Obama Pulls U.S. Out of UN Conference on Racism, But Congressional Black Caucus Should Attend Anyway

Cynthia McKinneyby Cynthia McKinney

When Eric Holder, the new U.S. Attorney General called the nation to account for its historic reluctance to honestly talk about race and racism, its manifestations and consequences, he could have been talking about his boss the president.  By withdrawing from the UN Conference on Racism he is leading backwards, in the direction of Clinton and Bush rather than forward into the 21st century.  The fact that the President of Change wan't bring himself -- or us --- to an honest discussion about race says a lot for his willingness to lead on the subject.


But Obama's willingness to cave in the face of white racism and business as usual is no excuse for the Congressional Black Caucus, supposedly among the best and brightest Black America has to offer.  It's time for the CBC to step up where the president has stepped back.


Black Agenda Report v. 2.0 is Getting Closer

by the Black Agenda Report team
As you can see, we made it through the first part of our transition, bringing over our two years worth of content --- over a thousand articles and nearly twelve thousand comments, minus only those for the past five days -- intact.  And we came out with the week's issue.  Effectively, though we have reached the door, we have yet to walk through it.

Freedom Rider: Endless War

warby BAR Editor and Senior Columnist Margaret Kimberley

Why are more Republicans happy with Obama's policies on government secrecy, wiretapping, non-withdrawal from Iraq, unqualified support for Israel and a host of other policies than most of the Democratic party's own base?  What do they know that many of us don't, or perhaps do not wish to know?


Priced Out of Shelter: The Decline in Affordable Housing

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housing A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Glen Ford

While “most public policyattention has been directed at the plight of home owners, one-third of all Americans pay rent” and their quest for affordable housing has long been “the neglected step-child of federal housing policy.”

DC Private School Vouchers May Be On Way Out

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schoolA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

The stimulus package passed by Congress also includes provisions that should put George Bush's school voucher plan for Washington, DC out of business. The scheme was introduced through vile political trickery in 2003.

Obama To Leave 50,000 Troops In Iraq Indefinitely

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rrrA Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Glen Ford

From a supposed "antiwar" candidate, to a fan of the murderous "surge," from a "no permanent bases" candidate to a "50,000 troops for the foreseeable future" president, Barack Obama, starting from the center, has progressed steadily rightward.

Obama's Violin: Who's Playing, Who's Being Played?

by Paul Street

Delving into the speeches and writings of the President of Change reveals a Barack Obama sharply at odds with the popular image.  On war, peace and a host of other issues the gulf is widening between what many voted for, and what they are beginning to get from the 44th president.

Coverage of Obama and Ethnicity Says More About Media

moreThe picture of a post-racial America that corporate media pundits fondly paint and serve up to us is about as credible as the declarations six months ago by some of the same experts that the economy was "fundamentally sound," One need look no further than corporate media coverage of the Obama administration.

The Bloody History of ‘Race Management’ in the U.S.: An Interview with David R. Roediger

race managementThe notion that the U.S. is is anywhere near "getting over" race is foolish, ahistorical, and only useful to elites who would hide our own history from us, argues Dr. David Roediger, author of "How Race Survived U.S. History: From Settlement and Slavery to the Obama Phenomenon.


Roediger argues that you cannot be about change without owning your history, and in U.S. history race is foundational; it's so high you can't over it and so low you can't get under it.


What's Really Happening In Darfur?: An Interview with Mahmood Mamdani

againThe picture of the conflict in Darfur as "Arab-on-black" or even "black on black" genocide tells more about the U.S. than it does about Darfur, Sudan, or Africa.  It is a false picture, brought to us by the corporate U.S. media to justify one of Uncle Sam's (maybe even Uncle Barack's) oil and resource wars in Sudan.  After all, Sudanese oil IS flowiing to China through Chinese companies, not Western ones, and that will not be tolerated.


Haiti, the Financial Crisis, and International Solidarity


Ignored by the U.S. corporate media in the wake of the violent coup and kidnapping of Haiti's elected president by the U.S., Canada and France, a brutal occupation force under the flag of the United Nations enforces the rule of the transnational investor class upon Haiti's population .  As the country's economy is further removed from even the possibility of democratic control by its people, and remittances from Haitians abroad shrink, the misery of Haiti's poor increases.   After 205 years of nominal independence, the descendants of Toussaint and Dessalines are not likely to cease their resistance, but real international solidarity remains key to their success.

A Challenge to ‘Radical’ and ‘Pan-Africanist’ Obamites

obamitesby BAR executive editor Glen Ford

In an "Open Letter to the People of Zimbabwe," U.S.-based activists denounce sanctions against that country as "war crimes and the officials who initiated them as war criminals." By that definition (a good one), Barack Obama is a war criminal. The problem is, some of the signers of the Open Letter are prominent Obama supporters. What use are their declarations of solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe, when they support the "war criminal" who imposes sanctions against them and makes common cause with banksters here at home? It's past time to call these confused and conflicted people out by name, and challenge them to a real debate.

Holder Rings in New Era at Justice Department

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A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Glen Ford

"Much of Holder's remarks were not so much about cowardice - the fear of speaking honestly on racial questions - but an abysmal ignorance. To the extent that Black people are omitted or marginalized in the teaching of American history, American history makes no sense."

New Orleans Gets Least Job Creation Money in U.S.

NOLAPovertyA Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Glen Ford

The federal economic stimulus plan provides less stimulus for New Orleans than for any other congressional district in the United States. The logic is simple and savage: Less people, less money, rather than more needs, more money.

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How Can U.S. Recover Without Manufacturing Capacity?

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AbandonedFactoryA Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Glen Ford

President Obama has put a huge emphasis on building a green economy. However, most of the sources of solar panels and wind turbines are located in Europe and Asia. They'll have to be imported, creating jobs for workers in other countries.

The Day the Music Died: Malcolm X's Assassination

"When I looked up, I saw Malcolm X standing up and glaring down at one of his assassins. At that point, from the corner of my eye, nearby to my left, I saw a flash from a gun as I watched Malcolm X fall down and back about ten feet."

Malcolm X on Zionism

whateverMalcolm X (Omowale Malcolm X Shabazz)

 Malcolm X spelled out his views on Zionism during the last half-year of his life. "These Israeli Zionists," said Malcolm, in an issue of the Egyptian Gazette, "religiously believe their Jewish God has chosen them to replace the outdated European colonialism with a new form of colonialism."

The Language of Looting

RobberBaronsby Michael Hudson

In order to steal literally everything, the Lords of Finance must render language incapable of describing the crime. "Society's basic grammar of thought, the vocabulary to discuss political and economic topics, is being turned inside-out." The banksters still think they can rule from the center of confusion. "Today's policy is to ‘rescue' these giant bank conglomerates by enabling them to ‘earn' their way out of debt - by selling yet more debt to an already over-indebted U.S. economy. The hope is to re-inflate real estate and other asset prices."


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