, surveillance video has surfaced, reportedly showing Brown engaging in what has been called a "strong-arm robbery," taking a box of cigars and roughing up the store clerk. Shortly after the alleged robbery, Wilson confronted Brown. Activists, however, dismiss the video, calling it an attempt to smear Brown.