by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.
A personnel department, for blacks, has always been a work-in-progress. At the outset, all blacks constituted a class. We are similarly-situated today. Of course, life is not constant. The only thing that is constant is change. Anyone who refuses to change will invariably become obsolete. This certainly applies to economics and politics.
When Africans first arrived in North America, they were in “chains.” Of course, Africans have a different timetable. Using the oppressors cooked books, it was the Jamestown Colony in 1619. The English sought to muddy the waters by using both “slaves” and “indentured servants.”
The slave code was written on an ad hoc basis. Code law is based on fear. The code was designed to prevent or suppress threats. Code law still exists for blacks. See, for example, the IRC, the UCC and penal codes. On the other hand, whites have enjoyed and have benefitted from the common-law. The judicial system has always had two sets of books.
In 1787, there was no Bill of Rights. The “founding fathers” sought to pacify the white settlers by inserting the Ninth and Tenth amendments in the U.S. Constitution. The settlers demanded a written document specifying, based on English history, a set of rights through amending the U.S. Constitution.
After the Civil War and Dred Scott, judges decided our rights through commercial law and not even the common law. Since there was no orientation and no remedial education, our revered ancestors were “clueless and glueless.” Frederick Douglass had a good nose: “You may not get everything you pay for but you will pay for everything you get.”
“Legalese” is about framing the right issues and asking the right questions. In 1994, an “Iranian Jew,” Minoo Southgate, came knocking on the doors of the “Slave Theater.” She had obviously believed that she was knocking on the doors of the slave quarters in order to monitor the keynote speaker, Dr. Cornel West. The ADL wondered: Did he have a forked tongue?
I “pierced the corporate veil.” I saw Mayor Rudolph Giuliani of New York City and the Anti-Defamation League pulling the strings. Southgate was a front. I immediately put Giuliani and Southgate on UAM’s agenda at its monthly meeting at the Cotton Club in Harlem. No one else saw it as a question of self-determination. I did.
I invoked the “Bill of Costs.” You must pay the costs to be the boss. There was no space in my transmission for “reverse.” I had to go at it alone or see Giuliani and the ADL sharing the driver’s seat. I was already paying the freight. The “lone wolf” was already in my personnel file. See the public record.
Athletes must be in the front line of our defense, because they can “pay the costs to be the boss.” John Carlos and Tommie Smith took a stab at it in Mexico at the 1968 Olympics with the black power salute. We should be giving them pensions for their gallant efforts and send a message to white supremacists that we take care of our freedom-fighters.
Since 1968, professional sports in the United States have exploded with black athletes in the vanguard. They command handsome salaries. They can “pay the costs to be the boss” under the Bill of Costs. This is “legalese.” It requires a construction of “legalese.” Any “legal upstart” or “political upstart” must come to the table with a resume. Only a resume will provide answers.
Today, United African Movement is the only organization in New York that enjoys self-determination. Of course, this only started the war between Alton Maddox and the United States. Blacks refuse to believe in retaliatory actions. Among other things, CPW Towers, LLC v. Maddox, Index No. L&T 86146 (Civ. Ct., N.Y. Co. 2014) is a retaliatory action.
It is also a class action. In 1991, a blue-ribbon commission found that New York’s judicial system is “infested with racism.” A blue-ribbon report is equivalent to a grand jury report under Article 190 of the Criminal Procedure Law. Twenty-five years later, it is “no taxation without representation.” Blacks are represented by “Negro selected parrots.”
Words Matter. From 1798 into the 20th century, New York City had police courts with police justices. These courts were controlled by Tammany Hall. The Department of Defense followed the Department of War in 1947. The United States has been engaged in permanent war and with attorneys who have been in the front line of offense.
Because of my uncompromising stance for blacks, I have been engaged in a permanent war. Currently, I am “civilly dead.” All rights have costs including the cost of blacks to enjoy militant and uncompromising, legal representation. I need investors in “war bonds” to get back in the saddle. Interestingly, the first move will be on September 15, 2016 in CPW Towers, LLC v. Maddox.
Since I arrived in New York in 1973, I have never been deterred from pulling any black person out of a fire even though no war chest was available. I treated any action as a class action. Unfortunately, my resources have dropped to the bottom because of my pro bono services. I have been constructively evicted. “It is a [destitute person] that does not have a hole.”
I am asking my friends to donate to my defense in war bonds based on my work to the black community for the past forty-three years. With no legal representation, political representation is a mirage for all blacks. Legal representation preceded political representation in the United States.
My African-centered construction of the U.S. Constitution is necessary for blacks to understand our predicament and recognize that it is not hopeless. Otherwise, Donald Trump’s rhetoric will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Law schools are victimizing black law students. No organization provides me with any help for any matter. I would have a better shot pleading to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Our next presidential choice may be a “lemon.” So far, we have never been given a “test drive.” Either Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump or both may be a “lemon.” Neither has pretended to offer a warranty, express, implied or construed by law. We still believe that a leopard can change his spots and a zebra can change his stripes.
White supremacy embraces “Maslow’s hierarchy of needs” in striking at its enemies. It starts with one’s essential needs for food and shelter. Love and spiritual potential is at the apex. Livelihood is important to secure the needs. The target is important for blacks who are considering racial solidarity. Traitors who hide their resumes are able to “live large.”
The black community must line up behind militant and outspoken black athletes. Our community must provide structure to the struggle. At the bottom, there must be study groups and political pressure groups. Special interest groups must follow. A political party must be at the apex. Alignments are also important in sports as in white supremacy.
Any “Negro” who insists on remaining silent in light of some blacks taking a stand against racial injustices should have his or her name erased from the blackboard. No one is entitled to write his or her name in indelible ink. We have too many grievances. Daily, each black person must petition an arm of government for a redress of grievances.
Please send contribution made payable to “Alton H. Maddox, Jr.” and mail to the address listed below. Thank you.
Alton H. Maddox, Jr.
P.O. Box 35
Bronx, NY 10471
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 support the movement to Reinstate him. Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471.