Black Agenda Report for Friday, Nov 9, 2013: Detroit As Dred Scott, Saving the White Man, AFRICOM Riding High

8 November 2013 — Black Agenda Report

Friday, Nov. 8: This week in Black Agenda Report

Detroit as Dred Scott

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The bum-rush to bankrupt Detroit is the leading legal edge in Wall Street’s drive to declare Black urban dwellers “beings of an inferior order” with no rights that Capital is bound to respect. The verdict will be applicable to the rest of the 99 percent, as well. “In America, race – more properly, white supremacy – has always been the magic wedge.”

Freedom Rider: Saving the White Man

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

It’s the kind of story that brings tears to Middle America’s eyes: selfless Black person puts life on line for undeserving white. In a white man’s world, saving a redneck from a beating qualifies a Black person for sainthood, while acting in defense of Black people makes one a dangerous militant.

Rwandan War Criminals Defeated in Congo, But AFRICOM Riding High

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The military defeat of Rwandan-backed “rebels” in the eastern Congo is good news for a people who have suffered the worst genocide since World War Two. But will there be justice for the six million dead? “The United States would not relish a series of trials in which its own role in the slaughter of millions would be revealed in embarrassing detail.”

Not Receiving Weekly Email From Black Agenda Report? It’s Not You…. It’s Us

Not Receiving Weekly Email From Black Agenda Report? It’s Not You…. It’s Us

The Editors

For a little while, some of you have emailed and called us and said you weren’t getting our weekly emails. We were at a loss to explain why. Now we know. It turns out that although we’ve been faithfully pressing the buttons we thought sent out several thousand weekly email notices, more than 95% of them remained bottled up on Black Agenda Report’s email servers.

So it’s not you. It’s us. You probably knew that already, and double thanks to those who alerted us that they were no longer receiving our weekly emails. The mail server problem should be resolved this week, likely on Thursday Nov. 7, and you should receive our weekly emails again as usual. Thanks for your patience and please do accept our profound apologies.

Kanye West, Black Popular Culture, and the Current Agenda of American Empire

by Pascal Robert

African American audiences cheer a TV show that glamorizes a real-life Black woman who played a key role in putting Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court and “helped clean things up for the Republicans during the Iran-Contra Scandal.” Kanye West unfurls the Confederate flag. Black faces in high places are descending to the lowest moral depths – the Obama Effect gone wild.

The Black Misleadership Class Needs Unmasking

by Daniel Pforte

The Black Misleadership Class purports to guide African Americans on the path to upward mobility. But, in fact, “Black FBI leaders, corporate managers, police authorities, Senators, Congressmen, Presidential advisors, and morally bankrupt celebrities like Jay-Z are given handsome salaries and positions to help manage the exploitation of the Black masses.”

When Prisons Retaliate: California Inmates Still Paying Price for Demanding Rights

by Sarah Lazare

California prison inmates have held three hunger strikes and mass work stoppages in the last two years, protesting appalling conditions and the torture of solitary confinement. The state is striking back. “We’ve received letters around individual guards or groups of guards targeting people who participated in the strike.” As many as 30,000 inmates may face some form of retaliation.

Lament for the Late, Great African-American People…

by Raymond Nat Turner

Stop our brothers from

Talking superfluous

Shit, gratuitous

Violence, fratricide…

Like Monsanto madmen,

Killing and polluting

Everything they touch…

Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – 11/6/13

Stop-and-Frisk Judge Thrown Off Case

A federal appeals court stayed Judge Shira Scheindlin’s ruling that stop-and-frisk, as practiced by the New York City police, is unconstitutional, and removed Scheindlin from the case for bias against cops. However, that doesn’t phase Robert Gangi, of the Urban Justice Center’s Police Reform Organizing Project. “Our judgment is that, while litigation and legislation can be helpful, they are not the critical components to the ultimate success of the police reform movement,” said Gangi. “The politics of the issue have changed, dramatically.” Gangi is convinced that Democrat Bill de Blasio, the city’s next likely mayor, will eliminate the worst abuses of stop-and-frisk.

A Slap in the Face

“My immediate reaction is that the federal appeals court stopped-and-frisked Judge Scheindlin,” said Carl Dix, a co-founder of Stop Stop-and-Frisk, which launched a campaign of direct action protests at police precincts across New York, two years ago. The panel’s action is a “slap in the face of all of the people who hate stop-and-frisk,” he said. “Them finding impropriety in Judge Scheindlin’s handling of the case, but seeing no impropriety in the way stop-and-frisk demonizes and criminalizes Black and Latino youth – that’s the real story, here.”

Don Obama and the Health Insurance Mob

The Affordable Care Act is neither affordable nor universal, said Dr. Margaret Flowers, co-director of It’s Our Economy and one of the authors of the recent article, “Obamacare: The Biggest Insurance Scam in History.” “They’re marketing the insurance products for the insurance companies, paying people to knock on doors,” said Flowers. “We’re spending billions of taxpayers dollars to subsidize the purchase of private insurance. What better deal could there possibly be for a private insurance company?”

Caribbean Slavery Suit: Reparations or Pay-Off?

The 12 nations of the Caribbean economic community, plus Haiti and Surinam, plan to sue Britain, France and the Netherlands for the crime of slavery. However, the plaintiffs’ lawyers are already talking about a settlement. “Reparations is an issue whose time has come,” said Omali Yeshitela, head of the African People’s Socialist Party and chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition. But, it seems that the Caribbean leaders are “asking for a kind of pay-off, and nothing that actually challenges the relationships of power and the economic relationships that exist between Europe and the oppressed nations of the world.”

Sociologists Boycott Israel

Dr. Johnny Williams, professor of sociology at Trinity College, in Hartford, Connecticut, said the Association of Humanist Sociology has joined the global boycott Israel campaign. Dr. Williams, a vice president of the association, said his colleagues demand Israel end its colonization and occupation of Palestinian lands, recognize the full citizenship rights of Palestinian Israelis, and allow Palestinian exiles to return to their homeland. The association felt compelled to join the boycott because “sociology is about transforming the human societies that we find ourselves in. It is nor merely about interpreting data.”

Soul Summit” Recounts Legacy

Black cultural and media practitioners gathered recently at pubic television’s WNET, in New York, to discuss the legacy of “Soul,” the 1968-73 public affairs program produced by the late Ellis Haizlip. Such programs were a response to the Black rebellions of the Sixties, said Dr. Todd Burroughs, an independent journalist and authority on African American media. Haizlip was able to convince Black artists “to talk about their art as Black people engaged in a struggle for Black liberation,” said Burroughs. Funding for the genre dried up in favor of “shows that would allow a more comfortable viewing experience.”

 

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