These are not my words. They are the words of Hon. Elijah Muhammad. The “trigger” for this article is an article whichappears in today’s New York Times: “Man Framed by Detective Will Get $6.4 Million From City After Serving 23 Years for Murder”. David Renta, who is white, never sued the city. He simply filed a notice of claim in 2013. It has now been settled by the city comptroller’s office without a lawsuit.
In 2009, I led a delegation of activists and United African Movement members to the steps of City Hall armed with thousands of signatures on petitions for compensation for the “Central Park 7”. They were hand-delivered to City Councilman Charles Barron. In 2009, the majority of the members of the New York City Council were either Black, Latino or Asian. Nonetheless, it was subject to “white minority rule”.
When the “Central Park 7” suffered wrongful arrests in 1990, UAM was the first and only organization to arrive at the “crime scene”. Medical treatment started with UAM establishing a bail fund to satisfy the exorbitant ransom. I was also the only attorney to step up to the plate and force a dismissal of the indictment against a member of the “Central Park 7”.
Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau hit the ceiling. He had already told a group of Blacks that I was the only Black person in New York City to challenge white supremacy. Of course, this was a crime. I would pay for the “Central Park 7” through judicial, executive and legislative retaliation.
He had already slapped my name on a criminal complaint in 1984. If I had been convicted, I would not only have been sent to prison but I would also have been disbarred from the practice of law. Since I was not convicted of assault, New York had to wait for a disgruntled client with a well-founded complaint. It could not wait. The New York Legislature decided to take matters into its own hands.
In 1990, there were a series of events that prompted the New York Legislature to call for my head via a bill of attainder. They included, among others, “Howard Beach”, the “Central Park 7”, “Jonah Perry”, “Tawana Brawley”, People v. Sharpton, “Marla Hanson”, People v. Nichols and the conviction of Joseph Fama for the murder of Yusuf Hawkins in Bensonhurst. There is not a dime worth of difference between white supremacists and white, governmental officials.
When five members of the “Central Park 7” announced that they were going to sue New York City, I responded that no attorney was going to sue Morgenthau in good-faith. This would amount to bogus and frivolous litigation. The lawyers would engage in “foot-dragging tactics” to fool the Black community.
I have been perplexed by the conduct of some members of the Freedom Party. Support for its head, who is involved in myriad fronts, should start from within and then spread abroad. I have never been surrounded by investors. A donor can also be a “social parasite”. I have not asked anyone to stick out his or her neck for the race.
I have asked Sis. Vera Osborne to arrange a public meeting, yesterday, if that is possible. The meeting should not take place until all members of the Steering Committee of the Freedom Party agree to be present. Time is of the essence. It can happen as soon as this Saturday. Hopefully, it can occur at the Brooklyn Christian, 1061 Atlantic Avenue (bet. Classon and Franklin) in Brooklyn.
So far, Rev. Al Sharpton has been able to protect Mayor William de Blasio by censoring the airwaves and engaging in “public relations gimmicks”. At no time has he confronted the mayor with any claim of the “Central Park 7”. The Black vote also put de Blasio in Gracie Mansion. We must now put his feet to the fire.
After Sis. Osborne completes her assignment, I will be sending invitations to Mayor William de Blasio, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate, Letitia James, and NYC Corporation Counsel Zachary Carter. You should call the Freedom Party (Tel.: (917) 947-8994) for more information. Otherwise, we will continue to finance and endorse our own oppression.