Our unreserved and emphatic endorsement of Mahmoud Noor is rooted to two sentiments that embody the history and legacy of Black advancement in Minnesota, in America and in the world.
First, we believe Noor is the very best person for the job today. Demographics and consequently reality reflect that the change we seek is the change that comes from within our community. Mahmoud Noor’s presence and his unique gifts firmly rest at the center of that change. Dr. Martin Luther King wrote in a text describing “the fierce urgency of now,” ‘‘The old order ends, no matter what Bastilles remain, when the enslaved, within themselves, bury the psychology of servitude.’’ In the context of this election, Noor’s candidacy represents the end of the old order and the burying of the plea from even our political friends and pundits… “wait for your turn.”
Secondly, we believe voters can and will, in their own agency and for the sake of history, say, “We can’t wait.”
Another quote from Dr. King is relevant in the Noor campaign:
“Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter – but beautiful — struggle for a new world. This is the calling of the sons of God, and our brothers wait eagerly for our response. Shall we say the odds are too great? Shall we tell them the struggle is too hard? Will our message be that the forces of American life militate against their arrival as full men, and we send our deepest regrets? Or will there be another message, of longing, of hope, of solidarity with their yearnings, of commitment to their cause, whatever the cost? The choice is ours, and though we might prefer it otherwise we must choose in this crucial moment of human history.”
From Beyond Vietnam by Martin Luther King, Jr.