Imagine the worst city in America.
Before you do, envision every great white American from pre-World War II who warned what would happen if what has happened in nearly 90 percent black Jackson, Mississippi transpired.
The fears of men like Thomas Jefferson, John Jay, and all those who participated in the peaceful solution expounded by the American Colonization Society (ACS) knew the world of 2017 Jackson, Mississippi would be born when white people were supplanted.
Africa in America.
It’s a dystopia where black lives don’t matter, even though primarily black people are the only individuals living in Jackson.
[Mayor-elect Lumumba: Jackson ‘to be the most radical city on the planet’, Jackson Clarion-Ledger, June 12, 2017]:
Mayor-elect Chokwe Antar Lumumba talked about making Jackson “the most radical city on the planet” Friday at the People’s Summit in Chicago.
The word “radical” is not unfamiliarto the 34-year-old attorney and son of late-Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, whoseagenda, which he has adopted, is built oneconomic democracy.
The mayor-elect talked about thatvery term — the misconceptions and truths tied to it — with The Clarion-Ledger editorial board in April before the primary.
“Chokwe Lumumba is a pretty tough name. And people don’t know what that means,” he said lightly. “I’m confronted with people, ‘He’s Muslim!He’s this!’ Not to disparage anyone’s faith, but I’m Christian. Lumumba is a Christian African name. There are things that people are concerned about based on the history of when my father was here in the 70s. Guess who was not here in the 70s? I wasn’t thought of at that time. And it was a different time. We can all agree that people on both sides of some of the friction can admit that things should have been taken care of in a different fashion. That has no reflection on who Chokwe Antar Lumumba is.”
A young Lumumba Sr. came to Jackson in the 1970s alongsidethe Republic of New Afrika with goalsof creating a separate nation throughblack liberation and self-determination. The history evokes a particular scenein which Jackson police officers, tear gas and a tank in tow, attempted to raid a house where RNA members lived, prompting a shootout. Lt. William Louis Skinner was killed. Lumumba Sr. was not at the house. He eventually helped found theNew Afrika People’s Organization, from whichgrew the Malcolm X Grassroots movement.The mayor-elect is a “proud member” of MXGM.
“I’m not trying to push people away from anything. I’m passionate because I’m passionate about people’s lives. I believe in human rights for human beings,” Lumumba toldThe Clarion-Ledger board. “l’mcritiqued for things just because of my background that if you think about it really intently, you would find that it’s nothing that pushes anybody away. When I say ‘People’s Assemblies,’ or I say ‘we want to put people before politics,’ I’ve had people ask me, ‘Well, who are the people?’Well, if you’re living, breathing, need water and food like I do, then I’m talking about you.”
“I believe that’s what people should understand about me, that I’m an inclusive person,” Lumumba continued. “Beyond that, I’m not afraid of the term ‘radical.’I’ll embrace the term radical. Because when I look in history and I see all the people who have been called radicals —Martin Luther King was called a radical. Jesus Christ was called a radical. I believe that a radical is someone who cares enough about circumstances that they want to see a change, and if you look outside of these walls, and you see a need for a change in this community, in this city, then we all need to be prepared to be as radical as the circumstances dictate we should be.”
Nearly 90 percent black Jackson, Mississippi is now led by a devout black nationalist, intent on creating a New Afrika in America.
But remember: this population is incapable of collectively creating the conditions where a movie theater can stay operational.
The community individual blacks have helped collectively create in close to 90 percent black Jackson truly is Africa in America.
Every stereotype white America has of blacks is on display in Jackson, Mississippi, a city replete with racial realities long ago established as truth in America, but now blamed on white supremacy/white privilege/systemic racism/implicit bias.
Hard to be the “most radical city on the planet” when the citizens lack the social capital (and purchasing power) to keep alive a movie theater…