New at Black Agenda Report for 23 September 2015: Terri Swell rated "Worst Black Congressperson", CBC Report Card for 2015

23 September 2015 — Black Agenda Report

CBC Monitor Report Card Ranks Terri Sewell Worst Black Member of Congress

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford, with Patrice Johnson

Black Agenda Report is once again publishing the annual CBC Monitor Report Card. The former all-time worst Black Congressman, David Scott of Georgia, has passed the torch to a new generation of corporate-bought politicians, represented by Alabama’s Terri Sewell – although Scott remains a close second. Overall, the CBC’s drift to the Right continues, with only 12 members scoring 80 or 90 percent. Not one scored 100, due to their deference to Israel. 

by Glen Ford with Patrice Johnson for CBC Monitor

It’s been several years since the Black Agenda Report team issued what used to be our annual report card on the Congressional Black Caucus, the cream of our glittering and prosperous black political class.  We apologize, and promise you that will not happen again.

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Every socio-economic fact conspires against successful Black family life, beginning with the dwindling pool of available husbands and partners. Mass incarceration and inner city violence have circumscribed Black women’s mating prospects. “Among black male high school dropouts, 60 percent will be dead or incarcerated before the age of 35.”


by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The president that expanded U.S. wars throughout the Muslim world thinks he can make himself appear Muslim-friendly by inviting a kid to the White House. President Obama “makes a mockery of principles such as the right to trial when his agenda finds democracy too inconvenient,” calmly placing people on his weekly Kill List, then pretends to empathize with a teenager victimized by Texas-style Islamophobia.

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

President Obama is disavowing his failed strategy to train “moderate” rebels to fight ISIS, claiming the Republicans made him do it. Under Washington’s plan for regime change in Syria, radical jihadists would be used as the ‘boots on the g
round’ for the U.S. in Syria,” as they were in Afghanistan. The West’s plans for ISIS and al Qaeda have gone awry, as have U.S. schemes to deploy “moderates” proxies of imperialism.

By the Network for Public Education

In this interview by Robin Hiller of the Network for Public Education Jitu Brown, talks about the end of the 34 day hunger strike over the privatization of Dyett High School in Chicago, and the continuing struggle against school privatization being forcfed upon inner city communities across the land. 

by BAR poet-in-residence Raymond Nat Turner

I know a place where there’s more law in muzzles of Glocks and Tasers than in Supreme Court decisions; a place where gunmen, triggermen turn traffic tickets into death sentences

by The Real News Network

In a rare instance, Black Agenda Report’s Glen ford actually agrees with Hillary Clinton that US Syria policy is “a failure.” But it’s the same strategy the US has pursued in the region the last 3 decades, under Republicans and Democrats alike.

by Paul Street

Bernie Sanders is beloved among the “white middle class campus town progressive Democrats” in places like Iowa City, Iowa, who live quite different lives than the largely Sudanese and Congolese workers at the county’s major factory. “Both Sudan and the Congo are countries in which the United States has instigated long wars, consistent with its broader program of destabilization across Africa” – policies that Sanders would continue, as president.

by Pascal Robert

Throughout African American history, members of the Black elite have blamed the Black poor for “bringing down the race,” thus giving aid and comfort to white racists. “Calls by Negro reformers to improve the quality of the race often imbibed eugenic language.”

by Thomas C. Mountain

Western media claim that religious hatreds have wracked the Middle East and Africa from time immemorial. But lethal fractures are not intrinsic to these societies, nor are they inevitable. The multi-ethno-religious – yet proudly secular – nation of Eritrea, is proof.

by Dr. T.P. Wilkinson

The current world older is nothing new. It is more than a half millennium old, having begun in 1492 when western Europeans began their conquest and enslavement of the rest of the planet. The order that white people created “has been nothing but a collective death sentence for the non-white world.”

by Yash Tandon

The World Trade Organization, controlled by a new empire that still disfavors the Global South, broadens the gap between influential and developing nations. With a neocolonial system implicitly in place, if small and middle-sized countries do not ‘follow the rules’ as dictated by the Big and Powerful nations, then they are subjected to sanctions. Sanctions are acts of war.

by Danny Haiphong

The author endorses former Panther leader Elaine Brown’s critique of the movie, However, Blacks Against Empire, the acclaimed book on the Party, meets his approval as “actual historical analysis that is useful for those seeking lessons from the lived struggle of the Panthers.”

What Price Reparations?

Based on calculations by University of Connecticut researcher Thomas Craemer, reparations to African Americans for slavery would cost between $5.9  trillionand $14.2 trillion. Prof. Craemer’s formula multiplies the number of hours worked by every enslaved man, woman and child above the age of five, at prevailing unskilled labor wages, with interest compounded at three percent per year. It is widely recognized that the surplus produced by slave labor allowed the United States to rapidly develop into a world economic power. “You could look at this as a start-up loan that the United States took out with African Americans – and never repaid,” said Craemer.

The Afro-Americanization of “Momma Emanuel”

In 2011, a suburban Washington DC police officer shot to death Nigerian-American college senior Emanuel Okutuga. The cop was never charged with a crime. The youth’s mother, whom activists call “Momma Emanuel,” became a mainstay of demonstrations against police violence. “She’s a tower of strength,” said Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, the renowned whistleblower and activist with the Hands Up Coalition-DC, who is also an
editor and columnist for Black Agenda Report. Momma Emanuel “now feels very African American,” said Coleman-Adebayo. “When she talks about white supremacy, she now understands what she’s talking about.”

New “WikiLeaks” Book shows U.S. Runs Amuck in Latin America

Diplomatic cables from the Bush and early Obama administrations document years of U.S. subversion and attempts at regime change in Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Honduras and El Salvador, according to The WikiLeaks Files, a new book by three analysts for the Center for Economic and Policy Studies. The U.S. funded right-wing NGOs that tried to topple the Venezuelan government, said co-author Dan Beeton. For example, a U.S. diplomat in Caracas cabled his superiors to report: “The streets are hot, and all the people organizing these demonstrations are our grantees.” Beeton cannot imagine that the U.S. would tolerate “Chinese or Iranian funding of NGOs that put up street blockades in Washington, DC.”

Post-Katrina Documentary: “Fear No Gumbo”

Kimberly Rivers-Roberts, the New Orleans filmmaker and hip hop artist also known as Queen Kold Madina, is raising funds to complete Fear No Gumbo, her new documentary on the city’s incomplete recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Her first film, Trouble the Water, depicting events during the first five days after the storm, was nominated for an Oscar and won several awards at the Sundance Film Festival. The new project aims to show “that the recovery isn’t over, even ten years later.” Rivers-Roberts considers her film “an educational piece to get people back to the table, get some positive change, and get the Lower Ninth Ward rebuilt.”

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