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Racial Sins of the Past Live On, Multiplying Pain and Suffering

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen FordRaceMedicineAmputee

For a very long time, clear disparities between
Blacks and whites in medical outcomes were dismissed as the fault of African
American ignorance, superstition, or bad diets. Finally, the statistically
provable truth could no longer be denied: medical racism is a fact. When Blacks
undergo leg amputations caused by diabetes at four times the rate of whites,
institutional racist facotrs are at work. Data from a new study of race and
medicine shows dramatic disparities in patient outcomes based on geography -
but historical racism can be shown to be the primary culprit in the geography
of health care, as well.

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Obama and the Church

by Mel Reeves

Barack Obama is rethinking his religion. Or is he repositioning religion in his campaign profile? One thing seems certain: "He doesn't want a church like Trinity United Church of Christ, which ‘comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable.'" No, sir. "Trinity was too progressive and too issue-oriented and, some may say, a bit too pro-black for someone who seeks to lead the United States without a real progressive agenda for real change."  It could have been worse for Obama. He might have stumbled into a church like the ones "that motivated the slaves that sought freedom by any means necessary: the Nat Turners, Denmark Vesseys, Gabriel Prossers, Harriet Tubmans, and David Walkers."

Cynthia McKinney's Call to Action in Support of Kucinich's Articles of Impeachment Against Bush

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Cynthia McKinney, who submitted articles of impeachment
against George Bush in 2006, just before she left Congress, praises Rep. Dennis
Kucinich (D-OH) for filing impeachment charges last week. McKinney, running for
the Green Party's presidential nomination, commended Kucinich "for his courage and tenacity, for the comprehensiveness of
his research, and for the leadership he exhibited to press forward the
democratic demands of the People for accountability and justice." Describing
the Bush administration as a "lawless, degenerate regime," McKinney called upon "all the forces of the Black movement
nationwide...to organize a mass mobilization to push the House Judiciary
Committee to move on the 35 Articles of Impeachment."

Obama and the Racial Politics of Symbols

by Corey D.B. WalkerSymbolObamaStrange

It is beyond question that Barack Obama's pending
nomination as the Democrats' presidential standard bearer has great symbolic
value. However, "to equate the symbolic dimension of Senator
Obama's campaign for the presidency with the substantive standing and status of
American democracy is to commit a serious error," says the author. "Senator Obama's economic team is heavily tilted in
favor of neoliberal economists" and his "foreign policy vision
is still one wedded to the expansion and deepening of American Empire." Symbols
are one thing, but the facts of imperialism as a system carry more real-world
weight.

The American Paradox

by Shannon Joyce PrinceParadoxBrotherSlave

The American creed and national mythology are
mere packaging for a country that actually operates on a paradox. The Founding
Fathers, privileged white men all, had few real grievances with the British
Crown; they just wanted more power and privilege. With that objective, the
Founders "mobilized
people from all segments of American society to fight for rights that would be
given only to the most elite." Those who took the Declaration of Independence
and other Founding Documents seriously, came to be viewed as enemies of the
State. Today, "pleas for
justice are seen as anachronisms or demands for handouts - as unreasonable,
unfounded, and worthy of contempt."

Romaine “Chip” Fitzgerald: Will Imprisoned Former Panther Receive Parole after 39 Years?

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixonchip_fitz
 
Romaine “Chip” Fitzgerald, a former member of the Black Panther Party in southern California, has languished in prison since 1969, almost 40 years. Along with more than one hundred other California death row prisoners, his sentence was commuted to life in 1972. While the majority of those former death row prisoners have since been paroled, Fitzgerald has not. Having expressed deep and sincere remorse for the acts he was convicted of so long ago, and posing no threat to anyone, Chip Fitzgerald now awaits a July 2 parole hearing.
We respectfully request that our readers sign the petition at the end of the article which will be presented to the parole board prior to the hearing. 

Communities Excluded, the Public Deluded in FCC's Secret Giveaway of Thousands of TV Channels

A Black Agenda Radio Interview by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon

Racial Sins of the Past Live On, Multiplying Pain and Suffering

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

For a very long time, clear disparities between
Blacks and whites in medical outcomes were dismissed as the fault of African
American ignorance, superstition, or bad diets. Finally, the statistically
provable truth could no longer be denied: medical racism is a fact. When Blacks
undergo leg amputations caused by diabetes at four times the rate of whites,
institutional racist facotrs are at work. Data from a new study of race and
medicine show dramatic disparities in patient outcomes based on geography -
but historical racism can be shown to be the primary culprit in the geography
of health care, as well.

My Father Is Black Like God

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by Kemet Mawakana (aka “The Seven-Foot Poet”)
 
This week the Seven Foot Poet reaches back to the zone of origins and ancestors to speak of his own father, and his father, and his before him. 

Grand Theft Digital; How Corporate Broadcasters Are Hijacking Digital TV

by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon 
The FCC has spent millions of dollars "educating" the public on the transition from analog to to digital TV.  But what they haven't told the American people is that on February 18, 2009 every one of the nation's more than 1700 analog TV broadcasters gets three, four or more new TV channels --- for nothing.  No public service obligation, no local news or education programming, and no channels for black or Latino broadcasters, local entrepreneurs or communities.

No I Can't: Obama and the Israeli Lobby

by Uri  Avnery israeli_tank_child

While the apartheid state of Israel tightens its relentless blockade of a
million Palestinian civilians in Gaza, and as Israel menaces every regional
capital from Tehran to Tripoli with nuclear weapons, Democratic
nominee-apparent Barack Obama declares that he would bring to the
White House an unshakable commitment to Israel's security.”  Obama
told the right wing American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
last week, “That starts with ensuring Israel's qualitative
military advantage. I will ensure that Israel can defend itself from
any threat from Gaza to Teheran.”

Israeli
journalist Uri Avnery wonders where the promised “change” in
the Middle East will come from, if anywhere.

How Will Media Reformers Treat President Obama?

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen FordMediaReformLogo

Last week's Media Reform Conference in Minneapolis may have been the last in a series of such gatherings to occur under a Republican administration. Resembling mass meetings of progressive political activists with access to alternative media, the conferences have been uniform in opposition to Republican rule, which has relentlessly sought to deliver the nation's means of communication into mega-corporate hands. Should Barack Obama win the presidency, and fail to measure up to progressive standards, media activists will confront a challenge many have never faced: how to do aggressive reporting on erstwhile friends.

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Freedom Rider: Obama Obliterates Iran

FRObamaProjectorAIPACby BAR editor
and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

What Israel wants from the Americans, Israel
gets - and in spades from Barack Obama. Along with Hillary Clinton and John
McCain, Obama bent his knees to the breaking point to please the
annual conference of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. AIPAC
represents the rightwing politics of a small nation, but the fawning behavior
of America's top politicians gave the impression of an Israeli empire,
demanding tribute. Obama was generous with the U.S. treasury. "As president I
will implement a Memorandum of Understanding that provides $30 billion in
assistance to Israel over the next decade," he vowed, earning thirteen rounds
of sustained applause.

Cynthia McKinney Congratulates Obama

Candidate points to her own campaign's comprehensive platformCynthiaPIX

Barack Obama is not the only Black candidate in
the presidential race, and he's certainly not the most progressive. Former
Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, running for the Green Party's top slot
on a Power to the People platform, has congratulated Obama "for a feat well
done," and lays out her own comprehensive plans to repair the human and
material damage wrought by corporations and their Republican and Democratic
servants. "Citizen participation is always the answer," says McKinney. "The
people deserve an open and honest debate." McKinney's platform would garner
broad support - if her voice were heard.

Seven Reasons Not to Get Overly Excited About the Fact That Obama is Black

by Paul StreetFRPrezSealBlackHands

Although much of Black public opinion considers
Barack Obama's primary wins as collective victories for African Americans, the
fact remains that white voters made his success possible. They
found him acceptable; he passed the white test. Activist and author Paul Street
offers seven reasons that Blacks and progressives shouldn't be in such a
celebratory mood. The bottom line: "The Democratic Party's centrist
presidential nominee Barack Obama is a corporate and militarist politician who
can be expected to instantly and coldly betray his democratic campaign promises
when and if he becomes president."

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