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Thanksgiving or Misgivings for the Central Park 7

by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.

About two decades ago, Dr. Ishakamusa Barashango travelled up Interstate 95 from Philadelphia to New York City to give Blacks the flip side of Thanksgiving. His destination was the Slave Theater which was also a threat to the “closed shop” in New York City. Despite its size, New York City has always practiced censorship. There is no marketplace of ideas.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn still maintains the view today that the “Central Park 7” raped Patricia Meili in 1989. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, District Attorney Cy Vance, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and former District Attorney Robert Morgenthau also embrace this view.

The mere fact that New York City is only thirty percent white is of no moment. A minority of whites in New York City rule a majority of Blacks, Latinos and Asians. This is an abomination. Black, Latino and Asian selected officials are riding shotgun while the white elected officials are disenfranchising historically-oppressed groups.

Blacks maintain that it is not possible to win political control over a city unless the Black, voting population is at least fifty-one percent of the voters. Of course, this is a myth. Politics is not simply about numbers. It is about the skillful use of Machiavellian tactics.

In 2013, Blacks will sponsor a Black mayoral candidate to split the Black vote. Mayoral candidate William Thompson will throw his hat in the ring to make sure that history repeats itself. See his mayoral run in 2009. This scam goes back to 1989 except that the assassination of Yusef Hawkins in Bensonhurst was not in the equation.

Even though the courts tossed the convictions of only five young men in the rape of Patricia Meili, they are still guilty because New York City refuses to mete out distributive justice. Justice requires that these young men must be made whole. The white minority of voters refuses to accord justice to these young men.

Because all Blacks, Latino and Asian members of the New York City Council are selected officials, none of them will step up to the plate and represent the Central Park 6 They all receive paychecks from New York City. I successfully represented the seventh defendant pro bono in the courts. Legislative recourse was not necessary.

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., for a brief time in the early 1940’s, was the only Black, Latino or Asian member of the New York City Council. Because he was a Black elected official, he would have already single-handedly delivered the “bacon” for the wrongfully convicted young men in the rape of Patricia Meili. He did the same thing in Congress. The operative word is elected and not “selected”.

It requires a Black person with an ability to engage in basic thinking to conclude that Blacks in New York have been disenfranchised. This will not require “white only” signs at polling booths for Blacks. So far, “Black faces in high places” is doing the trick. Next year, the merry go round starts de novo.

I hope that preachers, priests, rabbis and imams this weekend, citywide, will step up to the plate and publicly declare these young men morally innocent under the doctrine of separation of church and state. This power arises under the First Amendment. All religious venues this weekend –Black, white or polka dot– should give their entire collections to them. James Forman would be happy.

Stated differently, there are, at least, two sides to every story. Thus, the legal side to the Central Park 7 is that these young men still raped Patricia Meili in 1989. New York City refuses to compensate them. This is overt racism. Only the white vote has any political currency.

No currently licensed, Black attorney in New York City is going headhunting in federal court against white municipal officials for false imprisonment. These are the facts. Four Black attorneys filed notices of appearance in the Central Park 7. Three were disbarred and the attorney who had only a brief stint in the Central Park 7 was suspended. This is worse than the Scottsboro Boys. Blacks are not entitled to legal representation from anyone.

New York is a police state and every Black selected official in New York City is eating out of the police trough and doing the police bidding. The allegedly, most “militant” Black selected official in the New York City Council has been doing the police bidding for more than four decades.

Any Black selected official who disagrees with the police will end up like Councilman James Davis. This was a municipal-sponsored assassination with attendant terrorism. There was no autopsy and no grand jury investigation as is required by law. No Black selected official initiated a mandamus proceeding against either the medical examiner on the district attorney.

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 sign his Petition to save “Like It Is.” Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471

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