by Alton H Maddox, Jr.
This past MLK Day, January 20, 2014, Rev. Dennis Dillon hosted a town hall meeting at the Brooklyn Christian Center in Brooklyn. The concern was the intentional exclusion of Blacks from municipal government wish violates the 17 Point Plan of Cong. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. It was made a part of the Congressional Record:
“4. The black masses must demand and refuse to accept nothing less than that proportionate share of political jobs and appointments which are equal to their proportion in the electorate. Where are we are 20% of the voters, we should command 20% of the jobs, judgeships, commissionerships and all political appointments.”
If Black voters had done their homework, they would have known that both Mayor William de Blasio and former Mayor David N. Dinkins were reared, politically, by the late Mayor Ed I. Koch. Rev. Sharpton was also “reared” on the “Koch plantation”. This is an undeniable, political fact.
In New York, the political rulers keep it “all in the family.” Unfortunately, Black voters were blinded by de Blasio being married to a Black woman. Loving v. Virginia was the “Negro” Emancipation Proclamation. For whites, love and politics are separate matters. It is all one and the same for Blacks.
Whites know the value of politics. Thus, they establish and finance “think tanks”. When Plato was asked to explain the strength of ancient Egyptians, he noted their respect for a leisure class. After the Emancipation Proclamation, whites enacted vagrancy laws to militate against a leisure class amid Blacks in the United States.
Instead, Blacks were conditioned to be watchdogs for their plantation masters. They would become “snitches.” Between “watchdogs” and “bloodhounds,” they were able to maintain a system of slavery and sharecropping. Debt slavery would supplant chattel slavery. The sine qua non of slavery is dependency.
This was outlined by the U.S. Supreme Court in Cherokee Cases. Legal history is inextricably linked to “white supremacy.” Chief Justice Marshall defined the Cherokee people as a “domestic, dependent nation” and as “wards” of the federal government. If Blacks fail or refuse to oppose a “bait and switch,” our economic condition will amount to that of a “domestic, dependent nation.”
By excluding Blacks from municipal jobs in policy-making positions, Blacks will continue to be addicted to whites. This is a serious, mental problem and it does not bode well for our children. No Negro “addict” will fight white supremacy regardless of the odiousness of the problem. Blacks refuse to look in mirrors for fear of what they will see. This especially applies to “political activists.”
The decision in the Cherokee Cases lead to the “Trail of Tears.” Dr. Carter G. Woodson gave us an analysis in the Miseducation of the Negro: “History shows that it does not matter who is in power… those who have not earned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain anymore rights or principles in the end that they had in the beginning.” [Emphasis supplied].
This was the problem that I handed to whites four decades ago. No whites were around me. I was thinking for myself. The New York Post specifically said that I must be stopped; otherwise, other Blacks would “emulate” me. There was no proof that I had to depend on whites. The Washington Post noted that I was able to continuously win long-shot cases. This is bad news for dependency.
Nonetheless, two legal organizations summarily fired me when they found out that I was in courtrooms representing Blacks without a “rabbi.” A Black lawyer told me, up front, that no one was going to allow me to practice law without a “rabbi.” This was the law before the Civil War. In fact, Blacks had to be trained by white lawyers. It was an apprenticeship program.
I had no one to vouch for me and I was not accountable to any white person. It was also illegal for a Black lawyer to be “armed and dangerous”. No one could give me character references. My admission to the New York Bar was questioned because I had refused to give white references. I was always skating on thin ice. Many “militant” Black lawyers, on the other hand, were able to identify whites who could speak for them.
The Freedom Party seeks to emulate my record in the courtroom. Blacks have always needed a Black-financed and Black-led political party consistent with rights under the First Amendment. The Freedom Party seeks to put our agenda on the front-burner in the same manner that the Working Families Party and the Green Party behave in the political process.
Numbers do count. Blacks need to pack the Brooklyn Christian Center, 1061 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn on this Monday evening, in Brooklyn, to express outrage over de Blasio’s racist, personnel policies. There were 1,024,000 votes for de Blasio. The white vote was 158,000 votes. The Latino vote was 196,000. The Black vote was 354,000. Yet, his administration is virtually all-white. There is a “token” Black and a “token” Latino in it, however. Black elected officials should explain this political oddity. Don’t be MIA on Monday.
Blacks must understand “concepts.” New York City is subject to “white minority rule.” This should not be difficult to define. If 35% of the total vote is Black and they cast their votes for de Blasio, it should follow that 35% of his mayoral appointments should also be Black. This is not the case in New York City, however. You only need to view a press conference on snow removal to get the picture.
Before you attend the next town hall meeting, you should demand the presence of the Black press and Black elected officials on Monday. Call your political representatives. In politics, there is a quid pro quo. No reason exists for voting if whites refuse to honor it. There is also no need for voting rights legislation to discourage racial discrimination. If the Black press is playing hooky, it is not a “free press.”
As Malcolm X correctly pointed out, anyone who is sitting at the table without a plate is not a diner. We need “political bacon” to feed our families. We never received any political appetizers as I noted in the New York Amsterdam News even before November 5 though we had already demonstrated our political allegiance to the Democratic Party. We were also never given any political appetizers after November 5.
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