- When do you plan to propose the iniative?
2. Can you explain what you are trying to accomplish with the African American Autonomy Act.
3. How would denying African Americans autonomous regions in DC , be debying basic human rights?
My answer to question #1: There will a hearing in which I get to present my argument for this initiative, within the next few months.
My answer to question # 2:
What I hope to accomplish with the African American Autonomy Act, is for three things.
1. To stop gentrification in DC, by preserving the few predominantly Black neighborhoods left in DC.
2. For Black people to be able to control the land, businesses, and institutions in our neighborhoods. I would like to turn predominately Black neighborhoods in D.C. into Black autonomous regions, which would would operate as towns with a certain level of independence from D.C. government. Autonomy
3. This initiative is simply advocating for the right U.S. constitution granted American citizens.
The U.S. constitution states that “Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends [life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness] it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government…”
I would like to peacefully and nonviolently insitute a new government for African Americans in D.C. due to the oppression Black people face here in D.C. and in all of America. This will be done through the process of petitioning/collecting signatures. This new government would be the form of government called open town meeting. This form of government has been called “the purest form of democracy.” I will explain this system further towards the end of this article.
Many people will say “DC has had a Black mayor and predominantly Black city council for decades, why is autonomy needed?”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. answered this question back in 1967 when he said:
“The majority of [Black] political leaders do not ascend to prominence on the shoulders of mass support … most are still selected by white leadership, elevated to position, supplied with resources and inevitably subjected to white control. The mass of [Blacks] nurtures a healthy suspicion toward this manufactured leader.”