In the Service of our Ancestors and African Love,
Listen Seeker, I come in peace,
“I cannot accept the definition of collective good as articulated by a privileged minority in society, especially when that minority is in power.” — Wole Soyinka
In November 1987 Tawana Brawley was raped by several White men, one of which in February 2013 got the Virginia courts to garnish three-hundred dollars from her wages every two weeks. In July 2013, the United African Movement secured a case dismissal, proving again that Tawana Brawley told the truth and African Power is in Organization. Though several news outlets and pundits say otherwise, the proof is here. We have so much to do. So do. Every African should be a part of an Organization. The more Members the more Power.
Tawana Brawley Defeats the “Lies” in a Virginia Court ©
By Alton H. Maddox, Jr.
Nearly one hundred persons travelled to Surry, Virginia on July 23, 2013 to Support Tawana Brawley who refused to enter the courthouse because of a Confederate statue on its grounds which featured a Confederate flag and a Confederate soldier as a “Fallen Hero”.
The Surry Circuit Court had summoned Tawana Brawley to, in effect, show cause why she should not be an “indentured servant” of Steven Pagones who, together with other white men, had raped her in November 1987. This Virginia court had already started to garnish Three Hundred Dollars every two weeks of her wages starting on February 8, 2013. This was done without due process of law.
Today, it is very important for us to know our history. Enslaved Africans knew more history than we know today. In 1827, for example, they still told stories of Africa. They also had a fighting and incessant spirit. See, for example, Nat Turner, Denmark Vesey and Gabrielle Prosser.
If the story of Tawana Brawley had happened in 1827, it would have not only been a “hit” on the Underground Railroad but also front page news on the Freedom’s Journal, the first Black newspaper in North America. This would have “stirred” the Black masses.
After Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, enslaved Africans unlawfully seized on “free soil” by bounty hunters and, if not stopped, taken back to their slaveholders. This is similar to the Full Faith and Credit Clause which Pagones employed to illegally garnish her wages in Virginia from a bogus judgment in New York.
If this had happened in Massachusetts in 1851, Robert Morris, Sr., the first “civil rights” lawyer in the United States, had agreed to represent “Shadrack” (Frederick Wilkens) pro bono in 1851. Shadrack was a fugitive from Norfolk, Virginia and “owned” by John DeBree.
Morris plotted to free “Shadrack” from a federal courthouse in Boston. While Morris was representing him, hundreds of Blacks “bum rushed” the courthouse and freed “Shadrack”. He ran until he crossed the Canadian border. Canada was beyond the “long arm” of the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850.
In those days, means of communications for both “free” Blacks and enslaved Africans were “revolutionary”. Today, the airwaves and print journalism are in the hands of white supremacists. Black journalism is a “front” for white supremacy. It is a “commercial” rather than a “revolutionary” enterprise today.
For example Jet magazine was too eager to print an article entitled “TAWANA BRAWLEY’S LIE”. This article arose after February 8, 2013 and out of the garnishment proceeding in Surry County, Virginia. It appeared on the front cover of Jet magazine.
Rev. Al Sharpton, who had masqueraded as a Brawley advisor in 1988, was instead, seeking publicity for himself to acquire a national reputation. Locally, the “Village Voice” had dubbed him, on several occasions in December and for several years, as the “Buffoon of the Year”. In New York City in 1988, Sharpton enjoyed the reputation of being a “government snitch”. No one viewed him as a “leader” in 1988.
Now, it is time for Jet magazine to make some corrections. It should start with Jet reporting on the July 23, 2013 decision in Virginia. The result can be found at:
(b) Go to (Surry County) to (Civil Court); Name: ( Pagones) Case No. CL131009; Click on Case # for Complete Printout
This result should also be published throughout the Black press. It would have been published in the Black Press one hundred fifty years ago.
Jet has its corporate headquarters in Chicago, ILL. It also has a business office in New York City. The mailing address and telephone number locally is as follows:
1270 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
Sharpton is not only a radio host on the “Urban View” on Sirrius Satellite Radio but he is also a host on MSNBC-TV. He is the only person who can be viewed or heard on television or radio seven days a week. This is unprecedented and its shows the threat of Blacks in the United States.
The Madison Avenue Initiative, a conglomerate of white advertisers, made this possible. He heads it. Sharpton also heads National Action Network, which is a “front” for the Madison Avenue Initiative. Similarly, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson heads the Wall Street Initiative. Sharpton touts Jackson as his mentor.
Tawana Brawley is the symbol of the opposition to “legitimate rape” which still threatens every female of African ancestry. United African Movement is the only organization that has incessantly fought legitimate rape in this country. This has been a protracted struggle dating back to November 1987.
Every female of African ancestry should owe a debt of appreciation to not only Tawana Brawley and her family but also to the United African Movement on the weekend of the birthday of Marcus Garvey. Every Black person should be familiar with his philosophy and his achievements.
This weekend is important for all Blacks in New York City. For too long, Black voters in New York City have been taken for granted. The Democratic Party and the Republican Party have symbiotic relationships with “minor” political parties. So far, this has been beyond the ken of Black voters. Blacks are loyal to a fault to the Democratic Party. This is “real love” for slaveholders.
As our revered ancestors would have it on this weekend, Blacks can revolutionize Black politics. We have suffered too long from “politricks”. The presence of the Freedom Party on the November 5 ballot will at least keep the feet of all politicians to the fire. Blacks in New York City, for the first time, can fulfill the hopes and aspirations of our revered ancestors.
This can happen if only 22,500 Black voters in New York City sign a Freedom Party independent nominating petition by this weekend of August 17–18. You can still vote for anyone of the five mayoral candidates on the Democratic line on November 5, 2013. Of course, I will be voting for Michael Greys, mayoral candidate of the Freedom Party. In any event, time is of the essence.