For Blacks, Economic ‘Reversal’ Began in 2000

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Black America has
experienced a "Reversal of Fortune" since roughly the time George Bush entered
the White House. What African Americans need is "a strategy for Black
full employment," rather than a generalized policy that "masks racial
disparities."
 
To listen to this Black Agenda Radio commentary, click the flash player below.
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Bailout Lesson: Capital Crisis Will Wreck Both Parties

by BAR executive editor
Glen Ford
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The crisis of finance capital has thrown both
big business parties into extreme disarray and split the Congressional Black
Caucus right down the middle. "In the aftermath of Monday's bloody siege, it
was difficult to tell who Wall Street guns-for-hire John McCain and Barack
Obama hated most: each other, or the citizens who despite their outraged
confusion had the presence of mind to bar the doors to the national treasury."
As the Obama-McCain-Bush-Pelosi Axis struggles to serve a common master, "the
rest of us must fashion new institutions to perform the societal tasks that
were purportedly the domain of the now-extinct investment bankers."

Zimbabwe And The Battle of Ideas

mugabe2by Netfa Freeman

To hear the American and European corporate
media tell it, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is the worst villain since
Hitler. These same corporate organs - and their governments and ruling classes
- love the opposition Movement for Democratic Change more than they ever did
the liberation movements that fought colonialism and imperialism on the
continent. The author methodically confronts the torrent of propaganda that
demonizes Mugabe while hailing Africans that are funded by and do service to
rich European and American corporations.

Supreme Court To Decide Fate of Troy Davis: Does Innocence Matter?

by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon

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Tuesday, with less than two hours left till his scheduled execution, The US Supreme Court intervened in the case of Troy Anthony Davis of Savannah GA.  Davis was convicted of murder in the killing of a policeman in 1989.  But since then seven of the nine non-police witnesses have recanted their stories, all alleging threats and coercion from prosecutors and/or police. The question raised by the campaign to free Troy Davis, which the Supreme Court will decide soon --- does innocence matter?

Death Rattles of a Criminal Class

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The parasitic investment bankers are dead as engines of healthy development, and should be left in their coffins. "Incapable of organizing money in ways that can even sustain itself, much less promote productive economic value and growth," Wall Street specializes in creating bubbles that threaten the economic security of the nation. Should the two business parties attempt to resuscitate the criminal-minded investment "banksters," they risk killing off "what's left of the productive part of the U.S. economy." What's need is a "public mega-development corporation, funded in amounts rivaling that which the banksters are attempting to steal."

SATs Stymie Race and Class Mobility

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 Standardized test scores for college entrance "appear to calcify differences based on class, race/ethnicity and parental educational attainment," says a national organization of college admissions counselors. In other words, SAT-type tests reward privilege. "That's not a meritocracy - it's a caste system."
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Freedom Rider: Ruling Class Bailed Out

FR_WallStreetPeopleby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The "worst criminals in the nation," who answered to no one as they daily stole billions from financial institutions and the society at large, would be given dictatorial powers in the trillion dollar attempt to clean up their mess of crimes. Major party opposition hardly exists. "The Democrats endlessly repeat the grotesque mantra that the sky will fall unless the people who cooked up schemes to enrich themselves at the expense of humanity are let off with impunity." In the end, "Barack Obama will act in the same way as McCain. He has said as much."

Zimbabwe and the Battle of Ideas

by Netfa Freemanmugabe2

To hear the American and European corporate
media tell it, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is the worst villain since
Hitler. These same corporate organs - and their governments and ruling classes
- love the opposition Movement for Democratic Change more than they ever did
the liberation movements that fought colonialism and imperialism on the
continent. The author methodically confronts the torrent of propaganda that
demonizes Mugabe while hailing Africans that are funded by and do service to
rich European and American corporations.

Harlem: The Last Frontier

 

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by Shannon Joyce Prince

A new survey shows many whites think Blacks are
"complainers." But the most irksome complainers are those whites that move into
places like Harlem and demand the neighborhood be changed to suit their needs
and tastes. Some "white new-Harlemites...have an attitude of entitlement and
imperialism." But the New York Times feels their pain, although the
paper "would never publish an article about non-whites moving into white
suburbs and being shocked by the prolific crime and drug use."

Zimbabwe and the Battle of Ideas

by Netfa Freemanmugabe2

To hear the American and European corporate
media tell it, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is the worst villain since
Hitler. These same corporate organs - and their governments and ruling classes
- love the opposition Movement for Democratic Change more than they ever did
the liberation movements that fought colonialism and imperialism on the continent. The author
methodically confronts the torrent of propaganda that demonizes Mugabe while
hailing Africans that are funded by and do service to rich European and
American corporations.

South Africa: Whose Liberation Was It?

ZumaThabo Mbeki, under
whose leadership South Africa set about to create a class of Black
millionaires, is out as the ruling African National Congress leader. It's now
time to get on with the revolution, left too long unfinished. We shall see if
more militant actors "have the courage and ideas to create real change at the
bottom."
Click the flash player below to hear this Black Agenda Radio commentary.
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Deep Racism Revealed in Poll

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Barack Obama will
have to run very, very well in the polls to stand a chance of overcoming
deep-seated white prejudice.  "One-third
of white Democrats displayed negative feelings towards African Americans, as
did 40 percent of all white Americans" - including lots of whites who claim
they plan to vote for Obama, according to a new AP/Yahoo survey.
 
Click the flash player below to hear this Black Agenda Radio commentary.
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The Financial Crisis: Seize the Time!

by
Cynthia McKinney
McKinney

As the Federal Reserve becomes the
"lender of last resort," it should also mean that "the people" become "the
owners of the primary instruments of U.S. capital and finance." Green Party
presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney declares: "We the people must now set
our demands to ensure and promote the public good." Technical public ownership
of finance behemoths like Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac is not enough: The people
must seize the time "to introduce
fundamental changes in the way the U.S. economy and its political stewards
operate."

FCC Spreads Digital Disinformation on TV Transition

by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon

Thanks to corporate media's longstanding refusal to report on itself, along with a multimillion dollarFCC_Logo_Symbol333 campaign of public disinformation paid for by the FCC on behalf of commercial broadcasters, high-def TV and converter boxes are all most of know about the switch to digital TV. Last Monday, September 8, Wilmington NC became the first community in the nation to cease analog TV broadcasting and switch entirely to digital. Existing broadcasters gathered to rejoice at the prospect of hundrds of new digital channels which they receive free of charge, with no noticeable public interest obligations, and for which they don't even have programming.

BALLGAME!

7_foot_poet_upright_250wideby Kemet Mawakana, a.k.a the Seven Foot Poet
 
What's the difference between sports fans and some of the people who frequent side shows, zoos, freak shows, wax museums and Ripley's Believe It Or Not?  And what does it mean to be a fan, anyway.  Our Seven Foot Poet may not have all the answers, but he has the important questions.

Cuba and Haiti: Children of Prometheus

by John MaxwellMaxwellHaiti

If a hurricane misses the United States, it doesn't exist in the minds of many Americans. This has been an especially cruel hurricane season for Cuba and Haiti, the countries that "destroyed slavery" and "European empire in the Western hemisphere," and "successfully asserted the right of any country, no matter how small to choose its own path to development," respectively. It is as if Haiti and Cuba are being punished for their good works, as was Prometheus by Zeus, "the Haitians by slow motion genocide, by compound interest and by state terrorism, by armed banditry in support of criminal monopolists and by the kidnapping of their elected leader. The Cubans have been punished by terrorism, by invasion, by biological warfare and by a brutal and illegal economic blockade."

No Jobs Make Mean Streets

JobsWithJusticeby James Thindwa

"After nearly 30 years of conservative discourse that promotes incarceration as the solution, local governments must resuscitate the idea that jobs and economic revival are the antidotes to crime." As crime numbers go up after a long decline, political conversation is rife with racist assaults on the "pathology" of the ghetto. Yet any objective observer would conclude that "what we are seeing in America's urban centers is desperation being played out in violent activity." Inner city youth need jobs, at a living wage. "Nowhere is the failure of urban politicians more evident than in their complicity in the false narrative - carefully orchestrated by corporate leaders - that service-sector jobs are inherently low wage."

White Privilege, White Entitlement and the 2008 Election

by Tim Wisewhite_privilege

A nation that claims it has already learned - and "changed" - so much in the racial arena, should at least be conversant in the definition of "white privilege." In fact, many surveys show most whites don't think such privilege exists. Noted anti-racist activist Tim Wise offers some guidance for "those who still can't grasp the concept of white privilege."  Example: Those who "make fun of community organizers and the work they do" are most likely aggressively defending white privilege, whether they know it or not.

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