by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.
White people are experiencing the kind of violence that was widespread in the Black colony immediately after the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment. Chattel slavery had ended. Whites no longer had a financial interest in formerly enslaved Africans. Anything that is worthless under capitalism should be discarded immediately. It will be real soon.
Dr. William A. Jones has given Blacks many sayings. Among those sayings is this one: “Whites are rational on every subject except race”. Whites have handpicked many “Negro coons” to advise them. These “coons” have one flaw. They love white people. This love clouds an objective analysis of the problems facing whites. Rev. Jesse Jackson, Marc Morial, Ben Jealous and Rev. Al Sharpton sit in the “kitchen cabinet”.
Newtown, CT is a relatively new municipality in attracting newcomers. It is 300 years old. Many of its new residents were fleeing from Blacks. They are gun enthusiasts. The story that is not being reported is the number of assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons in their households. The story also has gaps. Connecticut is the mother of gun violence. It started with Samuel Colt and Eli Whitney.
On this Wednesday on MSNBC, Rev. Al Sharpton will continue his promotion of the “Central Park 5”. The “Central Park 7” never happened. I was the only attorney who was able to walk his client through a “legal minefield” but this is a secret. The white media only criticized me. No one was supposed to survive this legal ordeal.
In 1989, I was the only person to call the prosecution of the “Central Park 7” a hoax. The white media went “nuts”. I was now the villain in the white and Black communities. Virtually all Blacks followed Manhattan President David N. Dinkins who described the “Central Park 7” as a “wolf pack”. Rev. Herbert Daughtry and Charles Barron were in accord with Dinkins. UAM, on the other hand, raised the bail funds.
Now, most Blacks are suffering from “Romnesia”. They neither remember my successful defense of my client nor the valuable role of United African Movement. Many of these UAM members have made their transitions. UAM members had to prod Rev. Sharpton to get involved in the “Central Park 7”.
At the arraignment of the seven, youthful defendants, I told the judge that I was ready for trial forthwith especially since the prosecution had answered “ready”. The prosecution tried to take back its words but I said that it was too late. I wanted twelve jurors in the box forthwith. I was ready to represent all seven young men. The judge said that I could only represent one of them.
Outside the courtroom, Tony Guida of WCBS-TV said that he was going to whip my “ass”. I said that the only thing between us was air. When the smoke had cleared, I said that this “fight” was not going to be reported on the 6 o’clock news. The white media will never elevate a Black attorney to hero status.
On April 19, 1989, Rev. Sharpton was waiting for a Manhattan grand jury to hand down a 67-count indictment. This was the date of the “rape” in Central Park. An Albany grand jury was contemplating a 3-count indictment. Prof. Jim Sleeper of Yale University said that the only attorney who could save Sharpton was not “Perry Mason” but Alton Maddox. Afterwards, Rev. Sharpton was sticking to me like cement sticks to bricks. His primary interest was in his own fate.
In 2012, Rev. Sharpton is unable to remember the “Central Park 7” and the United African Movement. He now only remembers the “Central Park 5”. There were no heroes, according to him. The Black community did not come forward to raise bail funds for the Black and Latino youth. District Attorney Robert Morgenthau was not the culprit. According to Rev. Sharpton, Morgenthau and Dinkins are blameless.
John Russwurm and Samuel Cornish wrote an editorial in the Freedom’s Journal in March 1827 that is still staring Black people in the face today. It was this newspaper’s first editorial. At the time that they wrote this editorial, Cornish was the pastor of St. James Presbyterian Church which is now located in Harlem.
In 1827, St. James Presbyterian Church was located in lower Manhattan. On October 20, 2012, it held a fundraiser at the church in Harlem. The Sunday before, “Here and Now” promoted the fundraiser without ever mentioning the historical import of the church. Over ninety-nine percent of all Harlem residents still lack knowledge of its historical significance.
In addition to a lack of knowledge of the church, most Blacks lack a knowledge of the meaning of a “free press”. Freedom’s Journal was our first newspaper and it was an example of the “free press”. It was not subject to censorship. Blacks refused or failed to support it, however. Freedom’s Journal was short-lived. The editorial read, in part: “We wish to plead our own cause. Too long have others spoken for us….”
Its mission was to create a “house organ” so that Blacks could plead their own cause. This was 1827 and white abolitionists were our mouthpieces. White abolitionists insisted on pleading our cause. Some Blacks found it embarrassing that they needed whites to speak for them. Black journalists preceded Black lawyers and Black public officials.
One hundred fifty-five years later, whites are still pleading our cause. Leading Blacks and Black selected officials insist that whites still plead our cause. There were three Black lawyers at all times in the “Central Park 7”. This was the greatest tension in the “Central Park 7”. White lawyers claimed that Black lawyers should follow their lead.
When some Blacks decided to file a civil rights action seeking reparations, attorney Roger Wareham not only used the wrong ground in the U.S. Constitution in light of Cato v. United States, but he also insisted on a white attorney leading the way. Councilman Charles Barron in 2010, decided that the Freedom Party must have a white attorney and the two Black attorneys had to be ditched
By definition and by practice, I was the lead counsel in the “Central Park 7” and I made representations that were not shared by the other attorneys and the families. In 1989, family members actually believed that the boys would receive a fair trial. They chose to go along to get along. No one shared my view of New York’s criminal justice system. It is racist to the core.
While the other lawyers were preparing legal tactics, I was preparing war tactics. Of course, all other lawyers in New York City were running for the tall grass. This is the real story of the “Central Park 7”. I am now just as surprised as President Barack Obama was in his first debate with Republican challenger, Mitt Romney. These outspoken lawyers today are now suffering from “Romnesia”.
I have always had a full plate of pro bono cases in New York. No one wants to talk about the sacrifices that I made for each and every Black person in New York. Some of those cases involved individual Blacks but other cases involved issues that affected all Blacks in New York. Every Black person could have been a defendant in a similar case.
My representation in each case would affect the case law in similar cases. This is because of the doctrine of stare decisis. I was requiring other judges to treat defendants like the rights my clients were enjoying in the criminal justice system. This became a problem of the New York Legislature.
I received no better treatment from other lawyers than I received from Black selected officials. No Black selected official in either 1989 or 1990 would even speak to me. This was the same treatment that I had received from 1986-1989. Manhattan Borough President David N. Dinkins and, afterwards, Mayor David N. Dinkins, kept all Black selected officials in check. I have always been taboo. Dinkins and New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams were roommates in Albany. They are as tight as Dick’s hat band.
Rev. Herbert Daughtry and Charles Barron have always been associated with Dinkins. In April 1989 and afterwards, they spent their time crying crocodile tears at the local hospital which was housing and treating Patricia Meili. You will never find any photograph of them suggesting that they supported the “Central Park 7” in 1989 and in 1990 or at any other time before the wrongful convictions were lifted.
They had earlier sided with Robert Abrams and against Tawana Brawley. They favored a white man over a Black girl. You will also not find a photograph with Daughtry, Barron and Tawana in it. These men wanted my hide for defending Tawana Brawley. Daughtry was unable to mask his hatred. Barron is a snake in the grass.
The persons associated with the December 12th Movement have always opposed all of any efforts against white supremacy. Earlier, the excuse was Rev. Al Sharpton until he became a tool of the white establishment and was given a “pot of gold”. Since he became the HNIC, all “activists” embrace him and they enjoy the loot.
I was hired as a poverty lawyer at the Harlem Assertion of Right in January 1974. The legal staff was all-white. By August 1976, white lawyers at Harlem Assertion of Rights were nearly extinct. Their Black replacements looked around and saw no white faces. I was blamed for a virtual, all-Black legal staff in 1976. When the smoke had cleared, I was given a pink slip.
The National Conference of Black Lawyers (NCBL) became my next home. The leadership of NCBL refused to embrace the teachings of Charles Hamilton Houston. Their spiritual mentor was Justice Thurgood Marshall. Hamilton had taught Marshall everything he learned as a law student at Howard University.
Like NCBL, Marshall refused to embrace Houston’s teaching that Black lawyers should be in the vanguard of the legal revolution. Houston was only espousing the philosophy of Cornish and Russwurm in 1827. To this day, whites are still speaking for Blacks. Gullible Blacks would have it no other way. These Blacks are unable to connect the dots. Zebras would never allow lions to speak for them. Our plight can be explained. It is abnormal psychology.
Prof. Jim Sleeper of Yale University wrote an op-ed piece soon after Howard Beach suggesting that Sharpton would never be the same, if I put him under my wings. The next thing I knew, Sharpton was knocking on my door. This relationship continued until Sharpton believed that he was able to convince whites of his value as an HNIC.
His first move was to make Sanford Rubenstein the legal mouthpiece for the Black community. Rubenstein is not only an ambulance chaser but he supports Sharpton and Black selected officials financially. All tort lawyers want access to the Black community. “Pain and suffering” is a multi-billion dollar industry. Sharpton is enjoying it from both ends.
When white members of the New York Legislature filed an unconstitutional, bill of attainder against me and Abrams illegally prosecuted it to the detriment of the right of Blacks to enjoy effective representation in New York, the Black community was relieved that I was disbarred even if I had suffered no client complaints and I had not been convicted of a crime.
It is an exercise in futility to fashion an agenda when no one is present to be an advocate. Until Blacks stand solidly behind an advocate, he or she will end up like Malcolm X, Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., Medgar Evers, Cong. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Paul Robeson, Harry and Harriette Moore, Marcus Garvey, Callie House, Ida B. Wells and David Walker to name a few advocates. No leading Black or Black selected official today fits the profile of any of these revered ancestors.
Pam Africa will be the keynote speaker at UAM’s weekly forum on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. She will discuss “Mumia”, the prosecution of Prof. Jahi Issa of Delaware State University by Attorney General Bo Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden and the recent lynchings in Delaware. A short documentary will be shown and discussed by Pam Africa. Elks Plaza is located at 1068 Fulton Street (nr. Classon Ave.) in Brooklyn. Take the “C” train to Franklin Ave.
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 sign his Petition to save “Like It Is.” Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471