Before I stopped writing op ed pieces for the New York Amsterdam News and after Wilbert Tatum made his transition, Elinor Tatum insisted that she would have to censor my writing. This would be a violation of free speech and of a free press. Thus, I quit writing probono or, in any other manner, for the New York Amsterdam News
Censorship was not the answer. In addition, John Russwurm and Samuel Cornish, co-publishers of this nation’s first Black newspaper, Freedom’s Journal, stated on March 16, 1827: “We must plead our own cause. Too long have others spoken for us”. They were referring to white abolitionists. In 2013, most Blacks still permit white liberals to plead their cause. See Mayor-elect William de Blasio.
New York’s gradual emancipation statute would take full effect on July 4, 1827. The gradual emancipation statute was enacted in 1799. On the same day of its enactment, New York also passed its legislation for a first, statewide, prison system. This allowed for a transition from the plantation to prison. This pipeline is still in effect today.
The Thirteenth Amendment is of no accident. It had actually been written in the eighteenth century for states like Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut and New York. The United States would use these gradual, emancipation statutes as models for the Thirteenth Amendment. They had already created revolving doors to the prison-industrial complex which is now in high gear in 2013.
The prison-industrial complex coincides with the basic tenets of the U.S. Constitution. To understand and manage the U.S. Constitution, it must be reduced to its lowest common denominator. These key concepts constitute its common threads: xenophobia, misogynistic, misogamistic and ergophobic.
These key concepts are common to all of the legal codes including the slave codes, the penal codes, the Internal Revenue Code and the Uniform Commercial Code. Code law means strict application of the law. Its strict construction of the law is not only harsh but it is also oppressive. Whites get some relief under the common law.
Legal maxims were established in American jurisprudence to ensure that gradual emancipation was only a mirage. It really meant a “slip and fall”. To be sure, emancipation is not synonymous with freedom. These legal maxims and the Thirteenth Amendment were and are still stumbling blocks to freedom.
The primary, legal stumbling block is “ignorance of the law is no defense” even though emancipated Blacks were illiterate and had been subject to censorship which is still widely practiced today in the Black community with no opposition. Like today, Blacks are still being prosecuted for “ignorance of the law” and not because of race. See the “Central Park 7” and the parent-child relationship.
Ignorance of the law coupled with ignorance of “judicial tricks” like “bait and switch” is still sending Blacks to prison today. Moreover, no law school will teach lawyers how to represent Blacks. This is a denial of the Sixth Amendment. Unless a Black person can understand and employ military science to combat a criminal prosecution, he or she is headed to prison and an appeal is an exercise in futility.
If I had not been in New York, no one would have written a full page advertisement in a newspaper protesting a police state which gives rise to false arrests and therefore, false convictions. This is why William Bratton must never become police commissioner of the New York Police Department.
The New York Amsterdam News has engaged in extortion. Pay Seven Thousand Dollars for omissions or else. The Black community has hundreds of millions of dollars to finance religion but it runs short on cash when it comes to freedom. I was penniless on this past Tuesday. Miraculously and in the eleventh hour on December 10, 2013, about fifteen people came to the Cotton Club in Harlem with $6,225.00.
I dashed to the New York Amsterdam News before the 4:00 p.m. deadline with a promissory note and conditional credit for Seven Thousand Dollars. Extortion is never a fair bargain but this has been the Black experience. See, for example, sharecropping. Peonage was even worse. Vagrancy laws landed us in prison for being jobless.
A Black person is always punished for conceiving an idea especially when he or she lacks the funds to finance it. Now, we are fighting both the New York Amsterdam News(Alfred, A Slave) and William de Blasio and William Bratton. I have stopped mayoral appointments before and we must do it again before January 1, 2014. A police state is a transitional device for concentration camps. The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that it is constitutional to send Blacks to concentration camps.
I need your help to establish a war chest. On the other hand, you need a knowledge of military science and “judicial tricks” to keep you and your family out of prison. There is a necessary, minimum bid of One Hundred Dollars for the “Legal Workshop and Seminar” on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Brooklyn Christian Center, 1061 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.
This bid is more valuable than your going to the movies to see Twelve Years A Slave. I will guarantee it. Alfred, A Slave is more informational than Twelve Years A Slave. It will also teach you the methodology in converting a leading Black into an involuntary slave. This practice is lawful under the Thirteenth Amendment.
A functioning community requires both a political and an economic foundation. Religion is of no moment. Ethics is the glue for those foundations. In addition to education, I am currently wearing four unsolicited and unappreciated hats. Otherwise, it will automatically be chaos over community.
There will be a “Town Hall Meeting on Public Safety” at the Brooklyn Christian Center, 1061 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Mayor-elect William de Blasio and his appointee for police commissioner, William Bratton, will answer questions posed by the Black Press. Your attendance this Saturday, December 14, 2013 will help the town hall meeting in many respects.