White casinos and Black circuses
Jr. | , Alton H. Maddox | 4/12/2011, 4:39 p.m.
Before each Black person in the United States has to take this life-threatening examination that is already swirling around our heads, he or she must review, hopefully, and embrace, strenuously, the teachings of our revered ancestors.
To understand the United States, let's start with Marcus Garvey: "A people without power and authority is a people without respect." Power and authority in the United States start with legal and political representation and not legal and political presence. The other ingredients are access to land, labor and capital.
These teachings, however, will never have any real meaning to us as long as we are "Doubting Thomases." Over 400 years, whites have conditioned us to doubt ourselves and to doubt each other. This doubt in each other leads to a call for integration, which means a reliance on others. Please read the history of Thurgood Marshall at Lincoln University.
Thus, whites are planning for a glorious future while we are headed back to a horrifying past. The Dow Jones average and the rate of unemployment are both headed upwards. This is proof that TARP has worked for the rich while crippling the masses. This was its intended effect. It is a bad omen for Blacks.
We are approaching 1873. Our final destination is 1857. Graphs enable us to understand our direction of flight. Calculus permits us to understand the rate of change. The only thing that is constant in life is change. Our liberation must be scientific and not 30-second sound bites and nursery rhymes.
New York City is a prime example of the direction of flight for whites. Construction is booming. Gentrification, on the other hand, is pulling rugs from under our Black feet. This means that there must be, in fact, an ongoing "struggle" for land. Struggle means organized resistance.
While the alleys off Main Street are in a deep freeze, Wall Street is resembling Bermuda, where Mayor Michael Bloomberg commutes to and from daily. He is able to watch the rush hour traffic into and from New York City while perched in his business jet.
Of the 20 richest persons in the world, he is the only one who is in the black. The others are seeing red. His haul last year was $4.5 billion, according to Forbes. Every crime has a motive. This is Bloomberg's motive for trashing term limits.
This explains why Revs. A.R. Bernard, Calvin Butts and Floyd Flake are kissing his ring. Meanwhile, Rev. Al Sharpton is eating from the public trough in New York City and travelling in a minstrel show with Newt Gingrich, who once misrepresented the Blacks in my hometown of Newnan, Georgia.
While these preachers are living large, the rest of us are not faring so well. A case in point is Kharey Wise, who spent approximately 15 years in prison arising out of a false claim of rape of Patricia Meili. Now, Bloomberg and Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau refuse to compensate him or the other members of the Central Park Six.