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THE ROAD FROM EMANCIPATION TO FREEDOM

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by ALTON H. MADDOX, JR.

Two events in 2010 alone made it clear that New York’s political establishment was taking Blacks, Latinos and Asians for granted although these groups constitute more than forty percent of the state’s population and more than half of the loyal constituents of the Democratic Party. A poor rat without a hole gets no respect. These groups have no political options.

On January 6, 2010, this collective group made up 26 of the 51 members of the New York City Council. The post of council speaker was up for grabs. Council Speaker Christine Quinn had conducted a reign of terror, in the city council, over the past four years. If she were not bounced, more of the same was on the horizon. This group voted against “change.”

The New York Democratic Party held its convention in May 2010. Blacks, Latinos and Asians were deemed expendable. An all-white slate was nominated for statewide positions. This was reminiscent of the Dixiecrats in 1948. The Freedom Party was established to combat Jim Crow politics.

When Councilman Charles Barron announced that he would be the Freedom Party’s gubernatorial candidate, a system had already been designed to secure ballot status for a Black-led party with a credible gubernatorial candidate. The political terrain included the entire state including 29 congressional districts.

The Freedom Party had to satisfy two requirements of state law for ballot status. On or before August 17 (Marcus Garvey’s birthday), it had to file 15,000 valid signatures from registered voters in New York. Secondly, the total had to include at least 100 valid signatures in 15 congressional districts. It succeeded on both counts.

The Freedom Party fashioned a rule of thumb of three. Blacks have been taught by our parents and our revered ancestors that, in a white supremacist society, Blacks have to bring to the table twice the energy and intellect of whites. In other words, there is no level playing field in this country. No other Black group seeking political power, with ballot status, has ever subscribed to this stringent standard.

State law requires that any political party seeking ballot status must file 15,000 valid signatures with the Board of Elections in Albany. The Freedom Party filed 43,500 signatures on August 16 and at least 300 signatures in 15 congressional districts and at least 100 signatures in 8 more congressional districts. Signatures were obtained in 29 congressional districts evidencing a statewide effort.

It will take some real hanky panky to keep the Freedom Party off the ballot. The suspects may include a conspiracy involving the Democratic Party and the Independence Party. One of the suspects in the Independence Party would include an “activist” who is well-known in the Black community. Any General Objection has to be filed three days after August 16.

The Freedom Party has posed the greatest threat to white supremacy since Marcus Garvey arrived in the United States with the “Back to Africa” Movement which would disrupt the economic exploitation of Blacks in the same way that the Democratic Party is currently engaged in the political exploitation of Blacks.

Although the Democratic Party is comfortable sponsoring an all-white statewide slate of candidates in a state where Blacks, Latinos and Asians will be approaching fifty percent of the state’s population within the next decade, it insists on exploiting their political support without providing for an attendant quid pro quo.

Many leading Blacks, including former New York City Comptroller William Thompson and Assemb. Keith Wright, are in Andrew Cuomo’s political stable. They promise that Cuomo, as a political bedfellow, has guaranteed that his gubernatorial administration will be diverse although his personna must be white. Like father like son. History is about to repeat itself.

In the meantime, Andrew Cuomo is seeking to revoke the Fugitive Slave Law of 1856. Blacks, Latinos and Asians must be returned to the Democratic plantation of the Democratic Party in order for white supremacists to enjoy continued political success. The “New Deal” arose under FDR but the “Great Deal” came under LBJ. Dividends for Democrats started paying off, in 1968.

Brooklyn City Councilman Lewis Fidler promised to return these political “slaves” back to the political fold. This is how he perceive Blacks, Latinos and Asians. According to him, they are too incompetent to think for themselves. He is not only acting on behalf of Cuomo but also on behalf of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and, Council Speaker Christine Quinn who shares with Bloomberg all votes in the New York City Council except the vote of Councilman Barron. In New York City, it is a political duopoly.

Whites see the handwriting on the wall. Councilman Barron will secure a four-year lease on Gracie Mansion in 2013. The Freedom Party will also gain political control of the New York City Council in 2013. Increased voter registration and the ballot status of the Freedom Party will shift the balance of power from white supremacists to the benefit of historically-oppressed groups.

The Freedom Party still has an extensive “to do” list. In addition to fighting off political scavengers who still highlight “Dred Scott” in politics, the Freedom Party must still publicize a platform, attract politically-handicapped groups like the poor, young people and felons and remove wealth from politics as free speech.

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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

Selling Worthless Pyrites for Gold

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Basil Waine Kong

With all due respect, I believe our PM (Prime Minister)is under the illusion that a state of emergency (SOE)that authorizes our soldiers and police to be arresting officer, judge, jury and executioner is the answer to the crime monster. While the declaration of the SOE was absolutely the right thing to do to meet the immediate threat and the attack against the state, it is no substitute for day to day policing. He has, however, sold the public that a long term SOE will be effective and make us feel safe again.

Crime statistics reported by the government predictably show dramatic improvement but at what price? The killing of over 70 suspects or imprisoning over 4,000 compromises our rights as citizens without the requirement that they be formally charged and determine their guilt or innocence in a count of law. Apparently, more than 99% of those taken from their families and detained for up to two months under horrendous circumstances are never charged. An attack on crime in any society requires an investment in people, strategic planning and hard work, these do not seem to be elements of what is being done.

According to Hunmin Campbell: “The security forces and their admirers believe that the current crime problem can be solved quickly and easily. There is no quick fix to our crime problem. The Government must not be fooled by the facade of commissioner of police Owen Ellington or the eloquence of Colonel Rocky Meade of the Jamaica Defence Force.”

Regardless of the pushback from the Chamber of Commerce, It was correct for the PNP representatives not to support the extension. The SOE provision in our constitution was never envisioned as a long term approach to crime. But our PM’s great gift is that he can sell worthless pyrites for gold. While the Dons are on the run and we are focused on catching the bad guys and reducing the number of homicides, what is this doing to our basic human rights? What is the price of a crime free society?

With our culture of police brutality against poor people, we should be reminded about what they say about the path to hell. This usurpation of illegal powers is no substitute for a comprehensive plan to address not only crime but social development as well. The only money we are never short of is for law enforcement. When will we start redirecting some of these funds to education, jobs, and the rehabilitation of the criminals we are bent on putting behind bars?. As these are not life sentences, how will they be re-introduced into society? Most of these men who are being imprisoned are our youths. With five to ten years in prison, they will not only be more bitter, they will have gone to prison school and will have been indoctrinated into the criminal sub-culture. What will they do when they are released?

If you ever wonder about the plight of our young black men,I am envisioning two of them sitting side by side at the Emergency room at KPH waiting for a doctor to tend to their wounds—one a soldier shot by a criminal and the other a criminal shot by a soldier.

This is what a confessed criminal told me: “Wa me fe do? Me a desperate man and desperate men do desperate things. I am 21 years old and nutten a gwaun. Me can’t read and me no fine no work. Every day me wake up from kotching and stress over how me gwan get a food. Me try to sell a little ting them pon the road but the police run me. If me don’t beg, tief or borrow, how me fe live? How me ever gwan have woman and pickney? Can me even dream of owning a car and house? Life hard. From the day me bawn, me have trouble. Life better in prison.”

Illiteracy is intolerable everywhere else but Jamaica. One third of our people cannot read. Where is the investment in their future? Our government close their ears to the cries of the oppressed and shut their eyes to the crimes of the rich. According to Mr. Lloyd Smith: “Jamaica has one of the highest levels of illiteracy and non-productivity in the Caribbean and Latin American region. This country is also one of the most undisciplined, corrupt and crime-ridden in the world. Education must be the means by which we change all that for the better, not just freeness or states of emergency.”

Declaring a SOE says more about the incompetence of government than about law and order. We do not educate our people, tell them not to bother knocking at the door of government for help, deny them access to basic services and sentence them to a life of misery.

Leaders with a lust for power, once in fear for their tenure, cannot help but to be arbitrary and cruel. Today the gunmen and the poor. Who will it be tomorrow?

Personally, I live in fear, not only from criminals but from the government as well. What is to prevent the PM (under his emergency powers) from sending soldiers to extricate me from my home just because he doesn’t like what I write or say about him. Do we still have free speech? Tumultuous liberty is better than disgraceful peace. “I would rather be a dead man in my grave than living as a puppet or a slave.” (Jimmy Cliff) Ruling by fear is the worst kind of government.

To quote Mr. Stanley Redwood: “Expediency has often been used as an excuse for oppression. Let us be very careful what we ask for. We just might get it. And those of us who spring from an ancestry of oppressed people and who continue to live and work among our people, we cannot afford to be so cavalier with our hard-won fundamental rights and constitutional freedoms.”

Our PM is not only misguided, he does not think things through and is without the moral fortitude to lead the country. It never occurs to him that solving one problem creates at least two more problems to solve. I am going to guess when he ordered the detention of thousands of our citizens, he never thought about where they would be housed and how their physical needs were to be addressed. History will judge him unkindly because:

“Moral Evil is Falsehood in actions; as Falsehood is Crime in words. Injustice is the essence of Falsehood; and every false word is an injustice.” (Morals and Dogma by Albert Pike)

But then again, desperate men do desperate things. The end, ladies and gentlemen, does not justify the means. It is time to bring back the restorer of the trust and the builder of the nation.

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

Restoring Hubris

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by Chris Stevenson

Glenn Beck is a sick man, crazy actually, crazy like a Fox News Network. Maybe if he never existed, it would be necessary for the Devil to invent him. He has carried through his plan to momentarily pre-empt the Civil Rights Movement and rally his Tea Party and conservative followers at no other location than the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC on the 47th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. He calls it “Restoring Honor.”

Ironically this project makes Beck the whitest of the right-wing talk radio grunts out there. A stark contrast to Rush Limbaugh (an admitted liar and drug addict), Michael Savage (possibly the sole narcissist of the bunch), Laura Ingram (arrogant), Laura Schlesinger (condescending), Sean Hannity (manipulative) and last and emphatically least Ted Nugent.

What makes Beck dangerous is he has just enough BS to make himself sound rational to many. He knows he’s on the wrong side of history, isn’t comfortable with that-unlike the other conservative radio hosts-so what does he do? Camouflage the wrong side. Over the course of the last few months he has taken to actually researching and studying black history and of course twist and pervert it to the current world-view he is pitching; that the Republican Party and it’s affiliations are actually the party of freedom and liberation (as opposed to today’s Democratic Party). Beck started this with his claim that President Obama has a problem with white people. Recently he is claiming he is the heir apparent to Martin Luther King and that former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin is the next Rosa Parks.

I don’t doubt that Beck is the heir apparent to Lex Luthor, or even Martin Luther (who openly hated Jews), but obviously not King. Beck’s movement is actually not the array of initiatives it has advertised itself as; it’s not for war veterans, nor soldiers serving today, and it really doesn’t bear the earmarks of a white nationalist movement. He himself claims it’s non-political and has nothing to do with the mid-term elections. This is where he is blatantly incorrect. Surely he must know this, but it seems to be a case where cognizant meets con-man and the results resemble a plot worthy of the WWE.

In fact, in order to give this effort some sense of validity is his somehow drafting one of King’s relatives to participate with them; Alveda King, Martin’s niece, was one of Beck’s keynote speakers at the event. What I expected is a cramming words into Dr. King’s mouth-fest that is unequalled on the right. After all, Alveda reportedly joined the fray, claiming to be non-partisan and is even quoted in the Daily Caller as stating, were her uncle alive today, he would attend Beck’s rally. My first thought was how much was she getting paid, or hard hard did he beg her? It’s not hard to understand Beck’s true stance on Civil Rights, all one needs do is mentally transport Beck and the network that refuses to part company with him despite dozens of sponsors deserting them due to his insane rants; the Fox network, back to the past and safely assume what he would be commenting on the Montgomery Bus Boycott (‘King has a problem with white people’), lynchings (‘Lock and load’), and black voter registration (‘sigh… did Medgar Evers even think to register any good white southerners to vote?’).

Amidst Beck’s tricknology is the question of what took him so long to recognize and research Civil Rights heroes known and unknown? Doubtless Bull Conner would be adamant today against calling King, Parks, Evers and their supporters heroes. Yes, he does have a right to organize and meet at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, but he is way off base in his assertions that Dr. King would be against affirmative action were he still alive today. I recall this rhetoric starting around the early ’90′s. Were it not for King, there wouldn’t be an Affirmative Action. Obviously Beck’s hindsight isn’t 20/20 as most normal people’s are.

Glenn Beck’s surprise appearance on the “Joe Madison Show” at XM radio’s black-talk station 169 “The Power” proved more revealing than the words of his 8/28 speech in DC. On the morning before the rally. He got pretty evasive once Madison questioned him about his racists tags against Obama. Beck also told Madison that he doesn’t believe in social justice. Hmmm… I don’t recall him saying that in his closing lecture at Restore Honor. It would have been interesting if he did considering just a few minutes earlier Ms. King added a list of her dreams to her Uncle Martin’s, chief among them was: “that white privilege will become human privilege.” Pretty important I say, especially since social justice deals directly with race, opportunity and the economy.

No one is really challenging Beck’s right to do this, it’s just the obvious; a jerk-off and his ilk speaking before his misguided followers (who doubtless won’t be under-counted as the black male attendees of the Million Man March were. Early Beck rally numbers estimate 100,000) on the virtual-holy ground of a man who shared his dream before millions and changed a nation before the whole world. It’s obvious to me as well that what Beck wants, amidst the multicultural presence and backdrop of Restoring Honor is a Restoring Hubris. A restoration of white republican presidential rights to do anything that he pleases provided that one can find his way back into the Oval Office.

Beck and most of the republicans don’t care how much damage Bush and the banks have caused, he’s white, he’s republican, he was their guy. Back then republican voters were proud spectators; they had no problem with no WMDs and no wire-taps. Nationalism would make them direct participants, not that they aren’t up for it, but they already feel powerless with Obama. They don’t care how much good Obama does, he’s a black or bi-racial man… oh yeah, who took their country from them. Beck’s program wasn’t aiming for nationalism just yet, that’s for smart people, he can achieve the same objective by sprinkling some black activists, soldiers and musicians to praise him and entertain rural-America’s simple-minded dregs, if the GOP loses the mid-term, in ’012 he will bounce the blacks like a Fox Network cancelled sitcom and go-for-broke with his white nationalist movement to support the republican candidate.

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

Haiti’s (Would Be) Hip-Hop President

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by CHARLES M. BLOW

Wyclef Jean will be gone until November, if not longer. The hip-hop star officially announced in Port-au-Prince on Thursday that he’s running for president of Haiti. The election is scheduled for Nov. 28.

It is a fascinating bit of celebrity news. But it’s also a very serious pursuit by an utterly untested and unqualified candidate who has a strong chance of actually becoming the president of that crippled nation.

Jean, a Haitian citizen who grew up in Brooklyn and New Jersey and who many simply call Clef, enters a crowded field. It includes his own uncle, Raymond Joseph, the distinguished silver-haired Haitian ambassador to the United States, whom Jean himself had encouraged to run.

But Jean has been catapulted to the front of that field because celebrity trumps solemnity. If he can prove that he meets the residency requirements, which some doubt, he has a serious chance.

So we must take his candidacy seriously. The question for Wyclef becomes: “Why, Clef?”

It’s a pressing question because whoever wins takes over what many considered a failed state even before the devastating January earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people and worsened an already desperate situation.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer put the question to Jean on Thursday on “Larry King Live.” Here is the sum total of Jean’s rambling, somewhat incoherent, answer: “Well, after Jan. 12th, I would say over 50 percent of the population is a youth population. And we suffered for over 200 years. Now that our country has a problem, it’s a chance to rebuild from the bottom on up. And I don’t even say I’m trying to be president. I’m being drafted by the youth of Haiti. Right now is a chance for to us bring real education into the school, infrastructure, security and proper jobs. So this is some of the reasons that I’m running.”

Wow! Let’s just say that he’s no Demosthenes.

When Blitzer asked him what made him qualified, Jean responded, “When I look at the past 200 years with what our people have suffered, Wolf — political instability, coups after coup d’états. I feel that me running, it bring as neutral situation — meaning that Wyclef Jean can sit with any political party, have a conversation. I’m coming in neutral.”

Neutral, huh? Some Haitians may not see it that way. During the 2004 coup that ousted then-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Jean voiced his support for the rebels to MTV News and called for Aristide to step down.

As for management experience, one of Jean’s only stints was at the helm of his nonprofit Yéle Haiti Foundation. It came under scrutiny soon after the earthquake because of the way it uses its money. The Smoking Gun reported that, “Internal Revenue Service records show the group has a lackluster history of accounting for its finances, and that the organization has paid the performer and his business partner at least $410,000 for rent, production services, and Jean’s appearance at a benefit concert.” Jean has denied any wrongdoing and stepped down from the foundation on Thursday.

Since Jean has never held political office, left the country when he was 9, has little management experience and has yet to take any detailed policy positions, the only benefit of a Jean presidency at this point would appear to be his ability to leverage his celebrity. That sounds exciting in theory, but fame has its limits.

First, celebrity doesn’t necessarily loosen purse strings.

Former President Bill Clinton, one of the biggest political rock stars in the world, is already on the ground in Haiti as a United Nations special envoy and co-chairman of the international commission overseeing the billions in promised aid. Yet even he’s frustrated. Clinton told The Associated Press last month that international donors have given only 10 percent of the aid they have promised and 1.6 million Haitians are still living in tents.

So what would Jean do about this: “If that was me, I would get on my plane and I will go around the world, and — so, I’ll start right now and I’m looking at the donors and I’m saying what’s promised, we need it.” If only it were that easy, Wyclef.

As far as galvanizing other celebrities around Haiti, Jean could face just as much resistance as support.

The actor Sean Penn, who has been a major presence in Haiti since the earthquake, did not welcome the news of Jean’s run. In fact, he said that he was “very suspicious” of Jean’s motives. “For those of us in Haiti, he has been a nonpresence,” Penn said.

Jean can’t even count on his former band mates. On Thursday, a former Fugees member, Pras Michel, issued a statement endorsing one of Jean’s competitors, another musician named Michel “Sweet Micky” Martelly, “the most competent candidate for the job.” Besides being Jean’s former band mate, Pras is also his cousin. Ouch.

Even in terms of keeping attention trained on the country, celebrity only goes so far. CNN’s Anderson Cooper, one of the most recognized names and fawned over faces in news, has made covering Haiti his hobbyhorse. But his broadcast from that country on the six-month anniversary of the earthquake was met with disappointing ratings. If the Silver Fox of newshounds can’t keep people’s attention, I doubt if Jean will do much better.

Jean seems sincere, earnest and eager. He wants to help, and that’s noble. And the country has had so many poor leaders that it’s tempting to simply say: “Why not Wyclef?” But now is not the time to gamble. Haiti needs a serious and seasoned leader at this critical juncture — someone dedicated to the difficult and unglamorous work of applying the principles of good governance on a daily basis. In addition to rebuilding from the earthquake, Haiti’s next president must have the commitment and know-how to build viable health, educational and security infrastructures to support the country’s citizens, nurture domestic industries and attract foreign investment. It’s hard to see Jean as that leader.

A Jean presidency could not only prove unwise, it could prove disastrous. And the last thing Haiti needs right now is another disaster.

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.”

The Biggest Ponzi Scheme Against Americans Ever

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by Brandi L. Bates

The sub-prime mortgage industry is only a small morsel of the problem. When we pull back the covers and see who has been sleeping in the same bed, we namely see both Democrats and Conservatives, bankers, Wall Street brokers, high level executives, appraisers, and benefactors alike. From 2003-2007 we saw a time when the lush life was the sign of the times. However, very few people were prepared for the fallout and economic meltdown that would occur due to the burst of such a grandiose and gluttonous bubble. There is a direct relationship between declines in wealth, and declines in consumption and business investment, which along with government spending represent the economic engine. Between June 2007 and November 2008, Americans lost an estimated average of more than a quarter of their collective net worth.

Further, U.S. homeowners had extracted significant equity in their homes in the years leading up to the crisis, which they could no longer do once housing prices collapsed. Free cash used by consumers from home equity extraction doubled from $627 billion in 2001 to $1,428 billion in 2005 as the housing bubble built, a total of nearly $5 trillion over the period. The U.S. financial sector is basically a “financial crime syndicate,” said William Black, a senior regulator in the U.S. government during the “Savings & Loan Crisis” in the 80s. He is convinced that this entire swindle was intentionally orchestrated by U.S. bankers–going all the way back to when Alan Greenspan helped them begin to create the housing bubble.

He reviewed this campaign of fraud in detail. Black began by accusing all major U.S. banks of intentionally writing-up countless billions of dollars worth of knowingly fraudulent mortgages (“liar’s loans”) – where the banks knew that these loans could never, possibly be repaid.

The securities fraudsters then knowingly packaged up these fraudulent loans, and took these “securities” to their accomplices: the “credit-rating” agencies. Contrary to their name, these companies never even attempted to evaluate the creditworthiness of these securities, before giving them “AAA” rubber-stamps.

The plot thickens. The financial crisis of 2007 to the present is a crisis triggered by GREED, a liquidity shortfall in the United States banking system caused by the overvaluation of assets. It has resulted in the collapse of large financial institutions, the bailout of banks by national governments and downturns in stock markets around the world.In many areas, the housing market has also suffered, resulting in numerous evictions, foreclosures and prolonged vacancies. It is considered by many economists to be the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

The bullet is proud to welcome Ms. Bates to our op-ed rotation. She is an accomplished author, and columnist for BrooWaha. An amazing writer and social/sensual philosophical Tweeter/Mindpimp, if you want to know more about her check out her website.

The Criminal Disenfranchisement Law in New York

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by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.

If the Freedom Party is able to secure 15,000 valid signatures to secure ballot status and is, afterwards, able to secure 50,000 votes to enjoy the authority to nominate state-wide officeholders, the Freedom Party will have the authority to become a political party led by historically-oppressed persons.

An intermediate step is voter registration. The future of the Freedom Party will depend on the voter registration and political education of young people. During World War II, only Georgia lowered the voting age to eighteen year olds. The Twenty-sixth Amendment would later lower the voting age to eighteen-year olds.

Universal suffrage is not permitted in the United States. Pauper laws were enacted in some locales to disenfranchise the poor. In New York, parolees are also unable to vote. Only Maine, Massachusetts, Utah and Vermont lack a universal, disenfranchisement law.

A felon and a parolee are two different classifications. A parolee is part of the criminal justice system. A felon is a byproduct of the criminal justice system. In New York, over eighty percent of all parolees are Blacks or Latinos even though these groups constitute about forty percent of the state’s population.

A parolee has not repaid his debt to society. On the other hand, a felon in New York has repaid his debt, in full, to society. Nonetheless, New York refuses to restore to felons full civil rights. Felons do enjoy limited voting rights, however. A felon may enter a polling booth but is forbidden from participating in either a petit jury or a grand jury.

An encounter, recently, with a young man in Albany is typical. He was under the mistaken belief that a felon is unable to vote in New York. When he was told that his belief was mistaken, he asked if a voter registration card would give him an immediate job.

He was told that a voter registration card was not an immediate guarantee of employment. Thus, he was uninterested in voting. It may have been selfishness that landed him in prison in the first place. It was of no concern to him that Blacks had been targeted for disenfranchisement. He was for self.

It was a political decision to disenfranchise felons in New York. Most of the affected felons are either Black or Latino. It will also take a political decision to acknowledge the repayment of the debt. This will not come until Blacks and Latinos form a political party and put the disenfranchisement of Blacks and Latinos on the political agenda. The Democratic Party will not do it.

In 1985, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Hunter v. Underwood that Alabama’s criminal disenfranchisement law was unconstitutional since it intentionally discriminated against Blacks. The criminal justice system provides an oasis for discrimination. For example, prosecutorial discretion is an oasis in the criminal justice system.

Although New York’s criminal disenfranchisement law does indeed discriminate against Blacks and Latinos, a successful plaintiff must show discriminatory intent. Alabama’s law was ruled, facially, unconstitutional. This law made no apologies for discriminating against Blacks. Mississippi amended its criminal disenfranchisement law to shield its discriminatory intent.

No judicial system will readily find that New York uses its criminal disenfranchisement laws to discriminate against Blacks and Latinos because the enforcement of its laws is uneven. Unfortunately, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that statistics is insufficient to prove intent.

The major civil rights legislation was passed in 1964 and 1965 after the Black vote played a key role in electing John F. Kennedy as president of the United States. The 1960 presidential election, the civil rights movement and urban rebellions gave rise to Blacks securing voting rights. It will take another movement to secure political rights. The Freedom Party is a step in the right direction.

The deadline for signatures is two weeks. In terms of a timetable, at least 15 congressional districts must be nailed down on or before August 17. In addition to securing 6 additional congressional districts for the Freedom Party, supporters must run up the numbers in the most populous congressional districts between August 8 and August 17.

Gov. Mario Cuomo used monies earmarked to build housing for the poor to expand the prison-industrial complex in New York. He built more prisons than all other previous governors. He also opposed restoring full civil rights to Black and Latino felons after they had repaid their debt to society. Today, Andrew Cuomo expects Blacks and Latinos to endorse their own oppression.

A person with a felony conviction can be a part of a movement to abolish criminal disenfranchisement laws in New York. This person can not only vote immediately but also can carry petitions for the Freedom Party. This person must immediately go to the local Board of Elections and personally submit a voter registration card. This card is available at this office. After submitting this card personally, the person must demand a stamped receipt from the local Board of Elections.

Ask about Freedom Party Buttons to Assist in Fundraising!
Sis. Sarah Russell 7189-834-9034

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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August 17th, 2010 at 4:18 am

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HANDS OFF CHARLIE RANGEL!!!!

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by Gloria Dulan-Wilson

Well, it’s déjà vu all over again. The so-called ethics committee is going to “investigate” Congressman Charlie Rangel.

Don’t you find it interesting that this is similar to the b.s. investigation they leveled against Adam Clayton Powell Jr., when he became head of the House Ways and Means Committee, and attached more bills in favor of African Americans to any bill on the floor in the history of Congress? They came up with trumped up charges against him as well, and finally were able to use their bogus allegations to drive him out of office.

Interesting isn’t it that both men are Black, both from New York, both take principled stands, and both were head of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee?

Does anyone see the parallel between that and now? Is this a familiar issue to us? You bet your sweet a___ it is! Who here really believe that Charlie Rangel is guilty of anything egregious enough to be brought before the committee. Who really understands it’s the same yellow journalism that has been leveled against President Obama. The mainstream media have been used by the right wing to hound him, in much the same way they did Bill Clinton, to blow out of proportion issues that should not have even made a quarter inch column.

Compared to his track record, this is minutiae blown out of proportion. But, as with anything, we are not only ten times more talented, we are generally painted as ten times more guilty and culpable than any white (yes I said it) white congress person, white president, etc. We have to see it for what it really is. There is no ethics in the ethics committee. It’s in name only. It’s convenient when they have allowed the court of media-fanned public opinion to push them into knee jerk action.

Case in point: Where was the ethics committee when people like Strom Thurmond or Robert Byrd were around? Both were blatant racists; both card carrying members of the KKK. Both were segregationists, racists. Their just making an apology does not mitigate what African Americans suffered at their hands. How can we be sure that Charlie Rangel is being dealt with ethically, equitably, with the same criteria the give their Caucasian peers. Why should we give credence to this trial; where they tie his feet to the fire, while the others are able to skulk around, flying low under the radar.

Where were the ethics when the Vice President Cheyney under George Bush, Jr., accidentally on purpose shot someone during a hunting trip? Where were they when Cheyney was running the White House and ruining America by fiat? Where were they when the entire bottom dropped out of our economy, under the advise and consent of key people in the Republican dominated administration?

I find it highly unethical that the ethics committee is basing its so-called investigation of Rangel on media hype and digging; kind of funny, because I’d be willing to bet that most of our elected officials have one or more home; have one or more business connections.

If they Democrats are worried about this splitting the party, the Republicans should be petrified with fear. We do recognize where this is coming from. The same people who tried to have Clinton impeached. We over understand the situation. That does not mean that so-called “blue dog Democrats” are not on our radar, but character assassination is the province of the Republican party. In either case, both parties will be walking on eggs if harm politically, socially, financially or emotionally comes to Congressman Rangel. WE ARE WATCHING AND REGISTERING. Consider the consequences.

In case you missed my point, I reiterate, the blatant difference is that both Charlie Rangel and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. were and are Black.

Yes, I said it! It’s racist b.s.

Charlie has apartments that are under market value? When did he purchase them? How can you tell when the New York market, particularly in Manhattan, and especially in Harlem, has been so jacked up and over inflated over the past ten years that no one really knows what the market it.

Since the ethics committee didn’t deal with Byrd, or any of the other characters who have committed egregious acts against America, Republican and Democrat, they get a vote of no confidence from me.

I would love to know what the Ethics Committee’s standard, or code of ethics consists of. Share them with the world, so we can see if they are truly equitable. List them so we can all see them. Then I think we should have full disclosure as to where each member of the ethics committee stands or falls along that criteria. Additionally, who are their contributors? How did they get elected? Who’s in their closet? What’s their track record? If they can’t stand the litmus test, they shouldn’t serve on the committee.

Biblically speaking, he or she who is without sin can cast the first stone.

Otherwise, HANDS OFF CHARLIE RANGEL!!!!

Stay Blessed &
ECLECTICALLY BLACK

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

Obama’s ‘Race’ War

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by CHARLES M. BLOW

Americans are engaged in a war over a word: racism.

Mature commentary on the subject has descended into tribal tirades, hypersensitive defenses and rapid-fire finger-pointing. The very definition of the word seems under assault, being bent and twisted back on itself and stretched and pulled beyond recognition.

Many on the left have taken an absolutist stance, that the anti-Obama sentiment reeks of racism and denial only served to confirm guilt. Many on the right feel as though they have been convicted without proof — that tossing “racism” their way is itself racist.

The “racists crying racism” meme is being pushed hard, on multiple fronts, all centered around the president.

After the N.A.A.C.P. asked the Tea Party “to condemn extremist elements” within its ranks, the right went on a witch hunt for black racists in the N.A.A.C.P. Not finding any, it created one. Andrew Breitbart presents: “The Sherrod Charade.”

Journalism is being tarred with the sins of some on JournoList, a now defunct listserv through which a handful of people wrote heretical things like the possibility of calling conservatives racist to divert attention from Obama’s connection to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr.

This was hardly a vast left-wing conspiracy, but it fed the right’s defensive narrative that the word “racism” has become a weapon — not the shot of a rifle carefully aimed at a clear target, but a shotgun blast sprayed wide and loose at all things anti-Obama.

There’s also the charge that the president is protecting the New Black Panthers from voter intimidation charges. This nonstory has been knocked down more times than a blind boxer, but the right keeps pushing it.

And then there’s Glenn Beck. He’s on a crusade to convince the lemmings of Foxland that President Obama is governing under the principles of Black Liberation Theology, a “grave perversion” of Christianity in which “minorities are saved in the sense that white people constantly confess and repent of being racist and meet the economic demands of minorities via the redistribution of wealth as a consequence of, in some form or another, reparations.” What? Oh, Glenn.

I have to say, I don’t know how these Fox viewers do it. Listening to a Beck argument is like living in an M.C. Escher drawing — fantastical illusions that defy logic and strain the brain.

Blacks, stunned by this new topsy-turvy world of racial politics, continue to rally around Obama. In opinion polls, they consistently rate Obama’s performance and policies highly, I suspect as much out of solidarity as conviction.

Whether the president likes it or not, he’s the nexus of this debate. I, for one, think that he should stand up and redirect it from the negative to the noble. There will be some grumbling to be sure, but there already is.

It’s your choice, Mr. President. I say stand up — for America, for common humanity, for civil discourse. To paraphrase the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., they can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.

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.”