The Wilmington 10: Prime Example of the Racist War on Blacks

I recently received a petition request on behalf of the Wilmington 10, a group of activists who, in 1971 were arrested, charged, and convicted of arson in Wilmington, North Carolina.  In 1976, Amnesty International provided counsel for an appeal that their Constitutional Rights were violated in the trials and in 1980 their convictions were overturned on the State level.

 

 

 

Bear in mind that the year in which this took place was a time of severe political turmoil as the Southern Conservatives, bolstered by promises from then President Richard M. Nixon to return their Jim Crow laws, refused to desegregate schools.  Note that the ruling for desegregation occurred 17 years earlier and only 7 years prior to this event, the Civil

 

 

 

English: Final roll call vote in the U.S. Hous...

English: Final roll call vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on H.R. 7152 (the Civil Rights Act of 1964). Page 1 of voting record. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Rights Act of 1964 was passed by an overwhelming majority in BOTH Houses of Congress.  Indeed, I can tell you from experience, that as late as 1972, desegregation had not yet occurred in racist Louisiana—I was there.  To read my experience, which is rather different, check out my article, A Challenge to All White Americans.

 

 

 

This was not an easy time for anyone, especially African-Americans who were expecting that the States comply with what the Federal government had already guaranteed.  The Wilmington 10 were indeed activists, this has never been disputed.  But their possible role in the arson of the store, in which no one was killed, is tenuous at best.

 

 

 

Indeed, I recall the events of the day for my grandfather (who is likely responsible for my deep interest in politics) watched only the news whenever it was on.  As I child, I did not like this, but it was the only TV in the house and he would make me watch the news with him.

 

 

 

Indeed, I still recall the news footage of the pullout from Vietnam by means of choppers from rooftops in Cambodia.  I still recall the lunar landing.  I still recall the Kent State shootings in 1970.  And I recall the Wilmington 10.  The issue was divisive and inconclusive even at that time as it went to trial.  None-the-less, a racist, stacked, jury found them guilty…duh.

 

 

 

However, I was shocked to find that after having convictions overturned these people did not receive a pardon from the State.  This means that for the last 40 years, these innocent people have been blocked from certain rights which you and I take for granted.  In other words, found not-guilty, they are still required to “pay” for crimes not committed.  Why?

 

 

 

Because they are Black and were convicted by bigots in North Carolina, who simply do not want any African-American to rise in social station—this is what the Jim Crow laws were all about.

 

 

 

Occam’s Razor states…

 

 

 

Among competing hypotheses, the simplest explanation is likely the correct.

An African-American child at a segregated drin...

An African-American child at a segregated drinking fountain on a courthouse lawn, North Carolina, 1938. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The MOST plausible explanation for this travesty of justice after 40 YEARS is that North Carolina is STILL a bastion of racism and bigotry.

 

 

 

Is there any evidence of this?

 

 

 

This State continues to lean Republican, which in my latest book I argue is still promoting the racist strategy of Nixon, but this is shifting somewhat in recent years.  Indeed, since the days of Nixon, the State has voted Democrat only twice, but bear in mind that one of those years went to Jimmy Carter, who WAS a Southern Conservative Democrat.  So the only year that really counts towards considering change was 2008, when the vote went to candidate Obama.  However, in 2012, the state swung again toward the Racist Republicans.

 

 

 

Hence, the continued reluctance to exonerate the Wilmington ten indicates that the charge levied by the former USSR, that we penalize political dissidents in this country just like them, appears to be true.  This is a prime example that the racist war on Blacks started by Nixon is alive and well.

 

 

 

What the Wilmington 10 is requesting is not unreasonable.  Most of them are now in their 60s and their lives are fast approaching the end.  Haven’t they about paid for their crime of trying to get what was promised to them by Congress?  Remember, they were exonerated of the charges…all they are paying for now is seeking to make a better life for their posterity—something any of us, Black or White, would try to do.

 

 

 

If you agree with this position, follow this link and sign their petition to the Governor of the State of North Carolina.  A Governor can only pardon past charges on leaving office, which happens at the end of 2012—in just a week and 3 days.  For most of these, this will be the last chance they have to get their names cleared.  Please sign today and pass on the message while there is still time.

NOTE: If you would like to know more about how the GOP has continued a war on Blacks as the strategy outlined by Nixon, read The Cowards in Charge: “The Whole Problem is Really with the Blacks,” now on Amazon.

Regards,

Cowards in charge book cover

A scathing denunciation of the Republican Party and its role in the US Drug War. This book outlines President Nixon’s agenda to gain power by aligning the Republican Party with Southern Democrats after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In addition, the book charges that the GOP has remained complicit in maintaining the Drug War at the expense of African-Americans for the purpose of retaining power through the appeasement of Southern Conservatives.

C. Jeff Oakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How Reagan Won the Hearts (and votes) of Southern Conservatives

Prior to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, most Southern Conservatives were Democrats.   At this time, the Democratic

Reagan in Black Face

Reagan, through his Drug War policies did more to suppress African-Americans than any other President, earning him the Jim Crow Black Face

Party was split between those who believed in liberal ideologies and those who believed in States Rights and conservative ideals.  The Republican Party had traditionally been the “Party of Lincoln,” the party that freed the slaves and brought about positive changes to the nation.  However, after FDR, that changed.

To be sure, FDR was strongly conservative and his policies were as well, but he was a Democrat who won support nationwide.  For the next 30 years, Republicans simply could not gain control over Washington and by the time Nixon entered the arena, the GOP was desperate to regain influence in DC politics.  Looking back, it certainly made sense to the Party that to regain power, the Party needed to become more conservative and less liberal.

Then, Republican Chief Justice Earl Warren opened the door to changes that would send shivers down the spines of Southern Democrats, who were largely conservative and very racist.  In Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court ended segregation in schools.   Then the Court made other changes that pleased Democrats in the north as well as liberal-leaning Republicans, but set the stage for limited abuses in the Criminal Justice arena.

Nixon entered with a solution:  Shift away from the liberal side and become strongly conservative, at the same time woo the Southern Democrats with promises to return to the days of Jim Crow laws.  By using catch-phrases like “States Rights” and “Traditional Family Values,” Southern Democrats got the message.

But Nixon lost the gains he had made by discrediting the GOP for a time with the Watergate Scandal.

Enter Reagan.

Reagan promised the same things that Nixon promised and expanded the Drug War in his bid to retain the votes of Southern Democrats.  The ploy worked and the south never voted Democrat again.

How did he do this?

The key tool was Cocaine, which we now know Reagan boosted in America by protecting shipments into Miami for the supposed sake of funneling money to the Sandinista Rebels.  By the time Reagan left office, the supplied of Coke in America had increased despite growing demand and prices were lower.   At the same time, Crack became an issue in the nation and Reagan crafted a series of bills to increase penalties for crack possession while not affecting similar penalties for the possession of powder cocaine.

This had the effect of increasing penalties on African-Americans, who were more likely to be in possession of Crack (mostly as dealers) than powder.  This is ironic considering that crack is closer to the natural form than powder.  But considering the intent of the legislation, namely to bolster support among racist Southern Democrats, it all makes perfect sense.

Indeed, since then, the disparities in the criminal justice system relating to Black arrests, convictions, and time incarcerated has become such that any thinking person now understands that discrimination must be at play.

Indeed, Reagan cunningly used the Black community as a pawn to gaining power for the GOP by winning favor with the racist Southern Conservatives.

It became, as H.R. Haldeman, Nixon” Right-Hand man stated in his Diaries, published in 1994,

He [Nixon] emphasized that you have to face the fact that the whole problem is really with the blacks.  The key is to devise a system that recognizes this while not appearing to.

Nixon devised the system and the GOP, starting with Reagan has kept that system in place to retain their power.  Disgusting.  Unless, of course, you are a Southern Conservative.  Then it is nothing short of Brilliance.

To learn more, read my book on Amazon, The Cowards in Charge: “The Whole Problem is Really with the Blacks.

If you act before December 20, 2012, you may receive a free copy on Amazon, but there only remain about 2 dozen so act now.

The Republican Party’s Assault on Black Communities

I know this is going to ruffle feathers and at my age, I am no longer concerned.  I must speak the truth and show the facts,

Richard Nixon in Blackface

Racist Richard Nixon vows to stop crime and drugs with a return to “family values” and States Rights, winning the votes of Southern Democrats eager for a return to Jim Crow laws.

no matter where these lead.

I am a former Republican, having entered the Party during the reign of Ronald Reagan.  I was one of those who listened to the Great Communicator and was convinced that the nation needed to get control over fiscal policy and the problem of drugs in our society.  However, the 90s came along, Newt Gingrich started his “Contract with America,” and something strange happened.

Fiscal responsibility went out the window.

That got me to thinking…Why was the Republican Party, for all their talk of getting the debt under control, suddenly turning into the Party of spend-like-who-gives-a-crap-about-our-kids Party?  What changed?

Actually, nothing changed between Reagan and Gingrich.  As I began to dig into the evidence, I uncovered a sinister plot to gain power in Washington and in 2001, I wrote a book on the Drug War I titled, “Spineless:  How Weak Politician’s Have Botched the Drug War and How we can Still Win.”  However, given the political climate under George W. Bush and the so-called USA PATRIOT Act, I determined that the language was too strong and would need to be softened lest I be labeled a terrorist.  I became an Independent around that time and turned away from the GOP.

I still wondered why the Republican Party, long-known for fiscal conservatism and responsible government, suddenly changed, or appeared to do so.  Then I put the pieces together when I made the connection between Richard Nixon, the Drug War, fiscal policy, and the racial sentencing disparities in the Criminal Justice System, especially as it related to the Drug War.

What I found was that the GOP had not had any real power in Washington in over 30 years leading up to Nixon’s victory in 1968.  What I found was that Nixon gained his victory by currying favor with Southern Democrats, who were disgusted at the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the ensuing Voting Rights Act of 1965.  He won the election, but only because the vote was split by the Independent racist George McGovern.  However, by the next election cycle, Southern Democrats strongly supported Nixon.

They did this because racist Nixon cunningly promised them a return to the days of Jim Crow.  Did he keep his promise?

Indeed, by starting the Drug War, Nixon set in motion a plan that would suppress Black voters which would win over the racist Southern Democrats and give the GOP a strong base of support.  After Reagan, the south never voted Democrat again, for Reagan stepped up efforts to suppress Black communities by expanding the Drug War.  More to come on this, but suffice to say that the bigots in the “Party of Lincoln” were not content to use the power of economic suppression against only Blacks and have expanded that policy by driving the nation to near bankruptcy for their own selfish political gain.

If you would like to know more, read my book, The Cowards in Charge:  “The Whole Problem is Really with the Blacks” now on Amazon.  Through December 20, 2012, Amazon is giving away free copies, but only about 25 remain so act now.