“Book Names Matter”: Compromise 2017


            Fifty years ago, Black and Latino children were riding in the “caboose” of the Underground Railroad.  Fifty years later, the children were still riding in the “caboose” but with a “new conductor.” The “tea party” is now laying the new tracks for “Jim Crow” trains.

            The prosecution of children as adults is a “human rights” violation and only four black attorneys were inducted into the “Human Rights’ Hall of Fame.”  The Black community refused to accord any medals to them or accord to them, any apologies.  The “Central Park 8” received a mixed verdict.

            These apologies would have to start in the Oval Office of the White House. President Donald Trump initiated his “Journey to the White House” off of the backs of Black and Latino children.  The late Gov. Mario Cuomo, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Office of NYS Attorney General and the New York Legislature have been marching in “lockstep” with Mr. Trump for three decades.

            Sen. Charles Sumner, of Massachusetts during Reconstruction, gave Blacks the “blueprint” for protecting their rights.  In addition to fashioning the Fifteenth Amendment, Mr. Sumner stated that Blacks must form their own political party to plead their own cause. 

The mere fact that our male ancestors were accorded the right to vote did not mean that they had to march off to polling places absent a plan.  They failed to see the peace pipe loaded with gunpowder.  This was a “ploy.”  It was ephemeral and it was an omen for white terrorism.

            Five years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it was still too soon for Blacks, in Tuscaloosa, AL, to go into a Holiday Inn for food and lodgings. A “lynch mob” assembled, under the First Amendment in front of Alvin Chambliss’ hotel room to remind him that Gov. George C. Wallace was still alive and kicking. Chambliss verified it to Deacon Watts in 2016.

            To prevent a “necktie” party, I had to confront the lynch mob alone. Chambliss became chief counsel for the Mississippi NAACP and a law professor at Indiana University in Vice-president Pence’s hometown. Robert Benham would become chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court.  We fled Alabama that night by the “skin of our teeth.”

President Donald J. Trump proves, every day, that a zebra is unable to change its stripes and a leopard is unable to change its spots.  “Natural law” provides the philosophical basis for American jurisprudence.  There is a certain order in nature. “A place for everything and everything in its place.”

            Blacks are riding in the caboose not because of race but because, collectively, we have no knowledge of HELP.  By attempting to please whites, Blacks, for example, have thrown Mumia Abu-Jamal and Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin to the “wolves.”  Black “activists” look at me askance.

            In a few cases, there was a need for a “pressure group” and a “war chest.” Otherwise, “Maddox Law” would “do the trick.”  The trial judges would always have to agree to accord my clients a “fair trial” with a Bill of Rights or I would leave the courthouse.  The rules of engagement were spelled-out in pre-trial conferences.

            I first became licensed to practice law in 1973.  In my lifetime I have been a chief advocate for women’s and children’s rights.  I have questioned the status of white women.  The white man could ill-afford to put white women and Black women on the same pedestal.  Black women had to skirt the Fourteenth Amendment. I had beseeched President Barack Obama to issue an Attorney General’s Opinion. Blacks must now face Baltimore under U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

            United African Movement has, on prior occasions, purchased banners with “Tawana Brawley” emblazoned on them.  If a banner were to be used on January 21, 2017, as a matter of comity and protocol, I would be entitled to read the plan.  A banner of Tawana Brawley should have been flying high on January 21, 2017 on the National Mall.

            As much as I have written about Donald Trump, he is not our problem. We are problems to each other.  As a child, I learned that “a brother wasn’t necessarily a brother.”  My people resent hearing the truth.  Nevertheless, when I saw a black person in trouble, I had to step up to the plate.  This became routine.  It starts with humanity. 

            White women stepped out of the “Big House” with a “sisterhood.”  They had to wait until 1920 to get “the right to vote.”  National Organization for Women, Inc. (NOW) is a Fortune 500 Corporation.  We saw the antennas of NOW on this pastSaturday.  They will be a thorn in the side of Donald Trump for the next four years.

            Before Black women get too excited, I will remind them of this saying by Dr. Carter G. Woodson in the Mis-Education of the Negro.”

“History shows that it does not matter who is in power… those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they had in the beginning.”



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