Black Agenda Report 7 February 2013: Why Nobody’s Listening to Black Folk, Sniper Gets Sniped, New Black Agenda TV Episode

7 February 2013Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Don’t expect President Obama to offer any measures targeted to the Black economic crisis in his State of the Union address. He’s under absolutely no pressure to do so, thanks to a Black Misleadership Class that is incapable of making demands on the First Black President. “Obama need never worry about any drama from this crowd.”

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by Black Agenda Report & BW Moving Images

In this edition of Black Agenda TV

Congo Not a Big Issue for African Americans; who have not used their political clout to stop the killing & help build African civil societies

Obama’s Race to the Top Hurts Black Students, Teachers, Communities; Drives school closings and helps charter profiteers.

Black Misleadership Class to Launch “February 30th Movement”to hold President Obama (and themselves) accountable.

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

America, born in genocide and constantly renewed by bloodbaths, treats mass murder as a virtue. Chris Kyle answered the “clarion call of white supremacy, manifest destiny and imperial delusion.” Now that he’s dead, the world is a better place.

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The president’s men drib and drab out their rationale for how President Obama decides which Earthlings live or die. A newly leaked “white paper” claims the president can transfer his killing authority to unnamed, unranked “informed, high level” officials. Thus, the people-killing process “is whatever the president or the nearest ‘informed, high-level official of the U.S. government’ says it is.

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

U.S. drone bases are multiplying on the African continent. Niger has just “given the green light to accepting American surveillance drones on its soil”; neighboring Burkina Faso already has one; two new drone facilities are opening in Ethiopia and the Seychelles; and UN peacekeepers in Congo want U.S. drones. Drones have terrorized Somalia from AFRICOM’s base in Djibouti for the past seven years.

Akinyele Umoja

Contrary to Congressman John Lewis’ revision of history, “the notion that the Civil Rights movement was exclusively nonviolent is a popular mythology.” In fact, “Some members of Lewis’s Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee picked up weapons and worked with community people to defend their lives against white terrorists.”

 

by Dr. Boyce Watkins

Dr. Watkins, an esteemed author, economist and social commentator, has seen the error of his ways. He has been wrong to argue that President Obama be made accountable to Black people, his most ardent supporters. Instead, Blacks should be accountable to the president. “Only whites, Jews, gays, women, labor groups and illegal immigrants are allowed to expect anything from the president.”

by Pascal Robert

There’s something wrong with the process by which Black leadership is selected. “Black people are trapped in a viscous cycle of looking at their favorite leaders and revering them like baseball cards.” What’s needed is democracy in struggle. “People must be trained with the organizational and political capital to advocate and fight for policy and economic models that best serve their needs.”

 

by John Pilger

The cold truth is: the U.S. and its allies’ armed “interventions” seek the “implantation of the West’s business plan for Africa, together with the rape of multi-ethnic Syria and the conquest of independent Iran.” The corporate media fiction is: good guys versus terror.

by Diana Johnstone

Humanitarian” military intervention under the dubious doctrine of Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is designed to negate international law regarding the sovereignty of nations, in order to justify aggression. “War is transformed into a chivalrous action to rescue whole populations from ‘genocide.’”

by Raymond Nat Turner

In charged the black bourgeoisie’s creme de la creme
Maneuvering madly to touch their Messiah’s hem.”

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Obama’s “Race to the Top” is racist;

Ras Baraka for Mayor of Newark;

Anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death;

Students Against Mass Incarceration announce Conference on Criminal Justice at Howard U;

Is the EEOC dismissing racial discrimination cases en masse?;

The carving up of Africa has begun.

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Posted 7th February 2013 by InI in category Black Agenda Report

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