Although the “Founding Fathers” authored the U.S. Constitution in a secret meeting in Philadelphia in 1787, the NAACP was formed in 1909 in New York City by whites for Blacks. The U.S. Constitution, on the other hand, was written by white males for white males. White women were mistresses. Blacks were property.
These relationships to white males would spawn other political movements. Blacks would initiate a struggle to end slavery. White women would initiate the women’s suffrage movement. Politically, Black males would beat white women to the finish line by 50 years. The 15th Amendment was ratified in 1870. Fifty years later, Congress would ratify the 19th Amendment.
This gender war would also set the stage for the 2008 presidential campaign. The question was whether a Black presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Hussein Obama, would beat a vice presidential candidate, Gov. Sarah Palin, to the White House. Obama was a first for Democrats and Palin was a first for Republicans.
By 1902,Blacks should have realized that the U.S. Constitution was a white supremacist document. The U.S. Supreme Court had decided Plessy v. Ferguson in favor of white supremacists before the ink was dry on the 14th Amendment.
Congress had also just shut the door on Black representation. Cong. George White,who had also represented all-Black Princeville, N.C., in the 1st Congressional District, was given an eviction notice on Capitol Hill in 1902.Afterwards, Blacks would be excluded from Congress. He would leave North Carolina and establish the town of Whitesboro, N.J.
Without a political voice and without reparations, Blacks have had no shot at living equitably with whites. The U.S. Constitution is a social contract. Without the right to bargain, Blacks have had no shot at securing federal protection and enjoying any economic fruit.
The NAACP, which was formed by whites, prompted Blacks to burglarize the U.S. Constitution. There was a need on behalf of Uncle Sam for a white brain to think for Blacks. This would be reminiscent of white abolitionists. We have never learned from the experiences of Frederick Douglass.
To Blacks, burglary is a survival crime. Our very existence in the United States has meant burglarizing the U.S. Constitution for our own survival. Sumptuary laws would be the forerunner to minimum wages. Our survival has ranged from affirmative action to street crimes.
Most Blacks who have been denied any access to education have had to resort to survival crimes, and most Blacks who have been miseducated have had to resort to affirmative action. Survival crimes and, now, affirmative action, are outlawed in the United States. Hon. Elijah Muhammad said if they won’t treat you right, why do you think they will teach you right? Nonetheless, the top item on the NAACP’s agenda is burglarizing Eurocentric education. Beyond Dred Scott, the worst white supremacist decision in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court is Brown v. Board of Education.
We have gone from criminalizing Black education to uplifting Black miseducation. Dr. Carter G. Woodson brought the miseducation of Blacks to the fore-front. After Brown v. Board of Education, we have moved to mentacide. More Black men, for example, are in prison than in college. The number of whites with college backgrounds is more than double their Black counterparts.
The recipe for incarceration includes racism, poverty and poor education. As a blue-ribbon commission stated about New York, the judicial system is “infested with racism.” No governor in New York since the report’s findings in 1991 has sought to remedy this unconstitutional plight.
Moreover, legislators have enacted racist legislation like the legislative disparity in the punishment of the users of crack cocaine and powder cocaine. Prosecutors engage in selective prosecutions. The separation of powers doctrine fails to apply to Blacks. Instead, there is a conspiracy.
Even though President Obama heads the executive branch of government, no president has ever bucked this conspiracy against Blacks and lived to talk about it. President Lyndon Johnson came the closet, symbolically, but rights under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 are ephemeral.
Thus, President Obama’s ceremonial appearance before the NAACP’s centennial convention in July will be imbued with pomp and circumstance. Some of the problems affecting Blacks can be cured by executive orders. However, gays in the military will become beneficiaries of executive orders before aggrieved descendants of enslaved Africans.
A U.S. Senate controlled by Democrats has recently expressed its view on race when it apologized for slavery while denying descendants of enslaved Africans access to courts to redress this longstanding grievance. This flies in the face of American jurisprudence, which holds that for every wrong, there must be a right.
The swing to the extreme right of the U.S. Supreme Court can be gleaned from two cases decided during its 2008-2009 term. In Ricci v. DeStefano, the court held that undermining “reverse racism” was more lethal to the maintenance of the status quo in this country than outlawing racism.
In Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District No. 1 v. Holder, the court devised an escape hatch for jurisdictions bent on discriminating against Black voters despite the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Supreme Court has turned the constitutional clock back to United States v. Reese in 1876 and James v. Bowman in 1903.
Citizenship is meaningless without the right to enjoy political representation. In a democracy, this means the rights of assembly, associations, speech, petitioning the government for a redress of grievances and voting. These were constitutional hurdles to the Civil Rights Movement.
Mumia Abu-Jamal, Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin and former Cong. Cynthia McKinney have suffered imprisonment for speaking their minds. Dr. Martin L. King Jr. and Malcolm X were assassinated. Henry and Henriette Moore were dynamited to bits. Marcus Garvey was deported. For Blacks, the First Amendment is still an illusion.
President Obama should have to drive a dump truck of grievances out of this centennial convention if the NAACP were operating on all cylinders. All of the problems commonly affecting persons of African ancestry should be in it. Reparations and economic inequality should be at the top of the heap.
This list of grievants should include but not be limited to Assata Shakur, former Cong. Cynthia McKinney, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, Bill Borders, Alton Maddox and Councilman Charles Barron, who will be facing a criminal trial during the NAACP’s centennial convention.
The naming of the NAACP’s highest award after Joel Spingarn instead of Charles Hamilton Houston is telling. Houston was the greatest and most gifted lawyer in American jurisprudence. He was also the legal architect of the struggle against Jim Crow and special counsel for the NAACP. On the other hand, Joel Spingarn was a major in the Military Intelligence Division of the U.S. Army whose eyes were trained on Blacks. His involvement in a spy network also raises serious questions about the legacies of Dr. W.E.B. DuBois and Justice Thurgood Marshall. This military unit assassinated Dr. Martin L. King Jr.
July 12: Family Day for Freedom Retreat for Boys in the Catskill Mountains. An all-day cookout, historical revisionism and recreation. For bus transportation, call UAM at (718) 834-9034. July 15: UAM Weekly Forum at Elks Plaza, 1068 Harriet Tubman (Fulton Street) near Classon Avenue in Brooklyn at 7:30 p.m. UAM is assisting City Council candidates who are opposing incumbents in New York City that favored extending term limits. Take the “C” train to Franklin Avenue. Two blocks to Elks Plaza. Admission is free.
July 19-Aug 1: Freedom Retreat for Girls in the Catskill Mountains. Girls will participate in a moot court competition, learn Black history and tour the Underground Railroad in upstate New York. There is a host of recreational activities including, but not limited to, swimming, biking, gardening, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, skating, archery, nature walks and arts and crafts. They will enjoy an overnight bus trip to the Harriet Tubman House and Syracuse University in addition to a visit to a county fair. This is the only African-centered, sleepaway summer retreat in the nation. For more information, call UAM at (718) 834-9034.
July 21: Birthday Celebration or Rent Party at Cotton Club,656 West 125th Street in Harlem at 7 p.m. Join John Beatty, owner of the Cotton Club, and the United African Movement in saluting Alton Maddox, attorney-at-war, who is still being hounded by the Establishment for refusing to eat the king’s meat.