Attorneys at War

Spread of pages 40-41 of the December 3, 1996, issue of the Voice. Village Voice Archive

When Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton met with Texaco executives at the company’s headquarters in White Plains two weeks ago, two black activists were missing from the table: C. Vernon Mason and Alton H. Maddox Jr. Mason, as it turns out, couldn’t care less about attacking corporate racists. But Maddox and his ultra-black nationalist followers planned to picket Texaco — to “serve notice on all blacks there being held hostage that they do have support…” They had a far more ambitious agenda than the conciliators

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