Mar 22, 2017

Man charged with child abuse is son of black supremacist cult leader serving 135 years

Rameses Richardson, 19, appears in court in Jersey City today, March 17, 2017, on charges he burned and beat a 5-year-old boy in his care.
Rameses Richardson, 19, appears in court in Jersey City today,
 March 17, 2017, on charges he burned and beat a 5-year-old boy
in his care.
Michaelangelo Conte
The Jersey Journal
March 22, 2017

JERSEY CITY -- A Jersey City man accused of burning and beating a 5-year-old boy is the son of a black supremacist cult leader currently serving 135 years in prison for child molestation, racketeering, and other offenses.

Rameses Richardson, 19, was arrested on March 10 and charged with beating the son of his girlfriend with a belt and leaving "whip marks," as well as burning the boy's hands with hot water and locking him in a bathroom overnight multiple times.

A number of sources have identified Richardson as the son of Dwight D. York, 71, the founder of the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors. York, who is serving his sentence at the supermax prison in Florence, Colorado, went by several names including "Dr. Malachi Z. York," while leading the Nuwaubian movement, which has its roots in Brooklyn.

Richardson is also known as Quinncy Richardson and Prince York, according to the criminal complaint, Hudson County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Raymond Worrall said this morning.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a hate/extremist group watchdog, says the Nuwaubian movement "mixes black supremacist ideas with worship of the Egyptians and their pyramids, a belief in UFOs and various conspiracies related to the Illuminati and the Bilderbergers."

"White people are the devil. They say the Nuwaubians are not racist - bullcrap! I am...White people are devils -- always was, always will be," the SPLC quotes Dwight York as saying in a lecture.

Heidi Beirich, director of the Intelligence Project at the SPLC, called the Nuwaubians "probably one of the wackiest groups we have listed as a hate group. They had a compound outside Atlanta, Georgia and they actually built pyramids there."

On his Facebook page Prince York describes himself as "one of the most inspirational public figures in our community. Son of the great Dr. Malachi Z. York who is currently doing 135 years in prison for false charges and legal holding done by the state of Georgia."

A call to Richardson today was not immediately returned. When Richardson appeared in court in Jersey City his attorney said he had no comment on the charges. The extent of Richardson's connection to the movement is not clear, but he appears in a number of Youtube videos discussing his father's case.

The mother of the 5-year-old was also charged. In court, it was said that the boy is now in California.

Dwight York was arrested in 1964 on charges he had sex with a 13-year-old girl and he received probation. A year later he was then charged with possession of a deadly weapon, assault, and resisting arrest and served three years in prison, according to the SPLC.

The group's numbers swelled to 500 people living in various apartments York owned in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. In 2000, York moved the group to rural Georgia, but he was arrested in 2002 and later pleaded guilty to various state charges, including 40 counts of aggravated child molestation and 34 counts of child molestation, according to the SPLC.

He also pleaded guilty to unlawful transport of minors for the purpose of engaging in sex acts and attempting to evade financial reporting requirements -- both in federal court, according to the SPLC.

"When Dwight York went to prison, it was a very serious blow to the group and the number of chapters we were listing fell precipitously," Beirich said.

On his Facebook page, Richardson describes the Nuwaubian Nation as promoting "knowledge of self, nation building for our people, and unifying once a nation is formed with other African nations."

The Southern Poverty Law Center sees the group's leader in a different way.

"Dwight York was a serious cult leader. He had thousands of people hanging on his frankly bizarre message and in his case, he was able to get away with the abuse of minors for a long time. Cult leaders often get caught up in sexual abuse scandals. ... I'm sure it has a lot to do with having total control."

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