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Dr. Cornel West to March Organizers: Get Off the Obama Plantation

“If Martin Luther King Jr. were to show up” at this month’s commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington, said academic and activist Dr. Cornel West, “what he would say would be so subversive that those on the Obama plantation would be revealed for who they are, which is obsessed with career, obsessed with access, and obsessed with status as opposed to being obsessed with the suffering of poor Black brothers and sisters.” Appearing on the latest edition of Black Agenda Television, Dr. West said Rev. Al Sharpton “and so many others” will not address the New Jim Crow, privatization of education and gentrification because of their ties to the White House. Preacher-educator Michael Eric Dyson and MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry have “become sycophants” of the administration, said West.

Stop-and Frisk Ruling is Blow to Bloomberg and His Top Cop

Last week’s federal court ruling puts Mayor Michael Bloomberg on notice that “you can’t just lump all Black or Latino New Yorkers together with the criminal population of the city and say, We can now stop you because members of your community may have committed crimes in the past,” said Darius Charney, the lead attorney in the class action suit. The decision should also remove Police Commissioner Ray Kelly from consideration to head the Department of Homeland Security, “given his utter disrespect and disregard for people’s fundamental constitutional rights.”

But, Court Keeps Foxes and Wolves in Charge of Henhouse

Although the judge provided a “service” by declaring the NYPD’s practices unconstitutional, said Stop Stop-and-Frisk co-founder Carl Dix, the court’s order “sets up a system through which the NYPD will reform itself with oversight from the federal government.” As Malcolm X advised, 50 years ago, said Dix, “They’re saying that the foxes are going to reform their approach to the chicken coop, and the wolves will oversee that reform in the approach to the chicken coop. What is that going to mean to the chickens?”

Black Federal Employees Blast EEOC

The Coalition for Change (C4C), an organization of minority federal employees, issued an angry rebuttal to an EEOC assessment that workplace discrimination is largely a problem of “perceptions” and “unintentional bias.” The EEOC, said C4C founder Tanya Ward Jordan, “seeks to downplay the pain, anguish, and the attacks that are going on right now under the Obama administration.” Fifty years after the March on Washington, “we still don’t have any measure to hold these managers accountable,” said Jordan. “At the end of the day, even if we are successful in proving our claim, and there is a finding against these public officials, there is no mandatory discipline.”

Huge “Regression” on the Black Education Front

“We are in a period of regression” in the educational arena, said Dr. Donald Smith, a founder of the National Alliance of Black School Educators. Black and Latinos “hardly exist” in the core curriculum being promulgated to public schools throughout the nation. “In fact, if you look at the fifth grade curricular suggestion, not a single writer of African or Hispanic descent is included,” said Dr. Smith. “The gains that we made in attempting to help our people understand our African heritage and how important that heritage is to the strengthening of our students, is being evaporated.”

Left and Secular Supporters of Egyptian Coup Do Great Harm

The military coup in Egypt is a disaster for the country’s people, said Sara Flounders, of UNAC, the United National Anti-War Coalition. “It’s so unfortunate to see, in Egypt and reflected here in the United States, those who because they had differences with the Muslim Brotherhood actually siding with the oppressive arms of the state,” said Flounders. “The revolutionary ferment is now in danger. And those who stood with the military have created the greatest danger, because they disoriented people in a massive way.”

 

Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network is hosted by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. A new edition of the program airs every Monday at 11:00am ET on PRN. Length: One hour.

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As a Communist Black Activist Involved in the Stop & Frisk Case

What's Might be Karl Dix's take on WSWS' 'Spin' RE: 'Stop & Frisk' being more about class than race. Note the following

Federal judge rules against New York City’s stop-and-frisk police practices [@ www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/08/13/stop-a13.html ]: 

} Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin, in a 195-page ruling... found that the tactics of the police constituted “indirect racial profiling.” Nearly 90% of those stopped and searched by the police are young Black or Hispanic men [FYI: white = about 9% of those stopped].

Judge Scheindlin made little attempt to hide her skepticism of the Bloomberg administration’s arguments. She wrote in her opinion that city officials “have turned a blind eye” to the fact that disproportionate numbers of minority youth were stopped by the police for little or no cause, and that the police were thus “conducting stops in a racially discriminatory manner.” About 90% of the stops resulted in neither arrests nor summonses. 

NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly both denied “racial profiling” and praised the NYPD, in Kelly’s words, as “the most racially and ethnically diverse police department in the world.”

While this claim may be exaggerated, it also points to an important side of this case. Racial profiling is a definite element of stop-and-frisk, but the fundamental issue is that of Class, NOT RACE. The police abuse is part of the broader issue of class oppression and inequality. The neighborhoods that are targeted for this brand of policing are the many poor communities throughout the city.

Thus the system personified and represented by Bloomberg blankets working class communities with police who are ordered to intimidate their youth... {

This is the issue w many / most white Marxist-Leninists- even when a policy [IE: 'Stop & Frisk'] is so blatantly & obviously racially biased, they still insist the real issue is class far more so than race- as if issues of class & RACE in the US are NOT more often than NOT thoroughly intertwined.

While WSWS jumped at Bloomberg’s & Kelly’s assertion that NYPD is the most racially diverse of all major urban police Depts- to justify their assertion that the issue has far more to do w class than race- WSWS failed to note that Bloomberg & Kelly insist, even against their own crime data stats, that whites are stopped too often while Blacks & Hispanic are NOT stopped & frisked enough!  Then there’s the proof that the policy is based on [racial] quotas which are supposedly unconstitutional.

Also I don’t think there were any white plaintiffs involved in this case- they’re all Black & Hispanic. Yet WSWS like so many other white Marxist-Leninists have a curious blind stop [or agenda] that insists everything boils-down to class, while insisting that the racism issue is over-blown.  



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