When I arrived in New York City in 1973, there was no Black liberation movement. There was a Liberation Bookstore but no Black group was challenging white authority. There were Negro pacifists. Some Blacks were seeking knowledge about liberation movements but there was no leading Black nor Black selected official who was not a “puppet” of the white power structure.
I was the first Black person to be employed as a staff attorney and poverty lawyer in Harlem in 1974. Harlem Assertion of Rights was headed by a Black person but he had an employment policy of excluding Blacks and Latinos as attorneys. Stated differently, he was not a fan of Charles Hamilton Houston.
National Black United Front also had white attorneys who were calling the shots. Later, Rev. Al Sharpton told me that I was the only Black attorney he would accept for legal representation in a serious matter even if it were free. Even a Black attorney was to be avoided at all costs despite the fact that the Black legal revolution started at Howard University Law School in the 1920’s. A Black beggar can be choosey.
I was fired from Harlem Assertion of Rights and National Conference of Black Lawyers for insisting on a Black liberation movement in New York. I was told that if I wanted a Black liberation movement in New York City, I would have to pay for it, alone, and staff its headquarters. I did. For nearly twenty years, Blacks in New York were finally getting some semblance of justice.
This was too much for leading Blacks, Black selected officials and ecclesiastical pimps even though I had to establish a private, solo practice with my own money to secure some semblance of justice for Blacks. For nearly twenty years, no Black person contributed a dime to the cause. Black liberation was not a top priority in New York.
In retrospect, it was inevitable that I would be asked about the identity of my “rabbi”. This question was posed by a sincere Black lawyer. When I told him that I did not have a “rabbi”, he promptly told me that my legal career in New York would be ephemeral. He was correct. For Black lawyers, the legal profession entails a master-servant relationship. This is unacceptable.
The death knell for a Black liberation movement in New York happened on May 21, 1990 because of a bill of attainder filed by the New York Legislature. Finally, New York City had gotten its first “Black” mayor. The time was ripe for some racial mischief. The right man was in Gracie Mansion to do the white man’s bidding. After the “Day of Outrage”, Dinkins announced himself as the “Head Negro in Charge”.
David N. Dinkins has had an “illustrious” career. He was a roommate of Robert Abrams in Albany. They became devoted friends with a single purpose. Dinkins had incorporated the National Youth Movement for Rev. Al Sharpton. This launched Sharpton’s career as a Black “agitator” and a “puppet” for Mayor Ed Koch. Dinkins appointed Rev. Herbert Daughtry to head Negro Affairs in Brooklyn.
The Black “problem” in New York City will be solved only if Blacks would walk off the plantation. Harriet Tubman said, in the nineteenth century, that she could have freed more “slaves” if they had only known that they were still in slavery. The offspring of those same “Negroes” are living in New York City today. Listen to the speeches of Malcolm X.
Of course, Harriet Tubman believed in the Second Amendment and especially in her dealings with “slaves”. She would never advise a Black person to trade-in a gun for a toy. “Her “piece” did not discriminate between white supremacists and Negro traitors. They were both dangerous.
If New York City were a community and not a plantation, there would be no “stop and frisk”, no Black fratricide, no warehousing of Blacks, no slave quarters, no Black selected officials, no leading Blacks, no white control of schools, no “free labor”, the presence of censorship and all of the other “badges of slavery”.
Blacks in New York City refuse to walk off the plantation unless “Moses” is white. When the “Black Moses” arrived from Jamaica, leading Negroes, headed by the NAACP, went berserk. When some of Mr. Garvey’s cubs chose to establish United African Movement, history would repeat itself.
Black I.Q. Test
1. What is the difference between a civil rights movement and a silver rights movement?
2. What is the difference between a Black activist and a Black pacifist?
3. What is the difference between a Black elected official and a Black selected official?
4. What is the difference between a Black leader and a leading Black?
5. What is the difference between electoral politics and plantation politics?
Confucius said: “The beginning of wisdom is calling things by their right names”. The use of right words is a condition precedent to critical thinking.