New York Initiative Aims To Form A Political Party Led By Hip-Hop Moguls
“This would work right now in America,” said Hip Hop Union founder Jineea Butler.
In a perfect world, black people would possibly form a political party for us, by us. It looks like a part of New York City's hip-hop community is set on creating such a perfect world in 2018.
Jineea Butler, founder of the Hip Hop Union, and current congressional candidate for New York's 13th District, is advocating for the initiation of a new political party titled the New American Party. In this party, leaders would be hip-hop moguls who appeal to millennials and young folks according to the Virginian-Pilot. Butler's personal choices for office, so far, include LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes, both of whom are New York natives and have been in the hip-hop game for 30 years.
Running on a Republican ballot, Butler believes because black voters usually support Democrats, there's little room for Republicans to appeal to the black community.
“Hip-hop changed the world 40, 45 years ago when it started. It just gave people an absolute freedom of speech. We want to use that same principle with a strong agenda that addresses economic disparity and prosperity-driven initiatives.” Butler told the New York Daily News.
Neither of the legendary rap stars have commented on this commitment, reports Okayplayer. Butler is waiting to see if Busta will commit and awaiting a response to her request from LL Cool J. Another rapper considered for nomination is Ja Rule, who proved his commitment to his people when he participated in a public housing protest in New York earlier this year.
If Butler's team of organizers can get 15,000 people in NYC to sign petitions by August 21, the party lineup will be a go. The devout community activist, who believes "hip-hop brought people together" along with Eric Barrier of Eric B. & Rakim, is pretty sure this is what the country needs.
“This would work right now in America," Butler said. "America needs something else."
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