13 November 2913 — Black Agenda Report
This week in Black Agenda Report
If President Obama and his party didn’t even try to deliver on their 2008 campaign promise of a minimum wage hike when they had the White House and both houses of Congress on lockdown in 2010 and 2011, what does their sudden rediscovery of the minimum wage mean now, when they know they can move nothing through Congress? Are they and their sheepdogs, the so-called “progressive Democrats” just yanking our chain again?
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
The “restructuring” of Detroit through bankruptcy is the model for drastically downsizing what’s left of democracy in all of urban America. Already, Black voting rights have been rendered null and void “on a scale not seen since the death of Reconstruction.” However, the legal precedents that are being established in mostly Black Detroit will obtain throughout the nation.
by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
“White people are now able to give themselves immunity from prosecution when they kill black people, and having black district attorneys doesn’t keep it from happening.” The parents of Renisha McBride have put their faith in prosecutor Kym Worthy. But Worthy has not charged the killer, although she has “charged 15 and 16-year olds with offenses that could send them to jail for life.”
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford
You know Black folks are in trouble when a Saturday Night Live skit provides more insight into African American politics than all the Black so-called political “analysts” at MSNBC. “Most African Americans are wholly unconcerned about Obama’s actual legislative and executive agenda.” The people are left defenseless, for the sake of an icon in the White House.
by Sikivu Hutchinson
The 19-year-old Black woman had just gotten a job at the Ford Motor Company when she was shot in the face with a shotgun by a white homeowner after seeking help after a car crash. Her killing “is part of a long legacy of black female murder victims who have been devalued in a misogynist apartheid system of state-sanctioned violence that thrives on the urban/suburban racial divide.”
by Paul Street
As the anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination approaches, the media will be awash with comparisons between JFK and Barack Obama. The two do, indeed, have much in common. “President Obama has moved in the same doctrinally and politically imposed corporate and imperial grooves as Kennedy.”
by Dr. Ama Biney
Kwame Ture, formerly known as Stokely Carmichael, the former SNCC activist whose name will forever be linked to the term “Black Power,” died in Conakry, Guinea, on November 15, 1998, at age 57. Ture spent his last decades as an organizer of the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party. He once said: “Our grandfathers had to run, run, run. My generation’s out of breath. We ain’t running no more.”
by Sean Posey
Black is definitely no longer considered beautiful in the world marketed to us by corporate media. The Black aesthetic has been Barbied out of the marketplace. For example, “Implants, probable skin lightening, colored contacts, and blonde hair have rendered” songstress “Minaj, physically, into another woman entirely.”
by Shereen Marisol Meraji and Gene Demby
West Virginia’s Bluefield State University is overwhelmingly white, but gets a big chunk of its budget from funds reserved for historically Black institutions. Whites dominate both the faculty and student body, yet “every single member of the alumni association is black.”
by keith harmon snow
For 17 years, the U.S. armed and financed a genocidal occupation of eastern Congo by neighboring Rwanda and Uganda and their “rebel” surrogates. “The varying incarnations of ‘rebels’ in eastern Congo have all and always been backed by Museveni (Uganda) and Kagame (Rwanda), in turn backed by the USA, UK and Israel.”
by Raymond Nat Turner
Military action, guaranteed satisfaction;
Unilateral military force, stock market
Must stay the course…
U.S. Rulers Have No Solution for Urban Crisis
“The powers that be have no solution” to the crises confronting Detroit and other U.S. urban centers, saidAbayome Azikiwe, editor of the Pan African News Wire. A federal judge has been hearing testimony on the state-appointed Emergency Financial Manager’s plans to bankrupt the city. “From the White House to Wall Street, all the way down to the state capitals and municipal governments, all they offer is more debt to float more bonds,” said Azikiwe. “There’s no discussion about jobs, economic opportunities, repopulating the cities. The narrative is austerity and more austerity.”
Dollars Trump Black History in Richmond
The Black Mayor of Richmond, Virginia is opting for a baseball stadium rather than preservation of Shockoe Bottom, the city’s historic center, once home to the nation’s second largest slave market. “It really doesn’t have anything to do with whether or not he’s pro-history or anti-history – it’s money,” saidAna Edwards, of Defenders for Freedom, Justice and Equality. “Shockoe Bottom is the price that he is willing to pay for developers to make their money.”
Free Marissa Alexander
The case of a Black battered wife who fired a shot into her ceiling to fend off her abusive husband has become a focus of agitation in Florida. If convicted on aggravated assault charges, Marissa Alexander could spend two decades in prison. “This is what’s happening with the criminalization of Black women,” said Aleta Alston-Toure, of Free Marissa Now, in Jacksonville. “We need a movement to stop the race, sex and class bias” of the criminal justice system. Black women are more than two and a half times as likely to be killed by a male as their white counterparts.
Feinstein NSA Bill Legalizes NSA Abuse of Power
The FISA Improvement Act, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, an apologist for NSA spying on Americans, “doesn’t improve anything; it codifies practices that already exist,” said Matthew Kellegrew, a legal fellow with the Bill of Rights Defense Committee. Kellegrew says rival legislation, the USA Freedom Act, “is a step in the direction towards reining in the Patriot Act and out-of-control government surveillance.”
Activists Charge Black Studies Chairman with Betrayal
More than 100 student and community activists gathered in Philadelphia’s historic Church of the Advocate to denounce Temple University’s Dean of Liberal Arts for persecuting African American Studies professorDr. Anthony Monteiro, and to rebuke Dr. Molefi Asante, the program’s new chairman, for betraying his former colleague. Dr. Asante has “turned on Dr. Monteiro and he’s turned on the community,” said Patrice Armstead, of Building Peoples Power. “He seems to have reversed course relative to building African American Studies at Temple and connecting that project with the lives and struggles and problems of the Black community,” said Dr. Monteiro.
Rwanda Needs to Show It Wants Peace in Congo
The defeat of M-23 fighters by Congolese and United Nations forces, earlier this month, does not necessarily signal an end to the violence that has killed six million Congolese since 1996. Unless neighboring Rwanda and Uganda stop arming and financing so-called “rebels,” said Kambale Musavuli, of Washington-based Friends of Congo, there can be no peace. “The way I will know that Rwanda is serious about stopping supporting rebel groups, is for them to turn over” some of those already charged with atrocities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, rather than giving them asylum.