It is tragic that neither the true interpretation of the U.S. Constitution or the real significance of Black history is taught in public schools. Because public schools in New York City are under mayoral control, it would only take one trip to the ballot box in November 2013 to put our children on the right course. The correct, mayoral candidate, however, will not be enrolled in the Democratic Party.
When Minoo Southgate stumbled into the Slave Theater, the United African Movement argued that she misread the marquee. She mistook the “Slave Theater” for the “Slave Quarters”. The United African Movement successfully argued that the First Amendment allowed Blacks to choose their associates. Slavery supposedly ended in 1865.
After the Civil War, the Democratic Party opened up its doors to Blacks who were willing to be political pawns. Stated differently, Blacks had duties but not rights in the Democratic Party. Blacks could elect candidates but they could not select them. Until 1944, Blacks were unable to get around the “white primary”.
Before 1965, unintelligent Blacks in the South were unable to register and enroll in the Democratic Party. After 1965, all ignorant Blacks nationwide were encouraged to join the Democratic Party. Whites finally realized that ignorance breeds fear. Terrorism had been an effective tool. The KKK had practiced free speech and free associations.
White merchants in Harlem openly practiced racial discrimination until the 1940’s. Sufi Abdul Hamid organized and led a boycott against these merchants in 1934. He was joined by John H. Johnson and the Citizens League for Fair Play. White merchants responded by obtaining a court order which ruled that Blacks must finance their own oppression. This court order ended the boycott.
In 1938, Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. initiated a second boycott of Harlem merchants. Before he initiated this boycott, he had retained Belford V. Lawson, a Black attorney, to challenge white opposition to the use of a boycott as a tool to combat white racism. Lawson was successful in the U.S. Supreme Court and his effort connected the “Harlem Boycott” to the “Montgomery Bus Boycott”.
Blacks are financing their own oppression today because “history is repeating itself”. They have no memory of the “Harlem Boycott” of 1938 and faint memory of the “Montgomery Bus Boycott” in 1955. To move forward, an ethnic group must be able to understand its history and to connect the dots. This requires a fundamental knowledge of history.
During the Korean Grocers’ Boycott in New York City, the New York City Council passed legislation prohibiting a boycott. Mayor David N. Dinkins favored this unconstitutional legislation. He was apparently suffering from amnesia, a lack of knowledge of the law or a combination of both. In the end, the Koreans knew of their constitutional right to use “organization” as a defensive tool.
Blacks in New York are suffering because of their lack of knowledge of Black history and the U.S. Constitution. This lack of knowledge is being passed down to future generations. Public schools are pipelines to the prison-industrial complex. There are virtually no organizations in New York that sponsor weekly forums on politics, economics, law and history.
This week’s UAM forum on Wednesday at the Brooklyn Christian Center, 1061 Atlantic Avenue (bet. Franklin and Classon) in Brooklyn will feature Rev. Dennis Dillon who will discuss “Economic State of Black New York” and Alton Maddox who will discuss Electoral Politics in 2013 in New York City. This forum will initiate an economic and political movement in New York for 2013.
Until about three weeks ago, these weekly forums were held at the Elks Plaza, 1068 Fulton Street in Brooklyn. The new location is only three blocks away from the old location. It can be reached by the “C train to Franklin Avenue. The new location is still only three blocks away from the subway station at Franklin Avenue. A tasty dinner is available.
Watch “Community Cop” on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. The host and all panelists are expected to be present. This is the premiere, public affairs program for Blacks in New York City. If you are unable to view “Community Cop” live in New York City, you should give your borough president a piece of your mind. The cable television industry is obligated to provide meaningful, public affairs programming to its subscribers.
New York is now permitting Steven Pagones to live off the hard work of Tawana Brawley. This has never happened before in the United States. It demonstrates the powerlessness of Blacks. No Black selected official has been heard from in the past two weeks. If a Black rapist had been permitted to “dock” the pay of a white, female victim, I can assure you that this would be the primary, political issue in New York.
All Blacks women should turn out en masse on Wednesday night in Brooklyn. This should ignite a Black women’s political group to end not only “legitimate rape” but also gang rape. Six white men were involved in the rape of Tawana Brawley. No Black man would live to brag about participating in the gang rape of a white woman. New York still refuses to compensate the “Central Park 7”