by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.
Actually, only ninety-nine Black investors are needed. I already qualify as a Black investor. Freedom can never be achieved without Black investors. I have certainly paid my dues not only as a perennial pro bono lawyer but also as the economic backbone of the United African Movement.
America could never have become an economic titan without white investors. These are persons who are willing to lose their shirts. A donor, on the other hand, stays within a comfort zone. No donor is at risk of losing his or her shirt. Social parasites round out this classification. They stand on the shoulders of our revered ancestors without paying any dues.
Last year, twenty-five persons agreed to equitably pay the rent for the Freedom Party. A political party needs a “war room”. Political is warfare. Many of them have breached their promise. Whites have military wings of their political parties to address this act. So does the Mafia.
Stated differently, it is a poor rat that does not have a hole. Fighting white supremacy, under these circumstances, is like putting yourself in a strait-jacket before you mount an attack on it. White supremacy should be construed as antithetical to the Reconstruction amendments. Blacks have a duty to end it.
Blacks have exhausted all of their legal remedies except for demanding and insisting on legal and political representation. This should be our bargaining chip. Disciplinary committees and legislative bodies have been historically opposed to political and legal representation for Blacks despite the “separation of powers” doctrine and the citizenship clause.
The American Revolution was fought against Great Britain at the behest of Black men like Crispus Attucks who led the Boston Massacre. White men were afraid to die for the cause of the American Revolution. In the legal defense of the British soldiers, attorney John Adams pointed out that the victims included Crispus Attucks and other Black men. A statue of Crispus Attucks was erected on the “Boston Commons” in Boston.
In Patriots of the American Revolution dated July/August 2011, a foreign observer noted the significant presence of Blacks in the American Revolution:
From here to Springfield [Massachusetts] one finds few habitations without a negro family dwelling in a separate cabin. The negroes here, like the other cattle, are very prolific. The children are well-fed, especially while they are still calves. Their slavery moreover is very bearable. The negro is to be regarded much like the peasant’s hired man; the negress does all the course housework, and the black youngsters wait on the white youngsters. The negro can take the field in his master’s place; hence you never see a regiment in which there are not a lot of negroes and there are well-built, strong husky fellows among them. [Emphasis supplied]
Despite the achievements of Blacks during the American Revolution, Blacks were barred from West Point until for more than a century later. Henry O. Flipper was graduated from West Point in 1877 and he had to spend almost sixty years attempting, unsuccessfully, to clear his name of trumped-up charges.
Capitalism is, nominally, the economic system of the United States. Success in an economic system depends on the distribution of debits and credits. Whites reluctantly distribute credits to Blacks. If credits had been distributed equitably, most Blacks would have already enjoyed the capital to emancipate themselves and to acquire “forty acres and a mule.” This would also have made Blacks eligible for the Homestead Act which was passed in 1862.
Instead, whites placed Blacks on the wrong side of the ledger of the bookkeeping system. Instead of enjoying credits for our achievements, we have suffered debits. Whites have been given the credits for our achievements. This accounts for “income inequality.”
Mayor William de Blasio is continuing this system by maintaining a dual system of economics. Whites enjoy a system of protections from income inequality while Blacks are victims of opportunity inequality. No economic opportunities exist for Blacks. This leads to income inequality and “A Tale of Two Cities.”
The aims of United African Movement, Freedom Retreat for Boys and Girls and Freedom Party have been to raise Black consciousness and to make Blacks aware of the opportunities that exist in New York especially through apprenticeships and cross-endorsements. No other organization is seeking to pursue these opportunities.
Macon B. Allen was the first Black lawyer in the United States. When he was admitted to the Maine bar in 1844, no law school would admit Blacks. Maine also had an apprenticeship program for lawyers. Before the Civil War, all Black lawyers had to learn law under the tutelage of white lawyers.
Unfortunately, this has had the effect of creating a culture of dependency amid Black lawyers. Despite the admonitions of Charles Hamilton Houston that Black lawyers must be in the vanguard of the legal revolutions, they have put themselves behind “ambulance chasers”, “legal sycophants” and “social parasites.” This has been the paradigm, since 1844, for Black lawyers.
New York leads the nation in the number of third parties recognized in politics. This has been bolstered by the system of cross-endorsements and political leverage. The Working Families Party, for example, represents the possibility of a third party using cross-endorsements and political leverage to catapult a third party into political prominence: Mayor William de Blasio and Public Advocate Letitia James.
Black selected officials have been too lazy and shiftless and too obedient to white supremacy to exploit the formation of a third party with the use of cross-endorsements to promote political leverage. The Freedom Party has to do their job. Blacks in New York could not only become major players locally but also nationally by not being dependent, politically, on whites.
This goal can first be achieved by attracting, at least, one hundred investors and thousands of donors. In New York, it only takes 50,000 votes in 2014 for the Freedom Party to enjoy automatic ballot status. These votes will not hurt the re-election bid of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Blacks are concerned about hurting whites, politically.
The deadline for electing a governor is November 4, 2014. In the interim, at least 300 signatures in fourteen Congressional districts are required on independent nominating petitions. The Freedom Party achieved more than 45,000 signatures to be placed on the ballot in 2010 and mayoral candidate, Michael Greys and public advocate candidate, Michael Lloyd, were able to be placed on the municipal ballot in 2013.
To go statewide in 2014, the Freedom Party intends to host three political conventions. These conventions will be held in New York City, Albany and Buffalo. There will also be orientation programs. By July 2014, the Freedom Party should have chosen its candidates for the statewide slate.
In this regard, the first meeting of the Freedom Party will be held at its headquarters, 1061 Atlantic Avenue (bet. Franklin and Classon) in Brooklyn. This meeting will start on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. For more information, call the Freedom Party at its telephoned number in the letterhead of the Freedom Party.
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