Concerning the Call for Proportional Political Representation: Origins
Recently, there has been some discussion regarding the subject of Proportional Political Representation as it pertains to the Black/New Afrikan community. Where did this concept come from? How is it connected to the current struggle for Black freedom and self/group determination?
The call for Black/New Afrikan proportional political representation was conceptualized, formulated and articulated as part of the National Platform of the New Afrikan Independence Party (NAIP) as written by NAIP founder Khalid Raheem in 2012 and 2014.
The call for Proportional Political Representation, (along with Economic and Judicial) is an integral aspect of our party’s strategic initiative to increase legitimate, independent Black political power and provide some relief and remedy to the disproportionately poor, low-income and working-class masses of Blacks/New Afrikans and others.
It is a political empowerment model based on the demographics and historical struggles of Black/New Afrikan people for freedom, liberation and self/group determination. The NAIP model is a non-traditional variation of proportionality politics, unlike that practiced within other, mostly parliamentary-styled governments and nation-states.
It was not conceptualized nor intended to become a ‘back-door’ entrance for the continued dominance of Black politics by what Glenn Ford and the Black Agenda Report refer to as the “Black mis-leadership class”.
And, while we certainly welcome, encourage, support and unite with other genuinely radical and revolutionary formations taking up the call for Proportional Political Representation, we also continue to educate and organize for its implementation through our weekly political education classes and the distribution of our publication Philosophy and Platform of the NAIP
All Power to The People!
Free The Land!
Bro. Khalid Raheem, Chairman