New mayor of Jackson, Miss., wants to create independent black nation in South

New mayor of Jackson, Miss., wants to create independent black nation in South

Chokwe LumumbaOne might call it racial progress. Jackson, Miss., has elected its second black mayor (which is perhaps not that progressive considering that the city is 80% black). Nevertheless, the inauguration was attended by a crowd of 2,500 people and presided over by Bennie Thompson, a black representative to the U.S. Congress. The Mississippi Mass Choir was on hand to give a soul-thumping performance of the spiritual “When I Rose This Morning.”

But unlike outgoing black mayor Harvey Johnson, the new mayor has big plans for the city. They are so big that they extend to the entire state and to its neighbors to the west and east. Gateway Pundit explains:

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, born in Detroit as Edwin Finley Taliaferro, is a radical activist…. He’s, also, being praised by the Nation of Islam, who wrote in their publication, Final Call, that ‘the seeds of a black nation are already taking root in Mississippi.’

Lumuba — who raised his fist in a black power salute during his swearing in ceremony while calling out, “Free the land!” — is a former vice president of the Republic of New Afrika (RNA). The main goal of this black supremacy group, founded in 1968, is to transform five southern states (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina) into an independent socialist black nation.

Republic of New AfricaLumumba is also a co-founder of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, a national group that seeks self-determination for African-Americans — whom it calls New Afrikans — “by any means necessary.”

Identifying himself as a revolutionary whose most immediate plans are to create a local “solidarity economy,” Lumumba has some Jackson business owners worried. Ben Allen, president of Downtown Jackson Partners, which is part of the city’s “small but powerful white business community,” told Al Jazeera America:

I was absolutely scared to death of him [when he announced his candidacy for the mayoralty]. Just about everyone I know was. Because if you Google ‘Chokwe Lumumba,’ he has taken some very controversial stances on some very controversial people that he’s represented. And a zebra can’t change its stripes.

In the meantime, the story hasn’t received much media attention. Somehow you get the distinct sense that if a few details in it were altered — if two letters in RNA were transposed (to make it NRA) and the adjective in “black supremacist” were replaced with white — that the reporting would be very different.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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