Blacks Slowly Emerging from Obama Delirium

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Four years ago, huge numbers of Blacks thought African Americans were doing well, despite the facts of the economic meltdown – a kind of mass madness. But a new survey shows “a portion of Black folks have snapped out of the delirium, and now see the world, and their actual position in it, more clearly.”


King, Obama, and the Inner Core of Despotism

by Paul Street

Dr. Martin Luther King was a social revolutionary who preached that “a storm is rising against the theprivileged minority of the earth” that will result in a “just distribution of the fruits” of the planet. Barack Obama “has made it clear that Dr. King’s unpaid promissory note will remain un-cashed under his watch.” The First Black President disgraces the podium from which Dr. King spoke 50 years ago.

Katrina Pain Index 2013: New Orleans Eight Years Later

by Bill Quigley

The “new” New Orleans that developers hoped to construct when 100,000 poor Black people were purged from the city is still a place of daunting poverty. “African American households in the metro New Orleans area earned 50 percent less than white households.” By almost every measurement, only the rich and white have prospered.

Living Under the Cloud of Stop-and-Frisk in Washington DC

by Seema Sadanandan

Black children in poorer sections of the Nation’s Capitol grow up under constant hyper-surveillance of police. The armed occupation of their communities is anything but benign. “A community’s desire to be free from crime is not an invitation to treat all men in that community as suspects.”

March Against the Genocide of Black People in Brazil

by Wangui Kimari

Recent police excessive force against mass demonstrations in Brazil should not overshadow institutional state violence directed against the nation’s poor Blacks. “Many Black communities in Brazil are living in a state of siege” – levels of mass-produced death that can justifiably be called genocide.”

The Black Mis-Leaders' Love-Fest with Power on the Mall

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The commemoration of the March on Washington has been ruined. President Obama, the global assassin, protector of Wall Street, and reigning Great Mass Incarcerator, will star in the production on the National Mall. “Dr. Martin Luther King serves as a mere prop in the ceremony.” In their embrace of Power, the organizers have desecrated the Black American legacy of struggle.

Who Will Lead A Movement Against the Prison State, If Not the Formerly Incarcerated?

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The black political class, whose leaders will be on the podium at this week's 50th anniversary observation of the March on Washington are not going to lead any movement to roll back mass incarceration or the prison state. It's just not in them, not even to use the limited power that they do have to curtail its most savage abuses.

Freedom Rider: Sex Tapes and Butlers

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Racist propaganda comes in many forms, and from many sources. Russell Simmons and Lee Daniels are well-paid Black purveyors of the anti-Black propaganda arts. Daniel’s turns history and truth on its head in The Butler, while Russell Simmons depicts Harriet Tubman as a whore who turns tricks for freedom.

Obama Mimics Wall Street on Housing Crisis, Offers Black Congressman a Vanishing Job

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

In his second term, President Obama has decided that he was wrong about the cause of the Great Meltdown. He now believes “that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – not the private banks – were responsible for the housing crisis.” Under Obama's new plan, government mortgage guarantees will go directly to the private banks, which – as we all know – can be trusted to act responsibly.

Massacre in Egypt Hastens Demise of U.S.-Jihadist Alliance

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The secularists and leftists that backed the military’s coup in Egypt “cannot escape culpability for Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi’s current and future crimes.” But the clock is also ticking on the decades-long U.S. strategy to deploy Muslim jihadists as foot soldiers for imperial objectives in the region. The unholy alliance will shatter – and usher in the Mother of All Blowbacks.

Blame the Illegal Military Occupation for the Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

by BAR editor and columnist Jemima Pierre

In addition to killing thousands of Haitians through the introduction of cholera into the country, the United Nations “is generally understood as the force propping up the illegitimate governments of Haiti over the past 9 years, particularly the US-chosen Michel Martelly.”

President Obama Should Not Be Welcomed at March on Washington Commemoration

by Ajamu Baraka

The Black “leaders” that invited the commander-in-chief of the racist global capitalist order to the Washington Mall, later this month, are committing a desecration. “It brings a clear message, even though it is not acknowledged on a conscious level, that the highest aspiration and possible achievement for an African American is to be able to serve white power – to be a servant.”

Dr. King’s “Dream” vs. Obama’s Realpolitik

by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III

The commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington will go silent as a bell rings the exact moment when Dr. Martin Luther King addressed the crowd. But MLK would himself be silenced in the current political environment. “Those within the African American community who are engaged in stifling honest, fact-based, critical analysis of the administration’s policies would not allow Dr. King on the dais.”

We Condemn Massacre of Egyptian Civilians and U.S. Military Ties

by Ajamu Baraka

The author, a member of the Green Shadow cabinet, says the “U.S. government is deeply implicated in the murder, injury and arrest of thousands of Egyptians, perpetrated by the military regime using U.S.-supplied military equipment and U.S. trained military personnel.” President Obama needs to call the coup by its name – and defund the Egyptian generals.”

Detroit Residents Respond to Bankruptcy: “We Have No Democracy!”

by David Bacon

Detroit’s saga is a tale of U.S. industrial decline and the rapidly fading vision of urban Black political power. “More than half of Michigan's 1.4 million Black residents now live under rule by emergency managers, which effectively nullifies their right to vote,” while good jobs “under collective bargaining agreements are an endangered species.”


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