by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.
This discussion starts with a fundamental question for persons of African ancestry: May I Speak? Everyone, for example, is not qualified to speak on the “Central Park 7.” In April 1989, most Blacks and Latinos joined Manhattan Borough President David N. Dinkins and Donald Trump in defaming these seven, young men.
An untold number of Black boys and Latino boys had suffered false arrests. These boys have causes of action against New York City. Some young men may have been the victims of false arrest. The second cause of action was malicious prosecution. The third cause of action may have been state-sanctioned kidnapping; that is false imprisonment. The exact number of victims can only be ascertained through a class action.
This raises the question of the quality of the counsel for the boys subject to false imprisonment. These lawyers limited the access to the court to only five boys. This has had the effect, if not the intent, of limiting the access to the courts to victims of false imprisonment and, thereby, limiting the liability of New York City. This is a criminal conspiracy.
For Blacks, the right to counsel was also abridged. Three Black lawyers were disbarred and another Black lawyer was suspended. These disciplinary actions have had a deleterious effect on the right of all Blacks, even beyond the “Central Park 7,” to enjoy zealous and competent counsel especially in controversial cases. These courageous attorneys have not received any compensation.
To the extent that any lawyer was wrongfully disciplined for representing any member of the “Central Park 7,” this disciplined lawyer should not only be automatically and immediately reinstated to the practice of law in New York and any other jurisdiction but he or she should also be compensated for state-sponsored defamation and the denial of the right to earn a living and the right to travel.
Now, Ken Burns has fabricated a documentary titled “Central Park 5.” Seven young men were wrongfully prosecuted and six young men received criminal records. To call this incident the “Central Park 5” is “fuzzy math.” In telling our story, the white media has always been comfortable with “fuzzy math.” New York City is the beneficiary. As I stated in 2012, Burns is a culprit.
There must also be a legislative agenda which must be incorporated into the 2014 gubernatorial race. Unjust laws formed the basis for these, six wrongful convictions and seven false arrests. Blacks should refuse to vote for any gubernatorial candidate who refuses to endorse this legislative agenda. “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” Our children deserve legal protection.
In 1857, censorship was important to maintain the institution of slavery and the slave quarters. Today, censorship is necessary to maintain “plantation politics” and the ghettos. Descendants of enslaved Africans have never been allowed to exercise power. “Information is power.” Misinformed Negroes will never exercise power. The U.S. Constitution is based on one word: power.
On Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. the UAM conglomerate will discuss “Central Park 7″: Where Do We Go from Here? White Paternalism or Black Parents” at Brooklyn Christian Center, 1061 Atlantic Avenue (Franklin & Classon) in Brooklyn. Take the “C” train to Franklin Avenue. The struggle for the “Central Park 7” started at United African Movement. Now, the struggle continues.
On Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 5:30 p.m., Alton Maddox will discuss, in detail, the “Central Park 7” and “Forty Million Dollar [NBA] Slaves” and what they mean to the Thirteenth Amendment. This discussion is not aired in law schools. The venue is Harlem Public Library, 9 West 124th St. (between Malcolm X Boulevard & 5th Avenue) in Manhattan.
Eventually, this discussion, to do justice for Blacks, will have to continue for at least an all-day conference; preferably, on a Saturday. For starters, there must be a legislative agenda. There must also be a complete overhaul of the criminal justice system in New York. In 1991, a blue-ribbon commission found that New York’s criminal justice system was “infested with racism. “Blacks need a disinfectant and a political voice to address our grievances.
A settlement does not end white supremacy. It only demonstrates that power belongs to the people. It should start our engines. In Howard Beach, for example, the demand was made for a permanent, special prosecutor, a Drum Major Institute, and a demand for hate crime legislation. Among other things, a demand and a refusal to cooperate with evil precipitated this struggle in Howard Beach.
In 2014, the architect is banned not only from the courts but also from the airwaves. He is also the architect of the “Central Park 7.” This means that New York State intends not to end its oppression of Blacks. Blacks must never enjoy a voice in politics or in law. “Hush money” is not a synonym for justice.
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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.