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Celia, A Slave:

Revisited

By Alton H. Maddox, Jr.©

Any Black person, who was seeking to overthrow white supremacy, would seek out the most militant Black person for advice and counsel. A “militant” is a Black person who has immeasurable love for his or her people and has demonstrated a readiness to fight and die for them. The operative word is “fight.”

If any Black person knows his or her history, there are countless examples of militant persons. There are also countless examples of how the majority of Blacks respond to them. It proves that Blacks are still living on plantations. Churches refused to be used as venues to celebrate the life of Malcolm X. Blacks were restless until Marcus Garvey was hounded out of the United States. Some of Dr. Martin L. King’s “inner circle” collaborated with military intelligence for his assassination.

Immediately after Dr. King’s assassination, Blacks were loudly chanting, “run Jesse run”! No one remembered the Poor People’s Campaign, however, or Dr. King’s call for a redistribution of wealth after LBJ’s “war on poverty” had failed. In a country that Blacks built, the disparity in wealth is still enshrined in Art. 2, sec. 2 of the U.S. Constitution and Blacks are still donning badges of slavery. Constitutionally, Blacks are three-fifths of a person. Justice and economics are measured in fractions.

Rev. Jesse Jackson should have been the last person that Blacks would follow. Any conversation with Rev. James Bevel about April 4, 1968 would make the point. Rev. Bevel was Dr. King’s chief lieutenant and he was also the architect of the “Million Man March.”

Photographs were doctored to give Rev. Jackson a prominent position in the civil rights movement. This allowed him to announce himself on the “Today” program on April 5, 1968 as the next Black leader even though he had no game plan for anyone except himself.

Blacks are always seeking to identify the most corrupt person, without a game plan, to lead the group to “The Promised Land”. It is not only illogical but it is also a safe position for racial accommodationists who seek to aid rather than to antagonize white supremacists.

An example, in point, is “silver” rights leaders. They get in front of an explosive racial issue like the rape of Nafissatou Diallo, the African maid, by Dominique Strauss-Khan to either derail it or to put it on the wrong track. These are rhetoricians who master nursery rhymes for maximum, emotional impact.

A seminal, rape case in the United States is Celia, A Slave. Celia’s white slaveholder was repeatedly raping her in the barn after he had enjoyed supper with his family. Celia was his dessert. He was the classic white supremacist. Because she was a “thing”, relief was unavailable from the prosecutor’s office. Moreover, a blue ribbon commission, in 1991, found that New York’s judicial system is still “infested with racism”. The exercise of self-help or self-defense, on the other hand, are punishable offenses.

Celia had to turn to her Black “boyfriend” for help. Because he was a “slave”, both physically and mentally, he lacked human feelings. Unknown to Celia, he viewed their relationship as only sexual. He was enjoying rights without responsibilities. His role was only to supplement white supremacy. Sex was a mechanism to enhance the “slave” population. The importation of “slaves” was now illegal in the United States. It became so, by legislation, after 1808.

With no relief in sight, she took matters into her own hands. She exercised the right of self-help and self-defense in the barn with only the white rapist present in the regular course of his criminal enterprise. The slaveholder received his just desserts at the hands of a Black woman.

When this slaveholder was missing in action, whites conducted a search for his whereabouts. Celia had made one mistake. She had told her “boyfriend” about the plot. Slaveholders refused to recognize privileged communications between slaves. Today, slavemasters refuse to recognize an attorney-client relationship between an attorney and a Black, female, rape victim. Compare the disbarments of Alton Maddox and Mike Nifong. A Black attorney and a white prosecutor sought to protect Black women.

All “Black leaders” in New York called for Maddox’s disbarment and Sen. Barack Obama demanded Nifong’s disbarment in the Duke lacrosse, rape case. A Black selected official is seeking to put the finishing touches to Maddox. This operation started in 1988 with Tawana Brawley.

The “boyfriend” spilled his guts and Celia was seized under Dred Scott which had been recently decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Both Dred Scott and Celia, A Slave had arisen under Missouri “law”. Both legal ordeals were decided in Missouri courts. The Missouri Supreme Court ruled that no descendant of enslaved Africans enjoyed the right of self-defense nor the right of self-help and the courts and the criminal justice system were unavailable to any “slave” under any and all circumstances. That being the case, the legal system in the United States demanded “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” for Celia A. Slave for taking the life of her white slaveholder. She was lynched after a kangaroo trial and an unsuccessful appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court.

Like with Tawana Brawley, there was no community of support. Blacks were only spectators to an organized lynching. The courts, under slave codes, would not recognize Blacks as credible witnesses . Black women are still “liars” and “prostitutes”. Slave codes are still in effect.

If exercised intelligently, the right to vote in a democracy is supposed to be a defense mechanism against racial injustices. Nonetheless, it has not helped Blacks who are clueless and devoid of critical thinking and lack a comprehension of systems analysis.

Voting is a two-step process. The selection of political candidates must precede their election. Blacks are only allowed to participate in the election process. Every Black “representative” has already been selected by whites. This is called the “white primary”. This system was created during Reconstruction. The prosecution of the “Scottsboro Boys” happened because the “white primary” system existed in Alabama in 1931 and there were no Black lawyers to explain to Blacks their political options and Dred Scott.

A lawyer is a person who can competently, courageously and zealously represent an unpopular person without fear of retribution. Grievance committees ride roughshod over all attorneys.

If the white primary system exists in a state, the skin color of the political representative is meaningless. A Black selected official must give a political proxy to either the Democratic Party or the Republican Party.

Legal representation is also irrelevant if a lawyer representing a Black person is reduced to a junior prosecutor. White lawyers, by definition, are automatically committed to white supremacy. A lawyer who struggles for Blacks will lose his or her privileges.

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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