“We wish to plead our own cause. Too long have others spoken for us.” These words, demonstrating First Amendment rights, appeared in the first editorial of Freedom’s Journal, which was also the first newspaper for Blacks in the United States. It was established by John Russwurm and Rev. Samuel Cornish in New York City in 1827.
No truer words have ever been spoken for any ethnic group. Soon after the ratification of the 15th Amendment, Sen. Charles Sumner, a white Republican and fearless advocate for Black rights, advised Blacks to form their own political parties. He was nearly caned to death on the floor of the U.S. Senate for advising Blacks. Nevertheless, Blacks opted for other white Republicans to speak for them.
In other words, Blacks ignored his advice and Dred Scott is still the law of the land even though, for Blacks, the Civil War turned into a struggle to defeat Dred Scott by ratifying the 14th Amendment. Last week, in Cambridge, Mass., Blacks were , once again, painfully reminded that Dred Scott is still alive and kicking. President Warren Harding said, “Personally, I am a believer in government through political parties.” The exercise of the franchise without a political party constitutes plantation politics. President Harding has an African ancestor. He never denied it. His future father- in-law called him a “nigger.” Eventually, he was murdered in office. Once again, America played the race card to take out an “uppity Negro.”
Dr. Henry Louis Gates is the leading Black academic in this country. Until July 16, he, like Rev. Al Sharpton, was eating from the public trough while engaging in public relations gimmicks for law enforcement officials. Aesop called it “running with the hares and hunting with the hounds.”
Rev. Sharpton is still on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s payroll. He is also the leading spokesperson for Blacks fighting police brutality instead of police terrorism. In any intelligent community, these relationships would constitute a conflict of interest. Instead, we continue to offer Black bodies to him hoping to hit the jackpot. Law enforcement officials are able to have their cake and eat it too.
Dr. Gates was wrongfully arrested in Cambridge, Mass., for mistaking his slave quarters for a white man’s castle. The local police department already knew of him and his place of abode. A spy network was established in 1917 to keep leading Blacks under surveillance. To his surprise, Dr. Henry L. Gates was a suspect and not a prospect.
Under English common law, a white man’s home is his castle. Absent an arrest warrant or a search warrant, no standing army may trespass on his property.
This is a Third Amendment guarantee. The Cambridge Police Department is a standing army and operating in violation of the Second Amendment.
The U.S. Constitution, on the other hand, still defines any descendant of enslaved Africans as three-fifths of a person. Any place of abode owned by a descendant of enslaved Africans is a slave quarters. The rule against perpetuities fails to apply to slave quarters. With all of his Ivy League education, Dr. Gates still believes that white supremacists have abandoned the “one drop” rule for the majority rule. This is a by-product of affirmative action. Thus, he now believes that he is a white man. Dr. Gates is delusional. He boasts that 57 percent of his blood is European.
The “one drop” rule actually means that you do not talk back to any white person even if you are a “free Black.” Dr. Gates demanded to know the purpose of a police officer trespassing on the grounds of his “slave quarters.” He specifically demanded the name and badge number of the trespassing police officer He was charged with disorderly conduct for attempting to obtain this information. His crime was being engaged in “loud and tumultuous behavior.” This criminal charge has always been employed to criminalize the conduct of any Black person who dares to talk back to a white person.
President Obama should be ashamed of himself for only describing the Cambridge Police Department as acting “stupidly.” This is not the language a commander in chief employs to describe the violation of a civil right. It is not medu netcher. When a police department only acts “stupidly,” it is let off the hook by law. Instead, the Cambridge Police Department acted unconstitutionally. This conduct should have triggered the enforcement of federal and state laws on civil rights. Dr. Gates’ rights under the First, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, 13th and 14th amendments were violated. Attorney General Eric Holder should already be in action with handcuffs.
The arresting officer, Sgt. James Crowley, a.k.a. “Jim Crow,” may get the last word, however. He described the incident as a “local” matter. Accordingly, the president of the United States must butt out. Sgt. Crowley has obviously read the Supreme Court decisions in the Slaughterhouse Cases and United States v. Cruikshank.
These states rights’ decisions were written under the judicial leadership of Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite. By President Obama constructively apologizing to Sgt. Crowley and inviting him to the White House, he has validated the states rights’ doctrine. His next move will be to demand the return of Assata Shakur from Cuba to the United States. President Obama is apparently unaware that under English law, the commander in chief enjoys sovereign immunity. By apologizing to Sgt. Crowley, he has demeaned his office.
If Sgt. Crowley had trespassed on the grounds of a white man’s castle without probable cause and lacking either a search warrant or an arrest warrant, emergency medical technicians would have taken him off the private grounds feet first. The U.S. Supreme Court decided this issue last year in Heller v. District of Columbia. Law enforcement agencies opposed it. When a police officer trespasses on the grounds of a slave quarters, it is not racial profiling. Racial profiling requires the arbitrary and unreasonable seizure of a Black person on public property. Dr. Gates was the victim of racial entrapment initiated by a state actor acting under color of law on private property. Sgt. Crowley provoked Dr.Gates into violating the slave code. After Dr. Gates swallowed the bait, Sgt. Crowley charged him with disorderly conduct. Blacks must always remember that a fish never gets in trouble until it opens its mouth. Barking dogs are an exception.
Dr. Gates is lucky that he is still breathing. Mary Turner complained to a Georgia sheriff about his participation in the lynching of her husband for a crime that had been committed by another person. When whites are angry, any Black will do. She threatened to file a federal complaint against the local sheriff.
That night, the sheriff led a lynch mob to her house. When the smoke had cleared, she had not only been lynched but her stomach had been slit and her unborn baby had fallen into a fire beneath her body and stomped to death. Her crime was opening her mouth. For a Black person, this may be a capital offense.
Law enforcement agencies framed this fish story in Cambridge to instruct Blacks in this country that any exercise of First Amendment rights can be seriously prosecuted. This is why Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. and Malcolm X were so important to our achieving any political or social rights. They sacrificed their lives for freely speaking their minds.
President Obama intends to not only abandon any effort to protect the civil rights of Blacks but he is bent on turning the civil rights clock back to Dred Scott. This is the mind game that white people are playing on him and he is falling for it. He is their target but we will be their victims.
Aug. 5–UAM Weekly Forum at Elks Plaza, 1068 Harriet Tubman (Fulton Street) near Classon Avenue in Brooklyn at 7:30 p.m. Take the “C” train to Franklin Avenue, two blocks to Elks Plaza. Admission is free. After August 5,UAM’s weekly forums will be suspended until September 2, 2009.
Sept.19–The historic, inaugural meeting of the Freedom Party in Buffalo, which was also the site of the formation of the Free Soil Party in 1848.
Oct. 10-11–Overnight bus trip and hotel lodgings to the Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore and “Nile Valley on the Potomac” field trip in Washington, D.C.