Given the continued recession to consummate the New World Order, the reminiscence of the Department of Justice under Attorney General Arthur Garland, a Confederate loyalist, and a rewind of a U.S. Supreme Court under Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite, Blacks can either follow the advice of Crispus Attucks and resist another “Boston Masscre” or follow the advice of President Abraham Lincoln and go back to Africa. Claude McKay said it best in “If We Must Die.”
This country is in a recession, but Blacks are in recess. If we continue to behave like most children during recess, our fate will be sealed. We must avoid Black leaders spewing nothing but 30-second sound bites and nursery rhymes. Time is of the essence. Law and economics are our major barriers. Leaders who can navigate us around these barriers should be in high demand.
In a republican form of government, the dividing line between freedom and slavery is representation. This was the basis for the American Revolution. Even though Macon B. Allen became the nation’s first Black lawyer in 1844 and John Mercer Langston became its first Black elected official in 1855, both men would enter professions monopolized by white men. White men still monopolize decision making powers today.
Whites in New York City only comprise one-third of the city’s population but control a majority of the seats on the New York City Council. Council Speaker Christine Quinn is white and Mayor Michael Bloomberg is also white. Blacks have no shot at securing meaningful public employment in New York City, and Blacks have only a zero chance of securing public contracts. Any stimulus package from the Obama administration will only benefit whites.
By approving New York City’s unwarranted and illegal usurpation of power and the naked overthrow of the will of the people for two referenda favoring term limits, Attorney General Eric Holder has made it clear that the white shysters Bush 43 hired as lawyers in the Justice Department control our political destiny. They passed Bush’s political litmus test with flying colors on St. Patrick’s Day 2009. History is repeating itself. See the Draft Riots of 1863. Although Black leaders have always praised the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as the best thing since sliced bread, this “remedial” legislation has always been constitutionally suspect, since it only protects voting rights. Blacks can only rubberstamp the political decisions of white men.
It takes political rights to give rise to political representation, which was the goal of the American Revolution. Voting rights alone fail to give anyone access to the levers of power. Political rights are the nexus between voting rights and political representation. When President Lyndon B. Johnson urged Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965, his eye was on national security and not civil rights. This is positive law. The Citadel in South Carolina and Virginia Military Institute in Virginia, for example, were established to protect whites from freedom fighters like Denmark Vesey and Nat Turner.
In 1964,Blacks were engaged in urban rebellions. Malcolm X had thrown down the gauntlet–“the ballot or the bullet.” This nation could ill afford a repeat of the summer of 1964.The installation of a full-scale pacification program was designed to appease Blacks. Assassinating Malcolm X in February 1965 would be the first step in putting out the fire. It would be followed by the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The final spoke in the wheel was the War on Poverty legislation signed in 1966. A new surveillance network was
established in the Black community.
Ultimately, Black leaders would hedge their political bets on the Voting Rights Acts of 1965.This is akin to American International Group betting on credit default swaps. The first clue should have been the legislation’s title. Blacks jumped at this legislation like a
mouse would jump at cheese oblivious to the mousetrap.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 only guarantees access to the ballot box.It does not give rise to political representation. At best, Blacks are only guaranteed political presence. This is not enough to give Blacks political power. President Johnson actually enshrined the three-fifths proviso of Article 1,section 2 of the U.S. Constitution in the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
In short, Blacks are political wards of the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party selects the candidates and Blacks help elect them. This was our role on the plantation. Whites selected the crop and we picked it. Our voting rights are actually voting privileges. If voting were a right, it would be a constitutional fixture. Instead, it is like a short-term lease. It must be renewed.
Within the context of voting rights for descendants of enslaved Africans, the U.S. Supreme Court will permit the title of the statute to control its statutory language. Justice Clarence Thomas has zealously led the charge for this view on the high court.
He maintains that the right to vote should be strictly construed like the construction of penal laws. Thus, political rights for Blacks are out of the question and diluting the Black vote is permissible. Actually, voting rights for descendants of enslaved Africans should give rise to remedial legislation; therefore, they should be liberally construed.
It is alarming that the Obama administration has used Justice Thomas’ logic to decide that the usurpation of the power of the New York City Council to overthrow two referenda favoring term limits was appropriate and not in violation of the Voting Rights Acts of 1965.This logic enjoins Blacks from enjoying pork barrel legislation. Thus, white minority rule, “by any means necessary,” can maintain political control over historically oppressed groups in New York City. This is the essence of states’ rights and apartheid.
Mr. Obama promised change. His ruling on term limits is a commitment to maintaining the status quo.
Under this political arrangement, Blacks and other historically oppressed groups are not entitled to their proportionate share of the municipal budget, which is approaching $60 billion. Collectively, these historically oppressed groups only receive less than $500 million from their City Council members. In politics, the winner should get the spoils. Blacks should receive at least $15 billion.
This explains why Mayor Michael Bloomberg was the only member of the 20 richest people in the world who enjoyed a profit in 2009. Even Warren Buffet and Bill Gates suffered losses. An investigation by the SEC is warranted. Something is wrong with this picture.
The only thing that Mayor Bloomberg is giving to Blacks is hard times. See, for example, police terrorism, tenant evictions and the mistreatment of teachers and students in New York City. Also, see Bloomberg’s refusal to compensate the “Central Park Six,” who were framed and railroaded by law enforcement officials.
I need your support and letters in filing a petition for writ of certiorari in Maddox v. Prudenti et al in the U.S. Supreme Court on the questions of two-tone justice in the United States and denial of free speech for Blacks. Also, the invocation of the no-citation rule is threatening the doctrine of stare decisis. Send letters and support to Alton Maddox, 16 Court Street, Ste. 1901, Brooklyn, NY 11241.
April 1–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 Ave. Three blocks to Elks Plaza. Admission is free. The focus will be on the April 20 rally on the steps of City Hall acknowledging the 20th anniversary of the “Central Park Six.” No justice! No peace! April 25-26–UAM’s “Egypt on the Potomac” field trip in Washington, D.C., and the Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore, Md. May 22-25, UAM’s bus trip to the Gullah Festival in historic Beaufort, S.C. July 5-August 1–Freedom Retreat for Boys and Girls for children ages 7-15 in the Catskill Mountains. Call UAM at (718) 834-9034 for further information.
See: www.reinstatealtonmaddox.net for “Busy Wednesday Nights at Elks Plaza,” “Courtroom is a War Zone for Black Female Lawyer,” “Mayor Bloomberg and Inside Trading,” “Kelly’s Kin Rips off NYC,” “Central Park Six Deserves Compensation,” and “Freedom Retreat Explores Underground Railroad.”