We’ve covered Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba before under our Racist Mayors series.
Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba ran for office promising to make Jackson, Mississippi, “the most radical city on the planet.” The son of a radical father who had declared himself a leader in the Republic of New Afrika, a separatist black nationalist breakaway country located in Mississippi and four other states, Lumumba was eminently qualified for the job of radicalizing Jackson.
Even Lumumba’s last name came from Patrice Lumumba: a Communist black nationalist.
A few months ago, the water went out in the city for a month after a winter storm wrecked the decaying infrastructure.
Mayor Lumumba blamed it on white people. “I do think that if we’re being honest, it’s a matter of race.”
Except that black Democrat mayors have run Jackson for the last 25 years. The city had been repeatedly warned that its water system was going bad, that it wasn’t being maintained, and that there was no money because residents weren’t paying their water bills. While Mayor Lumumba was chanting black power slogans and pushing socialist pipe dreams, the basic infrastructure of pipes that made life possible was coming apart on the land he claimed to love so much.
The year before Mayor Lumumba took office, high lead levels became the new normal. Last year, the EPA was warning local residents that the water wasn’t safe to drink. But Lumumba kept busy denouncing the state flag, touting socialism, and rolling out an experimental welfare “guaranteed income” program mailing out thousand dollar checks to housing project residents.
Meanwhile the water treatment facilities were only being staffed at 50%.
Lumumba and black nationalists can’t be held accountable for the disaster in Jackson. So the Biden administration is coming for a Republican fall guy instead. That’s a shadow of the corrupt Flint indictments of state Republicans rather than local officials which had to be thrown out.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a civil rights investigation into the water crisis that left residents of Jackson, Miss., without water earlier this year, the agency confirmed in a letter to the NAACP.
The civil rights organization filed a complaint alleging a pattern of discrimination by the state in its predominantly Black capital, prompting the EPA’s Office of External Civil Rights Compliance (OECR) to confirm the probe Thursday.
Dismantling all of the various civil rights offices which, along with SWAT teams, have been baked into every federal agency ought to be a priority.
The NAACP and the EPA are Democrat operations so the outcome is a foregone conclusion and the terms of the investigation are those of the familiar critical race theory antiracism formula where you’re always guilty.
In the letter, acting OECR head Anhthu Hoang said the office will investigate whether the state’s Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Health discriminated along racial lines in funding for water infrastructure, “by intent or effect, ” as well as whether the two departments have adequate guardrails in place against such discrimination.
By ‘effect’ combined with adequate guardrails means that there’s no defense.
Of course, we know what actually happened in Jackson.
A Jackson newspaper publisher is claiming that Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is largely to blame for the capital city’s current water crisis.
“If you took Mayor Lumumba and stuck him in a commercial airliner and asked him to land it, he would crash the thing into the ground,” Emmerich said. “Now if he said, ‘Let me go hire a good pilot to go up with me,’ everything would be fine. All he had to do was hire the pilot and acknowledge that he couldn’t fly the airplane. He had no experience whatsoever in running a city, or running anything, and all he had to do was hire a competent city manager, which he didn’t do.”
While Emmerich believes the city of Jackson’s leaders deserve a bulk of the blame regarding the decades long crisis that has appeared to reach a climax, he notes that the state bears responsibility for failing to overturn a significant piece of legislation that has enabled corruption in hiring subcontractors.
“This all started with the minority set aside legislation that came from the state, so there’s plenty of blame on the state too,” Emmerich said. “That minority set aside legislation laid the groundwork for an absolute plethora of corrupt subcontractors, which incompetently installed the water meters, which didn’t work, which created a billing disaster, which led people to quit paying their bills, and which led the city to declare a moratorium.”
That’s not what we’re supposed to talk about though. The only permissible angle is systemic racism and the EPA’s OECR investigation will find that Jackson, MS was the victim of racism by “effect” because not enough money was thrown at the failed and corrupt socialist system.