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by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
Four white San Jose State University students who assaulted a Black teenager for nearly two months have been charged only with misdemeanors, when their crimes actually constitute “felonious battery, terroristic threats, and kidnapping.” The corporate media portrayed the “racist assaults and threats of lynching as nothing more than white rites of adolescent passage” – like “hazing” and “bullying.”
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
“A culture that celebrates the annihilation of whole peoples, casually and without guilt or introspection, is devoid of human values at its very core.” Ultimately, such a society turns against itself. It’s not a sudden madness, but a long history of mass murder come full circle.
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by BAR contributing editor Tamara K. Nopper
Writer and activist L. V. Gaither wasn't surprised to discover three Black faces in a photo of the crowd that watched the lynching of Jesse Washington in Waco, Texas, in 1916. "I was expecting [to find] them," said Gaither, whose new book explores the capitulation of some Blacks to lynchings, "legal" and otherwise. Black leadership vacillates on the issue of capital punishment, partly in hope of sparing "Blacks en masse from being suspected and condemned as criminal," but also to diffuse threats of armed rebellions that might endanger deals that have been struck with the white power structure.