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Georgia Official Refuses Bible, Takes Oath of Office on ‘Autobiography of Malcolm X’

A commissioner elected last month in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, chose to be sworn into office this week placing her hand on a copy of Alex Haley’s “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” rather than the Bible, while lifting her right hand in a fist.

In announcing her candidacy in February, 26-year-old Mariah Parker said, “My platform centers around economic and racial justice,” according to the University of Georgia newspaper The Red & Black.

“The policies of this town have been structured, deliberately, to ensure that a certain class of people will continue to thrive and a certain class of people will continue to not,” Parker, a doctoral candidate in linguistics at the university, said.

The newly elected commissioner won her seat by just 13 votes.

Georgia Official Refuses Bible, Takes Oath of Office on ‘Autobiography of Malcolm X’

Parker’s top issues include providing affordable housing and addressing the gentrification of Athens, particularly as it relates to UGA.

“The university extracts a lot of resources from this community and doesn’t give back enough,” Parker told Flagpole after her victory.

“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,” she argued.

Parker wants to see 30 percent of city contracts set aside for African-American- and Latino-owned businesses.

The young elected official describes herself as openly queer, and also goes by her rapper name Linqua Franqa.

Parker’s decision to be sworn in with a copy of Haley’s “Malcolm X,” which was held by her mother Mattie Parker, may have something to do with a famous quote attributed to the Muslim political activist.

In a 1962 speech in Los Angeles, Malcolm X said, “The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the black woman.”

Parker told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution she was offered the Bible for the swearing-in and chose the Malcolm X book instead.

“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. “I wanted Malcolm’s book. I think they saw it coming.”

She said she was inspired by Malcolm X’s story.

“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 killed for his politics. These are things that I want to embrace.”

Former President Barack Obama lauded Haley’s book in his autobiography “Dreams from My Father.”

“Malcolm X’s autobiography seemed to offer something different,” Obama wrote. “His repeated acts of self-creation spoke to me; the blunt poetry of his words, his unadorned insistence on respect, promised a new and uncompromising order, martial in its discipline, forged through sheer force of will.”

Malcolm X was assassinated in 1965 at the age of 39 by members of the Nation of Islam after he renounced the group in favor of more traditional Sunni Islam and founded the Organization of Afro-American Unity.



  1. paulette

    June 9, 2018 at 6:10 pm


    • Dean Perry

      June 14, 2018 at 6:58 am


      And how FATS is that? LOL

  2. Betsy Cox

    June 9, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Unreal that she would get put into office. The corruption is going to take this country down. She should never have been put into office!!!

  3. Bobbi Henderson

    June 9, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    I am shocked too. My feeling is that Anyone running for and elected to public office in this country should be sworn in using the bibile. But at the very least by something that supports the constitution “all americans”.

  4. Rosalee Inman

    June 9, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    You are watching AMERICA (the most blessed nation ever created) turn its back its blessed foundation.) The foundation has always been chipped at but never so fast as in the 8 years of the Obamas’ guidance.
    This is a spiritual battle between good and evil. The devil is smarter than America is….he knows his time is short. We don’t truly comprehend the elephant in the room and its power. We must keep a strong republican government to let America have a chance. Better yet all fall on our faces and ask for mercy of what we have done to Christianity, throwing God out of our schools, now the effort is fast being made throwing God out of our nation. When that is completed we will be destroyed…history will be repeating itself as in other nations who did likewise. THIS WOMAN IS A HATER AND SHOULD NOT BE IN ANY OFFICE…

    • Dean Perry

      June 14, 2018 at 6:59 am

      Yet Trump is a hater and you give him a pass…

  5. Will Richards

    June 9, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    That black racist shouldn’t be allowed to take office. Malcolm X hated whites, and believed they should be murdered…there would be a media uproar if a blatant white racist were sworn into office on the autobiography of the leader of the KKK, and rightly so, and so it should be for this vile, tattooed pig

  6. Barbara Riddle

    June 13, 2018 at 10:37 pm


  7. Karen Bracken

    June 15, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    She needs to be removed. 1. for refusing to take her oath on the Bible and 2. she forgets that as a commissioner she represents all the people in her county not just the black voters. The citizens of the county should have done more to make sure she never got elected in the first place. I am sure she didn’t hide her racist feelings while campaigning. This is what happens when you have a disengaged electorate.

  8. cleo hill

    June 16, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    I love how ignorant you people are. This woman talked about doing a lot of good things but you choose to focus on the fact that she didn’t use a bible to be sworn in. The bible is not required to be sworn in because everyone in America is not christian. In case you did not know and it appears most of you do not, there are people who are not white, christian men who swear on the bible but have never read or practice what is inside it.

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