There are No Such People as Illegals” and No Such Things as “Illegal Aliens”

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

 Language is the tool we use to frame our thoughts and thought processes. Every time we use, or tolerate the use around us of the terms “illegal” and “illegal alien” we are allowing white American nationalists, white racists, to speak from our mouths. That can't lead to anyplace good.  

May Day and Hip-Hop Nationalism

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Jared A. Ball
If hip hop is more than a movement, but a “nation,” as some have suggested, then some militant hip hop nationalism is in order. Logically, such a militant hip hop nationalism would seek to seize control of the means of cultural production – which would earn a niche for hip hop in future May Day celebrations.

The Usual Suspects: Arizona and the Black/Latino Divide

Ms. Hutchinsonby Sikivu Hutchinson
Rev. Jesse Jackson, Jr. says Arizona’s anti-immigrant legislation is the new “Selma,” but there is also “the perception that Latino organizations don’t support African American activism around such issues as racial profiling and police brutality.” Black America must face the fact that those who rant about “taking the country back” are at least as resentful of African Americans as they are of brown immigrants.

Repudiating an Apologist: Skip Gates’ "End the Slavery Blame-Game" Nonsense

dr danielsby Dr. Ron Daniels
Black people have paid the price for every step in Henry Louis Gates' ascent into the halls of power and prestige. The Harvard professor “has allowed himself to become an apologist for peoples and nations who do not want to accept responsibility for the greatest transgression against human rights in history, the holocaust of enslavement.”

Haiti for Sale! La Gonave

by Pascal Robert

In the video below, CEO of Global Renewable Energy, Fred E. Price discusses the neo-liberal plan for taking over La Gonave, Haiti: A small island to the west of Haiti's mainland under its domain. This plan came close to being consummated in 2009 with the full participation of the Haitian government, but voices advised the government that it was not to the advantage of the Haitian people. After the January 12, 2010 earthquake, how we can be sure such plans have not been revived.

Goodbye, White Friends!: White People Aren't Into Black People Anymore

clintby Cecil Brown
Unrequited phone calls from white used-to-be friends are signs of the times. The phenomenon seems to indicate that the “post-racial” world we are told looms so near, will be one in which Blacks and whites rarely become – or remain – friends at all, at least not friends of the telephonic kind. “Real Black people are not in—white guys writing about blacks are really in.”

New Arizona Law Criminalizes "Being While Brown"

achtung! arizonaby BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Arizona has virtually criminalized “being” while brown. Its new racist laws require police to profile and stop anyone who “looks like” an undocumented immigrant. Even police chiefs across the country, who know they cannot police communities that won't talk to them, are denouncing this racist, unjust and downright foolish law.


Freedom Rider: The Dangerous Henry Louis Gates

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
Harvard Prof. Henry “Skip” Gates has made it his life’s work to pander to whites by defaming Black people. In his latest blood-libel, Gates claims Africans share equal blame with Europeans for the centuries-long holocaust of the African slave trade. By Gates’ hideously bizarre reasoning, Black Americans should look to Black Africans for reparations.

The Academic Hit Man: Henry Louis Gates and Reparations

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR columnist Dr. Jared A. Ball

Harvard's pet Black professor, Henry Gates, blames Africans for the slave trade "so as to silence calls for reparations or the cancellation of African debt." His latest Op-Ed piece "is designed to undermine a tradition of scholarship which has for decades shown how enslaving and colonizing Africans led to a decline of Africa and an ascendancy of the West."

Al Sharpton: Obama's Junkyard Dog

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford


A wise man once said: Be careful what you wish for. Rev. Al Sharpton has long craved entrance to the citadels of power, and may now have been granted his wish in return for services rendered to the Obama administration. But proximity to Power also brings intense media scrutiny. Can a shady-dealing preacher take the heat?


Amend the Constitution or Submit to Corporate Dictatorship

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

With its recent ruling that corporations have the constitutional right to suborn the government through unlimited campaign spending, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered "the final mockery and insult to the very concept of one person, one vote." There is not alternative but to change the Constitution.

Romaine "Chip" Fitzgerald, Political Prisoner and Former Panther on Hunger Strike in California's Corcoran Prison

corcoranIn the more than 40 years that former Black Panther Romaine "Chip"  has been imprisoned in California he has neither complained nor drawn attention to himself.  He has counseled other prisoners against violence and bitterness.  But now, after an extended period of being denied communication with the outside and access to medical attention, Fitzgerald is refusing food, vowing to fast until death if he is not transferred out of the inhuman regime of solitary confinement at California's infamous Corcoran State Prison and accorded proper medical care.

Down Prison Road

folsomby David Bacon
The scenery was bleak on the recent “March for California's Future.” Poor towns kept alive only through the incarceration of others lined the road through the San Joaquin Valley, home to “a prison population of 67,059 human beings incarcerated in 13 institutions, guarded by another 21,215 human beings, at a cost of $2.4 billion.” A vision of what all of California could become.

Are Anti-Abortion Groups Targeting Black Women?

altered posterby Jill Nelson
Feigning concern for Black women and children, the infinitely cynical anti-abortion movement has plastered the Atlanta area with posters depicting abortion as genocide. “But who they really want to have more babies is young white girls,” says Black reproductive rights activist Loretta Ross. “Abortion, immigration, and gay marriage are the wedge issues, and somehow some black people keep going for it.”

Katrina Deaths at New Orleans Hospital Revisited

triageFrom On The Media
When New Orleans flooded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, patients and doctors at the Memorial Medical Center were stranded without power and facing dwindling supplies of medicine. By the time the ordeal was over, as many as eleven elderly, mostly Black patients were dead – some, it was charged, euthanized by medical personnel.

Israel's Big and Small Apartheids

by Jonathan Cook

It is irrefutable that Israel is an apartheid state, established and maintained for the benefit of one group of its inhabitants. “There are, for example, some 30 laws that explicitly discriminate between Jews and non-Jews.” The same fate awaits the West Bank, if the Zionist mission is not halted. “The veiled apartheid facing Palestinians inside Israel is the blueprint for a veiled -- and more legitimate -- kind of apartheid being planned for Palestinians in the occupied territories.”

Freedom Rider: Obama’s Supreme Court

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
When every other argument fails, those who urge Blacks and progressives to stick with the Democratic Party finally pull out their clincher: We must vote Democratic to keep the Republicans from stacking the courts. Democrats are then free to nominate whomever they want, free of criticism from the Left. “Any mediocre nominee could be praised to the high heavens because after all, he or she is not as bad as Scalia or Thomas.”

"D- Ridin' Obama:" Boondocks Creator Aaron McGruder Throws a Bomb

"Boondocks" creator Aaron McGruder, whose pointed satires of BET were banned from TV stations in 2008 is at it again.  Season 3 clips of "Boondocks" are being released, depicting fictional and real rappers Thugnificent and Will I Am singing "D* Riding Obama" are making the rounds, and causing a stir.  What the Boondocks satire says, and how the black elite and the black community receives it tell a lot about us.

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Black Business Class Leadership and the Crisis of Gentrification

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Why is the only model of inner city economic development that anybody has tried in living memory amount to moving poorer urban residents out, and wealthier ones in? What happens to the people who are moved out, and why does our black business class leadership quietly ignore, or openly collaborate in the dispersal of the very communities which made many of their careers possible?

Wall Street: Phony Money and Earth-Shaking Crimes

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR Executive Editor Glen Ford

Goldman Sachs, the most successful parasite in corporate finance and on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, “has been unmasked as one of the dirtiest players in the giant Casino that we know as Wall Street.” The villain isn't simple greed, but a system that “operates in opposition to the human economy.”

The Anniversary of Bandung and Durban II: Eisenhower to Obama What We Haven’t Learned About “Unity in Diversity!”

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR columnist Dr. Jared A. Ball

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR columnist Dr. Jared A. Ball

The 55th anniversary of the Bandung conference that solidified the global Non-Aligned Movement, is a good vantage from which to observe the continuity of imperial policies toward what used to be called the “Third World.” Unfortunately, many of the oppressed have still not learned history’s lessons that could lead them to a “class and racial and religious consciousness on a global scale.”

The Diversity Dead-End

bennetonby Robert Jensen
Pro-“diversity” campaigns these days tend to degenerate into feel-good sessions in which white privilege is barely mentioned. Analysis of real-world power relations is not just absent, but actively discouraged as “divisive.” But progress is possible “only when we are willing to address the systems and structures of power in which inequality and discrimination are rooted.”

Colonizing Cassava

cassavaby C. Uzondu
When huge corporations start talking about improving the harvests of foods the poor depend on to survive, watch out! Those crops are about to be colonized, made more expensive and genetically altered. Casava is the latest target of global agro-industry.

Transgender Community in New Orleans Claims Police Harassment

symbolby Jordan Flaherty
Black transgender community members in New Orleans are fighting back against systematic police harassment and abuse. People are falsely arrested for prostitution and often charged with “crimes against nature.” Said one victim, “I want to go to the French Quarter and hang out and have cocktails just like everyone else. Why can’t I?”

Liberation's Lies

iraq war crimesby Felicity Arbuthnot
The current imperial offensive not only physically destroys human beings on an industrial scale, it debases the souls of the aggressors. The voices of U.S. helicopter pilots as they fire cannons into innocent Iraqis on a neighborhood street corner, testify to an anti-human, “video game morality” among “America’s finest.”

White Nationalism on the March

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
The white nationalists of the Tea Party “movement” claim to abhor big government, but what they actually reject is a social contract with the non-white populations of the United States. Race is the subtext, the coded message of the Right's resurgence. The white Right want “their” country back – but we won't let them have it.

Freedom Rider: Slavery-Denial in Old Virginny

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
The (white) South is perpetually rising again, flaunting its barbaric myths and lies. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is the latest unreconstructed rebel to seek 21st century respectability for the Confederacy. In fact, McDonnell and his low-life ilk are “nostalgic for the days when they were able to own human beings as property.”


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