Black Agenda Radio for Week of November 23, 2015

Black Agenda Radio for Week of November 23, 2015

ISIS and the White Lives Matter Movement

Although civilians in Nigeria, Iraq and Syria have suffered the highest casualties from jihadist terror, these crimes “get no attention, especially because in most of these tragedies Western governments are the primary responsible parties, said Ajamu Baraka, an editor and columnist for Black Agenda Report and a founder of the U.S. Human Rights Network. Baraka authored an article in the current issue of BAR titled “The Paris Attacks and the White Lives Matter Movement.” Most Europeans and Euro-Americans exhibit an “inability to recognize the humanity of other people” – a form of psychopathology, said Baraka. ”They advance the notion that they are the upholders of a humanitarian tradition, while at the same time are responsible for the most horrific acts known in human history.”

Black Power Through Sustainable Development

Activists with Cooperation Jackson looked forward to joining huge demonstrations in Paris, later this month, to influence United Nations negotiations about climate change and to promote their Jackson Just Transition Plan to create environment-friendly employment in predominantly Black Jackson, Mississippi. However, French authorities have declared a state of emergency. Cooperation Jackson spokesman Kali Akuno said Black Power has everything to do with sustainable development. “In the 21st century, I don’t think there’s anywhere else for many of us in the United States to go,” said Akuno. “None of the other industries are producing anything that is going to employ us very intensely. We have to realize that the masses of Black people are completely disposable to this system, and we have to come up with the concrete alternatives, ourselves.”

Protestors Mark Anniversary of Tamir Rice’s Murder

Stop Mass Incarceration Network activists confronted Cleveland’s mayor and disrupted traffic on a major thoroughfare to mark the date, a year ago, when a white cop shot to death 12 year-old Tamir Rice. The local district attorney accused Rice’s mother of having “economic motives” for demanding justice for her son. “For this district attorney to impugn anybody’s motive is beyond disgusting,” said Network co-founder Carl Dix. “This is a guy who’s heading a secret grand jury process who has leaked three reports that say the police who murdered Tamir Rice were justified in doing so.” The cops shot the child two seconds after arriving at the park where he’d been playing with a toy gun. “They charged at him like they were some Wild West gunslingers who had their prey in their sights,” said Dix.

Bill and Hillary Clinton Might Face Indictment

In an article in Harpers magazine, investigative reporter Ken Silverstein predicted that newly-released Clinton Foundation tax returns could get Bill, Hillary and daughter Chelsea indicted on money laundering and influence peddling charges. “As secretary of state she paid particular attention to Clinton Foundation donors,” said Silverstein. Now, after years of filing false returns, “the shit is hitting the fan” for the former – and possibly future – First Couple.

Cuban Official Remembers Jim Crow

Kenia Serrano, president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship of the People, spends much of her time greeting visitors to her island nation. But, this month she led a Cuban delegation on a tour of U.S. cities, starting with New York, where she expressed pride in the great changes the Revolution has made in the lives of the people, especially Black Cubans. “In Cuba, we have a Fifth Avenue similar to the one in New York City. Black people couldn’t walk on Fifth Avenue” in Havana. “Before the triumph of the Revolution, Black people could not work in the banks.” Even the “mulatto” Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista “was not allowed to go to the bourgeois clubs in Cuba,” said Serrano.



“Black Lives Matter” Groups Hoping for a Big Payday

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

This week, the billionaires that fund the Democratic Party and its satellite organizations will decide which of the “Black Lives Matter” groups will get paid to lead the Black “movement.” The #BlackLivesMatter network and Campaign Zero are eminently qualified for funding, having “already been accorded the status and privileges of constituent Democratic Party organizations.” Who else will make the corporate cut?

Freedom Rider: Solidarity and the International League of Peoples Struggles

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

It’s the age-old question: since the rich are so few, how do they oppress the rest of us, the many? One answer is that the masses are disorganized. “The purveyors of violence and theft depend upon a lack of solidarity and common ground experienced by people around the world.” The International League of People’s Struggles knows that “no American president will change from an imperialist course unless mass movements are coordinated on every continent.”

The Paris Attacks and the White Lives Matter Movement

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

The white world views French victims of ISIS as more valuable – more human – than the thousands of Arabs, Kurds and Africans murdered in terror attacks, or the billions of people exploited, enslaved and exterminated by Europeans over the past five centuries. “The ‘lie of white supremacy’ has distorted the personalities, lives and the very ability of many white people to grasp reality.” France is anything but innocent. Neither is the U.S.

Baltimore Study Sheds Light on Bankers’ Scheme To Expel Blacks from the City

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Banks in Baltimore “have condemned the Black sections of town to a death spiral of social and physical deterioration” as a matter of corporate policy, while continuing to issue mortgages that stabilize low income white neighborhoods in the city. The banks are the most important institutional players in the Black dispersal and white gentrification process: “When Black neighborhoods are killed, the banks make a killing.”


Following the Underground Railroad: A Black Man Seeks Asylum in Canada

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

Ever since the founding of the United States, many Black people have clung tightly to their claim to citizenship in the racist Republic. However, Kyle Canty, a Black man from Oregon, is seeking asylum from U.S. white supremacist violence in Canada. In doing so, “he has disturbed the centuries-long premise of unconditional African-American commitment to American citizenship – regardless of the intensity of oppression.”

Paris Terror Attacks Are French Chickens Coming Home to Roost, Predictable Blowback of France's Recent and Historic Murderous Misadventures Around the World

by the Real News Network

Glen Ford explains that terror attacks against French civilians are chickens come home to roost, the predictable blowback of centuries of French imperial war and colonial oppression, and of recent French participation as junior partner in the US fomented oil and resource wars in the Middle East and around the world, in which countless nonwhite, non-French civilians have perished, with little public notice.

Weaponized Condolences of a Warfare State

By BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner

Terror attacks against French civilians have become the excuse du jour for the US surveillance state, for ramping up drone murders of other civilians, and military boots on the ground everywhere from Syria to south Philly.

Zionism, Anti-Blackness, and the Struggle for Palestine: Jemima Pierre on the Boycott

by Jemima Pierre

The lynching of an African at an Israeli bus station, last month, was no isolated incident. The Eritrean immigrant was shot, kicked and beaten to death “just because of his skin color.” Last year, an “Israeli man stabbed an eighteen-month-old Eritrean girl in the head with scissors as she was being held in her mother’s arms at the Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv” – more evidence that Zionism is “an explicit racial project.”

NATO and the Dangerous Escalation of US imperialism

by Danny Haiphong

If World War III comes, NATO will likely be the source of the conflagration. “The parasitic rulers of the imperial system have calculated that a march to war with Russia and China is a necessary precondition to US dominance.” NATO has become imperialism’s global strike force. “The NATO-backed destabilization of Libya provided the blueprint for the current proxy war in Syria.”

Beirut, Baghdad and Paris: The Colonial Racialized Hierarchy of Terrorism's Victims

by Sukant Chandan

When French, British or U.S. citizens die in terror attacks, the victims are humanized. However, when the West slaughters people of color, the victims are anonymous. ISIS behaves similarly. “The common thread between European racism and these assymetric mirror reflections of them is that certain categories of people are worthy of humanity, and then there are other groups of people who are expendable, who can be massacred without trace or justice.”

I’ve Already Seen This Movie: Eritrea and the “War by Media”

by Daniel Wedi Korbaria

A U.S.-scripted drama demonizes Eritrea as a world-class “human rights” violator whose citizens are fleeing for their lives to Europe. The Europeans, on U.S. orders, create the human flood by “granting political asylum to Eritreans...beckoning more and more unfortunate people from all over Africa, especially Ethiopians, who of course declare to be Eritreans upon entry to Europe.” Justice demands a “Nuremberg trial of the Press.”

The People Demand Treatment for Mumia and 10,000 PA Inmates Suffering from Hepatitis C

by Marilyn Kai Jewett

Legions of labor leaders, elected officials and health professionals demand that Pennsylvania prison officials immediately begin treating Mumia Abu Jamal and approximately 10,000 other state prison inmates suffering from the Hepatitis C virus. The nation’s best known political prisoner nearly died earlier this year, and “faces an increasingly serious risk of suffering from fibrosis and cirrhosis, liver cancer, complications of his diabetes and eventual death.”

Rewind: Is Jazz America’s Greatest Artform?

by Julian Cola

The United States is expert at expropriating other people’s property: land, bodies and culture. It has expropriated jazz, alienating the art form from the people that created it, who are blandly labeled “Americans.” “This citizenry tag name, seemingly innocent and harmless at first sight, wholly dismisses the sociopolitical minefield in which these artists mastered their craft.”

Black Mis-Leadership Vs. African Revolutionaries: White Supremacy Elevates One, While Trying to Suppress the Other

by Solomon Comissiong

Black politicians (who are almost all Democrats) have no principles, no ambitions other than to “build their shacks of power within the Democratic Party’s political plantation.” Brainwashed Black Democrats care nothing for the universal values of social justice and peace. “Whenever a Republican wages an imperialist war black people protest, however when a Democrat does it, they exhaust every avenue to find an excuse for those wars.”

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Prison Reformers Distort Facts to Make Obama Look Good

In 2013, President Obama’s Justice Department went into federal court to prevent the retroactive reduction in prison sentences for people convicted under the old crack cocaine laws. The case was U.S. v. Blewett. As a result, about 6,000 inmates were forced to spend additional years in prison. However, according to members of The Sentencing Project, a highly respected prison reform organization, President Obama should not be blamed for keeping thousands of offenders incarcerated under an admittedly racist law. “That was a decision made by lawyers studying constitutional law and applying that in a specific case,” said Sentencing Project advocacy counsel Jeremy Haile, at a telephone press briefing to push for passage of another bill that would – finally! – retroactively scale back crack cocaine sentences. BAR executive editor Glen Ford said Obama seemed to have one prison policy for the public, and another for the courts. “You certainly could make that interpretation,” replied Robert Craemer, a political consultant for the Sentencing Project. But, “whatever sins there may have been in the past, I think they are definitely committed” to passage of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, now before the U.S. Senate. “I’ve been told that by people at the very top of the administration – the White House,” said Craemer.

Black Is Back Coalition Holds Conference at Howard U.

The Russians are correct to help the Syrian government defend itself against U.S.-backed jihadists, said Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations. The Coalition held a national conference at Howard University’s Blackburn Center, under the theme “Black Power Matters.” Much of the event focused on global developments. The U.S. “has funded every criminal with a gun and a bomb in the Middle East,” said Coalition chairman Omali Yeshitela. “The modern jihad that people are so upset about was created by the Carter regime” nearly 40 years ago.

Margaret Kimberley, senior columnist for Black Agenda Report, said Black people need to build a movement with a global perspective. “It’s Putin who has proved beyond any doubt that the United States was lying about wanting to get rid of ISIS,” she said. “We talk about Black Power mattering. But, if we don’t speak against imperialism then we’re not talking about the whole picture.”

One of the Coalition’s principal demands is Black Community Control of the Police. “It’s a demand that calls for the dismantling of the occupation army that the Black Panther Party identified and described back in 1966,” said BAR executive editor Glen Ford. However, much of the new crop of Black activists “don’t know the meaning of the word ‘demand.’ Movements are defined by their demands, and to that extent, the two factions that go under the heading BlackLivesMatter network and Campaign Zero have dropped out of the movement and dropped – or jumped, or leaped – into the Democratic Party.”

Herdosia Bentum, president of the International Uhuru Movement, who hails from Ferguson, Missouri, is coordinating a campaign to charge the U.S. with domestic genocide against Afrikans. The project involves knocking on lots of doors. “The most important thing as an organizer is going to those houses and sitting down and talking to people,” said Bentum. “Because, they understand that one of the biggest crimes is poverty.”


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.

This Ain’t Your Grandfather’s Civil Rights Movement

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Shaun King and others like to compare today’s incipient movement to the civil rights era. But that’s a mistake. Today’s youth confront “a profoundly post-civil rights phenomenon”: the Mass Black Incarceration State, a national project that was created as a response to the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements. Black folks in the early Sixties appealed to the feds for protection. Today, the feds are the ones who will take you out.

What Good Are Our Black Politics When 3 of Every 8 Black Children Under 6 Are in Poverty?

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

The newest wave of so-called movement activists have lots to say about institutional racism, but as Glen Ford has pointed out, they have few concrete demands beyond their own inclusion in the pantheon of recognized black leadership. With 3 of every 8 black children in the US live in poverty, black family wealth a tenth what it was a decade ago, isn't it time to confront the corporate power, the government, the state?


Freedom Rider: The New York Times Covers Up American Role in Refugee Suffering

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Like its corporate media cousins, the New York Times uses the global refugee crisis to spread propaganda on behalf of the U.S. government, which created the crisis in the first place. The Times scrupulously omits the facts of U.S. complicity in destroying the displaced people’s homelands, while pretending to empathize with the refugee’s plight. It is journalism in service of Power, not Truth.

The Corporate Media is Never Your Friend

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

After bringing the University of Missouri to its knees, Black students wanted some privacy in a “black space,” away from the peering eyes and suspect motives of the media. Media does, however, have its privileges. When Black activists and their allies challenged media privilege, their heroic struggle against racism was instantly downgraded to the actions of a “mob.”


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