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Criminals by Any Other Name

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by Chris Stevenson

That Kwiatkowski guy sure is looking like a glowing example of police integrity compared to Carol Horne isn’t he? The thought of uniformed police officers openly drinking alcohol, even in a bar smacks of a lack of respect for their standing as law enforcement officers, the department and the taxpayers of Buffalo as a whole. But that’s not the end of the story. I was made known of the incident even before the WKBW Eye-Witness News (EWN) story a few Wednesdays ago.

According to them, during the late hours of of Friday (May 7th) or early Saturday morning, 4 or 5 police officers (depending on who you listen to) “allegedly attacked another man, an off-duty NFTA Police Officer who suffered minor injuries.” EWN interviewed several witnesses at Pages Grille & Bar on Transit rd. That’s is the basic story told at this point. What many don’t know is that some of the officers involved the Page’s fight were said to have been in a previous altercation at a PBA awards dinner at Salvatores Italian Gardens only moments beforehand. A 5/13 Buffalo News story says the NFTA officer was “allegedly sucker-punched when he tried to calm the city officers, who were behaving in a rowdy manner after stopping at Page’s Grille & Bar on Transit Rd. in Lancaster after the annual Buffalo Police Benevolent Association Awards dinner on Friday night in Salvatores Italian Gardens on Transit authorities said Wednesday.”

Among the police names revealed and are a matter of record now are Officer Joseph Wendel and Lt. Greg Kwiatkowski (his attorney now says he was in “plainclothes”) to be honest with you none of this surprises me. I been hearing Greg Kwiatkowski stories during the past several years amidst the gross fact that a female officer he punched (11/1/06) was going through a Disciplinary Hearing, instead of him. It was a time of outright bias and ridiculousness for Buffalo, not that it’s anything new here. There emerged an across-the-board closed-arm shutdown and demonetization of Horne and anyone suspected of supporting her. Kwiatkowski could frivolously sue her over statements made by her attorney in an article written by me in “Political Affairs Magazine”and win. Judges and city officials seemed to be in agreement to rule in favor of Kwiatkowski and/or against Horne. One of the two black talk radio shows known to interview principles regarding the Horne case was abruptly cancelled by the station. Though it was the town’s number one issue for months, the shock-jocks at WBEN AM930 wouldn’t discuss it. The Horne Shutdown I called it.

An example of how thick the city-wide stigma against Horne is best illustrated in a story I broke on Kwiatkowski during the summer of ’07 in the Buffalo Criterion, where an Italian (Donny C. Answeeney) was beaten by Kwiatkowski and several other officers (Kwiatkowski-always astute-was said to have mistaken him for a Puerto Rican). This story was reportedly discredited when it came time to promote him to Lieutenant. The attorney for the victim; Daniel Tronolone, wants to collect damages but doesn’t want the incident or his case tied into the demonized Horne. Strange but true.

During the years since her release from the Buffalo Police Department Horne has been forced to cut her ties with some supporters, not the least of which was her attorney Anthony Pendergrass and his co-council Kenneth Nixon. Suddenly it wasn’t about shinning before the camera while milking her, it became about winning. To my surprise she took on the former Judge Barbara Sims and the results so far haven’t been bad. In fact Sims has far exceeded my expectations. Part of the reason for my concern over her involvement with Horne was my last attorney over my part in the case came from her office; James P. Davis. I considered both he and Sims to be from the “Amos & Andy” era, and not suited for what is essentially a long and grueling battle with “the white man.” At this juncture Ms. Sims may be the one who tips the scales for Horne if her recent argument before Supreme Court Judge Tracey Bannister and DA Mike Risman formerly of the Corporation Council holds up.

It was Tuesday the 25th where she stated that a Hearing Officer can’t make a ruling on criminal charges. This of course would throw out one of the biggest judicial fixes in the history of Buffalo, the Guilty ruling in 9 of 11 charges made by Hearing Officer Thomas Rinaldo, (for at least saving Neal David Mack from being choked) as well as the subsequent firing of Horne by former Police Chief Herman McCarthy Gipson back in 5/08. Reportedly Riseman’s argument has been that there has been officers fired after they’ve been exonerated of criminal charges. From his standpoint, why not Horne? But those cases were tried in an actual court of law. Not staged in Police Headquarters and presented as an actual trial. This is just one of the numerous in-your-face methods the department and police union intercepted justice regarding the Horne case.

As for the BPD’s defacto golden boy Kwiatkowski? Basking in truth-proof adulation on the white side of what was once the most racially divisive case in the city. Knowingly promoted when he should have been the one being put on trial. One blogger sums up the general feeling towards him from the right: “Greg Kwiatkowski is a hard-working no-nonsense cop.” The same excuse not to try him (because he was already under federal investigation on unrelated cases) seemed to elude him when it came time to promote him. This highly visible attitude problem in badge and uniform still stands tall while others in the anti-Horne house of cards have fallen; Gipson (literally) and most recently former hard-bitten Corporation Council pitt bull Diana O’Gorman. Gipson, a black commish serving under a black Mayor was accused of being a crack smoker by Pendergrass, while this is commonly cited as the reason for Horne being fired, it bears mentioning that there is just such an accusation filed under sworn Affidavit from a Terrance L. Kelly that officially states he knows Gipson smokes crack. Kelly, at one time an Imam at the local Erie County correctional facility said he never met Horne or Mack until a chance encounter with Mack after he was locked up. After hearing Mack describe his fight with the police in front of his home and Horne’s intervention, he went into detail about his knowledge of Gipson:

“14 During the course of my private conversation with Neal David Mack I voluntarily disclosed to Mr. Mack that in June of 2006 I had an experience at 88 Woltz Avenue in Buffalo with Buffalo Police Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson and his sister… that involved the purchase of and use of crack cocaine and that, based on my experience, the allegation that was made during the Cariol J. Horne disciplinary hearing that Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson was a ‘crack head’ was in fact true. 15 Specifically I disclosed to Mr. Mack that in June of 2006, I had a drug problem and that at the time my drug of choice was crack cocaine. I disclosed that I purchased crack cocaine for Police Commissioner Gipson and his sister with monies provided by both Police Commissioner Gipson and his sister. I further disclosed in June of ’06 I was present in the same house, located at 88 Woltz Avenue in Buffalo, a single family, single story “shotgun” type of house that sits back off the street, when Police Commissioner Gipson… and me actually smoked crack cocaine.” This is just one of the numerous times Mr. Kelly discloses on that sworn statement to Kenneth Nixon that he witnessed Gipson using him to purchase crack and then returning to his sister’s home where all three were said to have smoked. Kelly also adds he no longer uses. It’s too bad this was filed in early 2009, might have made a difference if Kelly was found sooner, maybe.

Another angle that I’ve known, but haven’t been able to prove is that Mack and Gipson are family by marriage. Actually I first got news of this back during the summer of ’07 from several members in and out of town including of course Neal. From what I’ve gathered, some of the key older members didn’t want to ruin things for Gipson, after all, his mother was married to Mack’s cousin, they knew him since he was small. This is important in that Gipson has a brother doing a short stint for the killing of an older man. His influence rings loud, but not for Mack. What of the man Gipson promoted and the Mayor signed off on, Greg The Plague Kwiatkowski? Buffalo’s most protected cop since his day’s as a teflon PO. There are those who claim he is on a self-destructive course, others in the black community wait for “God” to take care of him. Kwiatkowski only looks like a Godzilla stomping through East Buffalo to many. In reality he is a mouse who hasn’t been outed. How can mice discipline a mouse? Nor do I buy the notion that he is destroying himself, his job is to destroy us, he’s doing a good job and he enjoys it greatly. Kwiatkowski is an embarrassment to the BPD only if the Buffalo Police Department had enough sense to understand their real job; to protect and serve.

The Transit cop they pounced on was no-doubt harboring aspirations one day of moving up to the big leagues; the mature adults of Buffalo Police Department. He imagined himself giving them the heads-up while at Pages that they were being watched and recorded by customers. In return for his loyalty he got served, savagely, but not by the waiter. This latest incident comes in the middle of yet more Kwiatkowski federal investigations; Answeeney and one having to do with his alleged assault on the son of a black female officer (certain white cops in Buffalo take no exception to assaulting children of fellow black officers) and another officer shooting him with his own BB gun. Can’t fire an officer during the middle of an investigation on him now can we? Damn Right We Can.

Chris Stevenson is a syndicated columnist, his articles also appear in the Challenger Community News. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, you don’t have to join either. Respond to him on the link below.

Central Park Wrongs Still Uncorrected

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by Alton Maddox Jr.

This past Sunday, the New York Post ran a puff piece concerning the three accused rapists in the Duke rape case entitled “Duke guy’s dramatic comeback”. In short, white supremacists have rallied behind them to ensure that they would succeed in life and to maintain sexual domination over Black women.

Moreover, they are suing for $30 million and the white prosecutor was disbarred for withholding allegedly exculpatory evidence because the victim is a descendant of enslaved Africans. This is unprecedented in a case involving a Black victim and white suspects.

Actually, no court of law had the power to clear them of the rape charges. Instead, they were defined as victims of prosecutorial misconduct. They were simply relieved of the rape charges but no judge nor jury had the power to clear their names.

Most Blacks go to prison despite the presence of exculpatory evidence which is typically never disclosed. If a prosecutor is caught withholding exculpatory evidence, it is initially called “harmless” error when the defendant is Black and any subsequent trial usually ends in a conviction. Contra. Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska.

In the trials of the five defendants charged with raping Patricia Meili in Central Park in 1989, DNA tests revealed that they were innocent. This finding was of no moment in aborting the criminal trials. Five defendants were convicted in 1990. The sixth defendant pled guilty in 1991.

The indictment against the seventh defendant was dismissed for violating his right to a speedy trial. Sensing that these young men were being framed, I demanded an immediate trial at arraignment. This legal strategy started the speedy trial clock for only my client.

When the Scottsboro Boys were prosecuted, there may have been only two Black lawyers in Alabama. Those lawyers were certainly not disclosing their identities nor their whereabouts when the Scottsboro Boys were arrested and summarily convicted of raping two white women.

The U.S. Supreme Court would reverse these convictions in Powell v. Alabama under the Sixth Amendment. They were unable to find competent and zealous counsel in Alabama. Powell v. Alabama was the seminal case in right to counsel cases.

It was certainly after World War II that Alabama would permit a lawyer to file a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of a Black person. The filing of a civil rights lawsuit against a white person was a sufficient ground for disbarment. Black lawyers could also be beaten.

Attorney Arthur Shores was beaten in a courthouse for challenging white supremacy. A.A. Garner of Montgomery, AL was given twenty-four hours to leave town for defending a Black newspaper editor for suggesting that white women wanted Black men.

Nearly sixty years later in the Central Park case, New York came close to approximating Alabama. Only four Black lawyers showed up for combat duty and all four were disciplined. Three of the attorneys were disbarred.

If Blacks were capable of connecting the dots, they would readily conclude that Blacks in New York neither enjoy legal nor political representation. The absence of the right to legal and political representation amounts to voluntary servitude and exceeds the Tenth Amendment.

It is interesting that I could save one of the defendants in the Central Park case but 2.5 million Blacks including leading Blacks could not save the other five defendants. Something is wrong with this picture especially since the governing structure in the Black colony has decided that I am persona non grata.

Blacks in New York generally opposes anyone who will go toe-to-toe with their slavemasters. Malcolm X understood Blacks in New York very well. After Malcolm X was assassinated, Black churches immediately displayed the “Not Welcome” sign. His only “crime” was telling the truth.

This is not allowed in New York. See, for example, Alton Maddox accusing Steven Pagones of being a rapist. A predominately white jury in Dutchess County found that I had not defamed Pagones but most Blacks including some members of UAM will not touch me with a ten-foot pole.

To nearly a person, all leading Blacks in New York are liars in addition to being corrupt. They will not only lie, however, on other Blacks but will remain silent when whites double speak. The master-servant relationship requires obedience.

These leading Blacks will forsake their own children for white supremacists. They must accommodate Mayor Michael Bloomberg. This is happening in the Central Park 6. Blacks feel no pain nor suffering for the current, impoverished predicament of those young men.

Former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau told Dr. Calvin Butts, U.S. District Court Judge Sterling Johnson and C. Vernon Mason, in my presence, that I was the only Black person in New York City with the guts to challenge him.

This explains why six young men have never received compensation for those wrongful convictions twenty years ago this year. Instead, we refuse to finance and endorse our own children. We have no standing to challenge the dress code of young people.

Too honest for the White Press and too black for much of today’s Black Press; bullet columnist Alton Maddox upsets the same people and status quo as he did as an uncompromising Defense Attorney, but he has yet to lie about anything. Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471

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May 18th, 2010 at 1:24 pm

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Trying to Outrun Race

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by CHARLES M. BLOW

Racist Tea Party.

Are those separate concepts or a single one? Depends on whom you ask.

According to an article accompanying a Washington Post/ABC News poll released on Wednesday (5/5): “About 61 percent of tea party opponents say racism has a lot to do with the movement, a view held by just 7 percent of tea party supporters.”

This gulf of perception has left Tea Party organizers struggling to scrub the stain of racism from its image, but those efforts may fly in the face of the facts.

On Thursday (5/6), Amy Kremer, the director of the Tea Party Express, sat down on “The View.” Prompted to disavow supporters who might be motivated by racism, she looked into the camera and said: “This is not a racist movement. We don’t want you here. Go away if that’s what you’re about. We’re about the fiscal issues and about being American.”

There’s no reason to doubt her sincerity, but there seems to be a gap between things as they are and things as she would have them.

The Tea Party is a Frankenstein movement — an odd collection of factions, loosely stitched together, where the head, to the extent that it exists, fails to control the body.

It has attracted hordes of the disaffected with differing interests, including some who’ve openly expressed their dark racial prejudices and others who polls suggest harbor more subtle and less visible biases. Opposition to President Obama triggers a political Pavlovian response among some of these people, and they want to ally themselves with others around a common enemy.

It’s unlikely that appeals from the top, however earnest, will expunge them.

There is no way to know how many Tea Party supporters — or supporters of any group — are motivated by racism, or to what degree. For instance, one could legitimately ask: to what degree is African-American support of the president motivated by racial pride, and when does that pride cross over into prejudice?

There are no easy answers, but blanket accusations and denials are worthless and disingenuous.

Kremer credits the Tea Party’s racial problems, to the extent that she would agree they existed, to an unwelcome “fringe.” This seems plausible at first blush. There is often rabble at rallies.

However, widely cited polling, like the multistate University of Washington survey released last month, has found that large swaths among those who show strong support for the Tea Party also hold the most extreme views on a range of racial issues. The fringe theory is a farce.

Their other strategy is to repress, deny and redefine. Following their logic, racial views not visible are nonexistent and those who raise the issue are simply projecting. It’s a fete of Freudian delusions.

Tea Party organizers may want to run away from the facts, but they’re not that fast, and the American people are not that slow.

Charles M. Blow is a New York Times Columnist and nationally-known commentator: “I invite you to visit my blog By The Numbers, join me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter, or e-mail me at chblow@nytimes.com.”

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May 18th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

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Dr. Rudolph Moise for Congress

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Basil Waine Kong, Ph.D., JD

With your support, Dr. Rudolph “Rudy” Moise will be the next U.S. Congressman from Florida’s 17th Congressional District. At breakfast [Sunday Feb. 14] in Orlando, with Stephanie and I, we not only caught up on old times and what is going on with our families, he talked about his vision for America, the Caribbean and the world. The world will be a better place with Rudy in Congress. You can always count on him to do the right thing.

I first met Rudy twenty years ago when we lived in Miami and worked together on several initiatives. It was always a pleasure to be in his company. He is not only brilliant, he has a heart. He cares about people. He cares about the environment; and he cares deeply about the future of mankind. That is why he is running for congress.

Moise and Kenya Moore in a scene from Haitian Nights (starring Vivica A. Fox)

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, he moved to the United States at age 17. He earned his Undergraduate Degree at the University of Illinois and his Doctorate Degree in Osteopathy from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He later earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Miami, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law. He also holds a Flight Surgeon Degree from the US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and still serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force Reserve. How is that for credentials?

He wants to put his experience as a physician, attorney, military man, businessman, father and husband to work in Washington for us. Can I count on your support?

Please access his website: www.VoteMoise.com and contribute generously.

Bullet Columnist Basil Waine Kong has written several pieces for this journal and especially likes to expound on his favorite subject: his beloved Jamaica. He is a former Atlien (resident of Atlanta GA), and was the CEO of the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) for 22 years before his retirement in 2008 to return to Jamaica. This article is reprinted with his permission from his blogsite; Coming in From the Cold… Bob Marley

Missing Miss Lena

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by Gloria Dulan-Wilson

This was originally going to be an Event Alert article about a break-through theatrical production of “LENA: THE LIFE OF LENA HORNE”, which is set to preview on Sunday, May 16th, at the Lafayette Grill and Bar, in downtown Manhattan.**

But sadly, the thrust of my article has changed drastically. For you see, our dear Sister Lena Horne has made her transition. That wonderful, beautiful standard of Afrocentricity, and Black womanhood, who reigned from the early 40’s through the 21st Century, never losing one iota of her beauty, charm, grace, wit, poise, and clarity, has now joined her two peer-divas, Dr. Dorothy Height and Evelyn Cunningham.

Interestingly enough, each of those ladies were in their 90’s, and managed to retain their beauty, energy and enthusiasm. Each, was an activist; and each made their own contribution to Black people and the world in their own way. Each had made their mark. And neither of them will be forgotten.

Somewhere in the back of my psyche, as I remember each of these ladies, I silently think: I want to be like each of them when I grow up. (So I guess I’d better get started now.)

Ms. Lena Horne was a legend in my life from a very young age. When I was a kid growing up in a still-segregated Oklahoma City, OK, my parents would take us to either the Aldrich, the East Side or the Jewel Theater — all Black-owned motion picture theaters — in our communities. We would sit and watch Lena Horne , dressed in the most elegant gowns, singing Stormy Weather (with Katherine Duhnam dancing in the background); or Cabin In The Sky with Paul Robeson and Todd Duncan. These wonderful Black cinema classics still hold their own today.

{Note: The great thing about Black owned theaters in Oklahoma City was that they would continuously show old and new Black movies, as well as contemporary white movies. So as kids we’d see old Black movies from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, alongside whatever else was current — Duke Ellington’s “Black and Tan Fantasy”, Oscar Michaeaux’s “Bronze Buckaroo,” etc., Anna Lucasta, and others spring to mind.}

I remember watching Ms. Lena with Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, and some of the other Black artists, and thinking how beautiful she was. She had an energy about her and a sparkle in her eyes, that was still there when she played Glenda the Good Witch of the West in the movie production of “The Wiz”, starring Diana Ross.

She had that exact same sparkle in her eyes when I met her in the 90’s at the premiere of “And Then I’ll Be Free To Travel Home”, where she hosted Eric Tait’s documentary of the African Burial Ground, held at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC).

And, as I watched her speak, interact with Eric, Noel Pointer, Lillian Smith, and others, knowing that at that time she was in her 80’s, I thought, “How does she do it? She looks fabulous!” She moved about with the grace and ease of a woman half her age — not a bulge, not a limp, no trace of age or illness.

But what impressed me even more than her appearance, was her dedication and devotion to promoting and supporting Eric Tait’s work in documenting the recovery of our ancestral remains, as well as her wealth of knowledge of things African and Black history.

Ms. Horne was not just beauty, she was also brains as well. She was so well informed, it was clear that the information could not have come from a mere preliminary briefing. She was totally tuned in. Her dedication to the African Burial Ground was recently re-iterated during a recent re-release of Eric Tait’s documentary in 2010, where she gave the introduction of the DVD.

I am in awe of Ms. Horne’s activism. It truly spoke volumes about her love for her people, her gentility; her genuine dedication. She could have easily rested on her laurels as a Black beauty, heralded by the European world, but she refused to be relegated to a status that denied her dignity as a Black woman.

That courage of conviction and feisty spirit is no less resonant in her daughter Gail Lumet Buckley, whose love of history and research was wholeheartedly supported and heralded by her famous mother.

Ms. Horne had the wonderful quality of making you feel totally comfortable in her presence. She was approachable. She listened. She responded. She was genteel and joyful. You could not help but smile when you were around her.

And I know that they’re smiling even more in heaven, because now they have added another to the pantheon. I’m just wondering, though, can they stand to have three Black female activists there at the same time? Wow! That’s really going to be something.

My even earlier memories of Ms. Lena was when a friend of mine had completed a TV Production Training program sponsored by Chanel 13. They were holding a graduation ceremony and I was an invited to the screening of her graduation documentary.

The room was dark to accommodate the movie screen, so you could not see who was in the room. I remember being sent to a table where there were already several other people seated. When the lights came up I realized I was seated at a table with Lena Horne, Cicely Tyson, and a few other celebrities.

Ms. Horne and Ms. Tyson were both down to earth, jovial, and gracious. I was stunned. But I remember saying silently “Thank you, God!” I felt as though I was in such a privileged space, sitting with these two Divas.

They talked about everyday occurrences, their next projects; the importance of Black television programming. I just listened and soaked it up. My friend said that it was the first time she had ever seen me rendered speechless. I was totally awestruck. I have absolutely no idea what I said. I remember thinking if these two ladies are trying to out compliment each other, it’s an impossibility because they’re both so great.

Just that brief interaction with Ms. Horne taught me an important lesson about the facts of life and living in New York City: practically everyone in New York is a celebrity of one sort or another. For that reason, no one gawks at anyone. In New York, generally, we don’t have mobs running after a celebrity; we give them their respect and their privacy.

The memory I took away from the event and still hold to this day is that Ms. Horne and Ms. Tyson were two fantastic, down to earth women who were just as involved in what was happening in their community as they were being on the big screen.

My condolences to her family, and to the rest of us. But not to mourn the loss, but to celebrate the gain. We have been blessed with having Ms. Lena Horne among us for these 92 years, and we have been the beneficiary of her love, largness, creativity, activism. Each of us should definitely take a bit of Lena Horne with us and replicate what this wonderful woman started.

Stay Blessed &

ECLECTICALLY BLACK

Gloria Dulan-Wilson Is a veteran New York City Journalist who is new to the bullet. Her experiences, perspective & sense of history are an invaluable combination. “check out my blog:” www.gloria-dulan-wilson.blogspot.com

**Lena: The Life of Lena Horne, Written and Directd by Nickolas Long III, starring Mia Davis, Andrea Womack, Kwasi Osei, Tangie Quinn, Cherisse Brandley, James F. Barrett IV, J. Lyn, at the Lafayette Grill and Bar, 54 Franklin Street (between B’way and Lafayette) call 212-732-4449 for info and times.

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May 13th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Arizona and the MAO Syndrome

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by Chris Stevenson

Don’t get me wrong, it’s the natural obligation of any government to make sure all of it’s citizens are doing well before it begins any trend of permanently accepting outsiders. What I’m contesting here is a new law put forth by the state of Arizona. The title says it all: “The Support our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act,” known otherwise as Senate Bill (SB) 1070. Consider it to be pretty much an amendment to their already existing anti-illegal immigration laws. My opposition to it is the same reason I opposed wire-tapping during the Bush era; At what point will the government stop targeting criminals and start targeting you or me?

Much of the concern with Arizona’s new law is the feared carte blanche it seems to give it’s law enforcement. The green light is given to AZ cops to single-out, question, search, arrest, and harass brown-skinned people for no other reason than, well… being brown. I imagine this is salivating news to many in that conservative state. White republicans get to root for their finest to roust some undesirables, legalized race-profiling. This law no-doubt makes a lot of suburban-living white backyard barbecue cops bang their fists together. It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to note the national climate from this measure rose, something I call the MAO (Mad At Obama)Syndrome. If Bill Clinton’s actions produced the “Angry White Male,” then Obama has garnered some angry white males and females.

Arizona’s MAO Syndrome is more than irony, if you oppose this law, then you’re quite literally in the minority. According to a CBS/New York Times poll, only 36% say the law goes too far, 51% say the law is pretty much on the mark and of course 9% say that 1070 doesn’t go far enough. The one question standing outside of Arizona’s “For Colored’s Only” department store window is, will this bill reduce crime, as some of it’s proponents claim? According to the poll, just less than half don’t even care.

I’ve wrote a few years ago that the only group in this country even qualified to discuss or enforce anti-immigration are the Native Americans. From what I’ve seen of SB 1070, it looks like the most concise pro-cop amendment since Mandatory Minimums, 16 pages of the slickest race-hate out there. Much of it reads pretty innocently: “The provisions of this act are intended to work together to discourage and deter the unlawful entry and presence of aliens and economic activity by persons unlawfully present in the United States.” In fact much of it seems like an ordinary anti-immigration bill, until you get to page 5 of section 4E, conspicuously lettered in caps: “NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER, A PEACE OFFICER MAY LAWFULLY STOP ANY PERSON WHO IS OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE THE OFFICER HAS REASONABLE SUSPICION TO BELIEVE THE PERSON IS IN VIOLATION OF ANY CIVIL TRAFFIC LAW AND THIS SECTION.”

Illegal aliens have been successful not because of the lack of SB 1070, but due to deliberate lack of manpower at the border and/or lack of funding. It’s not the Mexicans or Obama Stupid. The President himself says the bill is “misguided” and irresponsible. The good news is Senate Bill 1070 is not a done deal yet, it is due to take effect on July28. Law suits have been filed even by native Arizonians including the cities of Tucson and Flagstaff. Here’s a law that almost takes you back 940 years to the medieval times of 1070 A.D. Hence the need to shut it down.

Chris Stevenson is a syndicated columnist, his articles also appear in the Buffalo Challenger. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, you don’t have to join either. Watch his video commentary Policy & Prejudice and The Network on clbTV. Respond to him on any of those sites as well as the link below.

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May 10th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Is Mayor Bloomberg Colorblind?

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by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.

If Blacks were concerned about time, the calendar would demonstrate that we are living in Jim Crow America. We are getting an opportunity to share the experiences that our revered ancestors suffered in New York in the nineteenth century.

Blacks started going back in time in 1990. A plantation system was admittedly established in 1986 but it was unable to get any traction until 1990. Certain people who would cause problems by resisting slavery had to be eliminated or publicly flogged.

The tell-tale sign of our demise in New York started with the conviction of six, innocent, young men in the rape of Patricia Meili in 1989. Only one young man escaped the noose. New York intentionally and wrongfully convicted six young men because leading Blacks had been co-opted.

As bad as former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is even worse. Mayor Bloomberg is following in the footsteps of Mayor Fernando Woods who sided with the Confederacy. His conduct contributed to the Draft Riots of 1863 and the prior, slaughter of innocent, Black children at the Colored Asylum.

Blacks should have seen Mayor Bloomberg’s horns this past weekend. A Black vendor served as “Paul Revere” and saved New York City. His actions prevented substantial injuries and fatalities in addition to substantial property damage. Under the law, he is defined as a “good Samaritan.”

He deserves not only a key to the city but also other accolades including a dinner with the mayor and access to the financial markets. Since Mayor Bloomberg only sees this vendor as a “heathen”, it was beneath him to dine with a Black man. This interracial dining would upset the bluebloods. There should have been an outcry from the Black and Latino colonies.

It is illegal for a public official to reward a police officer for saving the city. Under contract law, a municipality is precluded from rewarding a police officer for carrying out a pre-existing duty. Mayor Bloomberg violated this legal principle.

A reward, on the other hand, is appropriate for a “good Samaritan” who has no obligation to save the city. In fact, New York City despises Black vendors and it regulates them so extensively as to violate due process of law.

This disparity in treatment smacks of racial discrimination. The police officers were white. Mayor Bloomberg rewarded them with dinners. Black elected officials should sue the boots off of Bloomberg for misusing public funds to promote a racial discrimination.

There has not been a peep from leading Blacks. The chief HNIC is in Arizona on assignment for Mayor Bloomberg. “He who pays the piper calls the tune.” As usual, he is knocking on the wrong door, talking to the wrong people and asking the wrong questions.

How do Blacks go from plantation politics to power politics? Councilman Charles Barron will share some inside information with the Black community. Minefields are being planted today and they will explode on Election Day if you pull the wrong levers. “What you don’t know can, kill you.”

This discussion will take place on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at 1068 Harriet Tubman (Fulton Street) nr. Classon Ave. in Brooklyn. Take the “C” train to Franklin Ave. Two blocks to Elks Plaza. Also, watch Councilman Barron and Amira Baraka on WABC’s “Like It Is” on Mother’s Day at noontime.

Too honest for the White Press and too black for much of today’s Black Press; bullet columnist Alton Maddox upsets the same people and status quo as he did as an uncompromising Defense Attorney, but he has yet to lie about anything. Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471

A Mighty Pale Tea

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by CHARLES M. BLOW

On Thursday [April 15th], I came here outside Dallas for a Tea Party rally.

At first I thought, “Wow! This is much more diverse than the rallies I’ve seen on television.”

Then I realized that I was looking at stadium workers. I should have figured as much when I approached the gate. The greeter had asked, “Are you working tonight?”

I sat in the front row. But when the emcee asked, “Do we have any infiltrators?” and I almost raised my hand, I realized that sitting there might not be such a good idea.

I had specifically come to this rally because it was supposed to be especially diverse. And, on the stage at least, it was. The speakers included a black doctor who bashed Democrats for crying racism, a Hispanic immigrant who said that she had never received a single government entitlement and a Vietnamese immigrant who said that the Tea Party leader was God. It felt like a bizarre spoof of a 1980s Benetton ad.

The juxtaposition was striking: an abundance of diversity on the stage and a dearth of it in the crowd, with the exception of a few minorities like the young black man who carried a sign that read “Quit calling me a racist.”

They saved the best for last, however: Alfonzo “Zo” Rachel. According to his Web site, Zo, who is black and performs skits as “Zo-bama,” allowed drugs to cost him “his graduation.” Before ripping into the president for unconstitutional behavior, he cautioned, “I don’t have the education that our president has, so if I misinterpret some things in the founding documents I kind of have an excuse.” That was the understatement of the evening.

I found the imagery surreal and a bit sad: the minorities trying desperately to prove that they were “one of the good ones”; the organizers trying desperately to resolve any racial guilt among the crowd. The message was clear: How could we be intolerant if these multicolored faces feel the same way we do?

It was a farce. This Tea Party wanted to project a mainstream image of a group that is anything but. A New York Times/CBS News poll released on Wednesday found that only 1 percent of Tea Party supporters are black and only 1 percent are Hispanic. It’s almost all white.

And even when compared to other whites, their views are extreme and marginal. For instance, white Tea Party supporters are twice as likely as white independents and eight times as likely as white Democrats to believe that Barack Obama was born in another country.

Furthermore, they were more than eight times as likely as white independents and six times as likely as white Democrats to think that the Obama administration favors blacks over whites.

Thursday night I saw a political minstrel show devised for the entertainment of those on the rim of obliviousness and for those engaged in the subterfuge of intolerance. I was not amused.

Charles M. Blow is a New York Times Columnist and nationally-known commentator: “I invite you to visit my blog By The Numbers, join me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter, or e-mail me at chblow@nytimes.com.”

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May 6th, 2010 at 2:06 pm

The Making of “Precious” pt.10

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by Ishmael Reed

In her interview with Daniels, Lynn Hirschberg said something similar: “Precious is a stand-in for anyone — black, white, male, female — who has ever been devalued or underestimated.”

To which Milloy answered:

“Let’s see: I lose my job, so I take in a movie about a serially abused black girl and I go, ‘Oh, swell, she’s standing in for me.’

“Maybe there is something to the notion that when human pathology is given a black face, white people don’t have to feel so bad about their own. At least somebody’s happy.

“Sexual abuse is certainly an equal-opportunity crime, with black and white women similarly affected. But only exaggerated black depravity seems to resonate so forcefully in the imagination.”

Will the “niche” audience for which this movie is intended ever become weary of the brothers being symbol of universal male misogyny? The face on the bull’s-eye at which disgruntled feminists from all ethnic groups aim their arrows, women who are scared to challenge the misogyny practiced by males who share their background? Judging from the box office receipts,
maybe not. As of Nov. 22, three weeks after the debut of the film, box office receipts totaled a gross of $21,277,521.

What is the solution offered by the people behind this film for the millions of blacks who are suffering from a depression during white America’s recession? After a hurried flurry of images belonging to Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Shirley Chisholm, Precious becomes redeemed by semi-literacy and black pride. The film’s true ending occurs when Precious and her mother engage in furious battle; the black pride part seems forced. After the mother/ daughter battle, the movie lingers like a wounded animal that nobody has the nerve to put out of its misery. Even more dreadful was somebody’s idea to tack on one of these trite sistuh solidarity songs.

What else do the film makers recommend that the underclass do, people who in the movie go into stores and rob and down a whole bucket of fried chicken, an image borrowed from The Birth of a Nation? Go to church and get sterilized which is the subtle Eugenics message that appears on a sign, “Spay and Neuter Your Pets,” as Precious and her two children travel to their new apartment.

According to Stefan Kuhl in his book, The Nazi Connection, Eugenics, American Racism and German National Socialism sterilization is an idea that the Germans borrowed from the United States as a way of ending the reproduction of unwanted groups. People who possess a violence gene?

In the mid-seventies, the late Chester Himes predicted that the Establishment was trying to start a war between black men and women. They succeed by treating both groups as opposing sports teams. And so while Armond White has been denounced by defenders of the movie, many of them women, and whites who consider him “contrarian,” the woman who put up the money, Sarah Siegel, has chosen to remain in the background. None of the exchanges I’ve read even mention her name. While the print and blog war over Precious rages on, she relaxes in her mansion, counting the profits from her Gold Mine of Opportunity: Precious; which is to blacks what Mel Gibson’s The Passion of Christ was to Jews.

Finally, who will market the next black movie that white audiences will pay to see? MSNBC has been drawing a lot of laughs from the same demographic by running a story about a black man who has been arrested twice for having intercourse with a horse and infecting the horse. Even the token progressives on MSNBC favor this story. I’ll bet somebody is working on the screenplay and the niche marketing for the film. Sarah, you listening?

Ishmael Reed is an award-winning novelist, author & essayist. He was born in Tennesse & raised in Buffalo NY and is a former journalist for the Buffalo Challenger. His next book “Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media: the Return of the Nigger Breakers” will be published in the Spring by Baraka publishers of Quebec. He is the editor of Konch. He can be reached at:
ireedpub@yahoo.com

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May 2nd, 2010 at 2:20 pm