Do Blacks have a future in New York City?

Alton H.Maddox | , Jr. | 4/12/2011, 4:38 p.m.

It was music to my ears to hear that the New York State Senate was tied up in knots for more than a month. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is bent on maintaining exclusive mayoral control over schools and hiking the sales tax. Black politicians are in his hip pocket. Both of these measures will cause great harm to Blacks in New York City.

In fact, these measures only target residents of New York City. Mayoral control of schools and an increase in sales taxes will only affect Blacks, Latinos and Asians. Most middle-class whites refuse to send their children to public schools. Similarly, the sales tax is a regressive measure and disproportionately affects the poor.

Compulsory public education was created in the 19th century to establish two routes for poor children. Children who successfully ran the obstacle course would be escorted into the military-industrial complex. An example is Gen. Colin Powell. Those children who flunked the race would be diverted into the prison-industrial complex. See the life of Willie Bosket.

No economic opportunities exist in New York City for Blacks. Since Mayor Bloomberg was given a lease to Gracie Mansion in 2002, the unemployment rate for Black males has jumped to over 50 percent. Public employment for Blacks has dropped precipitously. Municipal rules have been written that militate against public contracts for Blacks.

Those Blacks who favor mayoral control of schools are unable to connect the dots and think outside the box. Mayor Bloomberg already controls the family courts, the criminal courts, the civil courts and, concomitantly, the housing courts. The jilted customers in these courts are Blacks and Latinos.

By law, Mayor Bloomberg is able to appoint most of the municipal court judges. He has the exclusive right to appoint criminal and family court judges. Any casual observer of the city's nearly all-white judicial system can take judicial notice that it is racist to the core and is designed to not only disrupt Black families but also to displace them. These are police courts.

Black politicians are supposed to be paid to see the "big picture." The key to keeping Mayor Bloomberg's conspiracy against Blacks alive was the extension of term-limits. Minus three dissenters, Black politicians sided with Mayor Bloomberg and against the will of their constituents.

With a nearly all-white judicial system in a city that has a white minority population, it would be difficult to imagine Black politicians being more than political proxies in the appointment of judicial officers. There are judicial conventions and Black politicians who fight to become political proxies instead of judicial delegates.

Afterwards, they push white candidates for the bench. A judicial convention in New York City is equivalent to a "white primary." Once these white lawyers become judicial oath-takers, Black politicians have no say over their public policy positions. Municipal courts have more sway over our lives than the U.S. Supreme Court.

I live in a massive, middle-class, residential complex in Manhattan originally designed to give quarters to Blacks and Latinos. Since April 7, 2000, I have had no landlord, and since 2001, I have been residing in these premises without a lease, even though I am supposed to be protected under the Rent Stabilization Law. The Division of Housing and Community Renewal is sitting on its hands.