April 20, 2015
Hon. G.K. Butterfield
Chair – Congressional Black Caucus
2305 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Anyone who puts the cart before the horse lacks any intention of exercising the constitutional right to travel. This amounts to insanity but it is the blueprint of Congress. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has admitted that the U.S. Justice Department lacks the authority to enforce and protect the civil rights of, inter alia, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Eric Harris and Freddie Gray. This is a troubling admission.
The Congressional Black Caucus should be in the vanguard of associations, groups and organizations that steadfastly seek to demand and enforce the civil rights of descendants of enslaved Africans. Blacks must embrace the teachings of their revered ancestors. Frederick Douglass said it best: “Power concedes nothing without demand. It never did and it never will.”
It is the responsibility of the Congressional Black Caucus to demand that Congress first enact omnibus legislation to address the Reconstruction amendments with the notion that descendants of enslaved Africans are still in constructive slavery. In invalidating the Civil Rights Act of 1875, the U.S. Supreme Court in Civil Rights Cases, 109 U.S. 3 (1883) noted the newly freed blacks to no longer be “the special favorite of the laws.”
This was a breach of the constitutional rights of Blacks and their preferential status. Justice Joseph P. Bradley of the “High Court” was inspired by theCompromise of 1877. In order for whites to reconstruct this nation’s institutions, descendants of enslaved Africans had to take a fall. Compromises have always been made to the detriment of blacks. No other group in this nation has been defamed by the U.S. Constitution without any possibility of securing free access to and redress by the courts.
The omnibus legislation should cover the following areas:
- Enjoining “Badges of Slavery”
- Compensating the Constitutional Defamation of Blacks
- Presumption of Judicial Immunity for Black Defendants
- Right of Blacks to Special Counsel
- Decertification of Rogue Police Unions
- Presumption of Confirmatory Grand Juries
- Racism Quotient Tests
- Mental Health Tests
- Second Opinions on Scientific Tests
- No Retaliatory Actions against Videographers
- Withdrawal of Federal Funds to Rogue Police Departments
- Effect of Racketeering on Police Departments
- The Workable Prosecution of Civil Rights Violations
- Voting and Political Rights of Blacks
- Downgrading of Weapons in Black Communities
- Monitoring of Attorney Disciplinary Agencies
- National Archives for Police Records
- Civil Rights Act of 1964 under the Fourteenth Amendment
- The Bonding of Police Officers
- Establishment of Law Libraries for Court Access
The Congressional Black Caucus must take the bull by its horns. Soon, there will be more bodies than there are federal prosecutions to investigate and prosecute civil rights violations. President Barack Obama must be encouraged to withdraw the nomination, on an interim basis, of U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch for U.S. attorney general until Congress addresses the sufficiency of civil rights laws for descendants of enslaved Africans.
The Civil War was a Pyrrhic victory for the United States of America which won the war but the Confederate States of America won the peace. This happened at the bargaining table. The United States wanted to put the pieces back together again. It was done at the expense of elevating states’ rights over federalism. The Tea Party is now riding shotgun.
Alton H. Maddox, Jr.