Black People Politics : Al-Jazeera America profiles Chokwe Lumumba

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    Fifty years ago, the world's attention was on Mississippi as the struggle for civil rights heated up across the state.

    As Adam May reports, veterans of the civil rights movement are celebrating the election of Jackson’s new mayor. Chokwe Lumumba is a human rights lawyer, has a radical past and speaks openly of revolution. He also won 87 percent of the vote.

    Now that he's in office, Lumumba said he wants to bring more economic fairness to his city, which is one of the poorest in the country. He has plans to "insource" more jobs to Jackson and overhaul how the city works with minority-owned business contractors.
    On the national level, Mayor Lumumba said he's one of the people who made it possible for Barack Obama to be elected president, but thinks the president is being too conservative. The mayor said the president should address historical and continuing discrimination against blacks.

    "He should be talking about reparations," Lumumba said. "And I know that people think that that's ridiculous in some respects, but it's not ridiculous. You know you can't kick around, go around here having everybody have collection agencies working on deadbeats, and at the same time you have a whole people who have been deprived of their rights for so long and who, who, who's place in society has been determined based upon those deprivations."

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    I guess no one really cares about "America's most radical elected official."
     
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    I've been making sure to read the Jackson newspapers regularly to keep up with his work. I also pulled up the Jackson government's website a day or two ago and spent some time watching recent city council meetings. Mayor Lamumba's tone was deliberative and careful. He was calm and clearly in command, and his demeanor and disposition seemed to affect the whole room -- at least as far as I could tell through my PC screen. Of the citizens who spoke at the meeting, several referred to the Mayor specifically, and their tone was very admiring, almost reverential.

    I can't wait to see Jackson's work under this Mayor. I've flirted with the idea of at least working in or even moving to Jackson since I heard about his election. I really hope this great Republic of New Africa New Afrikan People's Organization model will lead to a national African American political party, ideologically Garveyite. I really look forward to being able to contribute.
     
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