With emotions riding high in advance of a verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office released a public service announcement urging people to “raise your voice and not your hands.” Jesse Jackson issued a tweet advising against “inappropriate celebrations” and warned against violence that could lead to more tragedies. And New Black Panther Party chairman Malik Shabazz? Don’t count him among those “Uncle Toms” urging peace.

For as many outright threats of death and violence against Zimmerman as have been posted on Twitter, the New Black Panther Party is relatively subdued with its tweets.

A Million Youth March is planned in Harlem on Sept. 7 if Zimmerman is cleared.


As well as tweeting, Black Panthers are on the ground in Sanford, Fla., where the PSAs urging calm don’t seem to have sunk in yet.