by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.
The world has known of Malcolm X (Malcolm Little) since May 19, 1925. I heard of Malcolm X only after I matriculated at Howard University in 1962. On my list of colleges, I chose Howard University although it did not offer me an academic scholarship. I did have several scholarship offers, however.
It was a great choice for 1962. The best things in life are not free. I would live by this principle the rest of my life. Frederick Douglass said it best: “You may not get everything you pay for but you will pay for everything you get”. He was speaking about freedom. Nothing in nothing out.
“The cost of freedom”, according to Thomas Jefferson, “is eternal vigilance”. This is wrong. The cost of freedom is “blood, sweat and tears”. The cost to maintain freedom is eternal vigilance. George Zimmerman is a white vigilante. Unless Blacks understand American jurisprudence, Zimmerman will get off scot-free.
This is a “cash and carry” world. People who want everything free is always going to be buried at the bottom of the heap. There was no course on “freedom” at Howard so I had to embrace the concept of a “University without Walls”. These professors included Hon. Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) and Jamal Abdullah Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown).
During the 1960’s, the state of Georgia put me on trial. I had refused to stay in my place. My community had tried but failed to convince me that I should stay in my place. The community was preparing me for life as a “Negro”. I never wanted to be a Negro. I preferred to be dead and in a grave than to be a slave.
Throughout my life, my parents had discouraged me from working for white people. I went to Howard seeking a profession that would not me dependent on whites. In my high school yearbook, I indicated a desire to be an “accountant”. This was an intermediate step. I majored in business administration. Law school would come later.
The Hon. Elijah Muhammad said that there are three things that whites will never correctly teach Blacks: the science of mating; the science of business and the science of war. These disciplines comprise the educational foundation for the United States.
President Calvin Coolidge noted: “The business of America is business”. This also includes a knowledge of associations and a knowledge of war. War is an outgrowth of business. Associations breed teamwork. Blacks have abandoned all businesses. It started with the Negro baseball leagues.
There are three additional disciplines that are crucial for whites. They are philosophy, logic and ethics. White supremacy has its own philosophy, its own logic and its own ethics. It is illegal for Blacks to have a philosophy. Instead, Blacks must form a symbiotic relationship with whites.
Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. finally acquired a philosophy and he was assassinated. This was the same result for Malcolm X. Hon. Marcus Garvey was imprisoned and booted out of the United States with a one-way ticket. The New York Police Department intentionally miscounted the ballots in 1972 for Adam Clayton Powell’s congressional district. He was given the boot from Congress. This is the philosophy that WABC-TV is suppressing.
Louis Clayton Jones, Kwame Ture and Dr. Khalid Abdullah Tariq Al-Mansour were critical thinkers. I was able to pinpoint the basis for their knowledge. Although I did not major in philosophy, I did take elective courses in logic at Howard. The same professor taught all of us.
All Blacks are capable of thinking but it does not come naturally in a white supremacist society. The failure to think critically will keep Blacks in last place. Today, critical thinking must be taught by learned persons. There is a process. Malcolm X was disciplined enough to learn the process on his own. Time was of the essence.
Even with courses in philosophy, logic and ethics, critical thinking does not come easy for Blacks in the United States. Whites understood, in the seventeenth century, that they would have to build a system of social control. Slave codes, designed to accommodate white fear, were oppressive and retaliatory. Whites, on the hand, were subject to the common law.
This dual system of legislation still exists today. A glaring example is crack cocaine versus powder cocaine. Black members of Congress were in the forefront of pushing for this legislative disparity. For this reason, you will not find Black selected officials endorsing or pushing public affairs programming.
There was no public outcry after the demise of “Like It Is”. In many jurisdictions where public affairs programming should be available to Blacks, it does not exist. Blacks are conditioned to follow Judas goats and “silver rights” leaders and them complain about whites like George Zimmerman.
In his lifetime, Malcolm X was a prophet. He was painted, however, as being anti-white. There was scant Black support for him. Black people are unable to handle the truth. They immediately react negatively to the truth. If you had listened to him in 1964, you were able to envision America in 2012.
Malcolm X was a myth buster. Anyone who understands myths and fallacies is a public threat to the United States. Myths and fallacies are the foundation for “Negro reasoning”. Intelligence exercised against white supremacy is a threat to the United States. America has built a mythological colony for Blacks. Dennis Walcott is the HNIC in New York City. The result is mentacide.
Before Gil Noble, host of “Like It Is”, made his transition, he warned me that “Like It Is” would end as soon as he incurred a serious physical disability or made his transition. To make sure that Black history and culture would be exposed to Blacks, he sacrificed his retirement.
WABC-TV was opposed to Black history and culture and also Black nationalism. The Central Intelligence Agency had established ABC-TV.WABC-TV is supporting censorship, a violation of FCC law. This is also a throwback to the slave codes.
Gil had hoped that someone would step up to the plate to continue his work. I was surprised that everyone of African ancestry in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut would flee the scene. If we were Gil’s friends, I’d hate to see his enemies.
After his retirement, Gil Noble continued to carry the blood-stained banner until he suffered a major stroke. This is now an expensive proposition but no group is willing to foot the bill. So far, only a sacrificial lamb has stepped up to the plate. Most Blacks are spectators.
The demise of “Like It Is” also meant the end of all tributes to Malcolm X on WABC-TV’s public affairs programming. While Gil was in good spirits and in good health, Black selected officials and leading Blacks were already making a beeline to WABC to complain about “Like It Is”. After the political demise of Cong. Powell, the “Gang of Four” initiated a “silver rights” movement in New York City. It is still “alive and kicking”.
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. He is also a founding member of the Freedom Party. Please sign his Petition to save “Like It Is.” Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471