“Cracker” and “Nigger”: Not Synonymous Should Blacks Celebrate July 4, 2013? ©

 

            Several years ago, I was making a routine appearance on WLIB-AM inNew York Cityas a “private attorney general” and, in the course of my appearance, I used the word “cracker”.  It only took a few minutes before a Black, female caller telephoned the station to express dismay at my use of “cracker” to describe white people.

 

            This caller was obviously not from the South and had only received misinformation and disinformation about the noun.  She lambasted me for using “cracker” to describe white people.  I listened patiently to her anger.  Afterwards, I explained to her the culture and language of the South.  “Cracker” is not a racist term nor is it a derogatory term.

 

            I gave her examples.  Before the Atlanta Braves arrived inAtlanta,GAfromMilwaukee,WI, the minor league team inAtlantahad been known as the “Atlanta Crackers”.  Blacks, under segregation, were unable to attend its baseball games.  It was an all-white baseball team and “white only”  spectators.

 

            President Jimmy Carter of Plains, GA was once asked how he was described as a white person in Georgia.  His response was “cracker”.  Whites were fond of the term and its meaning in the South. Trayvon Martin used the right language when he described George Zimmerman as a “creepy cracker”. So far, Rachel Jeantel has been the most honest witness in Florida v. Zimmerman.

 

            The tragedy in Florida v. Zimmerman is that the trial judge refused to take judicial notice that “cracker” was not a racist term.  Rachel Jeantel was the witness quoting Trayvon Martin.  The trial judge should have also given the jury the etymology of “cracker”.    This is judicial error.  It was error for the defense attorney to have cross-examined her about the propriety of anyone using “cracker”.

 

            Judicial notice, among other things, gives the trial judge the opportunity and authority to offer a curative instruction.  It also dispenses with the requirement of evidentiary proof.  The failure to give this instruction amounts to reversible error. The trial judge is permitting the mostly all-white jury to question the credibility of both Martin and Jeantel.  If George Zimmerman enjoys an acquittal,Floridahas no right of appeal.

 

            The Black community must act forthwith.  If the Black community had a “private attorney general”, a motion for amicus curiae status would be prepared forthwith.  The Black community should inform the trial judge that “cracker” is not a racist term and it should not be employed to reflect the attitude or personality of either Trayvon Martin or Rachel Jeantel.

 

            Throughout the trial of Florida v. Zimmerman, the Black community must be vigilant.  Otherwise, my prediction, which I made before jury selection, will become true.  Language and culture will always have an adverse impact in a trial involving a white defendant and a Black victim.  This is why I never put a Black client on the witness stand.  I had the best record in the United States for winning long-shot cases.  See the Washington Post on Mother’s Day 1987.

 

            For years, I have been on record as demanding that no Black person should be permitted to take the witness stand without an interpreter.  In the meantime, and for nearly two decades, I have refused to allow Blacks to take the witness stand with two exceptions.  I allowed two Blacks to take the witness stand in two decades with less than desirable results. 

 

            Language and culture are now becoming issues in Florida v. Zimmerman.  They have been “silent killers” in American jurisprudence.  Law schools have never taught law students how to represent Black defendants.  Courtrooms are “legal malpractice” factories.  A cause of action exists for “legal malpractice”.

 

            The defense will erroneously make hay out of the testimony of Rachel Jeantel about a comment allegedly made by Trayvon Martin.  Before the judge permits the defense to attempt to paint “cracker” as a racist term, comments about “cracker” should be sent to the special prosecutor and the trial judge thisweekend.

 

Judge Debra Nelson

 

CriminalJusticeCenter

 

18th Judicial District

 

101 Bush Blvd.

 

Sanford,FL32773-6707

 

 

Angela Corey

 

Special Prosecutor – 18th Circuit

 

Courthouse Annex

 

220 East Bay Street

 

Jacksonville,Florida 3220

 

            Leading up to July 4, 2013, this had been a bad week for Blacks.  The U.S. Supreme Court announcedShelby Co. v. Holder this week.  Blacks have been returned to 1870 when there was no provision to enforce the Fifteenth Amendment. By 1901, there were no Black members of Congress.  Blacks have lost the right to testify against whites. This happened in Florida v. Zimmerman and the testimony of Rachel Jeantel.

 

            Only Black ignoramuses and morons will be celebrating July 4.  I have cancelled my trip toJackson,MS.  Attorney Chokwe Lumumba will be installed on July 1, 2013 as the next mayor ofMississippi’s state capital.  This is a political milestone.  Cong. Benny Thompson will officiate and Myrlie Evers-Williams will be the special guest.  I was also an invited guest.

 

            First, I will urge all Blacks this weekend to read Frederick Douglass’ speech:  “What to the American Slave Is Your Fourth of July” It was delivered on July 5, 1852.  Among other things, he said:  “For the slave, the Fourth of July is a sham. … to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages….”

 

            Secondly, I will be preparing for a judicial showdown on behalf of Tawana Brawley at the Surry Circuit Court in Surry, VAon July 23, 2013.  Tawana Brawley has been returned to slavery and “indentured servitude”.  Virginiaand New Yorkhave ordered her to pay a rapist, Steven Pagones, over Three Hundred Dollars every two weeks, even though a petit jury in Dutchess County Supreme Court in 1998 found that he was “involved in the kidnapping and rape of Tawana Brawley”. This finding is final.

 

            The enforcement of this bogus, default judgment started on February 8, 2013 without Pagones ever having served Tawana Brawley, a minor, with a summons and complaint and no guardian ad litem was ever appointed by any Court before she could be sued legally.  Because she accused a white man of rape, no judge inNew York orVirginia will listen to her.  This is slavery.

 

            This past Friday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg ofNew York Citysaid, “We disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little”. William Thompson, Jr. is not the answer.  He supports “stop and frisk”.  He and his wife were on Bloomberg’s payroll four years ago and they are still eating out of his trough.

 

            The Black community needs an independent mayor and not a “foot stool” of the Democratic Party.  The circulation of independent nominating petitions can start on July 9, 2013.  Blacks constitute the largest voting bloc inNew York City.  We should elect a Black mayor and pat our butts at the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

            Cong. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., inCambridge,MD, asked “What’s in your hands?”  For the month of July 2013, a telephone and a computer will be in my hands.  All Blacks must use them early and often.  Blacks must discontinue financing their own oppression.  Money saved can finance our liberation.  Blacks are in dire need of a war chest.

 

            The paradigm for Florida v. Zimmerman isHoward Beach.  I was the “private attorney general” inHoward Beach which included being the architect for the blueprint of the first special prosecutor (unselected person) in a racially-motivated case in theUnited States and, afterwards, criminal convictions.

 

            The lesson learned from Howard Beach is that the outcome of a racially-motivated case does not depend on the jury but on the Black community.  The Black community decides the fate of a white defendant.  The jury delivers the verdict.  Amid the trial in Howard Beach, Blacks paralyzed the entire subway system inNew York City on the “Day of Outrage”.  The rest is history.  Ask Rev. Al Sharpton and Dr. Ben Chavis, among others.

 

            All computers and all telephones in the Black community should be in full service this weekend. On Sunday, I will be on whcr.org between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.  All travel plans and social events should be cancelled.  Pulpits should deliver sermons about our “Day of Outrage” — July 4.

 

      White supremacists would love for us to remain in a “trance” until August 24, 2013.  When we come alive, we will start financing our oppression by heading toWashington,DC.  This is a trap.  It only takes white supremacists seven weeks to complete their mission.  Afterwards, they can cash in on one million Blacks emptying their pockets inWashington,DC.

 

           

 

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