In designating Cong. Kirsten Gillibrand (Sarah Palin) to represent New York in the U.S. Senate, Gov. David Paterson has behaved like all Black politicians. They desire to represent all the people. This means treating their base constituency like it has the bubonic plague. Black people must remain in the closet until every Election Day. They are still second-class citizens.
If it had not been for Gov. Rod Blagojevich of Illinois, the Senate would not even have a token Black, Roland Burris, as a member. The federal government conducted a pre-dawn raid on his residence to ensure that he would not get to his office to appoint a Black person to the U.S. Senate. Of course, Illinois is the “Land of Lincoln.” Blagojevich chose to elevate principles over politics even if it meant facing impeachment and imprisonment. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made it clear that the Democratic Party opposed an integrated Senate in 2009.Paterson caused a different problem.
Democrats control both the Illinois Senate and the Illinois House. Usually, impeachment proceedings occur when the head of the executive branch of government has ticked off the majority party. Blagojevich should view himself as an abolitionist. Like in 1863, the Democratic Party is ticked off.
Blacks, Latinos and Asians make up nearly 40 percent of the state’s population. In Gillibrand’s 20th Congressional District, Blacks, Latinos and Asians make up only 5 percent of her constituents. Most of these oppressed groups, statewide, live in urban areas. The 20th Congressional District is rural.
To make matters worse, Sen. Charles Schumer has never aligned himself with historically oppressed groups. Only urban, suburban and rural whites will enjoy representation from New York in the Senate. Blacks, Latinos and Asians will have to fend for themselves. Gillibrand is only a nominal Democrat. Her father, Douglas Rutnik, a politically connected lawyer and lobbyist, is an ally of former Gov. George Pataki. She worked for former Sen. Alfonse D’Amato and had clerked for Roger Miner, a conservative federal appeals court judge in Manhattan.
She is a dyed-in-the-wool Republican. At Paterson’s press conference announcing his designation of Gillibrand to represent New York in the Senate, no one stood closer to Gillibrand than D’Amato. It is called guilt by association.
Although New York State is 87 percent urban, Gillibrand will be walking into the Senate with no urban agenda amid tough economic times. She successfully sought House assignments on the Agricultural and Armed Services committees. She is the poster girl for the NRA. Nebraska would love her for promoting guns and butter.
It will certainly take more than two years for Gillibrand to become acquainted with her historically oppressed constituents and progressive whites. Like Lincoln, she has never had any relationship with historically oppressed groups.
Her appearances in Harlem and Queens on January 24 were public relations gimmicks. She has no interest in the plight of Blacks, Latinos and Asians in addition to progressive whites. Her first contact with Blacks was, in fact, on January 24,2009.
No political relationship exists between Gillibrand and Obama. Like Paterson, she sided with Hillary Clinton in her bid for the White House. Caroline Kennedy, on the other hand, campaigned for Obama. Rev.Al Sharpton sat on the fence during the 2008 presidential primary. Obama voted for the bailout package in late 2008. Gillibrand voted against it. Over the past two terms in Congress, Gillibrand’s political votes have mostly sanctioned Bush 43’s legislative packages. The 20th Congressional District voted for Bush 43 in both 2000 and 2004.
I have particular interest in the 20th Congressional District, which shares Dutchess County with the 22nd Congressional District. Dutchess County was the crime scene for Tawana Brawley in 1987. Cong. Maurice Hinchey represents the latter district. His voting record in Congress is far more liberal than Gillibrand’s voting record, which is decidedly conservative.
The NAACP vigorously opposed Brawley while taking money from Dutchess County. Paterson castigated Gov. Mario Cuomo for meeting with Brawley’s advisors. He was particularly harsh on Cuomo’s meeting with Sharpton. Today, Paterson and Sharpton are “running with the hares and hunting with the hounds.” Thus, “politics makes strange bedfellows.”
Some of the state legislators in her congressional district spearheaded the effort for the New York Legislature to demand my disbarment. This was unprecedented in American legislative history. A disciplinary complaint should be initiated by a client and not a legislative body. In the meantime,the Blacks in the New York Legislature buried their heads in the sand. When whites attack an outspoken Black militant, Black leaders flee. A militant fights for his or her people. Quiet as it is kept, every Black politician sided with his or her white counterpart on Brawley.
It was not surprising that Rev. Sharpton would become Gillibrand’s personal escort.He had performed the same task for Caroline Kennedy. Their conflicting, political philosophies were apparently of no moment to him.
Neither one of these women has suffered the Black experience, and there is only a token Black presence in the Senate. Burris must hack it alone. No Black leader called for even a second Black person in the Senate. This amounts to self-hatred.
Liza Eve, daughter of former Assemb. Arthur Eve of Buffalo and a lawyer for Hillary Clinton, would have satisfied Paterson’s litmus test. Paterson sought a female from upstate New York. In addition, Eve is Black. This is a racial bonus.
Blacks have no working definition of the term “political representation.” Accordingly, our self-appointed leaders are political escorts (“Driving Miss Daisy”) while their gullible followers are political spectators. Political representatives are messengers armed with agendas instead of mutes armed with binoculars.
To be sure, Blacks have dragged down the American economy, but it was not from predatory lending. From 1865 until today, no credit lifeline has been thrown to emancipated Blacks. Blacks have had to survive on debits. The Freedmen’s Bank was short-lived. President Abraham Lincoln believed that forced labor would destroy free trade. His solution was to send all Africans back to Africa. Compensation would be provided to slaveholders. Blacks confuse freedom with emancipation and wrongfully designate Lincoln as their liberator. Obama’s stimulus plan will not solve this country’s intractable economic problems. His plan includes throwing money at banks and letting it trickle down to the impoverished masses. The “War on Poverty” was based on the same assumption.
To lift this economy out of economic doldrums, vast sums of money must be given to those at the bottom of the economic barrel. This means compensation to Blacks and Indians. Until Blacks can find someone who can fashion an economic agenda for them, they will remain in the soup.
I need your letters of support for a petition for writ of certiorari in Maddox v. Prudenti et al to be filed in the U.S. Supreme Court on the questions of two-tone justice in the United States and denial of free speech for Blacks. Send letters of support to Alton Maddox, 16 Court Street, Ste. 1901. Brooklyn, N.Y.11241.
Feb. 4–Rally to sustain the Brawley struggle at 7:30 p.m. at the Elks Plaza,1068 Harriet Tubman (Fulton Street) near Classon Avenue in Brooklyn. Take the “C” train to Franklin Ave. Three blocks to Elks Plaza. See: www.reinstatealtonmaddox.net for “Immigration and Terrorism in Early New York,” “Les Payne or ‘Moe’ Payne,” “Viola Plummer Goes to Court,” and “Gillibrand Comes to Harlem.”