New Commissioner Takes Oath Of Office On Malcolm X Biography

26-year-old Mariah Parker says that she's going to bring racial justice to the county.

Athens-Clarke County, GA - Newly-elected County Commissioner Mariah Parker took her oath of office on Monday, with a raised "black power" fist and her other hand on the autobiography of Malcolm X.

“They asked if they would like the Bible and I said no. My mother asked if there was a copy of the Constitution around. No,” Parker said, according to AJC. “I wanted Malcolm’s book. I think they saw it coming.”

Parker said that she sees the parallels between herself and Malcolm X. She has struggled with mental health issues and overcame substance abuse, according to AJC.

She is now getting her doctorate in language and literacy education.

“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 told AJC. “Then he shifted course and saw race in a different lens as he got older. And the fact that he was arguably killed for his politics. These are things that I want to embrace.”

Parker won by just 13 votes on a platform of racial justice, economic justice, criminal justice reform, marijuana reform, reducing poverty and discrimination, affordable housing, fair wage jobs, and youth development.

Athens-Clarke County was recently in the news after a police officer was fired over accusations of racism when he hit a fugitive with his patrol car.

On June 2, Athens-Clarke Police Officer Saulters was pursuing wanted fugitive Timmy Patmon when his patrol car struck Patmon, causing scrapes and bruises to the fleeing felon.

Officer Saulters' tire had been knocked off of its rim just prior to the impact with Patmon, which occurred as the officer was struggling to control his vehicle. The officer was fired two days later after outrage and cries of racism spread on social media.

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Eddied1954
Eddied1954

This woman needs help as it states she has mental health issues and drug issues? I’ve seen photos of her giving the Middle finger salute? And why would she be allowed by anyone especially a judge to swear to uphold our Constitution on anything but the Bible, Constitution or a General US Law book? It’s a travesty that she was allowed to take her oath on malcolm X’s biography! It automatically shows just how outwardly racist she truly is!!! And just for the record, I am of a Mixed Racial back ground consisting of African American, Caucasian and Spanish decent!! I am very light skinned and could easily pass as White Only but I embrace my heritage but NOT like this or any other person with respect for others would do?? I am truly embarrassed for my people of color who will be judged poorly because of this young woman and others like her but I’m here to say PLEASE don’t judge people by the few imbeciles (not that she is one but her actions are detrimental to her and her office if she continues down this path as people will NOT take her at face value because of her actions and she’ll lose any possible donors or monetary assistance she might otherwise retain) you see in papers, articles or on TV, as we are mostly good people and I believe this young woman is in need of professional help because I can’t imagine someone just doing things like this if their mind is clear? I’m sure she’s probably an extremely nice, intelligent and caring person who has been led astray?

Justmetalking
Justmetalking

Seems she needs to grow up some more. I agree, she is a racist.

CJSpencer
CJSpencer

Never stopped Robert Byrd or Lester Maddox or most of the Obama Administration.

Vcanejr
Vcanejr

this woman is a RACIST and should not hold public office

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