21 January 2016 — Black Agenda Report
They drowned New Orleans. Now they have poisoned Flint, Michigan. The corporate campaign to ethnically cleanse U.S. cities knows no bounds. Michigan’s emergency financial manager law is “part of Wall Street’s tool kit to starve, bulldoze, redline, over-price, oppressively police, and even poison Black people out of the urban centers.”
How does a writer make slavery a light and breezy read for children? By presenting a story that’s comforting to white bosses at corporate publishing houses, that’s how. The same racial hierarchy that prevailed under the slavocracy calls the shots in today’s book selling industry. The rules haven’t changed: don’t make Mr. Charlie angry, or hurt Miss Ann’s feelings.
The whole world knows that Flint River water stinks and is full of lead. But, it is “the smell of Gov. Rick Snyder’s unprecedented, radically anti-democratic and cunningly racist ‘emergency management’ statutes” that has killed every vestige of democracy for cities like Flint. The great crime was to unite “all local government powers in a single, totally unaccountable gubernatorial appointee with the power to
violate local laws and contracts.”
The scent of sulfur, scandalous Skippy-Gate brew—
With an arresting officer; some shit ain’t neurosurgery
or rocket science—ain’t as nuanced, or complicated as
Negroz are in the Way Back Machine—a moral morass—
Slipping into darkness at the speed of light, since the
‘08 date, November deal, with the Devil…
When capitalism is sinking, the working class is drowning, and flails about for a life raft – like Power Ball. “Workers, especially the increasing numbers thrown out of the labor force, must possess a strong hope of individual gain within the confines of the capitalist system.” Power Ball and other gambling vices give them that hope – which relieves pressure on the system’s big winners: rich capitalists
The current upsurge in Black “movement”-type politics has been in the making for a decade. Katrina “reawakened the Black radical imagination” in 2005. Like a wave, the momentum built through the Jena 6 campaign and the Justice for Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin actions, culminating in the 2014 rebellion in Ferguson, Missouri. “This is a new moment where our people are learning more in a few days then they typically do in decades.”
The current crop of Black “leaders” ceremonially endorse Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and works – but he would not vouch for theirs. “They betray King’s legacy in their explicit and implicit support of U.S. imperialism and wars by condoning and making excuses for the current President’s rampant militarism in Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Africa and the drone assassinations of Americans and of civilians in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.”
The Massive Discrepancies Between Media Coverage of Mythical Crack Babies and Opiate-Dependent Babies
Three decades ago, hysteria about “crack-babies” helped launch another wave of racial vilification and oppression. Today, most new drug addicts are white, and “we have not witnessed the pervasive vilification or scaremongering of drug-addicted mothers and their babies that we saw during the crack-baby era, which helped drive the anti-black sentiment at the heart of issues from welfare reform to mass incarceration.”
Nowhere is The Big Lie more powerful than in the corporate and official Western version of events in Rwanda and the Congo, where Tutsi dictator and U.S. hit-man Paul Kagame is responsible for the worst genocides since World War Two. Scholar Edward Herman and a few others have struggled for two decades to reveal the truth about the events in Rwanda. Ann Garrison’s lonely journalistic mission is to defictionalize the blood-soaked history of the region.
By engineering chaos in Libya with the violent overthrow of Gaddafi in 2011, NATO “effectively turned over the entire armory of an advanced industrial state to the region’s most sectarian militias,” including Boko Haram. Moreover, the success of Boko Haram is strategically beneficial to the US in its rivalry with China for dominance in West Africa.