Black Agenda Report 10 July 2013: Obama As Drone Ranger, Tim Wise Stamps Anti-Racist Ghetto Passes for TFA, If Zimmerman Goes Free

10 July 2013 — Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

The U.S. War Against the World

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The DNA of finance capitalism has foreordained its death – and soon. To forestall that inevitability, the U.S. war machine is prepared to turn out the lights on much of the world – and here at home. “The gasping and grasping empire seeks to thwart the material and social progress of the entire planet: it becomes the enemy of all.”

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

“As a group, how will we react to the denial of justice for Trayvon Martin and the hundreds of others whose names we don’t even know” that have been murdered by police and freelance racists? The last thing we need will be “mealy mouthed platitudes urging us to ‘talk about race’ and silly questions about why black and white people see things differently.”

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Tim Wise specializes in talking to white people about racism. Teach For America is a major player in the elitist and racist scam to privatize public education, supplying mostly white grads of elite colleges as ghetto teacher temps. Is this a match made in heaven, or in hell?

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

For the third time in two years, inmates in solitary confinement at California’s most notorious prison have gone on hunger strike. Record numbers of prisoners across the state have joined the Pelican Bay strikers, some of whom “have not seen the natural light of day for more than 20 years.”

Yasiin Bey screenshot

Actor, rapper & human rights activist Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def graphically demonstrates a little of what Uncle Sam’s untried, un-accused, unsentenced but permanently incarcerated prisoners at Guantanamo Bay & elsewhere undergo every day… not for the faint of heart. From the Guardian, where you can find much more real journalistic coverage of the NSA and more.

edward snowden

NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden in his own words, explains who he is, why he chose the truth & exile. Interview by the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald in Hong Kong.

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The New York Times cannot serve the truth and Power, too – so truth is jettisoned. While Barack Obama’s team deployed its imperial powers to help eject Egypt’s elected president from office, “the Times depicted the Obama administration as totally unruffled by the turmoil in Cairo – as if the U.S. had little stake in the outcome.”

by Ajamu Baraka

It is possible that the coup in Egypt was not a U.S.-initiated affair but, rather, a sign of declining U.S. influence in the region. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who hated deposed Egyptian President Morsi, may have promised Egypt’s generals they would replace U.S. military aid, if necessary. “Perhaps we can no longer just refer to those states as merely client states of the U.S.“

by Mikhail Lyubansky

It is well known that Blacks die at earlier ages than whites in the U.S. But, more is at work than poverty and diet. Racism kills, debilitating the body like a poison. “Being poor and uneducated (the two are highly correlated) is bad for your health, but not as bad as being Black.”

by Solomon Comissiong

Despite Native American protests, the owner of the Washington “Redskins” refuses to jettison the football team’s racist moniker. Even some Black fans cling to the shameful imaginary, notwithstanding the fact that “most African-Americans would be extremely offended if someone started a franchise with the name, ‘San Jose Black Skins’ or the ‘Chicago Niggers’ or the ‘Baton Rouge Black Bucks.’”

by Raymond Nat Turner

“US like bloodhounds, strip-searching our souls, stealing star-studded

Smiles from our children’s eyes, chaining them to hitching posts like

Horses or mules.”

A Plan to Sue the NAACP under RICCO

“We’re putting together this class action lawsuit, we’re going to file it under the RICCO Act,” said Rev. Edward Pinkney, the former head of the Benton Harbor, Michigan, NAACP who has been organizing grassroots member protest against the civil rights organization’s national headquarters, in Baltimore. “We’re going to charge them with racketeering” for voiding elections in chapters across the country. “They’re eliminating people who are willing to get out here and fight,” said Pinkney. “They’re goal is that you should never, ever fight until you get permission from the national office.”

UNAC: U.S. Guilty of Air Piracy

The forced landing of Ecuadoran President Evo Morales’ plane by America’s NATO allies in Europe “is air piracy, it’s an attack on the sovereignty of every country in Latin America,” said Sara Flounders, of the United National Anti-War Coalition (UNAC). “It shows the level of panic in Washington” over Edward Snowden’s revelations of massive, worldwide U.S. spying, said Flounders. The U.S. is trying to “impose silence on the world.”

Bill of Rights Under Assault by Obama, Congress, FISA Courts

“We have an executive branch and a Congress, and a kept-court system – the FISA surveillance court – all working in de facto collusion to destroy the Bill of Rights,” said Norman Solomon, co-founder of RootsAction.Org. The web site facilitated 50,000 individual emails to the White House in support of whistleblower Edward Snowden. The U.S., as “the preeminent global surveillance superpower…asserts, with impunity, the prerogative to monitor and to intrude on any semblance of privacy,” said Solomon.

Washington Condones Congo Genocide

President Obama, when questioned during his recent Africa trip on what actions the U.S. would take to end its ally’s 17-year destabilization of the Democratic Republic of Congo, refused to even mention the offending nations by name. “It is simply that the United States is not ready to hold Rwanda and Uganda accountable, which means they are condoning the killing of over six million Africans in the heart of the continent,” said Kambale Musavuli, of the Washington-based Friends of Congo.

American “Revolution” was a Racist Revolt

Dr. Gerald Horne, professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston, said the American rebellion against British rule “was basically a successful revolt of racist settlers. It was akin to Rhodesia, in 1965, assuming that Ian Smith and his cabal had triumphed. It was akin to the revolt of the French settlers in Algeria, in the 1950s and 1960s, assuming those French settlers had triumphed.” Dr. Horne is author Negroes of the Crown.

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