Black America: Sinking to a New “Bottom”?

black unemployment, then and nowby BAR executive editor Glen Ford
The Black job market is imploding, even as the moneyed classes congratulate themselves on having “turned the corner” toward economic recovery. Alarming Black unemployment patterns indicate that “a perfect storm of racial disadvantage” has occurred. “Virtually nothing prevents the boss from acting out his prejudices and greed with impunity.” There’s nothing “post-racial” about the current crisis for Black workers.

Freedom Rider: Obama’s Lies About Iran

Iran next?by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
The Peace Prize winner in the White House continues to beat the drums of war with Iran, in perfect synch with the corporate media orchestra. “The New York Times was made privy to what has been called a ‘parlor game,’ of ‘Imagining an Israeli Strike on Iran’” – apparently in the spirit of the old motivational slogan, “If you can conceive it, you can achieve it.”

When "Reforming Education" Means Destroying Communities

arne duncanby BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The summary firing of tens or hundreds of thousands of inner city public school teachers in the Obama administration's race to privatize education will wreak havoc on the social and civic life of communities where those public schools are located. These teachers, skilled and highly educated, possess advanced degrees and are often the pillars of their churches and other local bodies. They are the foundation of whatever civic life exists there. Forcing them to go far afield in search of other employment, or adding them to the swelling ranks of the unemployed is the mother of all bad ideas.

DC Rally Organizers: “Arne Duncan Has To Go!”

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The Obama administration is steamrolling the privatization of the U.S. public schools, imposing a corporate model in which there is no place for teachers unions or for “anything resembling community control.” Education chief and Obama buddy Arne Duncan’s public school demolition derby would be denounced by “every progressive force in America” – if he were a Republican.

Burn Hollywood Burn!

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR Editor & Columnist Jared A. Ball, Ph.D.

Hollywood distorts – and whitens – everything it touches. Now, the city of cinematic Euro-fantasies has grabbed onto the story of Winnie Mandela, first lady of the South African liberation movement. “Mandela herself has said she has not been contacted, is not at all in support of the film and is likely to sue.” Best to consign this flick to the bonfire of imperial vanities.

U.S. Pushes for Somalia Offensive, But Settles for Starving Somali Civilians

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR Executive Editor Glen Ford

What's a super-power to do when its puppet is too weak to wage a proxy war on the big guy's behalf? Starve the population, to make the whole country scream. The U.S. used the UN Security Council to sabotage the international body's aid program for Somalia, endangering the lives of millions. So much for Washington's doctrine of “humanitarian intervention.”

One of the World's Best Kept Secrets: Cuban Medical Aid to Haiti

Cuban doctors in Haitiby Emily J. Kirk and John M. Kirk
Consumers of U.S. corporate media were given the impression that the American invasion/disaster relief action was the primary foreign benefactor to Haiti’s hundreds of thousands of earthquake victims. Not so, not by a long shot. Cuba, Venezuela and the neighboring Dominican Republic were first on the scene with the most help, and have committed to building a comprehensive health care system for Haiti.

Israel And Apartheid: By People Who Knew Apartheid

Israel And Apartheid: By People Who Knew Apartheid
Apartheid is an abomination to civilization, and a crime against humanity. That apartheid is the ruling order in Israel is beyond question – just ask those who know the diabolical system best.

A Comeback for Chattel Slavery? Remarkable Revelations from a Top Obama Aide

by Geraldine Winstanley, AN political writer
Hot off the presses: slavery is about to stage a return engagement, by presidential decree. “This and the president’s repeated visits to Africa have helped him develop a sense of slavery’s rich contribution to the development of what he calls ‘this magical place the United States.'”

Dr. King’s Televised Challenge to Obama: Tavis Smiley's Anti-War MLK

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
Since the onset of the Obama phenomenon, Dr. Martin Luther King’s birth and death days have been “polluted” by false and ahistorical comparisons between Obama and MLK. The two men represent opposite political poles: one, a radical opponent of imperial war and concentrated economic power, the other, an ally of Wall Street and commander-in-chief of “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” In focusing on King, the man of peace, Tavis Smiley’s PBS special corrects a history that has been distorted, sometimes beyond recognition – not the least by the revisionist and poseur in the White House.

Shirley Franklin and the Digital Divide: Fronting For Telecoms At TheRoot.Com

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

A March 30 article at The Root lauded former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin for her alleged efforts to bridge the digital divide. But why did its author Kris Broughton fail to ask the former mayor and current corporate operative any informed questions? Why did he fail to mention that the Alliance For Digital Equality is a known PR front group for the powerful telecom industry?  And what else did he forget to tell us?

Freedom Rider: Obama’s CIA

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
Global public opinion has been called the “second superpower” – second only to the United States in capacity to shape world events. But the premiere intelligence agency of the reigning state superpower routinely manipulates world opinion to suit U.S. purposes. The CIA distorts global realities in furtherance of President Obama’s war aims in Afghanistan/Pakistan.

Cultural Genocide: The Drums Fall Silent in Chocolate City

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Jared A. Ball, Ph.D.

Culture is the expression of collective personhood. The culture of Africa's descendants in the U.S. has been demonized, belittled and viewed as a threat ever since the days when slavemasters banned use of the drum. With the wholesale gentrification of urban America, a new wave of cultural ethnic cleansing is underway, as inner city entertainment venues are being closed, and owners of remaining night spots collude to squeeze original artists with substantial and established audiences out of commercial viability. Like coffee, some are too black, too strong.

Dr. Peniel Joseph Peddles Slick Marketing Constructs As “Black History”

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Carter G. Woodson once declared that Harvard had ruined more black minds than bad whiskey. While there might be some dispute about Woodson's numbers, there is no doubt that the tradition still continues. Among Harvard's latest victims to rise to prominence is Dr. Peniel Joseph, whose establishment-friendly narrative of black history legitimizes Barack Obama and similar black politicians as “unforeseen consequences,” and perhaps lineal descendants of the mid 20th century Freedom and Black Power Movements. In truth, they are no more “descendants” of these indigenous popular movements than lung or colon cancers are “descendants” of the people who contract them.


NYC Spends Tens of Millions to Illegally Humiliate Prisoners

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR Executive EditorGlen Ford
Degradation of captives is central to the culture of the American criminal justice system. The City of New York spares no expense to allow jail guards to routinely violate inmates’ rights and court orders through illegal strip searches – a “pattern and practice” that has cost taxpayers at least $81 million.

Mob Rules: Tea Party’s High Noon

by Sikivu Hutchinson
The unfortunately undead lurch out of America’s racial horror houses to reclaim the land for the White Man. Corporate media and the GOP confer respectability to the Old Confederacy’s second coming (did it ever leave?). “The freshly evangelized macho racist right has ensured that its charge of a socialist government expansion is now viewed as a ‘reasonable’ critique.”

BAMN: By Any Means Necessary. An Interview with Detroit's Shanta Driver on April 10 March and Rally Against Obama School Privatization Agenda

A Black Agenda Radio Interview by BAR Executive Editor Glen Ford

One of the Obama administration's clear, if unstated objectives, is to demolish public education in the U.S., and replace it with privatized, often militarized charter schools that put the “free market” and wealthy corporations rather than parents, teachers and communities in charge of education. Converting entire cities to charter schools pits every parent against every other parent in “competitiion” for the limited number of spots in what are supposed to be the best schools, and eliminates the neighborhood school as an anchor point for cooperation and social cohesion. So neighborhood public schools across the nation are being starved of resources to ensure that they can be labeled “failing” and their facilities handed over to charter schools, condominium developers, or whatever the “free market” will bear.

Did a Racist Coup in a Northern Louisiana Town Overthrow its Black Mayor and Police Chief?

waterproof lousianaby Jordan Flaherty
Waterproof, Louisiana, and the region around it may be majority Black, but White Power is determined to prevail by any means necessary. White parish officials replaced the town’s African American mayor and arrested the Black police chief for kidnapping when he placed a lawbreaker under arrest. “They are determined to let you know you have a place and if you don't jump when they say jump you are in trouble.”

Presidential Violence!

still more hopeby C. Uzondu
Few imagined how dangerous a “Black” U.S. presidency could be for Black interests and the prospects for world peace. Barack Obama’s “success” – as it will be judged by those powers with which he has aligned – requires that “we valorize capitalist imperialism, male supremacy, militarism, and white supremacy.”


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