by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.
If Blacks were concerned about time, the calendar would demonstrate that we are living in Jim Crow America. We are getting an opportunity to share the experiences that our revered ancestors suffered in New York in the nineteenth century.
Blacks started going back in time in 1990. A plantation system was admittedly established in 1986 but it was unable to get any traction until 1990. Certain people who would cause problems by resisting slavery had to be eliminated or publicly flogged.
The tell-tale sign of our demise in New York started with the conviction of six, innocent, young men in the rape of Patricia Meili in 1989. Only one young man escaped the noose. New York intentionally and wrongfully convicted six young men because leading Blacks had been co-opted.
As bad as former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is even worse. Mayor Bloomberg is following in the footsteps of Mayor Fernando Woods who sided with the Confederacy. His conduct contributed to the Draft Riots of 1863 and the prior, slaughter of innocent, Black children at the Colored Asylum.
Blacks should have seen Mayor Bloomberg’s horns this past weekend. A Black vendor served as “Paul Revere” and saved New York City. His actions prevented substantial injuries and fatalities in addition to substantial property damage. Under the law, he is defined as a “good Samaritan.”
He deserves not only a key to the city but also other accolades including a dinner with the mayor and access to the financial markets. Since Mayor Bloomberg only sees this vendor as a “heathen”, it was beneath him to dine with a Black man. This interracial dining would upset the bluebloods. There should have been an outcry from the Black and Latino colonies.
It is illegal for a public official to reward a police officer for saving the city. Under contract law, a municipality is precluded from rewarding a police officer for carrying out a pre-existing duty. Mayor Bloomberg violated this legal principle.
A reward, on the other hand, is appropriate for a “good Samaritan” who has no obligation to save the city. In fact, New York City despises Black vendors and it regulates them so extensively as to violate due process of law.
This disparity in treatment smacks of racial discrimination. The police officers were white. Mayor Bloomberg rewarded them with dinners. Black elected officials should sue the boots off of Bloomberg for misusing public funds to promote a racial discrimination.
There has not been a peep from leading Blacks. The chief HNIC is in Arizona on assignment for Mayor Bloomberg. “He who pays the piper calls the tune.” As usual, he is knocking on the wrong door, talking to the wrong people and asking the wrong questions.
How do Blacks go from plantation politics to power politics? Councilman Charles Barron will share some inside information with the Black community. Minefields are being planted today and they will explode on Election Day if you pull the wrong levers. “What you don’t know can, kill you.”
This discussion will take place on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at 1068 Harriet Tubman (Fulton Street) nr. Classon Ave. in Brooklyn. Take the “C” train to Franklin Ave. Two blocks to Elks Plaza. Also, watch Councilman Barron and Amira Baraka on WABC’s “Like It Is” on Mother’s Day at noontime.
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, but he has yet to lie about anything. Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471