Progressive Wins Election and is Sworn in With Malcolm X Biography With Fist raised

Mariah Parker was elected the Athens-Clarke County Commission by a mere 13 votes. She is a radical progressive and she lifted her fist in the black power salute as she was sworn in with a paperback version of a Malcolm X biography.  The controversial leader of the Nation of Islam was gunned down in 1965. She ran on a platform of racial and economic justice.

Parker said:

“My platform centers around economic and racial justice. The policies of this town have been structured, deliberately, to ensure that a certain class of people will continue to thrive and a certain class of people will continue to not.”

“The racists have all the money, still, so it’s economically advantageous to cater to them,”

From The Root

In a discussion after her election, Parker said that she wants to take on affordable housing and gentrification, particularly as it relates to the University of Georgia.

“The university extracts a lot of resources from this community and doesn’t give back enough,” said Parker, who is a Ph.D. student in linguistics and a rapper who goes by the name Lingua Franca.

She added: “The racists have all the money, still, so it’s economically advantageous to cater to them. If we had a black middle class, those places would integrate on their own.” Parker listed her No. 1 priority as setting aside 30 percent of city contracts for black- and Latino-owned companies, according to Flagpole.

 

Parker choosing the Malcolm X biography to be sworn in on suggests she plans to be a radical on the commission. We’ll have to wait to see if it’s for the good or for the bad.