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    VP Joe Biden Accidentally Tells A Little of the Awful Truth

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Vice President Joe Biden was forced to apologize to Arab emirs and kings for blaming them for arming and funding the Islamic State. He neglected to mention his own boss’s complicity. “Biden spoke from a state of deep denial, a visceral refusal to accept that the United States is no longer capable of controlling the chaos it has inflicted on the Middle East.”

    Eric Holder’s Damnable Legacy: Impunity for the Rich and the Death of Due Process

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    “Eric Holder and his boss have done incalculable damage to the life prospects of Black people.” Nevertheless, African Americans are eager to give high marks to a man who has demolished due process and the rule of law and given the white filthy rich impunity from prosecution. Holder has also “helped set the stage for a new wave of assaults on urban Blacks and their electoral rights as a class” through his assent to disenfranchisement of Detroit.

    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.”

    The Democratic Party Should Lose its "Lesser Evil" Privileges

    by Danny Haiphong

    Desperate to keep control of the Senate, the Democrats are appealing to Blacks and others whose interests they have routinely betrayed. The political monopoly of the two business parties traps the non-rich classes in a dead end. “Workers and oppressed people must choose between the imperatives both Parties agree upon or accept prevailing social conditions.” Whichever side wins, the people lose.

    "Celebrating Hispanic Heritage" is Latino For "No Democrat Is Safe"

    by Roberto Lovato

    Candidate Barack Obama promised Latino voters an accessible road to citizenship for the undocumented. He has delivered 2 million deportations, and with his Latino enablers, nearly as many excuses. Will Hispanic Heritage Month be the time to call out the Latino political class for being just about as venal, slavish and useless as the black political class?

    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.’”

    Cities of Opportunity? When Walmart and a Mayor Meet

    by Seth Sandronsky

    The Black mayor of Sacramento, California, claims he runs an Opportunity City. But Kevin Johnson solicits big dollars from Wal-Mart, the anti-union megacorp, which is also a sponsor of his wife, Michelle Rhee, the fire-breathing hit-woman for school privatization. Opportunities for whom?

    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.”

    Freedom Rider: Liar in a Tan Suit

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    President Obama behaves as if he lives in an alternative universe, one in which ISIS and other jihadists in Syria were not armed and funded by the U.S. and its allies, and Russian-speaking Ukrainians did not rise up of their own volition against the fascist takeover in Kiev. Russian President Putin seems like a great leader, in comparison, if only because he speaks in the language of reality.

    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

    Justice Dept Refuses For 20 Years To Comply With Federal Law Requiring It To Gather National Police Brutality Stats

    A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

    A 1994 law requires the Justice Dept to gather national status on excessive violence by police. So why have Attorneys General under the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations refused to gather the info? Why does the Obama Justice Department ignore this law while it resurrects a century-old espionage statute to prosecute truth telling whistleblowers and reporters? The president and attorney general know what side they're on. Do we?

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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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    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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    Time For The CBC and our Black Political Class Denounce Apartheid and Ethnocracy in Israel-Palestine

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    The contradiction between the supposed origin of our black political class out of the struggle against Jim Crow and its collaboration with Israeli apartheid can't be resolved. We can only save the good name of our own people by calling out the black US collaborators with apartheid, holding them up to derision and ridicule, by sustaining a storm of disapproval and opprobrium until they and the ethnocratic regime in Israel are no more. 

    Why Our Black Political Class is Paralyzed and Silent on Gaza Massacres and Israeli Apartheid

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    How did the NAACP wrap up its national conference this weekend without saying a mumbling word about the genocidal bombing of Gaza? Why did Moral Monday's Rev. Barber appear on HBO's Real Time with notorious Islamaphobe Bill Maher and not speak to the morality of apartheid in Israel? Why are the black political class and the black church, invisible on the invasion of Gaza and the fact of Israeli ethnocracy in general?

    Obama’s Hot War

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    The deeper the U.S. slips into economic decline, the higher it ratchets up the pace and stakes of armed conflict. Washington appears to have crossed some kind of Rubicon, to embark “on a mad, scorched earth policy to terrorize the planet into submission through relentless escalation into a global state of war.”

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    Why Elections Still Matter, Except When They Don't

     

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Martin Luther King once talked about how a black person in the south was unable to vote, while one in the north had nothing to vote for.  50 years later, the south as become the north too.  The two capitalist parties have gamed and subverted the electoral process to exclude real opposition and to make it meaningless, except for bestowing legitimacy upon their stooges.  So why and when to elections still matter for the left, and when not?

    What Black Lobbyists & CBC Members Mean When They Say “We Are Not A Monolith”

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

    When I hear the word monolith I think of the mumbling, floating slab of rock left behind by ancient extra terrestrials in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Are black lobbyists & CBC members being mistaken for alien artifacts? If not, what does “we are not a monolith” mean in the mouths of black faces in high places?

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    Ta-Nehisi Coates, Blackwashing, the Reparations Brand, and a Last Refuge For Scoundrels

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

    No sensible person should doubt the fundamental justice of arguments for reparations for the historic crimes of slavery, Jim Crow, and today's prison state. Accomplishing reparations would require a massive political realignment. But is reparations today a political movement, or is it an empty brand available for African American public figures in need of a little blackwashing?

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    Gridlock (Once Again) Rescues Social Security from Obama and the GOP

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    Republican refusal to accept Barack Obama as a Grand Bargain partner has once again saved Social Security from cuts desired by both the White House and the GOP. Liberals are congratulating themselves, but gridlock is the real hero.

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    Barack Obama, the State of the Union and the Prison State

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    For a generation now, predatory policing, the war on drugs and the prison state have been government's most frequent intersection with young black Americans. The gossip before this year's State of the Union was that the president would now do by executive order all those good things Republicans have blocked him on the last 3 years. Does that include reining in or rolling back the prison state? Should we hold our collective breath?

    Do Democrats and President Obama Really Want to Raise the Minimum Wage?

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

    $10.10 an hour isn't much of a raise, but it's better than a sharp stick in the eye. The truth is that rhetoric about “passing a jobs bill”, “universal pre-K” and raising the minimum wage are things Democrats dust off to reinforce their brand, only when when Republicans are in a position to block them. That makes them branding exercises, not political deeds they intend to accomplish.

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    Cory Booker Hits Senate Just in Time to Vote for Private School Vouchers

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker began his political career as an advocate of publicly funded vouchers for private schools – a position that put him at the far right of the political spectrum. Today, private school vouchers remain a largely Republican domain, but Booker will find it hard to avoid supporting a vouchers bill sponsored by a senator from Tennessee.

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    The Obama Legacy, Part 1 of Many: Why Secret Trade Negotiations? Because TPP & TAFTA are NAFTA on Crack & Evil Steroids

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Thanks to WikiLeaks, a chapter of the secret agreement being negotiated by the White House has been made public. It will enshrine corporate profits as sacred rights, above the ability of local governments to make health, safety, wage, and “buy-local” regulations, and enable corporations to patent drugs, trivial techniques, diseases and living organisms.

    Progressive Sheepdogs, Democrat Sheep: Broken Promises & the Minimum Wage

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    If President Obama and his party didn't even try to deliver on their 2008 campaign promise of a minimum wage hike when they had the White House and both houses of Congress on lockdown in 2010 and 2011, what does their sudden rediscovery of the minimum wage mean now, when they know they can move nothing through Congress?  Are they and their sheepdogs, the so-called “progressive Democrats” just yanking our chain again?

    The Honey Obadger: He Don’t Give a Shit

    by Randy Shields

    “Honey obadger has a silver tongue, really big ears for hearing everything said everywhere in the world, lives (politically) almost exclusively on killing Muslims and blends in well with whatever people want to believe they’re seeing.”

    Dr. King Was A Man, “The Dreamer” Is A Zombie

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Gary Younge points out that King's “I Have A Dream” speech wasn't offered as the penultimate moment of his career till after his death. Those who offer it were the same corporate media honchos who first elevated, then slimed and slandered King the last year of his life. “The Dreamer” too is their construct, as far from the man who lived and died as an ordinary person from a brain-eating zombie.

    Obama and GOP Speak Same Language: Corporate Tax Cuts = Jobs

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    President Obama, like his Republican colleagues, says the word “jobs” when he really means “corporate tax cuts.” He lectured in the same Corp-Speak in Chattanooga, where he told low-wage workers how wonderful their bosses are, and what economic miracles could be accomplished by lavishing corporations with “incentives” to do the right thing.

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    Political Crossover: The Troubling Emergence of "Black Reaganism"

    by Colin Jenkins

    The nation’s top Black Reaganite is quite open about his admiration for “The Gipper.” President Obama takes every opportunity to praise his racist, reactionary predecessor, and to emulate his politics. So do lots of Democrats of all colors. The truth is, “Reaganism never really left – it merely flowed through the pipelines of neoliberalism.”

    Obama-Inspired Surrender of Black Leadership Makes Real Criminal Code Reform, Mass Incarceration Rollback Unlikely

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    There's a House Judiciary Committee Task Force on Overcriminalization committed to combing through the federal code looking for ways to lock up fewer people. Should we get our hopes up, or get our fight for justice and rolling back the state on? Will the black misleadership class be any help? Probably not much. Should that stop us? Let's hope not.

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