Remember Brother Kali Akuno, former director of special projects and external funding under Mayor Chokwe Lumumb? Here he is on video gnashing his teeth over Octavian's loss (:28):
He engaged in quite a few conspiracy theories over why Octavian lost:
Well, that's the essential question that we have been studying since the election finished on the 22nd. And a couple of things that clearly stood out. Number one, Antar won over 65 percent, 68 percent to be exact, of the black voter turnout. And normally in a city like Jackson, which is over 80 percent black, that would give you a landslide victory. But the black voter turnout was low. And we'll--going to--go into--I'll go into a few of my own explanations as to why.
But the other kind of flipside of that was that there was a record white turnout for this particular election, and that that was really the difference in terms of the sheer numbers. It was 75 percent of the white voting age population in the City of Jackson, those who registered, turned out to vote (KF note: That is a damn lie. White precincts didn't even get to 50%), and it looks like only about 35 to 40 percent of the black electorate turned out. And Antar only won 10 percent of the white electorate. So that shifted the balance in the favor of now mayor Yarber significantly, who only won 32 percent of the black vote. So it was a very odd vote, but it spoke to kind of the times and conditions that exist here in Jackson, Mississippi, and the campaign, really, of fear that Tony Yarber ran on and some of the dirty tactics that his campaign used to really try to paint Antar not only as a radical, but as someone who was going to turn the city's finances and budgets over to a number of unsavory characters was kind of how it was portrayed. And this wasn't public, and we didn't get all this information until a little bit after the campaign was over, but that is basically how it stood.
DESVARIEUX: Let's go back to your first point, though, Kali. I want to ask you: why was black voter turnout--was so low? Why was it so low?
AKUNO: Well, the reason I think it was so low: number one, folks knew Chokwe Lumumba very well from all of his years of service in the community, you know, over 40 years of the Jackson community. So there's a tremendous amount of respect, understanding who he was, his character, what he stood for. He was tried over time. So people knew that. Antar being so young, being his son, people didn't know him just personally or know his reputation as well, and I think that hurt him a bit, particularly with the older voting population.
Complaining about low voter turnout? Well, perhaps Kali should lead by example. As in actually voting. You see, The Kingfish checked with the Election Commission and found out our dear Marxist brother is not registered to vote in Hinds County. Advice to Kali: If you are going to complain to the media about your guy losing due to low voter turnout, why don't you get off your ass and register to vote? And then of course, actually vote.
And that, my friends, is the bottom line.