Black Agenda Report Feb 22, 2017: Hi-Speed Sellout Black Misleadership Class, EZ-Pass Privatizatn, Corporate Media Enemy
22 February 2017 — Black Agenda Report
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
The NAACP and the Urban League want to leave Internet neutrality to the tender mercies of the Republican-controlled Congress. But that’s nothing new. The Black Misleadership Class has been selling out the people’s interests to giant telecom companies since 2006, in exchange for organizational and campaign funding. Eminently buyable, they constantly seek to position themselves close to Power — and then cash out.
By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
Since EZ Pass has made toll collection possible without stopping traffic. The Obama administration increased the number of interstate highways where toll lanes are allowed, and the Trump administration is expected to rely even more heavily on borrowing from the rich for infrastructure projects rather than taxing them.
by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
Donald Trump and the corporate media are locked in mutual hostility, but they are both enemies of the poor and oppressed. Media tell non-stop lies about foreign leaders abroad and Black people here at home. As servants of corporate power, the media usually kow-tow to whoever wins the White House. They’ve made an exception for Trump, but that doesn’t make them honest journalists — just flunkies for the other party.
by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka
Malcolm X understood that “oppressed peoples must commit themselves to radical political struggle in order to advance a dignified approach to human rights.” What’s needed is a bottom-up mass movement for People(s)-Centered Human Rights, a “political project in the service of the oppressed” that “names the enemies of freedom: the Western white supremacist, colonial/capitalist patriarchy.” Social revolution is the only solution.
by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Adebayo
Ethnic cleansing is endemic in the U.S., from the cradle to the grave – and beyond. An African burial ground in Bethesda, Maryland, already paved over for a parking lot, now faces total destruction at the hands of developers. “Can anyone imagine the outrage that would ensue if the Arlington National cemetery or the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was being treated with the same disrespect as the Bethesda African cemetery?”
by Danny Haiphong
The revolution will not be subsidized — but well-funded facsimiles of “movements” dominate the political landscape of the U.S. “Left.” MoveOn.org “prides itself for exposing the corporate ties of the Republicans but is perfectly content with the corporate ties of the Democratic Party.” And Black Lives Matter “drew significant interest from a consortium of non-profits after receiving millions from the Ford Foundation and Google in 2015 and 2016.”
by Abayomi Azikiwe
The world cannot realize stability unless the drive for global domination by imperialism is
overthrown. This truism was at the heart of Malcolm X?s struggles. The awareness and activism of people inside and outside the U.S. must be harnessed into a movement committed to fundamental transformation of the exploitative and oppressive system.
by Ike Nahem
Half a century after his murder, Malcolm X has been transformed into “a harmless icon, with his sharp revolutionary anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist political program diluted and softened.” Therefore, it is vital that we celebrate and study the real Malcolm X, who “rejected lesser-evilism and the two-party set up and division of labor that oversaw the capitalist system of racism, imperialism, and exploitation.”
Across the U.S., Police Contracts Shield Officers From Scrutiny and Discipline
by Reade Levinson
by Reade Levinson
Union power has been in steady decline in the U.S. — except for police unions, whose contracts “often provide a shield of protection to officers accused of misdeeds and erect barriers to residents complaining of abuse,” according to a Reuters investigative report. Citizen complaints are seldom sustained, even in cities with police review boards. Cops in 18 cities can prevent release of documents showing prior allegations of brutality.
by Nate Singham
The Left is under growing pressure in Zambia, where a right-wing government holds sway. Police raided the home of Dr. Fred M’membe, a former editor of The Post, a progressive, mass circulation newspaper that was shut down earlier on spurious tax charges. The closure brought to four the number of Zambian media outlets shut down in less than five months.