by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.
I am the product of my experiences and my environment (family, school, church and community). It is true that it takes a village to raise a child. For me, it also took a white woman spreading a message of JOY; (Jesus (“white”) first; others (whites) second; and yourself (black) last. She did not ascribe the racial classifications to JOY. This is my racial construction of JOY.
“There was a dead cat on the line.” Something did not smell right. This was our only annual encounter with a white person. I was curious. Why was this woman teaching an all-black student body about JOY? My research showed that it has its origins in slavery.
The slavemasters had taught “slaves” to be “others-directed.” They had also taught them to be concerned only about personal matters. Therefore, personal attention only. No class action. Blacks, unsuspectingly, are still carriers of bad habits. These bad habits give rise to a bad reputation.
She piqued my interest in slavery. Afterwards, I only had the “capstone of Negro education” in my plans. This was Howard University which had finally dismissed the “brown bag” test. More importantly, it was situated in Washington, D.C., the home of the Library of Congress which housed the most extensive and valuable collection of books and literature in the nation.
After my first year at Howard, I would embark on my only other interest in being in D.C. I obtained employment at the Library of Congress only for my racial curiosity. This was before 9/11. It gave me unlimited access to its stacks of books and literature. The library at Howard was definitely no slouch for researching black history.
Howard University was also the site of Howard University Law School. Howard had some pre-eminent “civil rights” professors in the 60’s. Prof. James Nabrit had penned the first and only course in Civil Rights in 1927. It aided black lawyers to become in the vanguard of the struggle for civil rights.
The Library of Congress had some of the best materials on “Making the Negro.” Slavemasters employed pseudo-scientific approaches. They were reduced to “slave” literature. Our minds would eventually become shaped by slave codes. For example, the French had relaxed policies on music. This explains the musical advances in New Orleans.
Young boys had wanted “to be like Mike.” I wanted to be like Malcolm X.
Young boys had wanted “to be like Mike.” I wanted to be like Malcolm X. I became mired in our problems so that I have never been able to travel internationally. Bro. John Beatty paid for a trip to Japan. Frank Hernandez paid for a trip to Trinidad and Tobago for Bro. Beatty and me. The black community paid for a trip to Israel. Legal papers had to be served on Gavin Cato’s murderer. Leola and I paid for one trip to Jamaica (vacation). This is the sum total of my international travel.
“Freedom is not free.” I had to pay for the myriad pro bono representations and for office rent and also for office expenses for United African Movement. Something had to give for me to be a pro bono lawyer. It is called sacrifice. My eyes will never see African soil and also the World Court to put our plight on the world stage.
I am getting ahead of myself. I chose the University of Georgia Law School because the Cobb brothers were its founders. They were the architects of the Confederate States of America and crafted its Constitution. Slave codes are housed at the law school.
In my first year, I studied master-slave law. A law professor gave me the reasons why descendants of enslaved African would never become citizens of the United States and also the details of the “badges of slavery.” This was better than Howard or Harvard Law School.
After I was graduated from Boston College Law School, I was the “Patrick Ewing” of the NBA draft. This meant that the most impoverished community should get a crack at my legal talents. I knew that I would be a game changer. Poverty, in all its dimensions, has always been ranked number one in the black community.
While at HAR, I had already out-priced the market. Blacks were able to obtain Wall Street valued services as 125th Street freebies. For me, this meant that I would also eventually become impoverished. Costs would exceed personal benefits. This is the cost-benefit analysis.
This is like setting up a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Appalachia. The Washington Post only discovered me thirteen years later. When I had moved to Brooklyn in 1984, I continued doing the same things that I had been doing for descendants of enslaved Africans in Harlem.
I will tell the rest of this story at United African Movement weekly forum, 1061 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn on Wednesday evening: “The Continuing Education of Alton Maddox.” It will be free. The forums have always been free. I write every morning in honor of the ancestors. These writings on “legalese” and “military science” are also free to the readers.
If I had charged for my legal talents, I would have never been able to defend the late Chokwe Lumumba free of charge. No black lawyer would represent him pro bono. The same can be said of the BLA, the “Central Park 7,” “Dr. Ben” and Dr. John Henrik Clarke and Tawana Brawley et. al. As a rule, the best legal talents only come at a hefty price. Whites have done much of the pro bono work for blacks.
I will be holding a fundraiser on May 21, 2015 at the Cotton Club to resume the practice of law, momentarily, to end “judicial bullying” for all black lawyers. This has had a chilling effect on all black lawyers. Black lawyers refuse to step up to the plate to competently and zealously represent me or anyone else pro bono. They know the consequences.
I have never sought funds for any client. This solicitation is a first for me. The first time that anyone gave me any funds was after May 21, 1990. The Cotton Club has reported that, so far, only three persons have made only three reservations to end “judicial bullying” in New York.
This could only happen in the black community. Jews do not believe in pro bono lawyers to represent them. They would not allow Prof. Alan Dershowitz to take on any Jewish cause with his own money. The same can also be said for WASPs or Koreans. This is why we are treated differently.
It is a matter of ethics. Slavemasters had refused to teach their “slaves” ethics. They are still pushing religion under the guise of the FBI (faith-based initiative). Given the choice between chaos or community, blacks will be headed into oblivion without ethics (racial glue).
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 support the movement to Reinstate him. Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471.