War Abroad Breeds Homicidal Indifference At Home: St. Louis Garbage Fire Creeps Toward Nuclear Weapons Waste Dump

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

In 1973 radioactive waste from Manhattan Project which built the world's first nuclear weapons was secretly just outside St. Louis. An underground garbage fire raging for years in an adjacent landfill is now less than a quarter mile from that unprotected radioactive waste, potentially threatening millions with exposure to radiation. 


The Glen Ford Report: High Stakes Testing is a Weapon for School Privatization

by the Real News Network

White House pledges to reduce standardized testing are bogus, says Ford. Administration policy is to use standardized testing to "fail" public schools and replace them with charters.

Brazil Welcomes Dr. Carl Hart

by Julian Cola

Brazil, with the largest Black population outside of Africa, attempts to perpetuate the myth that it is a “racial democracy.” If so, it is an incredibly violent one. “Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary General, stated that 50,000 people are killed in Brazil every year,” many by police, and most Black and brown. Columbia University neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart traveled to Brazil to speak on the evils of racism – and, instead, became a witness.

Black Agenda Radio for Week of October 28, 2015

Three Days of Protest Against Police Violence in New York City

The Stop Mass Incarceration Network’s Rise Up October campaign brought thousands into the streets of New York for three days of actions against police lawlessness. At a “Say Their Names” rally, Kadeem Williams, whose brother O’Shane was killed by San Francisco police, told the crowd: “It’s time to fight back, people. Quit asking your oppressor for something that you’re not gonna get. Quit putting your hands up and saying ‘Don’t shoot.’ Put that fist up and fight back.”

Internationalizing the Struggle

Family members of victims of police violence testified before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, agency of the Organization of American States, in Washington, DC. Martinez Sutton, the brother of Rekia Boyd, who was killed by a Chicago cop in 2012, said he is constantly harassed by police in retaliation for standing up for his sister. “At times I feel I am the next to die, and that it could happen to me at any moment,” said Sutton. “I’m still trying to find justice, but – what is justice? To me, it’s ‘just ice’ to numb the situation.”

Justin Hansford, a professor at St. Louis University School of Law, told the commission that racialized policing in the U.S. cannot be reformed, but must be abolished. “At some point, we will have to muster the courage as a society to demand more than simply asking to retrain the monster, or set up a review board for the monster, or put a body camera on the monster,” said Hansford. “Eventually, global civil society will have to defang this monster and put it to sleep once and for all.”

Black Is Back Coalition to March on the White House

On November 7, the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations will march on the White House to demand Black community control of the police. A conference will follow on the next day at Howard University, under the theme “Black Power Matters.” “It is about Black self-determination,” said Coalition chairman Omali Yeshitela. “If we want people to stop killing us, then we have to have the power, ourselves, to stop it. We have to drive the movement in the direction of Black people accepting responsibility for our own future.”

Blacks Get No Protection from Obama

The National Black Church Initiative, a coalition of African American denominations, denounced the Obama Administration for appearing “impotent” in the face of seven church burnings in St. Louis and ongoing attacks against Blacks by racist police. “The Administration does not see a pattern, or launch a systematic investigation against this mentality,” said Initiative director Rev. Anthony Evans. “There has been absolutely no movement.” Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch “have failed consistently to protect the Black community from these white racist murderous thugs who are in our law enforcement.”

Faizan Syed, director of the St. Louis chapter of the Council on American-Israeli Relations, expressed solidarity with the Black Christian community. “As American Muslims, we recognize that our liberation is completely linked with the African American struggle for justice, fairness and equality in this country,” he said. “Until everybody is free from terror, then nobody can be free of it.”

Mumia and the Cuban Health Model

The nation’s best known political prisoner, like thousands of Pennsylvania prison inmates, has been denied effective treatment for hepatitis-c, the disease that brought Mumia Abu Jamal to the brink of death, earlier this year. This could not have happened in Cuba, according to Dr. Melissa Barber, who runs the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization’s program that sends U.S. students to Cuba for free medical school. In Cuba, doctors learn not to treat patients “like a dollar bill,” said Barber. Sick or injured prisoners “wouldn’t have cracked jaws or be beaten up on the way to the hospital; they would be treated humanely by physicians that can see them when they need health care, in a country with little resources.” Free health care is a right in Cuba, which has been very successful in treating hepatitis-c.



Blacks Will Transform America, and Free Themselves, But Not at the Ballot Box in 2016

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

It is paradoxical that African Americans, who politically most resemble the Scandinavian social democrats Bernie Sanders claims to admire, are not supporting Sanders for president. Based on a “calculus of fear,” African Americans “cast their votes in national elections seeking protection from the Greater Evil, rather than voting their line-item policy preferences, or even considering the platforms of parties that challenge the duopoly system.”

TFA/BlackLivesMatter/CampaignZero Activist Brittney Packnett (Almost) Tries to Defend the Indefensible

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Stung by growing public recognition of Teach For America's heinous role in destabilizing communites and destroying public education, CampaignZero/BlackLivesMatter activist & TFA's Brittney Packnett took to Huffington Post last week to defend herself and TFA's mission. But school privatization is so unpopular she had to resort to misdirection and mumbling about her St. Louis orgins and supposed conspiracy theories against her instead.

Freedom Rider: Black Lives Don’t Matter in Israel

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

If you want to observe a racist lynch mob, go to Israel, the “world’s worst apartheid state.” After being shot by police, an innocent Eritrean immigrant was pursued by an Israeli mob that “kicked him, threw chairs and benches at his head and shouted ‘son of a whore,’ ‘break his head’ and more to the point, ‘Kill him!’” But of course, no one will be punished, and the U.S. Black Misleadership Class will say nothing.

Find Out What the “Or Else” Is: March with the Black Is Back Coalition in Washington, Nov. 7

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

If Black people are engaged in a renewed “movement,” what are the demands? The Black Is Back Coalition will bring the demand for Black Community Control of the Police to the White House, on November 7. The Coalition will march and rally under the banner “Black Power Matters,” because only the power of a mobilized people can change a domestic army of occupation into public servants of the Black community.


Reckless Eyeballing in the Former Chocolate City and Rise Up October in New York

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

Until this decade, Washington, DC was the quintessential “Chocolate City,” where Blackness was normal and white folks acclimated themselves to the environment. No more. Jason Goolsby became the latest victim of reckless “eyeballing of a white woman” in the former Chocolate City, because his young Black maleness made a white person nervous. Gentrification plus white privilege equals a lethal threat to Black lives.

Militarization of U.S. Police is a Reflection of United States Foreign Policy

by Abayomi Azikiwe

“The militarization of U.S. society is as old as the American system itself,” but the policy kicked into a high gear in the mid to late Sixties, to crush Black urban revolt. In Ferguson, the cops revealed themselves as domestic shock troops for capitalism. “These are the same weapons that have been used against the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Yemen and other geo-political regions over the last several decades.”

Christopher Columbus Lives On Today Through US Capitalism

by Danny Haiphong

Uncle Sam walks in the genocidal shoes of Christopher Columbus, laying waste to the people’s and resources of the world. “US capitalism's alliance of death is motivating many nations in Latin America, Asia, and Africa to form a military and economic partnership with Russia and China.” The sea captain from Genoa is a “founding father” of a capitalist imperial system of unrivaled barbarity and destruction.

Moderate Extremism and Extremist Moderation: Symptoms of Structural Illiteracy and Racism in the US-European Empire

Dr. T. P. Wilkinson

U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children was “worth it” – meaning, a reasonable price to pay for continued U.S. global dominance. There is no price in “colored” people’s blood and sovereignty that the U.S. Empire is not willing to “pay.” Fortunately, “Russia has done for Syria what the Soviet Union was unable to do for Lumumba’s Congo” – prevent Syria from paying America’s “price.”

Like Syria, Burundi is a War Theater: The China-Russia Axis vs. the US-EU Axis

by Didas Gasana

There is no doubt that the U.S.-led unipolar global order is facing stiff competition from the East. The BRICS block, especially Russian and China, so far presents to the U.S. the most difficult challenge since the U.S. rise to global supremacy. “Deep down in the center of sub-Saharan Africa, Burundi is Africa’s Syria.”

Climate Disaster Hammers Ethiopia

by Thomas C. Mountain

Western capitalists are all the rage about the phenomenal “success” of Ethiopia’s economy. Yet, Africa’s second most populous nation cannot feed its desperately poor people. Foreign money goes largely to prop up “the largest, best equipped army in Africa,” which acts as “the policeman on the beat in East Africa for the USA.”

Massa I Won’t Tell: Why Many Black Athletes/Entertainers Remain Silent on Social Justice Issues

by Solomon Comissiong

We collectively cringe when they speak before the cameras: Black athletes and entertainers mouthing words designed to please racist white fans. “Why should any African/black person cheerlead for other African/black entertainers if they lack the moral courage to lend their voices to critical issues of social justice?”

Black Agenda Radio for Week of October 21, 2015

Why Not Hundreds of Rise Up October Campaigns?

When the Rise Up October campaign against police violence arrives in New York City for three days of demonstrations, this weekend, the People’s Organization for Progress (POP), based in Newark, New Jersey, will be there in strength. “We’re going to bring family members of victims of police from New Jersey to stand with the family members they are assembling from across the country,” said POP chairman Larry Hamm. Home-based organizing is critical. “We have to build strong movements at the local level, so that we can not only have thousands of people assemble in New York City, but thousands in every city across America,” said Hamm. “What an impact that would have!”

Dr. Cynthia McKinney Prescribes a Heavy Dose of “Non-Traditional” Politics

Former Green Party presidential candidate and six-term Democratic congresswoman from Georgia Cynthia McKinney is encouraging “non-traditional” Black candidates to run for congressional seats all across the country. By that, she means “Chokwe Lumumba-type candidates, people who may previously have rejected being involved in electoral politics but now understand that the goal is to change public policy.” This new Black politics “is not going to come from people who are wedded to the leadership that is responsible for the dire conditions that exist in our communities now,” which she calls “Democratic non-action.” McKinney earned her PhD from Antioch University, this summer.

An African in America Fights to be Black

Dr. Mostapha Hefny emigrated from Egypt in 1978, and became a U.S. citizen. His troubles began in 1987, when the school system in Wayne County, Michigan, insisted that he identify himself as white on a federal form. Hefny refused. He is a Nubian, an ancient and unmistakably Black people whose homeland straddles southern Egypt and northern Sudan. Directive 15 of the federal Office of Management and Budget stipulates that all Egyptians are white, while Sudanese are classified as Black. The decision has wreaked havoc with Hefny’s employment prospects ever since. “We’re going to send our petition to the UN Commission on Human Rights, accusing the government of genocide and destruction of my culture,” he said. “They rob us of our identity, our racial identity.”

Black People Still Being Punished for Siding with Brits in 1776

Dr. Gerald Horne, professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston and one of the most prolific and influential scholars of our time, believes the unrelenting nature of racist oppression in the U.S. can be traced to the nation’s founding. Blacks overwhelmingly sided with the British, who promised freedom for slaves that took up arms against the settler rebellion. “When you fight a war, like the Africans did in league with the British, and you lose the war, you can expect to be punished and tormented for all time, including your descendants,” said the author of The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America. Horne’s latest book is titled Race to Revolution: Cuba and the U.S. During Slavery and Jim Crow. A new volume on the Haitian Revolution is due out any day, and Horne is already researching future works on Paul Robeson and Black majority rule in South Africa.


#BlackLivesMatter: Chat Partners with Hillary

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The #BlackLivesMatter organization is now part of the 2016 Democratic Party election machinery, assuming its role as a power broker on behalf of Black people. It’s a familiar historical pattern, except for the speed with which the transition has taken place. “The #BLM philosophy is that therapeutic dialogue with members of the power elite is politically more effective than the presentation of core demands.”

Freedom Rider: French Workers Show How to Fight

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Workers in the United States have learned some painful lessons: that they live on less than their peers in much of Europe and are woefully insecure in their jobs and retirements – if they have jobs and retirement plans, at all. What U.S. workers have not learned – or have forgotten – is how to fight. They can take some tips from the French, who “throw down the gauntlet at any mention of job loss or pay cuts.”

The Million Man March from the Perspective of Millennials: Which Way Forward?

by BAR editor and columnist, Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

They journeyed to the Washington Mall by the hundreds of thousands, as had Black men 20 years before. They were led to believe that an ultimatum had been issued to Power: “Justice or Else.” But, “was the question of ‘Justice or Else’ ever raised or answered by the organizers?”


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