by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.
The first narrative in 100 Years of Lynching was about Coweta County, Georgia. This lynching gave Dr. W.E.B. DuBois a new perspective on white supremacy but it would take a long time for it to sink in. At the time, he was a professor at Atlanta University. The term “picnic” arose out of this lynching. It was a “picnic.” The victim was like Dred Scott. He was demanding his hard-earned wages.
Growing up in Coweta County, I remember “crackers” driving around in pick-up trucks with gun racks on their rear windows and racially-derogatory tags on their front bumpers.” “Cracker,” for them, is a term of endearment. President Jimmy Carter concurs.
Georgia law required only one tag on a vehicle and it should be placed below the trunk. The tag on the front of the vehicle would read: “Don’t Bother Me: I’m Coon Huntin.” All of Benjamin Crump’s clients, like all of us, are considered as “coons.” Hunting season is 24-7. Thousands of hooded Klansmen had a “March on Washington” in 1925. They opposed Cong. Dyer’s federal anti-lynching bill. The KKK is now acting under “color of law.”
Rev. Al Sharpton attended Tilden High School in Brooklyn. It was named after racist Gov. Samuel Tilden of New York. In 1877, Tilden became known for the problem that we are still suffering from today. It has handcuffed President Barack Obama and it has made me a victim of “judicial bullying” which is now supported by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Sharpton’s job, in league with the white media, is to divert attention away from the culprits and take free speech out of the streets. I may still be practicing law today if I had not defied the Compromise of 1877. The enactment of our “civil rights” legislation lasted for only a decade. See, Civil Rights Act of 1866. The U.S. Justice Department was established in 1870 to put a “brake” on them.
Whites enjoy natural rights. The descendants of enslaved Africans, on December 13, 2014, will be re-certifying, in D.C., their status as “second-class” citizens. This class originally was certified in 1857 and it was re-certified in 1896 when the U.S. Supreme Court “duped” and “spooked” us. Dred Scott was dictum. Plessy v. Ferguson was a judicial fallacy.
Ferguson, the respondent in the U.S. Supreme Court, was related to the namesake for Ferguson, MO. Plessy v. Ferguson has revived racial classifications. Nothing is coincidental. It is no accident that Michael Brown was assassinated in Missouri, the home of Dred Scott.
The real date for protest is the 123rd anniversary of the Bill of Rights, December 15, 2014. All eyes should be on this date and NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman should be asked to explain why a grand jury, in Richmond County, NY was given “slave instructions” like in People v. John White.
Schneiderman has authority over grand juries, special prosecutors and the administration of justice. He should start by extirpating judicial gerrymandering. Public Advocate Letitia James is purportedly seeking a court order to unseal the grand jury transcripts in Garner. As Democrats, they should share the same mission.
This is why, through a letter to Chief Administrative Judge Fern Fisher of the Supreme Court – Civil Branch in Manhattan that, NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and NYC Public Advocate Letitia James were asked to show cause on December 15, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Manhattan Civil Court about the general “enforcement” of the Bill of Rights in New York.
Blacks must start knocking on the right door, talking to the right people and asking the right questions. Their offices should be flooded with e-mails over this week-end. It is cheaper than going to D.C. and financing our own oppression. This legal revolution will start with your computer and your telephone. Calling all families, friends, neighbors and co-workers about these public officials being in Manhattan Civil Court is a start. Public officials should love the public. They do at polling sites.
Demand a Pardon for Ramsey Orta Now!
This is the holiday season, when a governor issues out pardons. It is interesting that persons who seek justice for Eric Garner are comfortable with Ramsey Orta facing a criminal conviction in retaliation for him recording the chokehold death of Eric Garner. This lack of concern for Orta is not harmless.
The New York Police Department conducted a pre-emptive strike to undercut the quality of the evidence presented to the Eric Garner grand jury. The admissibility of any recording depends on laying a foundation and that turns on the credibility of a witness. If a person has a criminal record, a juror may disregard the testimony and the record
If a witness has a criminal record, a juror may disregard the testimony and the recording. This happened in the first grand jury investigation of Garner’s chokehold death and it could reoccur in an investigation by a federal grand jury searching for civil rights violations.
In the death of Michael Stewart, the first grand jury returned a no true bill. Louis Clayton Jones, Michael Warren and I made a second stab at an indictment. We succeeded. These rogue cops had to face a jury in a full-blown trial. It represents long hours of work.
Stewart represents the fact that “one and done” is sometimes insufficient. We went round-the-clock to secure indictments against rogue cops in Manhattan. With a committed group, it could happen in Staten Island. Cuomo should pardon Orta this month.
Going to Washington, DC should be a matter of last resort. A state prosecution is preferable. Rodney King stands for the proposition that the federal government will only act if you burn down your community. The exception is Yankel Rosenbaum.
The federal government prosecuted Lemrick Nelson in federal court on civil rights violations after he had secured an acquittal in Brooklyn Supreme Court on a murder rap. Jews were not seen chanting and marching in D.C. They were twisting arms in New York. Civil rights legislation was initially enacted for the protection of Blacks. Now, we are out of the loop.
Ramsey Orta will have to appear in Richmond County Supreme Court on January 22, 2015 on a trumped-up firearms charge. Instead of going to Washington, DC, pressure should be put on Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Albany, NY to give a full pardon to Orta for the retaliatory misconduct by the NYPD. A pardon is designed to avoid an injustice.
A pardon, continued protests and the appointment of a special prosecutor would give a clear signal to the residents of Staten Island that they should refrain from protecting rogue cops. “Marching feet” in Washington, DC will also not do the trick. This is nothing but a “wild goose chase” in D.C. to boost media ratings for racial racketeers. “Power concedes nothing without a demand.” A demand is a declarative statement and it ends with “or else.”
After the 2:00 p.m. court hearing in Manhattan Civil Court on Monday, December 15, 2014 a meeting will occur with Ramsey Orta present to discuss plans for a pardon for Orta. This pardon will help a state grand jury investigation and also any federal grand jury investigation. Orta’s testimony is as critical to a criminal prosecution as his recording was to the chokehold death of Eric Garner.
The above-mentioned efforts should arise from a grassroots movement. To give legs to those demands, calls should be made to the NYS Attorney General at: (212) 416-8000 and the New York Public Advocate at (212) 669-7200 to personally appear in Manhattan Civil Court on Monday at 2:00 p.m. Demands should also be made on all elected officials and public officials by phone or on the internet: the office of NYS Attorney General at http://www.ag.ny.gov/questions-comments-attorney-general-eric-t-schneiderman and the office of NYC Public advocate at: email@example.com.
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