This week, an anti-Muslim hate group got a nasty surprise when they showed up ready to an African-American mosque in Texas.
The Bureau of American Islamic Relations, or BAIR, is a hate group known for conducting armed protests at places of worship all over Texas. In November, they targeted Muslims in Irving. In December, they attempted to intimidate Muslims at the Islamic Association of North Texas. However, this time things didn’t go as planned.
Saturday, they group was met at a Nation of Islam mosque in South Dallas by gun toting worshipers who made it clear they were prepared to defend themselves without hesitation.
“This is an armed defense maneuver, making sure that our communities are safe and secure from any insurgents coming in,” Krystal Muhammad of the New Black Panther Party told Fox4 last week. “We won’t allow anybody to come in and try to intimidate our brothers and sisters.”
The Nation of Islam was joined by the Panthers and the Huey P. Newton Gun Club in its defense of the mosque.
“It’s a people’s victory here in South Dallas today,” said Yafeuh Balogun, spokesman for the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, noting that BAIR left the mosque without incident.
Despite the success of the counter protest, it is worth noting that, according to Southern Poverty Law Center, the New Black Panther Party is still listed as a hate group.