During the last few weeks there have been many Democratic Party primary elections held featuring both prominent veterans and new-comers to electoral politics. There certainly will be more primaries held in several states over the next few months as the process advances toward the general elections of November 2017.
Some of these primaries, held in districts dominated by the Democratic Party, also have significant populations of Blacks/New Afrikans as well. As such, the general assumption is that whoever wins the democratic primary is the de-facto victor in the general election.
Within the circles of Black/New Afrikan, radical, progressive and leftist politics, no recent primary has received more attention, scrutiny and general support than that of Chokwe Antar Lumumba in his quest to become mayor of Jackson, Mississippi.
Chokwe Antar is the son of the late Chokwe Lumumba, a long-time human rights and revolutionary activist/attorney, himself a former city councilman and mayor of Jackson.
To the credit of his campaign organizers, supporters and the legacy of grassroots advocacy and organizing through formations such as the New Afrikan Peoples Organization, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and Cooperation Jackson, Chokwe Antar Lumumba won the Democratic mayoral primary on May 2, 2017 and appears to be on his way to becoming the next mayor of Jackson, Mississippi.
And while we commend and congratulate Brother Chokwe Antar Lumumba for his decisive primary victory, there remain some very important strategic issues concerning the quest for Black/New Afrikan freedom and self-determination.
A central issue however continues to be the need to develop a truly independent political vehicle, i.e. political party in Jackson and the surrounding cities, counties and states.
Why has this not happened? And, why is there continued dependence and reliance on the traditional Democratic Party machine and mechanism in areas that are predominantly Black/New Afrikan?
The democratic party is a political party of racism, capitalist exploitation, imperialism and war.
Throughout the United States, in countless cities, the dominant political party directly overseeing the deluge of Black poverty, unemployment, crime, police brutality and terror, closed schools, mass incarceration and gentrification has been the Democratic Party.
We can do better and chart a new course on developing and sustaining genuinely independent Black/New Afrikan political institutions.
Jackson, Mississippi is over eighty percent (80%) Black. We must challenge the stranglehold and hegemony of the democratic party over the Black/New Afrikan community. It is time to leave the political plantation of the Democratic Party and free the land.
All Power to The People!
Free The Land!
Khalid Raheem, Founder & Chairman
New Afrikan Independence Party