Community organizer assaulted by veteran journalist, Mark Thompson of ‘Make it Plain’ says he wants an apology and a police report, but no firing

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In an ironic turn-of-events, when a grassroots activist released a video showing that he was sucker-punched by veteran journalist, Mark Thompson, now it seems that Thompson has become the victim. For the first time, Afrika, who was at the other end of Thompson’s ire, speaks out.

Social media posts and messages have been circulating around the future of SiriusXM radio personality, Mark Thompson’s program, Make it Plain, after it was discovered that he lied about being assaulted by a Newark-based organizer named Afrika, along with other false claims.

In an interview with Ark Republic, Africa details the series of events leading up to him being attacked and the fallout afterwards which ended up with ongoing online attacks. At the same time, Africa, known for his work in Newark, says that local law enforcement has not processed his complaint. As well, city officials remain mum after he was punched by Thompson at the end of a town hall meeting on gentrification.

Now, this is the first time that the victim, Afrika, is speaking about what happened and his side of the story, along with his activism in an economically vulnerable community experiencing issues such as high lead levels in its water, poverty and a housing crisis due to staggering numbers of evictions.

In the interview, Afrika says that Thompson, an outspoken progressive critic, alleged that Afrika was an informant or agent for US intelligence. Moreover, Thompson linked the organizer to a nascent reparations movement called, American Descendants of Slaves or #ADOS, an organization in the midst of controversy for its American-centric activism to compensate Blacks in reparations legislation that directly repairs the generations of damage and injustice enacted upon generations of people who worked as slaves then endured generations of Jim Crow and institutionalized racism afterwards.

Ironically, Afrika, though born in Newark, has a father from Nigeria and a Liberian mother whose father moved to Afrika from Kentucky during the Marcus Garvey Movement. Afrika, who is not a member of ADOS, explains his confrontational politics as well as his lineage. While he vehemently says that he does not want Thompson fired, but honest dialogue and an apology needs to happen to start the process of reconciliation.

*Updated on May 6, 2019

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  1. Mark tried to end interview when Africa wouldn’t let him talk. I don’t blame him. He tried to leave the interview in a respectable way; you wouldn’t let him and kept agitating. Not saying what he did was right but you instigated that situation from what I saw. You didn’t want him to answer your questions. You just wanted to show charges at him and not let him answer those charges. Africa please.

  2. Me, me, me, me…you sound like a Real Fool. You called the man a coon and a sellout anyone can see you were the aggressor. The man tried to walk away peacefully. Now we lose a important voice a the national stage. Is your daughter drinking clean water now? Hell no you’re the same bum you will always be.

  3. Why yall defending Mark, he fucked up and grab and punch this guy, whatwver happened to sticks and stones, Mark was fuckin wrong! You called me a coon then grabs his face and then throws a punch! Mark has turn into a privileged classist, being on tv changes you. Yall know this shit happens to niggros. Mark thinks his shit dont stink. Mark is wrong! Why yall letting Matk off for losing his temper and becoming violent, Deniggafy!

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