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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bronx163
bronx163

That jurisdiction is so fucked having a militant in their government.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

from substance abuser to doctorate candidate to public office?

good on you!

LEO0301
LEO0301

I'm sure this will work out well for the community...

MiguelDominguez
MiguelDominguez

Faaantastic. What could possibly go wrong here?

voiceoftreason
voiceoftreason

Yeaauuuuhhhmmmm goodluckwitdat!

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

I bet she is swearing to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

God please save us from such misguided people. If this country is so bad and so unfair, how then did she go from doper to doctorial candidate? Was it racial injustice that got her there?

usac95
usac95

what the hell is that a helmet on her head

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@NTPD935Ret One successful person doesn't mean everyone are doing well. she's a role model and will influence other children to overcome obstacles.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@usac95 No, it's called an afro. I popular black American hairstyle made popular in the 60s and 70s and recently enjoying a resurgence.

Betts122
Betts122

Big mistake!

Budman
Budman

Good luck Athens-Clarke County?

Ferox45
Ferox45

I'd like to be sworn in with a copy of Mein Kampf, with my Nazi salute! No different than this racist black woman. "Social Justice" is going to cause a second civil war.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Ferox45 be careful not to cut yourself on all that edge!

and stop all the talk of a civil war. you and your kind wouldn't bust a grape in a food fight.

Ferox45
Ferox45

Not sure, but I bet it stinks.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

I blame that Judge for accepting this person being sworn in with the fist pumped up and Malcolm X book. They are making a joke out of taking the oath. Athens-Clarke County just got hit a ride on a down hill spiral. They have admitted mental illness and drug use. Why didn’t the voters go to the local prison and pick somebody out to be commissioner. 1970’s hair do this should be interesting to watch this one play out.

John.Brown
John.Brown

I fear she will follow Malcolm Little's career path. Dead by 39, by other blacks.

VicG
VicG

Just another POS looking for 15 minutes of fame...

Reasonable 1
Reasonable 1

Wow. I see some depolicing about to happen. This is about to be another Chicago. Watch the crime skyrocket.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn -remember when all the black NFL players decided to grow their hair long to look more like the white players? There's an old expression for that but I'm sure you would claim it to be racist.

Jimhilton911
Jimhilton911

Both myself and my adult children are LEO's and SEO's here. We reside in this ultra liberal county that is home to the University of GA. Malcolm x was a militant leftist and a felon. Unlike Martin Luther King who repeatedly warned that the ends NEVER justify the means, Malcolm was known for wrong headed ideas like "by any means necessary" and "burn baby burn!" King on the other hand was known for trying to explain to Malcolm's followers that inciting people to burn the place down was immoral. King famously responded, "learn baby learn, so you can EARN baby earn!" America is screaming out for principled leadership. God help us all.

bronx163
bronx163

Love how blacks scream racism and lack of equality, but they themselves create racism on themselves and others. They want separate black colleges separate dorms for black students in university of Connecticut. So they scream equality but self segregate. Its not 1950 it’s 2018 and everyone is on a level playing field. All you have to do is roll your sleeves up and work hard. We had a black president,Senators, congressmen, military high ranks and so on. But blacks scream racism.

When you fail you can’t blame society. Buy a mirror and look into it. There is the one you blame for failure.

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

Kapernick in drag?

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

That photo looks like a scene from a bad 70s movie.

LeaneT
LeaneT

wow! not moving to that area..

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 no, I don't remember that. I am much younger than you are.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Ferox45 there we go! how often do you people ask are you a 12 year old fat kid playing video games? because that's exactly who you sound like.

Lemme guess, am I your first victim in the civil war that happens in your head?

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

Obviously she is entering into this office with NO biases at all, lolololololol. These type of people make a mockery out of the position.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Officer Cynical - I think I'm hearing the music from Shaft.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn - lol, they're still doing today. Actually, I think most of them want to look like Troy Polamalu. Too bad most of them aren't good enough to wear his jock strap.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Nothing like entering an elected office with a chip on your shoulder and an obvious agenda.

magnumforc
magnumforc

I am so impressed having a mentally deficient person as a commissioner who believes Malcolm X's book is the same as a bible. What a farce!

NH.Corr
NH.Corr

Good luck and God bless the people of that county that have to deal with this joke!! If my commissioners where like this I would resign from my law enforcement post. She is going to make an example out of one of you; just watch!!! oh god help you!!

Marxest
Marxest

Uh oh. The secretly racists whites are upset again. Maybe David Duke and his klansme should take office.im sure white supremacists would have everyone's interests at heart.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Marxest - don't you agree someone who worships Malcom X and raises her fist in a black power salute is really no different than David Duke? What's the difference to you?

chattycathy
chattycathy

no words, just a sorrowful feeling

injun
injun

As a police office you have to qualify with a background check, mental exam, financial stability,and etc yet as a police commissioner all you have to do is be elected by people just as unstable as this person. Time for a change..should have to go through all the police requirements and cleared before running for election.

sbk93036
sbk93036

What a joke.

Ferox45
Ferox45

Actually not at all. And I'm not worried about making you my "victim". Judging by your responses, I'd assume you'll have a gun in your own mouth in the near future. Let's just hope you live stream it. I'd love to watch.

Ferox45
Ferox45

3,500 comments since November? Yikes! Yeah, you're triggered, sunshine! Your butthurt level is volcanic! lol. God Bless the men and women in blue! And God Bless President Donald J. Trump. 🇺🇸

Spydersniper
Spydersniper

That's disgusting. I wonder how she was able to hide her agenda to her constituents while she ran. She may have to run now!

Deb35802
Deb35802

Oh My Gosh it's Angela Davis!

voiceoftreason
voiceoftreason

"Hey everybody, check out the new Jan Brady!"

Coachclint32
Coachclint32

So Marxest people who are upset by this must be secret racists white supremacists u dont even know the color of there skin. Or maybe people are upset because this girl is a black supremacists (power), yes black people or any color person can be a racist. A person skin color does not matter

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Ferox45 Gun in my mouth? Sorry bro, I'm doing pretty well in life. But you go ahead and continue being upset at other people your whole life and having absolutely no power to change it. It's gotten you this far, hasn't it?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 Malcolm X died a pacifist. Know the story before you judge a character.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn - he spoke about race pride and black nationalism. Now, if you were to change the wording to "white" you would be talking about David Duke and the KKK. I rest my case.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 Theres nothing wrong with being proud of your race, as silly as the whole notion is to be proud of something you have no control over.

It's when your pride manifests itself as violent actions against other races because you feel yours is superior is when you have a problem.

Please continue defending David Duke. It fits your character.

RunCop
RunCop

Malcolm Ten........13%er turd