|"One City... One Aim... One Destiny" -- Jackson is on the verge of surpassing Detroit as America's blackest city. With the election of a black nationalist as mayor, shouldn't it be on the verge of greatness?|
There's a quote from Lee Kuan Yew, the first prime minister of Singapore, that - with a laser focus - obliterates the concept of 'democracy' in a multiracial society [Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew: "It's Stupid to be Afraid", Spiegel International, August 8, 2005]:
SPIEGEL: During your career, you have kept your distance from Western style democracy. Are you still convinced that an authoritarian system is the future for Asia?
Mr. Lee: Why should I be against democracy? The British came here, never gave me democracy, except when they were about to leave. But I cannot run my system based on their rules. I have to amend it to fit my people's position. In multiracial societies, you don't vote in accordance with your economic interests and social interests, you vote in accordance with race and religion. Supposing I'd run their system here, Malays would vote for Muslims, Indians would vote for Indians, Chinese would vote for Chinese. I would have a constant clash in my Parliament which cannot be resolved because the Chinese majority would always overrule them. So I found a formula that changes that...Watching the standard-of-living and quality of life rise exponentially for those citizens of Singapore is a testament to the simple wisdom of Lee Kuan Yew, who understands what so few in America wish to embrace.
Well, that's an unfair statement: he understands perfectly what the fine citizens of a city like Jackson, Mississippi -- in a multiracial society, voting in accordance with ones racial interests is a worthwhile, noble goal (as long as you aren't white). Out of a population of just over 175,000 people, 80 percent are black. The capital of Mississippi, Jackson has just seen the election of the city's second black mayor -- the lifelong, card-carrying member of Organized Blackness, Chokwe Lumumba.
No, it's not the name of a song from some 80s band imagined during a five-day long drug binder, that's the actual name of the black mayor-elect of Jackson, Mississippi. Receiving 85 percent of the votes cast, Lumumba's landslide victory is the victory of the type of racial thinking (call it 'progressive' in the eyes of Disingenuous White Liberal) highlighted in a democracy that Lee Kuan Yew warned about.
Once again proving the Detroit Corollary correct (remember: this was devised to point out the fallacy in Robert Putnam's study on homogeneity vs. diversity), the 80 percent black city is one of America's most economically destitute and crime-infested cites.
But, it's still a progressive-city, with the continued transfer of power - democratically, of course - from antiquated white-rule to that of enlightened black power [“Jackson, hell yes:” Chokwe Lumumba elected mayor, People's World, 6-10-13]:
Chokwe Lumumba - a founder and leader of the Republic of New Afrika, the New Afrikan People's Organization and Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, defense attorney for Tupac Shakur and others, and a first term city councilman - is the new mayor of Jackson, Miss.
In a stunning turn of events Chokwe defeated Jackson's three-term incumbent and first African American mayor Harvey Johnson, the white Republican-financed young Black businessman Jonathan Lee, and others to win leadership of the city with the second highest percentage of Black people in the United States.
"Mississippi Goddam" persists: about 90 percent of the state's whites regularly cast their ballots for Republicans thereby continuing the historic dominance of white supremacy in the state. Blacks became the majority in Jackson in the 1980s, but were unable to elect the first African American mayor until 1997.
The city lost 19,485 white residents from 2000 to 2010, even as it added 7,976 black residents. While most U.S. cities are experiencing gentrification, Jackson is still dealing with white flight - and resources are fleeing with them.As Jackson begins to see a government go almost completely black, why does crime continue to plague the streets of the city, and businesses continue to stay away from opening stores or branches in this "Singapore of the West."
The 80 percent black population of Jackson has just elected, with 85 percent of the vote, an openly black nationalist politician. It's becoming increasingly a monoracial society, where blacks have voted out white people due to a clear majority in the ranks of registered voters.
|Just like in "Birth of Nation"... it's time for blacks to enjoy the fruits of democracy and total power in Jackson.|
Racial interestes triumph economic interests and safety concerns in Jackson, but... hey, the 80 percent black residents of the city can smile knowing a black nationalist is going to bat for them in the office of the mayor.
But the miracle that powered Singapore isn't going to be repeated in 80 percent Jackson.
Instead, the idea of 'economic democracy' is being floated as a way to finally shake off the cobwebs of white oppression and persecution. Lumumba sat down with a militant black newspaper and gave his vision of the future for Jackson and its black ruling-class [Jackson, Mississippi, Mayor-elect Chokwe Lumumba on economic democracy, San Francisco Bay View, June 20, 2013]:
Chokwe Lumumba: First of all we’ve got to stop giving all the contracts to nobody except white business. Right now we’ve got 85 percent of the population of Jackson is Black, as I mentioned before, yet 85 percent of the business participation and income is white.
So what do we need to do? Well, we have to take a close look at who we’re giving contracts to, and we have to give them to somebody other than just white corporations, as that opportunity avails itself. We have to make sure that whatever corporations get these jobs, they employ the people in the city, rather than employing a whole bunch of people from out of the city. We have to make sure that whoever gets contracts from us agrees to do joint ventures or subcontracting and various things with other companies who can be developed to do those jobs in the future if they weren’t capable of doing them on their own in the present. So there’s a lot of different things going on toward the objective of developing a democratic economy...
I think we have to tighten up on that. I think that our compliance with some of our objectives is not as good as it should be, and even our objectives have been wanting in the past. At one point, the EBO (equal business opportunity) requirement or EBO expectation or goal was only 8 percent, which means that 8 percent of the contractors and things that do business with the city had to be Black, or not had to be Black, but that was the goal. That was woefully inadequate, and so we’re definitely planning on changing that.
Ann Garrison: It’s 8 percent in a city that’s 85 percent Black – you had a rule that a minimum of 8 percent of the contractors with city funding had to be Black, and you’re going to raise that number?
Chokwe Lumumba: No question, no question. Once we win this mayorship, there’s no question it’s going to be raised. But also, I think that the City Council right now has been expecting more than that, even though that’s not a written goal at this point, because a written goal is antiquated, but a contemporary goal would be much higher.This is the clearest portrait of what 'democracy' breeds in America, when practiced in perfect harmony with the racial pitch played by a politician like the black nationalist Lumumba.
Read these words again.
Read exactly what 'democracy', what 85 percent of the voters in 80 percent black Jackson, have just elected to assume the role of mayor in a city whose destiny looks hopelessly like the antithesis of Singapore.
But blacks have voted for their racial and economic interests, driving away white people in the process; shouldn't the city be flourishing - in the absence of white privilege - like, Singapore? There shouldn't be any clashes, with the black elected officials and citizens of Jackson partying like its 1865 again!
True to form, as if channelling their best impression of D.W. Griffith's hilarious scenes of elected black officials in the Reconstruction South of "Birth of a Nation," Mayor-Elect Lumumba is gonna throw a party, block-party style [Lumumba releases details of 'The People's Inaugural Events': Block party, neighborhood celebrations precede swearing-in ceremony, ABC 16 Jackson, June 24, 2013]:
Mayor-Elect Chokwe Lumumba is planning a block party, neighborhood celebrations and a prayer service leading up to his inauguration ceremony on July 1.
Organizers said the events are an effort to include all Jackson residents as part of the Lumumba administration's theme of "One City, One Aim, One Destiny."
In a news release distributed Sunday, Lumumba's transition executive committee released details of "The People's Inaugural Events," which will begin Friday with a block party from 3-7 p.m. at Smith Park. The event is free, family friendly and will include food, games and entertainment, organizers said.
Lumumba will participate in neighborhood celebrations Saturday and Sunday in every ward in the city. On Saturday, he will be in Presidential Hills from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Grove Park from noon to 3 p.m., Westside Park from 2-5 p.m. and Battlefield Park from 4-7 p.m. On Sunday, Lumumba will be at Parham Bridges Park from 1-4 p.m. and Leavell Woods Park from 3-6 p.m.
Inauguration day will begin at 8 a.m. with a prayer service at Word and Worship Church. Organizers said Bishop Jeffery Stallworth will preside over the service with other Jackson clergymen offering "prayer and words of spiritual inspiration" to the mayor-elect, organizers said in the news release. Lumumba and other elected officials are expected to attend the service, which is open to the public.
The inauguration ceremony is set for noon at the Jackson Convention Complex. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., will officiate the ceremony. Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, will be a special guest at the event, organizers said.
Well, no matter.
Blacks in Jackson are about to party like its 1865.