White Nationalism on the March
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
The white nationalists of the Tea Party “movement” claim to abhor big government, but what they actually reject is a social contract with the non-white populations of the United States. Race is the subtext, the coded message of the Right’s resurgence. The white Right want “their” country back – but we won’t let them have it.
Freedom Rider: Slavery-Denial in Old Virginny
by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
The (white) South is perpetually rising again, flaunting its barbaric myths and lies. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is the latest unreconstructed rebel to seek 21st century respectability for the Confederacy. In fact, McDonnell and his low-life ilk are “nostalgic for the days when they were able to own human beings as property.”
Americans Kill Muslims Like Roaches
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR Executive Editor Glen Fordl
The current American imperial offensive “has all the characteristics of a race war,” and is viewed as such by much of the world. “In Muslim nations, the U.S. treats the inhabitants like roaches, stomping human beings underfoot and cursing them when they scurry to get out of the way.”
Save the Internet, But Start a Social Movement
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR editor and columnist Dr Jared A. Ball
A federal court has put the FCC’s version of “internet neutrality” in question, encouraging corporate forces that would turn the Net into a toll road. But real activists don’t rely on courts and legislatures to achieve social and institutional progress. “Until we return to genuine grassroots and radically political social movement no technology can be used for liberation.”
Why Defame Cuba? A Congregant’s Plea to Rev. Jeremiah Wright
by Asantewaa Nkrumah-Ture
Lots of unexpected names turned up as signatories to a letter charging the Cuban government with systematic discrimination against Blacks. Among those who committed the foul injustice against Cuba, and shamed themselves, was Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama’s former pastor. A fellow member of the United Church of Christ asks, respectfully, that the minister explain himself.
The GOP’s Rebel Yell
by Sikivu Hutchinson
The Tea Partyers are set to refloat the old 1994 “Contract with America” as part of their general right wing offensive. The New Confederates vow to wage decisive war against the Obama administration’s imaginary “socialism.” So far, the Right’s “junkyard thuggery” seems to be working. “The prospect of a Republican midterm election sweep looks even more tantalizing.”
Michelle Alexander: Black Mass Incarceration IS the New Jim Crow
Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, speaks in NYC on how the phenomenon of black mass incarceration became social policy in the U.S. in the past thirty years. About one hour.
Nine Myths about Socialism in the US
by Bill Quigley
So divorced from reality is the American political conversation, it becomes necessary to defend the good name of socialism by explaining that no such thing exists in the U.S. In fact, the United States government does less for its citizens than most of the rest of the world’s developed industrial nations.
AFRICOM Backs Bloodshed in Central Africa
by Keith Harmon Snow
When the U.S. corporate media bothers to cover the genocidal conflict in eastern Congo at all, they focus on “rape as a weapon of war” and other such examples of African “barbarity.” But never do they shine a light on the causes of the wars – U.S., European and Israeli machinations to steal the regions resources.