The Third Ward, Newark, New Jersey. I’m not from there, legends are legends, myths are myths. Asbury Park was a day trip from the third ward, but Long Branch was closer. Before there was a train to Long Branch from the city there was a boat to Long Branch.
Longy had two armored trucks that took booze from the beach back north legend has it, but like The Chin, nobody wanted to talk about him. Business was business.
Prohibition failed, but successfully enabled organized opposition capable of checking the rise of the Nazis hand to hand in the streets of Newark. Nobody wanted to talk about this either.
Power, political power, is purchased. Holding moral high ground does not prolong one’s life into middle age in any age. King...died a young man. Longy had a longer run, who left this world early, but not as early as King.
Justice. The enterprise expanded by the justification of genocide, and the importation of labor...indentured or slave, to commodify the prize in God’s name. How does one man turn that ship around? The enterprise was no miracle. Deforestation is no miracle.
King...was right. He held the moral high ground. Longy had vice, and owned politicans...formed the “commission” to increase profits, and invested those profits. It was just business, and so was the enterprise. No miracle.
Longy was a hitter, no Ghandi. King knew. He tossed himself on that pyre, and then the enterprise struck back. Three steps back.
The enterprise was what it was, what it is, before radio waves and then Hollywood glorified violence; smacking the hearts and minds of a world stunned and mesmerized by magical sounds and flickering images. The enterprise was caught pants down, but recovered...and then caught unprepared again by the internet, and a better version of Longy’s commission.
Chaos. Blowback...the enterprise wobbles having nothing but lies and myths to stand on, with a President Drone at the helm. The trees are gone, the earth is warming, King is dead. And yet I’m fearlessly optimistic. I believe in miracles. So did King. King knew.