Black Agenda Report 3 April 2013: Atlanta School Racketeering Indictments, Hidden US Crimes in Iraq, Liberating Dr. King

3 April 2013 — Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

Why Was Atlanta’s Beverly Hall Indicted For Racketeering While Michelle Rhee Won’t Be?

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Atlanta’s black former school superintendent and 34 other black teachers and administrators have been indicted for “racketeering” in a cheating scandal. Why aren’t others like former DC Schools chancellor Michelle Rhee and her team indicted? Should we be rallying the racial wagons around Dr. Hall and the other 34? No way.

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The United States leaves an indelible impression on the peoples that come in contact with it: in the case of Iraqis, a legacy of death by bombs, bullets, incineration, starvation, disease and genetic damage. The U.S. didn’t event war crimes, but its global reach and high tech style of killing makes America unique in the annals of inhumanity.

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The billionaire former owner of BET commissioned a poll on Black political opinion that utterly fails to measure anything meaningful or useful. “What does it tell you about Black America, that Congresswoman Waters has about twice the following of Congressman Clyburn? Does it tell you anything at all?” The NAACP is more popular than the Urban League. Why? The poll didn’t bother to ask.

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The newly minted international Arms Trade Treaty is simply another device to strip nations targeted for U.S. attack of the ability to defend themselves.” The world’s biggest arms exporter and purveyor of war has once again “made human rights a weapon of mass destruction.”

your black world interview yvette carnell talks to pascal robert


Is there a disconnect between the actual economic well-being of African Americans and their uncritical, unconditional love for their first black president? Your Black World’s Yvette Carnell interviews Pascal Robert.

DJ Sese – Liberating Dr. King Mixtape

There was and still is a Martin Luther King who is lionized, memorialized, and fossilized.  And there was and still is a Dr. King who was something else again.  DJ Sese’s indispenable mixtape liberates Martin Luther King by restoring him to his context in the truly revolutionary context of the historic Freedom Movement of the 50s and 60s. 

World Social Forum Highlights Both Unity and Dissent Within Global Movements

by Jordan Flaherty

The World Social Forum convened in Tunisia, North Africa, animated by the currents of the Arab Spring. Although the Occupy Wall Street Movement is no longer in the headlines in the U.S., “when Occupy was mentioned in the opening ceremony” in Tunis, “it brought one of the largest cheers of the night.”

by Ajamu Baraka

This week marks the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. In those years, a King has emerged who bears little in common with the man who lived and struggled and died in the Freedom Movement. Killing the man was the work of an instant. Suppressing and distorting his legacy have been full time projects ever since.

by Carl Dix

Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow takes us in the right direction to understanding mass incarceration – but it doesn’t go far enough. “It is essential to not fall into seeing the necessary resistance movement being a rerun of the movement that broke the back of Jim Crow.”

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by Mike Pirsch

The American on-again, off-again relationship with Al-Qaeda is back in the hot-and-heavy phase, with the U.S. “leading a coalition including, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey, The United Arab Emirates, Croatia, England, France, and Al-Qaeda to destroy and break up targeted countries.” The jihadist and imperialist mobs are once again married.

by Raymond Nat Turner

“… firing fully automatic fat cat, fair and

Balanced, blue dog, chicken-hawk opinions; long

On wind, short on facts— melodramatic, Psy Op,

Shock and awe actors— accessories to mass murder…”

Chokwe Lumumba Makes Bid for Mayor of Jackson

Human rights lawyer and former Republic of New Afrika official Chokwe Lumumba has his sights set on the top job in Mississippi’s biggest city. “It give us an opportunity to demonstrate that we are great in terms of administration of human rights – something that would Martin Luther King proud,” said Lumumba, who is a city councilman. Jackson, the state capital, is 80 percent Black. Back in 1971, when the Republic of New Afrika came to town, “there was only one Black on the police force, and he could only arrest other Black people,” said Lumumba.

Rally for Temple University African American Studies

There has never been an educational institution in America that truly wanted to educate Black people properly,” said Dr. Molefi Asante, speaking to a student rally in support of Temple University’s beleaguered African American Studies program. Asante is credited with establishing Temple’s doctoral program in African American studies, in 1988. Since then, “every successive administration has sought to destroy the program,” he said.

Blacks Saddled with Obama for Eternity

President Obama’s “Kill List” and preventive detention legislation “have created conditions for people of color in this country that makes our survival very tenuous, indeed,” said Dhoruba bin Wahad, a former leader in the Black Panther Party and co-founder of the Black Liberation Army who spent 19 years in prison for his political activities. Speaking at a rally for political prisoners. bin Wahad said: “The sad part is, we’re going to be saddled with Obama for the rest of our lives, as the senior, elder statesman of Black politics in America.”

Double-Barreled Protest Against NAACP

Demonstrators will gather at the Washington offices and Baltimore headquarters of the NAACP, on April 3 and 4, respectively. Organizer Rev. Edward Pinkney, the former chief of the Benton Harbor, Michigan, NAACP, the civil rights organization has sold out its legacy to corporations. “The people on the top are being paid, and yet they don’t do anything” for the membership or the masses of Black people, said Pinkney.

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