A Year Into the Obama Presidency, High Black Expectations Have Not Been Met

A full year after the swearing in of the nation's first black president, notes Glen Ford, African American expectations are far from being met.  Still, it will take a good while before many African Americans can begin to distance themselves from their First Black President. BAR Executive Editor Glen Ford is interviewed by Paul Jay of the Real News Network.

Haiti, Katrina, and Why I Won't Give To Haiti Through the Red Cross

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

At Katrina, the Red Cross used funds generously donated by millions of Americans to disperse tens of thousands of black New Orleans residents to the four corners of the continental US, knowing it was very unlkely they would ever be allowed to return.  If the Red Cross didn't respect the persons, the families, the communities of black US citizens, do we really imagine it will respect Haitians?  And why should we believe Wyclef Jean about much of anything?

Living a Black Fantasy: The Obama Delirium Effect

your presidentby Glen Ford
Barack Obama’s presence in the White House is bad for Black people’s mental health. Even as the African American economic condition deteriorates by the day, Blacks perceive a world in which their prospects are improving. Something did change for the better for Black people in 2009. The problem is, it only happened in their minds.

Haiti 2010: An Unwelcome Katrina Redux

cynthiaby Cynthia McKinney
The United States, having stolen so much from Haiti, now dictates what and when foreign aid will reach the Haitian people. Haitians know that their independence is their greatest treasure. “Haitians know, too, that the United States has installed its political proxies and even its own soldiers onto Haitian soil when the U.S. felt it was necessary.”

US Humanitarian Aid Looks More Like US Invasion

military in haitiA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

If everything the United States does appears to be related to its imperial mission, that's because it's true. The “U.S. policy of putting the military in charge of, not only disaster relief, but foreign assistance in general, is an outgrowth of the collapse of the Soviet Union.” The attitude is, “If they want American aid, they'll have to accept the U.S. military presence.”

NAACP Sells Out “Civil Rights” to Net Neutrality

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
Without the effective right to communicate with one's fellow humans, all other rights disappear. In opposing internet neutrality in return for corporate telecom money, the NAACP and other so-called civil rights groups have committed an unforgivable “theft of the people's trust.”

Court Finds Deliberate Discrimination by NYC Fire Dept and Mayor

fdnyA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

The civil rights movement may be moribund, but civil rights law still yields results. New York City, behaving like many of its citizens in claiming that it should not be found guilty of discrimination unless it can be proved that it intended to discriminate, loses the argument in federal court. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act lives.

Why the U.S. owes Haiti billions: The briefest history

by Bill Quigley
At every stage in Hait's national existence, she has been drained, squeezed and violated by the United States. “The U.S. has worked to break Haiti for over 200 years. We owe Haiti. This is not charity. This is justice. This is reparations.”

No, Mister! You Cannot Share My Pain!

John Maxwellby John Maxwell
French and Americans have conspired to humiliate and exploit Haiti throughout the history of the world's first Black republic. Now, in this time of catastrophe, they claim special relationships based on shared history. What outrageous, profane nonsense – as if the victim and perpetrator of atrocity share some bond that should be treasured.

Eshu's blues: Pat Robertson, the U.S. Ruling Class and Haiti

you know what this meansby michael hureaux perez

African Americans who want to help Haiti – and improve Black people's condition worldwide – “need to reclaim our own independent black agency and move accordingly.” Our own unique perspective on the world should enable us “to see that what delays the rescue effort in Haiti is the same bloody business-centered indifference that was visited upon tens of thousands of our people in New Orleans five years ago.

Untold Stories: Haiti, White Supremacy, US Foreign Policy and Corporate Media

more on haitiby Solomon Comissiong
The U.S. corporate media have a difficult time covering the Haiti catastrophe. “Haiti's poverty and economic desolation were largely made-in-America,” an inconvenient fact to transmit to American audiences. Corporate media's “job is to invoke pity, confusion, and ignorance, as well as to uphold the benevolence of white supremacy.”

Ten Things the US Can and Should Do for Haiti

by Bill Quigley
The humanitarian catastrophe in Haiti must not be allowed to further harm the dignity and sovereignty of that nation’s people. The American superpower, which has repeatedly violated Haiti’s national rights for two centuries, can act like a civilized country for a change, at this time of grave crisis.

Tavis Smiley Ends State of Black American Union Show, Continues Media Lockdown of Obama's Black Left Critics

State of the Black UnionTavis Smiley announced on January 6 that the annual State of the Black Union event, held in early February for the last ten years, will not be held this year. His public reasons are vague and unconvincing. The real deal is that corporate media, the Democratic party and the Obama administration cannot tolerate the emergence of public leftward pressure from Black America. So the black conversation that SOBU showcased over the last decade must be silenced.

Freedom Rider: Harold Ford Returns

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
He was the George Bush crowd’s favorite Democrat, and he loved them back. Harold “The Prince” Ford, Jr. “never missed an opportunity to score political points by throwing black people under the bus.” Ford sucked up to neo-Confederates and falsely claimed that his grandmother was actually a white woman. If his billionaire supporters have their way, New Yorkers will get to decide if they want “a right wing, pro-life, anti-gay marriage” senator who did his best to privatize Social Security.

Black Mass Incarceration: The Big Payback, a BAR Interview with Michelle Alexander. Part 2 of 2

Part One of this interview appeared here, in the January 6 issue of BAR. On January 20, BAR will begin publishing excerpts from The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness [The New Press].

How Harold Ford Blazed the Trail For Barack Obama

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
Poor Harold Ford. Having created the model of a right-wing, corporate Black Democratic politician in search of a national podium, he was eclipsed by the more talented Barack Obama. But the backing of a few billionaires changes all the odds in 21st century America, where the “corporate boardroom is the equivalent of Hollywood's casting couch.”

The Twilight of Black Harlem

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
Greater Harlem is now less Black “than at any time since the 1920s,” with African Americans making up only 4 in 10 residents. Galloping gentrification is a “racial as well as economic crime,” predicated on the historical devaluation of Black life, nationwide. “Poor Blacks are considered the human equivalent of blight, while affluent whites are treated as precious resources.”

From Prison Inmates to Would-be Lawyers, Black Prospects Are Dimming

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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The election of a Black president aside, white determination to hang on to skin privilege may be on the increase. California's governor proposes to cut prison costs through privatization, while refusing to release a single inmate. And despite steadily improving grades and test scores, law schools are enrolling fewer Black and brown students.

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