According to reports that I have received, the best Black talk show radio interview this week happened on this past Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Bro. Leroy’s program on WHCR-FM (90.3). This is not a commercial radio station. These reports have come from throughout the United States. The purchase of the audio tape would be a wise investment. None of the proceeds will go to me.
It became a wide-ranging interview. Bro. Leroy had asked me to discuss three issues that Blacks should address in 2014. This was easy. “If you fail to plan, for 2014, you plan to fail in 2014”. Leading Blacks and Black selected officials will advocate being reactive rather than proactive. The U.S. Supreme Court suspended the Fifteenth Amendment in June 2013. Blacks are unable to draft voting rights legislation. We have no Black, political party.
Since the airwaves belong to the public, censorship is supposed to be unconstitutional. No person is supposed to be “banned” because his or her views are unpopular. Nonetheless, I am “banned” from all commercial radio and television stations in the tri-state area and beyond the tri-state.
This smacks of slavery. In 1857, both Harriet Tubman and I would have been banned from all plantations not only because of our views but also because our actions would have irritated slaveholders. They were unwilling to finance our liberation. We are still financing our oppression.
A slave is a person who obeys white men and not white laws. For example, a Black radio host is cognizant that censorship is unconstitutional. Yet, white men will not tolerate my appearance on any commercial radio or television station in the tri-state. The appearance of a “militant” on a commercial radio or television station is a no-no. These Black media hosts choose to respect white men and dishonor white laws. A militant fights for his or her own people.
Charles Evers became the example of a Black disc jockey in a white-owned radio station in Philadelphia, MS. He was the first Black disc jockey in Mississippi and this was in the 1950’s. He used his radio program to discuss white racism in Mississippi. This became “free speech radio” in Mississippi. White supremacists threatened to assassinate him. He was eventually fired and hounded out of Mississippi.
Sixty years later in New York City, Black talk radio show hosts obey white men and not white laws. These white laws forbid white censorship while white supremacists demand total disregard for white laws. These Black radio hosts prefer to elevate their personal comforts over the public interest of Blacks.
This is why I can only educate the Black community by making personal sacrifices and spending private funds for the public good. Black selected officials and leading Blacks have the actual responsibility of educating our people. Yet, they also prefer to obey white men rather than to obey white laws. Again, this smacks of slavery.
Malcolm X said that education must precede legislation. Blacks would prefer waiving education if it requires going into their pockets for it. These reckless spending habits explain why Blacks are disproportionately represented in the prison-industrial complex. It is not about racism. It is about ignorance. Fear breeds ignorance. “Ignorance of the law is no excuse”. It started on January 1, 1863.
All of our basic rights were written by white men while Blacks were disenfranchised. Congress was not only all-white but also all-male. This includes the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth amendments. The federal legislation includes the Civil Rights Act of 1866, the Civil Rights Act of 1871 and the Civil Rights Act of 1875. We must obey white men and ignore white laws. Thus, Blacks have no “rights that whites are bound to respect”.