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Black Misleadership Class

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    Sacramento’s Black Mayor and the Minimum Wage

    by Seth Sandronsky

    If Kevin Johnson is “progressive,” then the term has become meaningless. The Sacramento mayor and charter school champion, husband of privatization zealot Michelle Rhee, has bought into the corporate argument that meaningful hikes in the minimum wage harm the economy, including the lowest paid workers. In the short term, he wants to “study” the issue to death.

    Ferguson: It is Right to Resist, By Any and All Means Necessary

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Having failed to head off the beginnings of a Black mass movement, the Black Misleadership Class and the White House cite violence in Ferguson to discredit youthful activists. However, “any movement that defies police power and rejects the legitimacy of the state – including its prosecutors and grand juries – will inevitably commit acts that are deemed illegal and which are accompanied by some level of violence.”

    Estranged Careerists of the Corporate Black Cash-hounds (CBC)

    by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner

    Once upon a time the CBC called itself the "conscience of the congress". That, observers our poet in residence, was a long time ago indeed. CBC stands for something quite different these days.

    Andrew Young: Prophet of Urban Renewal or Big Oil’s Reverend for Rent?

    by Steve Early

    Former civil rights activist, mayor and congressman Andrew Young spends his octogenarian years in the service of corporations like Nike, Wal-Mart and Chevron, which last year cut Young’s foundation a check for $550,000. Campaigning for Chevron’s favored politician in Richmond, California, “Reverend Young’s rambling after-dinner speech stressed themes dear to the heart of his major donor.”

    Germany Just Made College Tuition Free? Why Won't Our Black Political Class Fight For Free Tuition Here?

    By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Germany just made college tuition free for everybody including foreign students! Free tuition here would cost about $62 billion, roughly what the US govt already spends on loans, grants and subsidies of all kinds. Black leaders preach education will lift us up, but they won't pick a fight or lead a movement to make higher education a right instead of a debt sentence.

    Nutty Professor Dyson’s Ridiculous Apology for Eric Holder

    by Paul Street

    Shameless Obama apologist Michael Eric Dyson claims it was too politically dangerous for a Black attorney general to prosecute white Wall Street executives. “But the basic Too Big to Prosecute idea was clearly in Holder’s head long before Dyson’s ‘racial realpolitik’ might have come into play. Holder put forth the doctrine of executive immunity when he worked for Bill Clinton. “Running dog Dyson is barking up the wrong bourgeois tree.”

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    New Youth Party Demands West Finance Ebola Fight

    Events in Ferguson, Missouri, have inspired formation of “an alternative party of young people of color” in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. In its first major demonstration, set for October 16, the Young people’s Freedom and Justice Party is “demanding that the U.S. government and the western world provide the funding for drugs for treatment” of Ebola “and that they move with all deliberate speed,” said Sara Osman, one of the organizers. The party is comprised of college and high school students as well as youths who are not in school.

    Black Is Back Coalition to March on White House November 1

    In November, 2009, President Obama’s first year in office, the newly formed Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations held its first rally and march on the White House. “I think, five years later, even the most die-hard Obamites would have a serious problem trying to ignore the criminality of this regime, or to separate what the United States government is doing under Obama from anything it’s done under George W. Bush or any of the other criminals who have occupied that office,” said Coalition chairman Omali Yeshitela. The Coalition holds a rally and march on the White House on November 1, followed by a teach-in at Howard University the next day under the theme “Peace Through Revolution.”

    U.S. Intelligence Agencies Were Aware of ISIS’s Plans

    Far from being in the dark about ISIS’s capabilities and goals, the CIA was well aware of the jihadist’s plans to attack the Iraqi city of Mosul and seize much of the country, according to journalist Nafeez Ahmed, author of the Guardian newspaper article “How the West Created the Islamic State.” The U.S., Britain and the Gulf oil monarchies were plotting regime change in Syria even before the outbreak of demonstrations against the government, in 2011. The same countries that have been “supporting and financing and manipulating” Islamist militants are now “being mobilized to fight the very enemy they created,” said Ahmed, author of Zero Point, a novel that actually predicted the events now unfolding in Iraq.

    Washington’s Incessant Lies

    U.S. foreign policy seems full of contradictions because “they are at war with the world and have to constantly hide their aims and their goals, and can turn on the very forces that they create,” said Sara Flounders, of the International Action Center. But, said Flounders, “what they’re telling the people of the world is always a lie. Always.”

    Rally Makes Connection Between African American and Palestinian Struggles

    On October 11, hundreds will gather at the Malcolm X and Betty Shabbaz Center, in Harlem, to affirm their solidarity with Palestinians under the Israeli apartheid regime. “The World Stands with Palestine” rally will highlight parallels in the plight of Blacks in the U.S. and Palestinians under occupation. The Center is housed on the site of Malcolm X’s assassination, in 1965. “Malcolm would have been an African internationalist,” said hip hop artist and activist M-1. “To have the rally in the former Audubon Ballroom completes the cycle.”

    Black Politicians Silent and Ineffectual: Throw Them Out

    One looks at the images from Ferguson “and sees in an instant that there is a war against Black people,” said Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner. What are Black politicians doing? “Many, if not most, have been silent,” said Abu Jamal, in a report for Prison Radio. “A new, militant, responsive politics must arise, built by the young who are clear-eyed and committed.”

    Detroit: Water Cut-Offs Lead to Evictions

    Pastor Ray Anderson, of the House of Help church and community center, joined with the grassroots Water Brigade to halt the water cut-offs that have affected hundreds of thousands. Before long, the city cut off the House of Help’s water, too. “A lot of people are losing their homes when their house goes into foreclosure because of the water bill,” said Pastor Anderson. “I believe it’s a God-given right for us to have water,” especially since Detroit sits on the Great Lakes, the greatest reservoir of fresh water in the world.

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    Eric Holder: Like the Rest of the Black Political Class – Powerful But Powerless When It Comes to Black Interests

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    The fulsome praise heaped upon Eric Holder at the announcement of his impending resignation is fake history. Some of it exposes the contradiction between the black political class's alleged mission to represent the black masses and its actual practice which is another thing entirely. And some of it is just plain self-serving silliness.

    The Sharpton-ization of American Imperialism: Obama Administration's DOJ to Train "Community Leaders" to be Snitches for Empire

    by Danny Haiphong

    The U.S. government has finally invented a national “snitch” program big enough to encompass the treachery of Al Sharpton. Under the new program, “community leaders” are taught to identify and rat-out radicals in their midst – a task for which Sharpton serves as the perfect role model. “Sharpton is committed to defusing potential Black rebellion on behalf of the Obama Administration.”

    Will America's Black Political Class Join In the Spoils of the Rape of Congo? Andy Young & Jesse Jackson Say It's OK.

    By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    The table set with the loot from 5 million dead in neighboring Congo, the largest genocide on earth since World War 2, Rwandan president Paul Kagame is inviting America's black political class to join him in the profitable spoils... contracts, careers and more, blessed by the likes of Andy Young and Rev. Jesse Jackson.

    Naming-and-Shaming the Black Caucus

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Silence implies assent, which is why activists in Washington, DC, will loudly and clearly denounce the Congressional Black Caucus for its collective crimes against Black people, social justice and the cause of world peace. The “Shame on the Congressional Black Caucus” will give the Black lawmakers the credit they deserve for supporting Apartheid Israel, working to end Net Neutrality, and militarizing local police.

    The Black Political Class? The Congressional Black Caucus? These Joes Ain't Loyal

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Why does the Congressional Black Caucus endorse Israeli apartheid? Why do our black mayors embrace gentrification, our civil rights organizations side with their funders, and our black generals and diplomats orchestrate genocide in Africa? Whoever, whatever they're loyal to, it's not the interests of African American or African people. What can we do about it?

    Sign the Petition! We Demand the Congressional Black Caucus Denounce Apartheid in Israel & Endorse Network Neutrality

    Despite its constant and relentless celebrations of our people's historic Freedom Movement, the CBC's claim to stand for the interests of African Americans is an empty brand, for lease to whichever corporate donor willing to pay the price. Demand that the CBC revoke its deal with the devil and stand against apartheid and ethnocracy in Israel, and side with the people over the telecoms by embracing network neutrality, the reclassification of broadband internet to a public utility available to all without corporate toll booths, or so-called fast and slow "lanes".

    Click here to sign the petition.

    Unlike the petitions at causes.com and change.org, this petition is locally hosted. No giant Big Data firm will use it to map your contact patterns for marketing purposes. We just don't do that.

    And Then Came Sharpton: Helping Keep Blacks in Their Place

    by Paul Street

    Al Sharpton polluted the air of Ferguson, Missouri, on a mission to restore peace and tranquility, i.e., the racist order. He castigated Blacks for indulging in self-pity, “as if engaging in days and nights of street battle with the forces of white supremacist order and marching in the street under the banner ‘No Justice, No Peace’ is ‘sitting around feeling sorry for ourselves.’”

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    “Shame on the Congressional Black Caucus” Rally

    The Israeli bombing of Gaza “was the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back,” said Asantawaa Nkrumuah Ture, an organizer of a “Shame on the CBC” rally set for September 24 in front of the Washington Convention Center, where the Black Caucus opens its annual legislative conference and gala. “It’s well past time for us to hold them accountable.” The protesters want to “start a conversation, nationally,” said Nkrumah Ture, “not only regarding the Black Caucus’ support of apartheid Israel, about also their position on Internet neutrality, their ties with corporate America,” and the CBC’s overwhelming vote, in June, to continue militarization of local police forces.

    Motive: Black. Penalty: Death

    When Duane Buck faced sentencing on a murder conviction in a Houston courtroom, the judge allowed “expert” testimony that Blacks were inherently more dangerous than whites. On August 29, a federal judge called the testimony “repugnant and dangerous,” but upheld the death sentence, anyway. “It is absolutely shocking, it is stunning, it is appalling and it sets a terrifying precedent,” said Christina Swarns, litigation director for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which is handling Buck’s appeal. “This is asking a jury to rely on race to impose a death sentence.”

    New York City Needs Justice, Not More Police Training

    Police Commissioner Bill Bratton defended his “Broken Windows” policing policies before the New York City Council, claiming there’s nothing wrong with the NYPD that $30 million in training and 1,000 more cops can’t cure. Josmar Trujillo, of New Yorkers Against Bratton, disagrees. “The police department is one of the most trained in the world,” said Trujillo. “Training isn’t the issue. The systemic culture of brutality, which is reinforced by institutional racism, is really the conversation we need to be having.”

    Obama Targets Syria, Not ISIS

    President Obama’s bombing offensive in Iraq and Syria “brings humanity closer to world war than we have been, maybe, in 80 years,” said scholar and activist Dr. Anthony Monteiro. Although purportedly aimed at ISIS, Washington is actually targeting the Syrian government, Iran and, ultimately, Russia. Obama’s arming of so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels is a farce, said Monteiro. “There is no ‘moderate’ opposition to the Assad government. It is all extreme, gangster, thuggish militants who are funded by some of the very nations that are part of the ‘coalition of the willing.’” Dr. Monterio is fighting his termination from the African American Studies department at Temple University, in Philadelphia.

    U.S. Proxy Wars Empower Jihadists and Nazis

    “The United States is essentially contracting out its wars” in Libya, Syria and Ukraine, said Eric Draitser, an independent political analyst and publisher of StopImperialism.com. “The proxy wars that the United States has begun all over the world are part and parcel of a larger imperial agenda” dating from U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and Central America. The Islamic State “is a by-product of U.S. foreign policy, just as the Nazis in Ukraine are a by-product of U.S. foreign policy,” said Draitser.

    September Surge in EEOC Case Dismissals

    Every year about this time, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission dismisses tens of thousands of discrimination cases, citing “lack of evidence” and a perennial backlog. “There is no backlog,” said Ricardo Jones, a former chief investigator for the EEOC in New York. “There’s been 15 years of not paying overtime” to deal with legitimate complaints, while the money “has basically gone to managers.”

    Black President Doesn’t Respect Black Culture or History

    Dr. Donald Smith, a founder of the National Alliance of Black School Educators, will be honored at a conference on Education for Liberation in the African American Tradition, in New York, October 10. Dr. Smith said Black history and culture is disappearing from classrooms around the country. “The major challenge begins in the White House, with a president who does not believe in Black culture as being essential to the education, not only of children of African descent, but of all American children,” said Smith.

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    The Treasonous 32: Four-Fifths of Black Caucus Help Cops Murder Their Constituents

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Fully 80 percent of the 40 voting members of the Congressional Black Caucus refused to defund the Pentagon’s militarization of local police departments. That means, 32 Black lawmakers are “conscious collaborators with the Mass Black Incarceration State that dehumanizes, frames, imprisons, humiliates, tortures, maims and kills Black people for a living.”

    Low Voter Turnout Didn't Kill Michael Brown

    A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

    If you believe our black political class, low voter turnout killed Michael Brown. But then it's past Labor Day in an even numbered year, a time when the only discussion, the only question, the only answer our black political class entertains is how to ratify their privileged status with a big black vote. Do their concerns match our needs, or do they meet only their own?

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    Ferguson Demands a New Black Politics

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    If Ferguson represents a new beginning for Black movement politics, then any electoral efforts must aim to “create governments whose promise to the people is to cease cooperating with the machinery that enforces the New Jim Crow.” It emphatically does not mean the Democratic Party, “which has encaged Black politics for roughly the same period as the Mass Black Incarceration State has encaged Black bodies in the world’s largest gulag.”

    Justice Is Served

    by Raymond Nat Turner, BAR Poet-in-Residence

    Justice is served
    A la Carte, chokehold-style, or
    Fifty bullets, forty-one, or one
    Or two well placed headshots
    From killing-machine chefs

    Ferguson and the Islamic State: Two Sides of Malcolm's American Nightmare

    by Danny Haiphong

    The rulers of the United States are duplicitous and racist in both their foreign and domestic policies. “Just as Washington won't admit its complicity in the occupation of the Black community by local police, it certainty will not and cannot admit its complicity in the creation of IS,” the Islamic caliphate.

    What Divides Black America?

    by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

    The eruption of outrage and protest in Ferguson has shown a spotlight on the out-of-touch attitudes and policies of Black political leaders. “When the Black political elite demand ‘change’ in Ferguson or other subjugated corner of this nation, the horizons for what change could look like are exceedingly narrow.”

    To Zombie Civil Rights Organizations: Don't Like Being Called Sellouts? Then Don't Sell Out

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    An August 11 letter published by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson in the newsletter of MMTC, a notorious mouthpiece of corporate telecoms protests that this and other publications, and a growing number of activists have called our traditional civil rights organizations “shills” and “sellouts” for consistently backing the interests of their corporate funders over those of the public they supposedly represent. Is it incivility? Or is it the truth?

    Black Folks are Going Nowhere Until We Discard the Misleadership Class

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The movement in Ferguson has, once again, showed that the Black Misleadership Class acts as the “soft power” for the Mass Black Incarceration State, complimenting the “hard power” of the “world’s most formidable police and prison system.” This perfidious class “rushes to tamp down emotions in places like Ferguson and prevent Blacks from attempting to ‘occupy’ their own communities through genuine civil disobedience or other means.”

    Historically, Black Leaders Supported Palestinians; Why Less So Now?

    by Bryan K. Bullock

    Today's silence by black leaders in the face of Israeli aggression against Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip stands in stark contrast to the historic support of the Palestinians by African and African-American leaders.

    Ferguson Unmasks the War on Black America

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    Corporate media have discovered that the U.S. police are militarized. Maybe next, they will figure out who the domestic military is waging war against. “Since America tells itself and the rest of the world that it does not make war on its own citizens, the war against Black people had to be called something else – a War on Drugs, or simply a War on Crime.”

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    US Conf of Mayors Ferguson Press Release Shows Complicity, Irrelevance of Black Mayors, the Black Political Class

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

    The vapid 5 sentence press release of the US Conference of Mayors on the unfolding police repression in Ferguson MO shows that our black political class is in a world of its own, where all that matters is justifying their positions and careers, not restraining, much less rolling back American's prison state or its brutal police in the least.

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    “Civil Rights” Leaders, Politic365 bloggers, CBC Members Get Paid, the Public Gets Played on Network Neutrality.

    By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Is there any part of the black political class that isn't for sale, or hasn't been already been leased by Comcast, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T or Time-Warner? While the old school politicos at least try to hide the hands of their paymasters, the young guns pretend being a shill is almost an honest living. It's not.

    Is Democrats For Public Education Just a Toothless, Cynical Sound Byte?

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

    Last month the DNC's Donna Brazile announced the formation of Democrats For Public Education. But with their own Democratic president being the chief pusher of school privatization, nobody really imagines Brazile and other top Dems will publicly oppose the White House and the Department of Education. So is DFPE just a cynical sound byte to liven up teacher union rank and file to go door to door for Democrats in the next presidential election?

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    America: Young Black Men Have No Right to Life

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    Over the past 50 years, Black America has gone from fists in the air to arms raised in surrender; from assertion of the right to self-defense, to pleas for sensitivity from militarized police occupiers. Black America has been turned into a vast Constitution-free zone.

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    Black Blogger Revealed as Paid Corporate Hack

    by Yvette Carnell

    With the advent of the Internet, everyone can aspire to become a journalist. Some will use journalism to become shills for power, lobbyists for corporate interests.

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