From Jim Crow to James Crow, Esq.
Jr. | 4/12/2011, 4:40 p.m.
Politically conscious Blacks will celebrate "Black Solidarity Day" on November 2. It is always on the Monday before the general election. The next day, whites will reaffirm white minority rule in New York City, even though Black voters, alone, nearly emulate white voters.
Nearly three weeks later, leading Blacks and Black elected officials may call for a "Day of Outrage" to protest Black-on-Black" crime among young people who are born into a dysfunctional culture that has been shaped by white racists. Adults should look into mirrors before chastising Black teens.
Black children are born into chaotic and not structurally sound communities. When Malcolm X said that Blacks failed to control either the politics or the economics of our "communities," he was not pointing fingers at Black children.
In fact, it is against the law for Blacks to control or discipline their own children. Only white people can discipline Black children with impunity. On the plantation, Black children were owned by white slaveholders, and not by their biological parents. Nothing has changed in 2009.
After the Civil War, Blacks were still wedded to the land. When Blacks became urbanized and sharecropping ended, the plantation system was reinstated, with the social sciences playing a pivotal role in keeping Black children in check.
The social sciences would expand the law enforcement net. Employment would rise for social workers, psychologists and special education teachers, among others. Compulsory education laws would become incubators for a system of white paternalism.
Too many times, Blacks have abandoned Black children. If Emmett Till's uncle had stood his ground and had defied Mississippi's Black Code, Emmett may be approaching his 70th birthday, and his uncle would probably have become a martyr.
John White has defied New York's Black Code. He and his family are still alive. A panel of the Brooklyn Appeals Court this past Friday heard arguments on this appeal from a judgment of conviction involving a charge of manslaughter in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree.
The critical issue on appeal was not presented to the Brooklyn Appeals Court; that is, a prosecutor may abuse unreviewable, prosecutorial discretion. An appeals court will never second guess a prosecutor in overcharging or framing a Black defendant.
In any incident, a prosecutor may choose the legal status for the actual perpetrator and the victim. The Suffolk County district attorney's office chose the Estate of Daniel Cicciaro as the victim and John White as the defendant. The prosecutor also wrongfully converted a Black man's castle into a slave quarter.
A drunken lynch mob rushed to the home of John White to seize White's son, Aaron, screaming insults, racial epithets and threatening to do bodily harm to the family and to rape White's wife. The trial court found that White was wrong to have stopped the burglary.
Michael Longo, Aaron's "best friend," had established a fake MySpace account without Aaron's knowledge, asserting that Aaron wanted to rape Jenny Martin, a white girl. This was a hoax, but the prosecutor refused to hold Longo accountable.