by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.
Black voters, enrolled in the Democratic Party, have to take some responsibility for the senseless murder of Trayvon Martin. Ignorance of the law on the part of Blacks is no excuse for George Zimmerman to commit murder in the first degree.
Murder should not be based on political acumen. This murder charge was downgraded to make way for a “Stand Your Ground” defense by Zimmerman. State v. Zimmerman started on the wrong foot. There is a conflict-of-interest which favors Zimmerman. Governor Rick Scott has refused to appoint a “special prosecutor”.
Black voters must take some responsibility for endorsing their own oppression which made Trayvon Martin a “political pawn”. The nation heard no noise from Blacks in Florida about the “Stand Your Ground” law until Zimmerman murdered Martin.
In fact, most Blacks in Florida never heard of the law before Martin’s death. Blacks are presumed to know the law. Public affairs programming should be required television programming on Sunday mornings. Unfortunately, Blacks have no knowledge of media rights. This undermines any knowledge of political rights
In the Democratic Party, Black selected officials and leading Blacks play no role in fashioning public policy. It is also unlawful for these “silver rights” leaders to oppose racially-motivated, oppressive legislation. The Democratic Party and the Republican Party are wings of the “American Eagle” Party. White supremacy is the guiding philosophy.
When Blacks belatedly and naturally react to oppressive legislation, “silver rights” leaders are hurriedly dispatched to the slave quarters to quell any potential uprising. These “leaders” are enrolled in the Democratic Party. Their job is to install a “pacification program” while guaranteeing, to white supremacists, the continued freedom of George Zimmerman.
Zimmerman is a vigilante. For four hundred years, Trayvon Martins have been defined as “heathens”. This definition is still in effect in the minds of whites. Whites still view Blacks as heathens. The Fourteenth Amendment is being honored in the breach. Only citizens enjoy government protections.
Thus, Trayvon Martin was a threat to all whites when he came in contact with Zimmerman. As a vigilante, Zimmerman was doing his job. A vigilante in Florida is like an auxiliary cop in New York. He is the supplementary eyes and ears of law enforcement. Blacks are now asking Florida to put an “apprentice” behind bars for murdering a “public threat”.
Critical thinking begins with definitions. After the “Founding Fathers” had penned the U.S. Constitution, they commissioned Noah Webster to write a dictionary even though the former oppressor and the oppressed both had spoken English. Nevertheless, neither the former oppressor nor the oppressed shared a common experience. Synonyms were antonyms and antonyms were synonyms.
That being the case, whites, in the former colonies, had to pen a dictionary with words that reflected their own experience. The foundation for political success depends on a thorough knowledge of philosophy, logic and ethics. Words must be shaped to promote these disciplines.
After the Civil War, Blacks would have to wait another five years before Black men could enter the political arena. During this hiatus, Blacks did zero to prepare for politics. Sen. Charles Sumner of Massachusetts advised Blacks to form their own political party and to avoid both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party.
Instead of doing for self, Blacks chose to play musical chairs by enrolling en masse in the party of Lincoln. Blacks did not see Abraham Lincoln as the lesser of two evils. Instead, he was viewed as the “Great Emancipator”. Blacks hoped to find “milk and honey” in the Republican Party.
Blacks in New York would be among the first to jump the Republican ship. This was in the 1880’s. The Democratic Party openly promoted slave rights. By the time of the New Deal, most Blacks in the North were in the Democratic Party and most Blacks in the South were in the Republican Party. After 1968, virtually all Blacks were together in the Democratic Party.
Between the New Deal and 1968 when Blacks were split over two plantations, sweeping legislation was passed in favor of Blacks. It started with limited voting rights legislation under the Eisenhower Administration. Blockbuster legislation was passed under the Johnson Administration. Johnson became the new savior. Most blacks got wings by 1968.
I must set the record straight, however. All of the rights that Blacks have achieved had already happened by 1875. Blacks should have gotten into a fighting mode when the U.S. Supreme Court attempted to enforce the Compromise of 1877. Blacks failed to fight because their leaders had grown comfortable with titles.
Since the Reconstruction amendments should have been designed to liberate Blacks, Blacks should have authored those amendments. When Congress passed these amendments, Blacks were disenfranchised. Our former oppressors were able to define our “new” rights.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 came on the scene to unlock voting booths for Blacks to use politically. The following year, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia decided United Church of Christ v. Federal Communications Commission giving the public a say in the licensing of radio and television stations.
Afterwards, Blacks enjoyed “Like It Is”, for example, to assess community needs. The public would have to speak through qualified organizations. Public affairs programming became an adjunct to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Voter education should be a condition precedent to voting rights.
While Blacks enjoy voting rights, we have never enjoyed voter education. This is like using an operating room before attending medical school. In more than one way, Blacks are the victims of legal malpractice. The results are the prison-industrial complex and reservations.
Whites receive voting education through myriad organizations. Gun rights “nuts”, for example, are members of the NRA. Whites have the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) which writes laws on voter-ID and self-defense legislation, among other things.
Blacks, on the other hand, have churches. There is a separation between church and state. Churches are forbidden to participate in political activities under the Internal Revenue Code. Otherwise, they will risk harm to tax-exempt status. In addition, churches also enjoy benefits under Faith-based Initiative (FBI).
National Urban League describes Sunday mornings, for television, as “Sunday Morning Apartheid”. Public affairs programming like “Meet the Press” and “Face the Nation” are on Sunday mornings for whites only. These programs are designed to educate white voters on public policy issues. The moderators are white and the guests are overwhelmingly white.
Although Blacks are entitled to public affairs programming, it is virtually non-existent in the United States. If public affairs programming had been available in Florida, Blacks would have hit the ceiling before “Stand Your Ground” law ever saw the light of day. This legislation should have been exposed on Sunday mornings on public affairs programs for Blacks. Black voters favor skipping school.
“Stand Your Ground” law comes out of the slave codes. These codes were motivated by white fears. It wipes out the “duty to retreat” which is associated with traditional self-defense laws. Whites see Black occupants of cities like Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa and Orlando as urban guerrillas. If you are white, you should shoot first if a Black person is standing in your way or he or she is viewed as a “squatter”.
Blacks have no Black agenda. Thus, there is no need for any Black person to vote unless he or she is hung up on putting “Black faces in high places”. This has always been our motive for voting. Blacks attend political meetings looking for entertainment.
If we refuse to draft a Black agenda, we should, en masse, turn in our voter registration cards. It makes no sense for a bibliophobic to hold a library card. Without political education in general and public affairs programs in particular, Blacks will continue to finance their own oppression.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was designed for Blacks to be political pawns. Voting is viewed as a duty but there are no concomitant benefits. This was also our experience on the plantation. Whites seek political rights for power and influence.
Politics is warfare without “violence”. Cowards are not asked to participate in politics. Similarly, law is trial by combat. To succeed in law and politics, there must be an appreciation for military science. Turning your cheek is not the answer in law and politics. Loving your master plays no role in law and politics.
For every right, there is a duty. This means that Blacks must satisfy certain conditions before they enter polling booths. Of course, whites are elated if Blacks fail to satisfy those conditions. Slave codes require that Blacks stay ignorant of politics. See Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s, “The Miseducation of the Negro”.
On the plantation, we had no rights. We only had duties. We went from the slave quarters to the fields daily. Today, we move from the ghetto to the polling booth for the primary selection and the general election. This is plantation politics and, for Blacks, it produces Black selected officials.
The Democratic Party fashions our political menu. We simply follow the script and choose dishes favorable to whites. The reference for our politics is the plantation. We now go from the slave quarters to voting booths. As we put more Black faces in high places, our condition worsens.
Too honest for the White Press and too black for much of today’s Black Press; bullet columnist Alton Maddox upsets the same people and status quo as he did as an uncompromising Defense Attorney. He is also a founding member of the Freedom Party. Please sign his Petition to save “Like It Is.” Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471