by Alton Maddox
This weekend, the white media disclosed that former, disgraced Governor Eliot Spitzer is a political science instructor at City College. There has not been a peep from Black elected officials, leading Blacks nor the Black media. Spitzer is using this position as a public relations gimmick to improve his image among Blacks, Latinos and Asians.
A double standard is thriving in New York. Spitzer was not only engaged in prostitution but he was also involved in money laundering and violating the Mann Act which was originally enacted to prosecute Jack Johnson, the heavyweight champion, for crossing state lines with white women. Johnson had to flee the United States. Spitzer is teaching Black students in Harlem.
Black leaders are unable to see beyond their noses. Cong. Charles Rangel was stripped of his congressional powers only for ethical violations. Cong. Gregory Meeks and state Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith are being scrutinized for, in the minds of whites, questionable use of public and charity funds. They would never holler about a double standard, however.
I will. Disbarment does not depend on an attorney suffering a felony conviction. It is enough for an attorney to have perpetrated felonious acts. To be sure, Spitzer committed felonious acts. Federal prosecutors had unbridled discretion to prosecute him. They chose not to prosecute him. This is not an impediment to an attorney disciplinary action.
I chose not to cooperate in a scheme to get Don King behind bars by convicting Al Sharpton. It would have required me to violate the attorney-client privilege. Even a john-prostitute privilege is respected. See the prostitution case of Eliot Spitzer.
The late Jack Newfield, Gov. Mario Cuomo and state Attorney General Robert Abrams in addition to white members of the New York Legislature were sponsors of imprisoning Sharpton. They sought to replace King with Bob Arum. King had become known as “Teflon Don” because the United States had initiated several unsuccessful, criminal prosecutions against him.
New York was betting that Sharpton would start singing like a canary if he had been convicted of the 67 counts in the indictment. Amid the trial, New York saw me as a problem. I was according to a Black defendant, the effective assistance of counsel. This violates Dred Scott.
In a closed-door session, New York gave me an option. If I refused to cooperate with New York, I would serve the length of Sharpton’s sentence. Under Dred Scott, Sharpton had no right to enjoy the attorney-client privilege. This is why New York refuses to disclose the Brawley files. The devil is in the details.
On Halloween 2009, Sharpton, over the airwaves of WLIB-AM, berated me for not paying my rent to an actual, white impostor who had no deed nor lease. The deplorable conditions in the apartment for the past twenty years does not, in his mind, constitute a breach of warranty of habitability. Moreover, a summary proceeding should not be available to a landlord who sues for rent dating back to 2002 after refusing to accept the rent for years.
It gets worse. Rev. Sharpton must have flunked third grade arithmetic. If I were able to personally pay Three Thousand Dollars monthly for rent in addition to office expenses (over Two Thousand Dollars monthly) for a UAM headquarters at 16 Court Street in Brooklyn for the past twenty years, I must have been able to pay One Thousand Dollars monthly for a rent-stabilized apartment in Manhattan.
His sword should have been directed at UAM membership which confirmed my prediction to him in 1988. I am facing an eviction for elevating race over self. We will never gain respect until it is “race first” and not “me first.” Race, and not “me”, is the standard for judging a people in a white supremacist world. White supremacy means “race first.”
UAM was an organization that Sharpton wanted to establish in 1988. Sharpton and C. Vernon Mason had two votes. I strenuously objected because Blacks have no history of financing a Black organization over a long period of time.
I told Sharpton at 44th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan in July 1988 that I would end up paying for his pipe dreams. In January 1991, he and C. Vernon Mason received offers they could not refuse to flee from Brooklyn to Manhattan. The result was the National Action Network and the Madison Avenue Initiative.
If Sharpton has legitimate concerns about my ability to pay rent, he should demand that CUNY rehire me. I was an adjunct professor at Medgar Evers College in the 1970’s. Later, I was the founder of the Medgar Evers Center for Law and Social Justice.
I was its architect and wrote its proposal. I am certainly more qualified and more committed to teach Black, Latino and Asian students than Spitzer. CUNY also has a law school. A law professor does not need a law license to teach law students. No law professor in the United States has more legal experience than myself.
March 25, 2010
New York State Attorney General
New York, NY 10271-0332
Re: Dred Scott Revisited in 2010
A group of concerned, Black “citizens” sought to meet with you in January 2010, as New York State Attorney General, to petition New York for a redress of grievances under the First Amendment. It was done without public fanfare. This right is routinely granted to white citizens in New York. The Cuomo administration once granted Blacks this right.
You refused to meet with the group. Instead, you steered the group to underlings who subjected them to a political flimflam. Afterwards, they were summarily directed out of your Manhattan offices. The group was advised not to call your office. Instead, your office promised to call them. Apparently you lost their telephone numbers.
The legal status of Blacks in New York is grave. In 1991, the Commission on Judicial Minorities, a blue-ribbon commission appointed by the New York Court of Appeals, concluded that New York’s judicial system is “infested with racism.” This report is collecting dust on the shelves of the three branches of government.
In the meantime, New York is not only racist but also lawless in its treatment of descendants of enslaved Africans and persons of African ancestry. This is not surprising since Mayor Fernando Wood was a Confederate loyalist and New York City aided the slaveholders. Later, Samuel Tilden participated in the Compromise of 1877.
The New York Police Department is running roughshod over persons of African ancestry and it should be placed in receivership. New York courts are enforcing different laws depending on the race of the defendant. Race and the penal system are being used to exclude Blacks from employment. These deplorable conditions only represent the tip of the iceberg.
On Wednesday night at the Elks Plaza in Brooklyn, a group met and signed petitions demanding a town-hall type meeting for Friday, March 26 at 11:00 a.m. at your office, 120 Broadway in Manhattan. Time is of the essence. Unbridled, institutionalized racism is running amuck in New York.
At that time, we will offer you solutions to arrest the conditions giving rise to our plight. There is probable cause for this town hall meeting with all concerned persons and persons of goodwill being summoned to appear for this historic meeting.
Very truly yours,
Alton H. Maddox, Jr.