Mississippi's Republican majority in the state Legislature has put forth a slew of bills in recent months to put the majority-Black capital of Jackson under a white-led superstructure. Under the proposed bills, the Capitol Police would be expanded and given greater authority over much of Jackson without being accountable to local leaders or residents, and a separate court system would be set up in the city, composed of judges appointed directly by white state officials. This comes after Jackson suffered a number of water crises in recent years stemming from systematic disinvestment by the state, and after the federal government approved $600 million late last year to address the city's infrastructure problems. "These bills are an attack on Black leadership, a way to seize power of a majority-Black city which cannot be seized democratically through an election," says Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba. We also speak with community activist Makani Themba, who described the state's plans in a recent piece for The Nation as "Apartheid American-Style."
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