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Breaking the Color Line in 1947

by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.

April 15th, 2011 marked the day the white media touted Branch Rickey, owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, as the greatest thing since sliced bread because he, with Jackie Robinson, broke the color line in baseball. Actually, Robinson proved that Black men, as athletes, could be acceptable if they took white abuse.

To embrace this myth, you would have to discount the Negro Leagues which was more talented than Jim Crow baseball. Ty Cobb was the prototype of Jim Crow baseball. After Robinson broke the color line, white racists would still honor Cobb. In April 2011, whites will still also give homage to “Confederate Day”.

More importantly, white owners and executives saw the Negro Leagues as harboring incredible talent and they observed Blacks packing stadiums like Yankee Stadium and, in the off-season, all Black baseball teams would routinely beat all-white baseball teams with heroes like Babe Ruth who was “passing”.

When highly-acclaimed Black baseball players like Satchel Paige fled to Jim Crow baseball, the Black economy took a nosedive. Eventually, there would be no all-Black baseball teams. Therefore, this would end the role of Black owners and Black executives. Jim Crow baseball would put Black baseball players on the field while Blacks were banned from executive suites.

For the past four hundred years, the plantation system is still intact despite the Emancipation Proclamation. Whites are in the Big House and Blacks are on the field and are still living in slave quarters. This happens because Blacks are allowed to be seen but not heard in courthouses and in legislative bodies.

To maintain this system, whites have created a “Negro morontocracy” and it is fueled by mythologic under the U.S. Constitution. Since Blacks have no real knowledge of the rationale of the U.S. Constitution and its actual philosophy, Blacks believe that they are living in a democracy. Actually, it is a plutocratic timocracy.

Politically, virtually all Blacks are enrolled in the Democratic Party which was established by slaveholders in the nineteenth century to sustain white supremacy. The founders include Thomas Jefferson, a rapist and kidnapper, like Steve Pagones, and Andrew Jackson who appointed Roger Taney to head the U.S. Supreme Court. Taney penned Dred Scott which is still good law in 2011.

Since the ratification of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and, except for 1968, there has been racial harmony on the plantation. There have been no slave rebellions and Blacks are as happy as larks with President Barack Obama in the “White House which, since the hoopla over President Theodore Roosevelt entertaining Booker T. Washington in the Executive Mansion, now admits “oreos”.

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. Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471

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