Black Agenda Report 17 August 2017

17 August 2017 — Black Agenda Report

Trump and America’s Fascist Forefathers

Glen Ford , BAR executive editor

“If you rightly condemn Washington and Jefferson as loathsome oppressors of humanity, you are then obligated to purge the nation and world of the poisoned fruit of their racist perversion.”

Freedom Rider: The Root and Russophobia

– Margaret Kimberley , BAR editor and senior columnist
In the old Negro minstrel tradition, The Root is a shuffling mimic of the Washington Post. Since the white folks in corporate media are bad-mouthing Russia, The Root does the same – claiming a “Black” twist.

Kaepernick Shows Why Black Lives Will Never Matter under US imperialism

– Danny Haiphong , BAR contributor
Corporate sports owners and media have enlisted the industry’s Black misleadership class to torment Colin Kaepernick, whose crime is to connect “the oppression of Black people with the roots of the nation itself.

Locked and Loaded: War with North Korea Cannot be Contained but Must Be Prevented: Interview with K. J. Noh

– Ann Garrison , BAR contributor
“Unless attacked, North Korea will not strike the U.S. However, “given their own history, not to mention the examples of Libya and Iraq, the North Koreans are unlikely to give up their deterrent.”

The Story of Charlottesville was Written in Blood in the Ukraine

– Ajamu Baraka , BAR editor and columnist
Some of the neo-Nazis President Obama helped put in power in Ukraine carried Confederate flags. U.S. society has been moving rightward for decades — and pulling much of Europe with it.

Patriot Act

Raymond Nat Turner, BAR poet-in-residence
The white supremacist who drove his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of antiracist demonstrators in Charlottsville VA injuring 19 people and killing one

Social Justice Quiz 2017: Children – Ten Questions

Bill Quigley
Spoiler alert for quiz-takers: The U.S. ranks pitifully low in maintaining the health and welfare of its children when compared with  most of the richer countries of the world.

Millions for Prisoners’ Human Rights March in DC

Kyle Fraser, Black Agenda Radio producer
The world’s largest slave system — the U.S. prison gulag – was legalized by an “exception” to the Constitution.
 
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A Black Agenda Radio segment
The Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations held its annual conference in Chicago, highlighting its 19-point National Black Political Agenda for Self-Determination.
 
A Black Agenda Radio segment
Frank Chapman is part of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and
Political Repression.  His organization is pushing a measure to take
“all the power away from the mayor, away from the independent police
review authority, and putting that power in the hands of the people.”
However, few of the measure’s supporters in the city legislature are
Black. “Most of the Black aldermen are in the mayor’s pocket,” said
Chapman, “and we have to change that.”

Flipping the Script on the NYPD

A Black Agenda Radio segment
When the New York City Police Department held a community-oriented
“Night Out Against Crime” in The Bronx, activists with the Freedom
Cities movement staged a “Night of Safety and Liberation” counter-event.

Political Scientist Rejects Organizing Based on “Purely Ethnic Affinity”

A Black Agenda Radio segment
Cedric Johnson, a political scientist and associate professor of African American Studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago interviewed on the Dead Pundits Society podcast declares his lack of confidence in race-based organizing efforts.

Mumia: Trump’s America Shows Its Nasty Butt

A Black Agenda Radio segment
The events in Charlottesville, Virginia, reveal the raw racism endemic to the United States, said Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner, in an essay for Prison Radio.

Korea: U.S. imperialism from Truman to Trump
Ken Morgan 

For over a century, the people of Korea have resisted Japanese and U.S. aggression and occupation.
 
In October of 1983, the Reagan administration sent a U.S. armada to invade the Caribbean island nation of Grenada.
 
From the beginning, right-to-work legislation was designed to maintain the color bar and “protect the Southern Negro from communistic propaganda and influences.”
 
The Western media wage ruthless information wars against nations like Venezuela that struggle against imperialism.

Tanzania Goes Full Speed Ahead to Reclaim Africa’s Natural Wealth

Mark P. Fancher
Tanzania has taken a dramatic step towards nationalizing its natural resources.