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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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.

No. 26-50
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.