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by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
If the people of Ferguson, Missouri, had remained “calm” in the police killing of Michael Brown, the nation would not be discussing the “militarization” of the police forces. “All the nation’s police departments are following the same drill, with the same tools and weapons, under the same mandate: keep the Blacks in check.” Black folks need to liberate some territory.
Black Agenda Report is pleased to carry the first on the ground report from Ferguson MO from Rosa Clemente, the 2008 vice-presidential candidate of the Green Party, posted 6AM August 20. When more arrive, we intend to print them as well.
by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
After every police atrocity against Black people, white people react with surprise and ask, What went wrong? The answer lies in the central fact of American life and history: white supremacy. “In the absence of any desire to leave the past behind, police brutality is inevitable.”
by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo and Kevin Berends
"The illusion that white supremacy is dead and African-Americans integrated into US society is only sustained during periods of détente.” The people of Ferguson are saying NO to détente with white supremacy.
by Bill Quigley
Police provocations against the people are creating a brand new cohort of freedom fighters.
by Zeynep Tufekci
This timely article explains how Twitter assisted the public in knowing about Ferguson, and essentially forced corporate media to cover it, while Facebook did the opposite. It's a sobering look at how corporate social media helps and hurts public knowledge.
by Ajamu Nangwaya
Event mobilizations may catch media attention, but history’s big footprints are left by large numbers of organized people moving in the same direction. “Our solidarity in action will emerge from us getting together in groups with a program of liberation.”
by Danny Haiphong
People who become social workers hope to alleviate the conditions that bring misery to their fellow human beings. They soon discover that the system has other plans. “Capitalists have calculated that permanent crisis and the profit-motive cannot exist together in the era of finance without gutting the public sector in the process.”
by Thomas C. Mountain
While western progressives kept track of Obama’s drone wars around the world, hundreds of thousands of ethnic Somalis starved to death in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia, as a consequence of state policy. The Ethiopian prime minister who engineered the genocide-by-famine “was later eulogized at his funeral by none other than Susan Rice, presently National Security Advisor to Barack Obama.”
Why is Cornel West the only black face recognizable to US TV audiences with the integrity to speak against Israeli apartheid & our role in sustaining it?
While the Congressional Black Caucus was co-signing Israel's genocidal assault on Gaza, Dr. Cornel West spoke against Israeli apartheid. But where is our prosperous & powerful black political class? Where is the black church?
The Real News Network: Glen Ford: Black Political Elite Continue To Support Israeli Apartheid, Assault on Gaza
Glen Ford examines how our black political class, whose brand is associated with opposing apartheid in the US and South Africa, supports apartheid & ethnocracy in Israel.
The Real News Network: Inside Israel's Racist Ethnocracy
The Real News Network and Max Blumental, author of "Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel" look at how Israeli politicians have made racist anti-Arab hatred and fascism a political staple in the zionist state.