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Without Tea's active participation, the Outlaw commitment to the Labor Committee has weakened. Prior to Tea's arrest in April for attempted murder, 30 Outlaws and seven Outlaw women were attending RYM lectures, according to Tea.
Yet despite Tea's present personal fear of further involvement with the Labor Committee, he said in a recent interview, "If RYM is ever ready to fight the government and pick up guns, the Outlaws will be right behind them."
The Labor Committee's recruitment of the Outlaws began last July when Richard X, a Muslim who grew up in Trenton with Isiah Scott, a RYM organizer, arranged a meeting between Scott and Malik Muhammed, a leader of the Outlaws. Richard X is presently in jail for homicide.
At this initial meeting, an open invitation was extended to the Outlaws to attend weekly Labor Committee meetings in Manhattan. It was not long before Tea, accompanied by his bodyguards, was making regular trips to the Labor Committee headquarters on 29th Street and spending nights at an apartment belonging to Committee members on the Upper West Side. Isiah Scott was assigned by RYM to work full-time at organizing the Outlaws.
By last fall, Lyn Marcus, the Labor Committee's 52-year-old leader and theoretician, after consulting with RYM field workers in Brooklyn had developed an analysis of "CIA gang strategy" that has become gospel to the Committee's more than 1000 doctrinaire members.
Lyn Marcus's theory of alleged CIA gang strategy, which he dubbed "Operation Nuremberg," is basically this:
Youth gangs are being cajoled or coerced into accepting treaties and forming large groups. Government agents in the ghetto are inciting these large gang formations for revolutionary guerrilla war against all whites. Then, "the CIA intends to foment race war in major urban areas and under the hysterical cry for law and order, call in military or semi-military (LEAA) forces to control the country."
"To understand Brooklyn, you have to understand the entire international pattern," explains Allan Salisbury, head of RYM. The Labor Committee has incorporated its analysis of the Brooklyn youth gang situation into its own particular world view, a world view where Nelson Rockefeller manipulates international politics through oil shortages, Henry Kissinger, the SLA, and now youth gangs. The Labor Party contends that just as it believes the SLA and the BLA are Rockefeller- and CIA-controlled organizations formed to undermine public confidence through terrorist situations, so are youth gangs similarly "brainwashed Rockefeller agents."
The Labor Committee, though originally formed seven years ago from elements of Students for a Democratic Society, offers a dramatically different analysis of the role of blacks in radical politics. SDS gave top priority to its support for the black struggle for liberation." "We must institute programs of internal education on racism, the history of the black people in this country, and the history of the black liberation movement," read a resolution which passed nearly unanimously at the 1968 SDS national convention.
The Labor Committee says, however, that black liberation is "part of the CIA brainwashing to keep black people" in their own controlled environment." "Black nationalism should be treated as a working-class disease without forgetting that every black nationalist organization is CIA-controlled," noted Allan Salisbury.
There is none of the "politics of guilt" that Staughton Lynd criticized in the middle-class SDS attitudes toward ghetto blacks in Labor Commit1ee theories. In fact, ghetto blacks are the subject of brutal and often mocking harangues by both black and white Labor Committee leaders.
"The problem with gang kids is the agony of transition from jungle bunnies to self-conscious class leaders," explains Tony Curry, a white Committee member. Lyn Marcus at a weekly Labor Committee mass meeting criticized the "turf-honcho mentality and compensatory reaction of ghetto youths where the only way you relieve boredom if you're black is to dig up a couple of women." And Allan Salisbury, the black RYM leader, lectured at a recent national conference, "Something has got to be wrong in the ghetto when kids walk around in red suits and pink high-heeled shoes . . . and spend their time practicing' the jungle boogie so they can be the baddest boogie in the jungle. They look like they're masturbating in public. I tell these kids I don't want to talk to them until they're human."
When Tea officially joined RYM in January, other members of the Outlaws began regularly attending Labor Committee meetings and classes in Manhattan. The Committee arranged "organizing trips" for the Outlaws. Three carloads of Outlaws were driven to a rally at Warren High School in Hartford, Connecticut, and Tea, along with other Outlaws, has made weekend trips to Philadelphia and New Haven, trips paid for by the Labor Committee.
The Outlaw involvement with the Labor Committee has not gone