by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.
The best way to learn a subject is to study the masters. In the area of critical thinking, Malcolm X was a master. He mastered the subject the old-fashioned way he taught himself. Self-study is the highest form of education. It is a better education than attending an Ivy League school.
I can personally attest to the effectiveness of self-study. No law school actually teaches law students how to effectively represent Black defendants. Since profit is the motive of a law practice, it was unnecessary for me to engage in self-study. The Sixth Amendment does not apply to Black defendants. I, gratuitously, taught myself how to represent Black defendants after I was licensed to practice law.
If anyone had comprehensively read “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” no one would have been sucked into attending the so-called “founding convention” of the black and white Freedom Party. The dictionary defines a convention as an assembly of delegates. This means local organizations choose their delegates.
For example, the Democratic Party holds a national convention every four years. Not all enrolled Democrats are able to attend, however. Instead, delegates are elected to attend the national convention. Similarly, Jitu Weusi and Viola Plummer would have to be elected to co-chair the black and white Freedom Party. All conventions require elected delegates. Councilman Charles Barron would be arrested for attempting to disenfranchise white Democrats.
Malcolm X had a plan in prison to teach himself critical thinking. His course of study started with how to use the dictionary. Words are the building blocks for language and thinking. Words are more than sayings. There must be an understanding of the meanings of words. The wrong meaning of a word will inevitably lead to the wrong conclusion.
Anyone who was interested in attending the “founding convention” of the black and white Freedom Party should have first consulted a dictionary to avoid participating in a fraud. A dictionary meaning of a convention speaks of an assembly of elected delegates. This means local organizations must hold elections for delegates. No member of the black and white Freedom Party has ever travelled beyond metropolitan New York City on its behalf.
Under New York Election Law, a political party must be statewide in nature. In other words, there must be a minimum number of signatures in 15 of the 29 congressional districts. The effort is to secure signatures statewide. The Freedom Party collected 45,000 signatures statewide only because of my vision of a gubernatorial campaign for Blacks in 2010.
If I had not mentioned a third political party, Councilman Charles Barron would have been campaigning for Andrew Cuomo in 2010. Blacks are a vital part of the Democratic Party. They constitute the only faction that has refused to demand a quid pro quo. This is akin to the plantation. Blacks picked the cotton. Whites reaped the benefits.
Unfortunately, I am the only person who is embracing Malcolm X by speaking out publicly. Revs. Al Sharpton and Herb Daughtry in addition to Councilman Charles Barron have no problem with our people making a fool of themselves for the benefit of whites. On the other hand, Blacks like to be tricked by whites. This is a dilemma.
United African Movement will show “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” on Wednesday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m. SHARP to remember the assassination of Malcolm X on February 21, 1965. The venue is Elks Plaza, 1068 Harriet Tubman (Fulton Street) nr. Classon Ave. in Brooklyn. Take the “C” train to Franklin. Refreshments will be served at 6:00 p.m.
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. Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471