26-year-old Mariah Parker, a University of Georgia doctoral student, managed to beat opponent Taylor Pass by 13 votes in order to secure her victory in the local elections on Tuesday. Must be great to win, even if by only 13 votes, but what this elected official did next caught people off-guard and left some people shocked.
It was reported that when they asked if they would like the Bible to take the oath of office she said no so her mother then asked if there was a copy of the Constitution around they could use. But Parker quickly said “no” and instead she wanted a copy of Malcolm X’s book.
The district she now represents includes parts of east Athens that have struggled economically for decades and is under-resourced in comparison to neighboring areas.
Parker has overcome her own struggles with drug abuse and mental health issues to get to where she is today so she claims that’s the reason she identifies with Malcolm X. ‘I was very lucky to break away from some of the generational patterns, by going to college and getting out of the town,’ she asserted. ‘But I struggled and I thought people only looked at me as having nothing to offer.’
Parker spends her free time as a rapper under the name Lingua Franca with politics factoring heavily into her lyrics.
The Daily Mail added:
“Viral photos have since circulated of Parker holding up her fist while her mother – Mattie Parker – holds the book for her daughter.
Parker’s platform include tackling economic justice, reducing poverty and discrimination, affordable housing, fair wage jobs, youth development, criminal justice reform and marijuana reform.
The district she now represents, includes parts of east Athens that have struggled economically and is under resourced in comparison to neighboring areas.
‘Malcolm’s willingness to uneditedly speak about black people at large, are qualities that I want to embody,’ Parker added. ‘To speak out when I see things going wrong.’
It followed the trials the civil rights leader faced all the way up until his d***h.
‘Having seen the transformation of someone who came through a difficult background to become vocal and push conversations on race in a radical way is powerful,’ Parker said.
‘Then he shifted course and saw race in a different lens as he got older. And the fact that he was arguably k****d for his politics. These are things that I want to embrace.’
Parker has overcome her own struggles with drug abuse and mental health issues to get to where she is today.
‘I was very lucky to break away from some of the generational patterns, by going to college and getting out of the town,’ she asserted.
‘But I struggled and I thought people only looked at me as having nothing to offer.’
Parker also spends her time as a rapper under the name Lingua Franca with politics factoring heavily into her lyrics.”
The Root also wrote more about Parker:
“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 filled the county-commission seat vacated by Harry Sims, who left his seat to run for mayor. After her swearing-in ceremony on the steps of Athens City Hall, Parker walked into the commission chamber to take her seat behind the rail.
Parker takes her place in a burgeoning movement of black, progressive candidates who eschew neoliberalism and embrace the so-called radical politics of economic and social empowerment for marginalized communities, aka power to the people.”
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