Mississippi is still burning. Not in the way the New York Times would have you believe, stuck in 1962 with lynchings of innocent blacks imminent at any given moment. Instead, while no one was looking, the capital city of Jackson has quietly become America's Harare.
Speaking tough about black crime/dysfunction made Melton a pariah
Just as Africa's breadbasket, Rhodesia, had the name of its capital changed from Salisbury to Harare and became Africa's basketcase, Zimbabwe, racial democracy has spoken in 86% black Jackson. Racial socialist Chokwe Lumumba, the Nation of Islam's new favorite elected official,carried a not coincidental 87 percent of the Mayoralty vote on June 4. The almost entirely black electorate embraced his disturbingly familiar slogan of “One City. One Aim. One Destiny.”
Symbolically, Jackson International Airport has now been changed to Jackson-Evers International Airport in 2004. But this is only the first step of Jackson's transformation. One can only speculate when Mayor Lumumba will rename the city in honor of Medgar Evers instead of the racist white American Andrew Jackson.
This transformation is taking place because, when all is said and done, “demography is destiny.” Because of remarkably swift white flight from Jackson, there was nothing to prevent the black majority from electing a man who thinks Africans visited North America centuries before Columbus. [Lumumba challenges history regarding Christopher Columbus: Presumptive next mayor says Africans visited Americas before Italian explorer, By Dustin Barnes, Clarion-Ledger, May 24, 2013.]
The embrace of “Black Power” is a change for a city that only eight years ago elected black businessman Frank Melton as Mayor. His slogan was far different than Mayor Lumumba's – “running the thugs out of town.”
Wearing a police jacket and badge, carrying two guns, and leading sledgehammer-wielding black youth (for which he was indicted on Civil Rights charges) on raids of crack houses, Mayor Melton was a true champion of urban renewal.(Nothing in the story Mississippi Mayor Is Indicted on Civil Rights Charges, By Shaila Dewan, NYT, July 11, 2008, says that Mayor Melton was black.)
In June of 2006, Melton declared a 30-day emergency on crime in the city (complete with curfew) and actually petitioned then-Governor Haley Barbour to send the National Guard to patrol the city.
For these efforts, Melton was attacked by the usual suspects. The New York Times denounced him—an obvious indicator he was doing something right:
But Mr. Melton’s vigilantism has raised concerns from critics, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, that he is bypassing due-process rights and engaging in racial profiling by focusing on black neighborhoods. (The mayor, like 77 percent of Jackson, is black.)[,Frank Melton was the hero Jackson needed, but the type of man who the citizens of Jackson realized was the enemy upon entering office. He held a mirror up the black community and dared tell them the problems befalling the city were black in origin.
What was a 52 percent white city in 1980 is now the blackest city (over 100,000 in population) in America, and Melton told his electorate - and an uneasy white business community - that combating black crime was the way to restore some semblance of order to the city [The Man Segregation Built: The Fall and Rise of a New Black Leadership in Jackson, Forefront, Volume 1, Issue 15]:
But by the 1980s, factors such as rampant fear of urban crime and the tense transfer of power to black leadership drew many wealthy and middle-class families, particularly whites, to the suburbs. The drain happened relatively quickly: Between 1980 and the present, Jackson’s overall population shrank from 202,893 to 173,514, and whites went from making up 52 percent of the city’s population to less than 20 percent. During the 1990s alone, nearly 35,000 white residents moved out of the city — an average of almost 100 a day over the 10-year span (by contrast, the city lost half as many in the 2000s). But while African Americans made up more than half of the voting age population by 1990, City Hall remained disproportionately white despite civil rights lawsuits and widespread discontent in the black community. Between the late ‘80s and the mid-‘90s, the city’s majority-white police department was shaken by a spate of police brutality lawsuits. Crime reached an all-time high in 1995.The citizens of the blackest city in America have now spoken: they elected a black man who speaks about black liberation and black nationalism as the mayor (with 86 percent of the vote).
Frank Melton is about as solid a black elected official as you'll get (never confuse this, though: black people will have nothing to do with the salvation of whites in America; putting faith in people like Ben Carson and Allen West is suicidal), and he came to be hated by the people he tried to lift up, so every voice could sing.
Instead, the black citizens of Jackson have embraced a chorus with only one refrain: black power.