Blacks Unready for Prime Time
by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.
The New York Post penned an article Thursday 12/14 about the political successes of the Working Families Party on Election Day in New York City. Given the economic and political plight of the largest voting bloc and the oldest ethnic group in New York City, a “Tale of Two Cities” is a joke. New York City is more like a “Tale of the Big House and the Slave Quarters.”
I am so happy that the media has failed to write about the Freedom Party because it would inevitably turn on the historical failures of Blacks in forming and supporting any political organization. Marcus Garvey was in and out of the United States in a decade. Four years ago, the NAACP celebrated its 100th birthday. Whites formed the NAACP in 1909.
Comparing Bertha Lewis in the New York Post to the Working Families Party is like comparing Dr. W.E.B. DuBois to the NAACP. The Spingarn brothers rode shotgun for the NAACP in the same manner that the Communication Workers of America was the mid-wife for the Working Families Party. Bill Lynch and not Bertha Lewis is the spook who sat by the door. Lewis is associated with ACORN. Lynch was associated with the Communication Workers of America.
My people must learn “critical thinking”. In HELP, it is called “logic”. This means connecting the dots and thinking outside the box. There must be an awareness of history and the ability of a Black person to think for himself or herself and not to rely on whites. Dependency is a real problem in the Black community.
One of the revealing facts about William de Blasio is his relationship with the late Bill Lynch and the relationship between the Communication Workers of America and Bill Lynch. In short, Bill Lynch was the liaison between labor and government and especially any relationship between Black selected officials and labor. De Blasio learned politics from Lynch.
I met Bill Lynch during my tenure at the National Conference of Black Lawyers (NCBL). We shared a penchant for politics and also a birthdate. When NCBL gave me the boot for not crossing Dr. John Henrik Clarke and the Schomburg Coalition, Bill provided for me to enjoy a suite of offices at Madison Square Garden. This was 1983. Bill saw me as having a bright future in politics.
My relationship with Bill was great until I discovered that labor and organized crime were exploiting Black labor trainees and pilfering the grant money from New York State. The crime scene was Medgar Evers College. Organized crime and labor were making millions of dollars at the expense of the Black community. This was actually happening throughout the city.
Black selected officials were aware of this exploitation but they had all sold-out the Black community before they became oath-takers. In a well-unorganized community, politics is bad news. Some one is always taking our piece of the pie. Any watchdog for the Black community eventually becomes a sacrificial lamb while Blacks are clueless.
I sued the United Auto Workers [UAW] in a class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Black activists would join UAW. This posse came after me like a hungry dog would go after a steak. When the smoke had cleared, federal judges would boot me off the case before I could name names. All Black activists in New York City are connected to the Democratic Party, labor and organized crime.
I was back to practicing law out of the trunk of my car. No Black selected officials and Black activists could trust me. I had violated the code of ethics. Blacks are unable to draft a code of ethics because the membership in any Black-led and Black-financed organization will account to white supremacists. Thus, Black activists are like termites in a house. Otherwise, I would have visible support for Tawana Brawley.
Penniless after this federal litigation, I signed a lease on an office at 16 Court Street in Brooklyn. This was in 1984. Whey you step on the toes of organized crime and labor, you become a “marked” man. Within two months of my signing the lease, the Manhattan district attorney’s office would frame me on the complaint of the court officers’ union.
Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau had intended this prosecution to land me behind bars and to end my legal career. Morgenthau picked the judge to hear the case. I had no other choice but to represent myself. The court officers’ union has a stranglehold on all state judges. No appeals court had any intention to review the case. There was no need for judicial review, however.
Fifteen years later, organized crime would get the three “powers” of government in New York to “merge” and to bar me from the courtroom. This is the way that organized crime responds to a gambler who consistently beats the house. This gambler is barred from using a deck of cards and a pair of dice at a casino.
Organized crime has no respect for law. It could have easily written the decision in Dred Scott. “No Negro has any rights that whites are bound to respect”. Reports exist that link Steven Pagones with organized crime. This is why no Black activist will speak up for Tawana Brawley. Now, Pagones enjoys protections from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
According to former Mayor David Dinkins, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio sat at the feet of Bill Lynch and Bill Lynch guided Dinkins’ mayoral campaign. No group supported de Blasio more than Blacks. He did not need any votes from any other ethnic group. The key to his success was the Working Families Party. Don’t bet on de Blasio to be fair to Blacks. Connect the dots.
If you believe what Robert Morgenthau told Dr. Calvin Butts, Dr. C. Vernon Mason and Judge Sterling Johnson of the Brooklyn Federal Court in 1978 that, I was the only person in New York who would consistently defy white supremacy, the likelihood of Blacks supporting a Black-led and Black-financed political party is bleak. Cong. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. called for such a political party to protect him from organized crime. The absence of such a political party led to his political demise.
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