by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.
Freedom’s Journal was this nation’s first Black newspaper. It started operations in March 1827 in New York City with this statement initiating its first editorial: “We wish to plead our own cause. Too long have others spoken for us”. When the newspaper started, Blacks were still in chains in New York City and it would take the Fifteenth Amendment for Blacks to enjoy the franchise. But See Cong. Yvette Clarke.
When the Presidential debate happened on Wednesday, October 3, there were no Black journalists participating in this debate. This means that this country is totally uninterested in any Black perspective. In this country, Blacks are hanging on by their fingernails even though a Black man is in the White House.
Since the beginning of “Here and Now” on WABC-TV, seasoned Black journalists have been banned from its airwaves. Unseasoned journalists and Black selected officials have also been banned from WABC-TV. WABC-TV prefers to go with “political novices” on “Here and Now”.
Similarly, there have been very few Black attorneys on the airwaves of “Here and Now”. Black selected officials have rarely made cameo appearances. This has been to the detriment of the Black viewers. Victims do not make public policy. “Elected” officials do make public policy.
“Here and Now” has documented this paucity of Black selected officials, Black journalists and Black attorneys in the tri-state area. This is a far cry from “Face the Nation”, “Meet the Press”, “This Week” and “Fox News Sunday”. These are all public affairs programming.
Most Blacks today apparently suffer from amnesia about plantation life. We suffered a damage to our senses and we have lost our ability to differentiate between fact and fiction. “White” steak is just as tasteful as “red” steak. The back door is equal to the front door. Unequal treatment is synonymous with equal treatment. A Black person with “empty pockets” is as effective as a Black person with “deep pockets”.
WABC-TV has decided to feed “arts and entertainment” to Blacks instead of feeding them public affairs programming on Sundays. It is easier and more pleasant to whites for Blacks to laugh rather than to think. Whites are seeking to control our thinking. Dr. Carter G. Woodson said that if a person can control your thinking, he or she will control your actions. This is the power of television.
If WABC-TV has to provide public affairs programming to Blacks, it will only do so to control Black thought. WABC-TV could not wait until Gil Noble made his transition. Whites are unwilling to finance our liberation. This was the problem with WABC-TV. “Like It Is” was too Black and too strong. Black history and Black culture had to be decimated.
I find it strange that Black selected officials, journalists and attorneys are not protesting their exclusion from “Here and Now”. These professionals were invited to UAM on Thursday evening, October 4, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the propriety of their exclusion from public affairs programming.
For the past year with both United African Movement and “Friends of Like It Is”, I have written over 400 articles in less than 365 days in memory of Marcus Garvey (“Negro World”); Cong. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. (“People’s Voice”) and Malcolm X (“Muhammad Speaks”). This is unprecedented.
An organization has to have a “house organ”. It has to be supported by the people and not simply by the writer. I wrote these articles at my own expense. These articles had to be well-researched, written, typed and edited. If one person could shoulder those expenses, for the benefit of all Blacks, these expenses should also be able to be borne by the entire people or by a well-financed organization.
The common thread that connects these three publications together is that they are all based on natural law. A people must have a philosophy to survive and thrive. Natural law is not widely practiced in the Black community. The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution are based on natural law.
“His story” is taught in the public school curriculum. On the other hand, the four most basic courses are not taught. They are philosophy, ethics, logic and history. These core courses form the basis for the study of knowledge. The absence of these core courses formed the basis for Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s The Miseducation of the Negro.
On the other hand, only slave law and civil rights law are the philosophies that are running amuck in the Black community. This is why we are catching “hell”. The three leading Blacks in the Black community are Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Ben Jealous. They are civil rights advocates and slave law practitioners. They oppose natural law.
For example, Johnnie Cochran invited me, Rev. Al Sharpton and Eliot Spitzer to appear on his television program in 1997. To my surprise, Spitzer ordered Sharpton, before a nationally televised audience, not to attend the defamation trial unless the law required him to make an appearance. Sharpton complied.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered Sharpton not to go to Haiti. Sharpton also complied. Instead, he went to England. It would have looked better if he had gone to France. Sharpton was unaware that France, and not England, had colonized Haiti. At the same time, England was feuding with France.
Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. was both a civil rights advocate and a civil rights practitioner. Malcolm X and Marcus Garvey, Jr. were both natural rights advocates and natural rights practitioners. I am also both a natural law advocate and a natural law practitioner. This sets me apart from leading Blacks in New York City today.
In his last days, Dr. King also became a hybrid including being a natural law advocate and practitioner on the world stage. Any Black person who becomes a natural law advocate and practitioner is severely disciplined or punished if not assassinated. Most Blacks today still embrace slave law. Some Blacks embrace civil rights law. A few Blacks embrace natural law. Malcolm X embraced natural law and he made these aforementioned classifications concerning civil rights law and slave law.
History has shown that only a person who advocates and practices natural law can set a good example for a people. A person who advocates and practices natural law will invariably engage in ethnic competition. Mitt Romney, for example, not only practices ethnic competition but he also practices Social Darwinism. Leading Blacks advocate ethnic compromise.
After President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, made an appearance last month before the Latino community on Univision, the NAACP, Rev. Al Sharpton, MSNBC and the Griot asked the two main presidential candidates to appear before the Black community on October 9 at Lincoln University.
Both Romney and Obama gave a “no” to the invitation and for good reason. Latinos are switch hitters. Blacks only bat left-handed. Switch-hitters not only cause problems in baseball but also in politics. As long as Blacks bat from the left-side, only, they will always be short-changed politically.
Before the New Deal, most Blacks were under the Republican tent. During the New Deal, Blacks in the North switched to the Democratic Party. Blacks in the South remained in the “Party of Lincoln”. JFK’s call to Ms. Coretta Scott King about the false arrest of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. in Georgia moved many Blacks in the South to the Democratic Party.
By 1968, most Blacks were enrolled in the Democratic Party due to President Lyndon Johnson. He signed legislation designed to give relief to Blacks in the South including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. President Johnson also signed the Open Housing Law in 1968.
After the assassination of Dr. King in 1968, Black leadership was in a state of flux. By the time that Rev. Jesse L. Jackson took over the political reins in the Black community, Blacks were already practicing “plantation politics”. While Rev. Jackson was entertaining Blacks, he was also kicking the doctrine of quid pro quo to the curb. Blacks could be had for zero.
There are three educational stages of politics. The first level is voter registration. The second level is voter education and the third level is political education. Few Blacks have acquired a knowledge of political education which is necessary for politics. Most Blacks have not acquired a knowledge of voter education. Without a knowledge of politics, Blacks will always be political pawns.
In 2010, Rev. Sharpton was in favor of voter suppression in New York if it handicapped Black voters who sought to flee the Democratic plantation. Consequently, New York inexplicably suppressed 190,000 votes in November 2010 after the Freedom Party acquired 45,000 valid signatures in August 2010 to get on the ballot. The Freedom Party only needed 15,000 signatures. The goal was for the Freedom Party to secure automatic ballot access with 50,000 votes.
If leading Blacks like the NAACP and the National Action Network had not advocated for voter suppression in New York in 2010, there would have been a Freedom Party in 2012 and both Obama and Romney would have been afraid to reject the NAACP invitation. Blacks would have had political leverage. Obama and Romney would have been in a horse race to get to Lincoln University. Both men love President Abraham Lincoln.
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