White House sits on Black roots
Alton H.Maddox | , Jr. | 4/12/2011, 4:34 p.m.
Jefferson and Hamilton were the twin pillars of George Washington's presidency. While Washington was the wealthiest man in the United States, he needed the brainiest men to shape the nation's future. Washington had an appreciation for talent. Hamilton was his treasury secretary and Jefferson was his secretary of state. This would prove to be a powder keg awaiting a match. They were both hiding a secret, and they harbored diametrically opposed political and economic philosophies. This led them to father adversarial political parties. In modern parlance, Hamilton advocated federalism and Jefferson pushed states' rights. Jefferson enslaved many Africans. Hamilton was an abolitionist. Hamilton favored a central bank. Jefferson opposed it. Jefferson would tie Aaron Burr in the Electoral College for the presidency. Congress would favor Jefferson. Burr served as vice president under Jefferson until he resigned in 1804 to seek the governorship of New York. Believing that Hamilton was badmouthing him, Burr challenged him to a duel on July 11,1804.A fatal bullet killed Hamilton in Weehawken, New Jersey. This assassination killed Burr's political career. Jefferson killed two birds with one stone. Outwardly, Jefferson gave to this country all the appearances of being racist, especially in his book "Notes on the State of Virginia." His contradictory relationship with Sally Hemmings, an enslaved African, is puzzling if you consider that Jefferson had "Black blood." His verdict on Blacks caused a verbal war between himself and Benjamin Banneker on Black intelligence. This country needed Banneker to complete the survey of Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C., is called "Chocolate City" for more reasons than its demographics. Anthony Browder, an esteemed Egyptologist, calls it the "Nile on the Potomac." The nation's capital was designed by Banneker and it is rooted in Kemetic architecture and symbols. His story is universally taught in schools. It is based on mythology, and it accommodates white supremacy. African lives were devalued in the Constitution. His story has not only enslaved Africans psychologically, but it has also imprisoned whites psychologically as well. Otherwise, the six Black presidents before Obama would never have had to deny their African ancestry.
Even Obama has to fib when he is asked about his feelings on being the first Black president of the United States. He is only promoting a racial fallacy. St. John 8:32: "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Obama must ensure that his keys to the White House are more than the second Emancipation Proclamation. Freedom and emancipation are not synonyms.
After South Africa ended apartheid, the country established a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Apartheid in South Africa was not as protracted nor as intense as slavery and Jim Crow in the United States, which have given rise to genocide and mentacide.
Descendants of enslaved Africans are in dire need of a truth commission in the United States to declassify the political, economic and cultural contributions of Africans to the country's formation. Truth will militate against Obama fostering racial fallacies, myths and stereotypes for political advantage. Without a truth commission, history could repeat itself. Black men were appointed or elected to Congress, a governor- ship and other state offices after the ratification of the Reconstruction amendments. These elections only
heightened racial violence. White terrorism would accompany the presence of Blacks in political offices. The KKK and law enforcement agencies were in its vanguard. There was no truth commission, and white supremacists continued to exploit racial fallacies, myths and stereotypes and to ignite white terrorism. This nation is still divided in 2008, with whites holding the
balance of political and economic power, at the very least. Abraham Lincoln may have been able to emancipate the "slaves,"
but he was unable to free them. It will be another 40 years before the "minorities" in the United States become the majority and, afterward, it will take a racial coalition to stamp out white supremacy. Truth is a beginning. Nov.12--UAM weekly forum
at the Elks Plaza,1068 Harriet Tubman Avenue (Fulton Street), near Classon Avenue in Brooklyn at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Dec. 6--Alton Maddox and Dr. Leonard Jeffries will conduct an "Advanced Seminar on Critical Thinking and Systems Analysis" at City College in the NAC Building, 141st Street and Convent Avenue in Harlem. See: www.reinstatealtonmaddox.net for "Black Solidarity Day," "A Political Guide to Election Day 2008,""Election Day: A Family Affair in New York" and "Emergency Plan for Election Day 2008."