by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.
I published an article on January 11, 2016 entitled, 2016 Plantation Bowl in “Living Color.” That evening, University of Alabama would meet Clemson University of South Carolina in the College Football National Championship in Glendale, AZ. Black football players now dominate both football teams and both teams practice “plantation politics.”
Forty-five years ago, both teams were all-white. Alabama would not recruit a black football player until 1970. Sam “Bam” Cunningham would run in Legion Field in Birmingham, AL as though he was running from the Ku Klux Klan. Birmingham was known as “Bombingham” in the 1960’s and for good reason.
An all-white football team from the University of Alabama would meet University of Southern California, which had an all-black backfield, on September 12, 1970 in Birmingham. USC trounced Alabama. Paul “Bear” Bryant, the head coach at Alabama, saw the handwriting on the wall.
There had to be a change of venue. “Niggers” would have to be transferred from the “cotton field” to the “football field.” Cotton production had already become mechanized. Alabama’s new “cash crop” was football. This was Bryant’s mission after he became the head coach of the football team in 1958.
Now, the University of Alabama has the top football team in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Nick Saban, head coach of the University of Alabama, has built a football powerhouse on the “legacy” of Paul “Bear” Bryant. The football team is a “cash cow” and no one, in the black community, is able to connect the dots.
Alabama State and Alabama A&M are struggling black colleges. They need an infusion of cash. Alabama is profiting from its racist past. Another example is the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, AL. “Selma” is a further example of the economic exploitation or racism.
Anyone who is capable of engaging in “Critical Thinking” would be able to deduce that Alabama is turning the “pain and suffering” of blacks into “hush money.” Ancient Egyptians gave us equitable principles. “No one should be able to profit from wrongdoing.” Alabama is doing it in our faces.
Nearly fifty years after Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.’s assassination in Memphis, TN, Alabama is still maintaining a dual system of education. It has never dawned on anyone that the University of Alabama should be participating in profit-sharing from its gridiron prowess. This would not only prevent a dual educational system from profiting from one’s wrong doing but it would also prevent the liquidation of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
The key to preserving one’s legacy is to first define it. Although Bryant was known as a segregationist, his legacy is to “win at all cost” even if you have to change the complexion of the football team and adopt the non-violent principles of Dr. King. This move also promotes market capitalism.
Unfortunately, no one is preserving Dr. King’s legacy. He describes himself as a “Drum Major for Justice.” His guiding words: “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Anthony Ray Hinton, a descendant of enslaved Africans, was released from prison on April 3, 2015 after having been wrongfully convicted in an Alabama court. He served thirty years in prison. The “Scottsboro Boys Case” would again raise its ugly head.
Black celebrated Dr. King’s life on Monday. He was given a “slave burial” in Atlanta in 1968. After crying “crocodile tears,” we buried both his legacy and his body. Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton will give us memories of his life, but not his legacy, on Monday.” We, on the other hand, are still “dreaming.”
Both Jackson and Sharpton represent themselves as adherents of Dr. King even though they have now switched from the civil rights movement to the $ilver rites movement. They have refused to embrace a vow of poverty. Instead, they are millionaires. Their rallying cry today is “No Hush Money! No Peace!”
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