Given that Jackson is roughly 80% black, why isn’t this appropriate?
Outspoken black racial separatist elected mayor of a major US city.
As recently as 2010 he has been involved with the African People’s Socialist Party and the New Black Panther Party.
Chokwe Lumumba was elected Jackson, MS city council member for ward 2 in 2009 with 61% of the vote. His victory was huge news in all the black power publications and websites.
On May 22nd, 2013 he won the Democrat primary to be the party’s mayoral candidate. The primary was divided by race. Polls suggest that most black Democrats voted for Lumumba, and most white Democrats voted for black businessman Jonathan Lee.
Big name gangster rapper Ludicris, who also campaigned for Obama, campaigned for Lumumba for mayor.
Chokwe Lumumba is the chairman of New Afrikan People’s Organization. This is a Marcus Garvey style group and seeks to create an independent black nation in the deep south. That organization appears to be inactive now, but other black power groups still refer to Lumumba chairman of the group.
He is co-founder of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, who’s members call themselves “New Afrikans.” This group was a co-sponsor of the recent “Occupy the Justice Department” rally in DC. At least two of the speakers called for violence and murder. The phone number for the Jackson, MS chapter of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement is the same phone number for Lumumba’s 2009 city council campaign. The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement held fundraisers for Lumumba’s mayoral campaign in New York City and San Francisco.
Lumumba has referred to himself as a “citizen of the Republic of New Africa.” He was a member of something called the “Black Legionnaires of RNA” in the 70s. He was once a lawyer for convicted cop killer Assata Shakur of the “Black Liberation Army.” He was also the lawyer for her nephew, big time ganster rap star Tupac Shakur, before he was murdered.
In 2010, he was a participating member of the African People’s Socialist Party Congress held in Washington, DC, July 10-14, 2010
In 2010 Chokwe Lumumba spoke at the New Black Panther Party “Black Power Conference” in Atlanta. The NBPP is paramilitary splinter group of the Nation of Islam. They claim to be conducting military drills and building a “black army.” The group’s theology states that all white people in North America will be exterminated in the near future. The NBPP described Lumumba as a “legendary revolutionary attorney.”
Lumumba is also a major “reparations” activist. “We’re seeking reparations for abuse. We’re seeking reparations for abuse as a nation of people. Our statute of limitations has not run out. The statute of liberation is running right now at this very moment today.” – Chokwe Lumumba
Unlike Obama, however, Chokwe Lumumba has a sterling record of working for the emancipation of African people, especially within current U.S. borders.
Lumumba was a member of the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Africa (RNA), a revolutionary pro-independence African liberation formation founded in 1968 at the height of the Black Revolution of the Sixties.
Lumumba is a lawyer. He has that in common with Barack Hussein Obama. However, his work in the legal arena has also been to serve the cause of the liberation of African people.
He has defended political prisoners and prisoners of war who were jailed because of their efforts to win the happiness and stolen resources of African people.
Lumumba supported the reparations struggle at a time when its organizers were considered part of a lunatic fringe. Obama on the other hand was to use his first campaign debate in Harlem, New York to denounce the reparations demand.
Lumumba’s reputation as a defender of African people’s rights, led the Black is Back Coalition for Peace, Social Justice and Reparations to endorse his candidacy at its national conference held in Newark, New Jersey in August 2012.
Subsequent to that endorsement the coalition also made a modest contribution from its modest treasury to Lumumba’s campaign.
Similarly, members of the African People’s Socialist Party joined with the growing ranks of Lumumba supporters and made a small financial contribution to his campaign.
We have known Lumumba from the inception of the Republic of New Afrika. We have done some work together over the years and we have also engaged in strenuous ideological struggles with Lumumba and the Republic of New Afrika. No doubt there will be others in the future.
Nevertheless, we support this campaign and this candidate because there has never been any doubt in our minds about the integrity and intent of Lumumba and his organization(s).
He and the Republic of New Afrika have always believed in self-determination for our people. They have always been able to demonstrate that belief at great risks to themselves and their families.
The African People’s Socialist Party has always held up as a strategic aim the need to win an understanding that the pro-independence sector of our movement represents the genuine aspirations of African people to be free and self-determining.
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