Sharpton and Daughtry in a Dysfunctional Community


            Every Black person in New York City suffered a fatal, double blow when attorney Louis Clayton Jones made his transition on January 9, 2006 and his brother, Dr. William A. Jones, made his transition on February 4, 2006.  More than likely, there will be no remembrances for them in 2013 that are fit for kings.


            I had a working relationship with Clayton even though it generated no income. This was particularly the case with the death of Michael Stewart in 1983 at the hands of members of a law enforcement agency acting under color of law and protected by white elected officials in local and state governments.  The police saw him kiss a white woman in public.  They behaved like a lynch mob.


            During this period, Clayton did not mince any words about Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Herbert Daughtry and Charles Barron.  He viewed these three men as shady characters.  To be fair, he had a “love-hate” relationship with Sharpton.  There was no love for Daughtry and Barron.  Clayton, and his brother, Dr. Jones, had helped raise Sharpton.


            In 1985, Sharpton visited Clayton in his Brooklyn home.  Later in the same day, I went by Clayton’s home to discuss the legal proceedings which had arisen out of the state-sponsored murder of Stewart.  Dr. Elliot Gross would use his job as the city’s medical examiner to cover up the manner of death.  He sought to protect the eleven, rogue cops.


            The cops would go on trial for Stewart’s death but Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau had no intention to convict the cops. It took two grand juries before these cops were subject to indictments.  The legal struggle in Stewart, and particularly the grand jury actions, did provide the Black community with a legal recipe for future cases and it contributed to the 1983 Congressional Hearings on Police Brutality in New York City.


            On that day in 1985 at Clayton’s home, he was puzzled that Rev. Sharpton had not already out-distanced Rev. Jesse Jackson.  This was amid Rev. Jackson’s bid for the White House.  According to Clayton, Sharpton was far more talented than Rev. Jackson.  I had not met Rev. Sharpton in 1985 but his press clippings asserted or suggested that he was a “clown” and a “buffoon”.


            Rev. Sharpton did introduce himself to me at 111 Centre Street in Manhattan after the trial of People v Jonah Perry.   He congratulated me on my pro bono defense of Perry.  Later that year, I saw him and Don King in the hallway of Manhattan Federal Court.  I was making a court appearance in the courthouse.


            In December 1986, the family of Michael Griffith asked me to secure justice for Black people for the death of Michael Griffith by white vigilantes.  This was a forerunner to Trayvon Martin.  I observed Barron, Daughtry and Sharpton going into Howard Beach together.  Six months later, Daughtry and Barron would call for Sharpton’s hide.  They perceived that Sharpton was gaining on them.  Sharpton’s ambition was to be the HNIC.


            To these men, it was about status, fame and money.  They were all publicity hounds.  Daughtry and Barron were better organized.  Sharpton was more talented. In December 1986, Prof. Jim Sleeper had written that Sharpton would become a threat if I took him under my wings.  Unfortunately, I read this op-ed piece two years later.


            In New York City, Blacks have a habit of behaving like the “three monkeys”:  ” see nothing, hear nothing, and say nothing”.  This may have been one reason why the Hon. Elijah Muhammad observed that “Negroes are deaf, dumb and blind”.  We are still not social animals.  This explains the lack of a Black-led and Black-financed organization.


            Nearly one hundred leading Blacks and Black selected officials met at House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn in or about June 1987 to discuss Sharpton as a menace to society.  Rev. Daughtry was calling on the assembled persons to take action against Sharpton.  At that time, Roy Innis posed the greatest to Blacks but Sharpton was on the top of Rev. Daughtry’s hit list.


            I smelled a rat.  Daughtry was probably correct that Sharpton was a double agent but so were Daughtry and Barron.   Knocking off Sharpton, in my mind, was not the solution while Daughtry and Barron would still be on the prowl.  The Black community needed a “FOI”.  The late Preston Wilcox noted that there were not one hundred Black men in New York.  This is the problem and Daughtry, Barron and Sharpton know it.


            During the “Day of Outrage” trial, I subpoenaed Rev. Daughtry and Sonny Carson.  Both men testified under oath that they had met with Ben Ward, the city’s police commissioner, at a Queens hotel.  This meeting violated the First Amendment rights of the protesters and the rights of the defendants on trial.  It may have also involved entrapment.


            Once Judge Albert Koch was convinced that I was not conducting a “fishing expedition”, he ordered the New York Police Department to hand over its snitch list. On appeal, the intermediate appellate court ruled that snitches were necessary to keep Blacks in check.  Their identities had to be protected.  This is the most important judicial ruling in New York City in the past forty years. 


            There is ample evidence that these men, among many other persons in New York City, are snitches.  Cong. Jesse Jackson, Jr. is not the only Black selected official to wear a “wire”.  Black selected officials and leading Blacks in New York routinely wear “wires”.  The “war on terrorism” has always been the “war on Blacks”.


            The numbers do not add up.  Rev. Daughtry lives in a modern, well-furnished home in Teaneck, NJ.  His children attended Brown University, Georgetown University, University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago.  I doubt if one hundred members attend the House of the Lord Church on any Sunday.  I also doubt that Rev. Daughtry has a high school diploma.  It is not a crime that every father should want to send his children to college.  The Black community was unwilling to pay college costs for his children at elite colleges and universities.  Rev. Daughtry saw no quid pro quofor his sacrifices.


            It is easier to add up the numbers for Rev. Sharpton.  You are talking millions of dollars annually for a man who does not have a high school diploma.  He has lived for years in the “Silk Stocking District” of Manhattan and he is a globetrotter and he has always flown in the first-class section of airplanes.  This is just for starters.  The problem is how he acquires his money.  He will eventually trick Blacks to go over the “fiscal cliff”.  See Jim Jones.


            These men are not the problem, however.  The problem is a dysfunctional, Black community.  Blacks refuse to organize.  Organization requires socialization and education and, afterwards, philosophy, logic and ethics.  Instead, Blacks embrace the myth that “every man [person] for himself [or herself] and God is for us all”.  This is the result of a slave religion.


            The “Founding Fathers” envisioned the problem among white men. Therefore, they penned the First Amendment. It is permissible for white men to attend religious services but they never forget that “Race Matters”.  This is for the “separation of church and state”.  Many Black churches have American flags and white men speaking from Black pulpits. This is a requirement of slave codes.


            Aside from snitches, the next question is whether the Black community is a good investment.  The likely investors in the Black community are Black investors.  Any community that is unable to attract investors is doomed.  The United States is doomed if investments in Wall Street became unattractive. Race should come before personal ambitions.


            Personally, I would have been better off if I had made no investment in Blacks. Among all Blacks in the United States, no person comes close to emulating me in making investments in the Black community.  Fortunately, my investments were probono.  I never expected any returns on them.


            The biggest problem that I have is that no one is following in my footsteps.  No one has stepped up to the plate to incessantly represent the Black community pro bono. Freedom Retreat for Boys and Girls will end before July 2013 because no one is willing to sustain it.  The Freedom Party was allowed to be taken over by vultures for the Democratic Party.  The United African Movement is on a life support system.  All of these institutions are necessary for a functioning, Black community.


            Last February, I was poisoned at a social function in New Jersey because of my continued commitment to the Black community.  At the time, I had promised to provide political education and media rights to all Black persons.  Persons received daily, well- written and well-researched lectures at my expense, even if Blacks refused to open their own wallets to defray expenses.  Our revered ancestors sacrificed their lives so that we would refuse to practice “plantation politics”. 


            I suffered substantial injuries last February.  Instead of receiving dental and medical treatment, I chose to use the money to continue providing political and media education to Blacks.  Politically, 2013 is a crucial year for Blacks in politics in New York City.  Blacks will not hold the balance of power forever.  I was able to see a Black dentist this week but not for free.  Hopefully, this treatment will continue.


            In the meantime, I am still subjected to censorship.  White advertisers insist that I must be banned from all commercial radio and television stations.  Since no “free press” is available to Blacks, I am banned from publishing any political writings in the Black press.  There is no opposition to the practice of censorship in the Black community.  Censorship is killing us.


            If Blacks truly believe that whites have declared a war against them, there would be a well-equipped army and benefits for veterans who were wounded or killed in combat. There are many casualties.  Some are in prisons.  In the meantime, most Blacks are enjoying their wages or their retirement income.  Blacks are like chickens.  They wait until someone comes with an axe.  The “ballot and the bullet” must be exercised in a constitutional fashion and pursuant to our natural rights.