25 August 2016 — Black Agenda Report
Clintonite Conspiracy Theories
Hillary Clinton’s agents warn darkly of “conspiracy theories” that might trip up her presidential bid. What they really fear is the release of more damaging facts in the next round of Wikileaks documents. Therefore, the Clintonites are attempting to “poison the well of public discussion,” preemptively, “in order to immunize Clinton from future factual disclosures.” The real conspirators – to make war on the world – reside in Hillary’s “Big Tent.”
Freedom Rider: The Clinton and Powell War Criminal Charade
Hillary Clinton, with help from her collaborators in corporate media, is trying to shift the blame for her email crimes to her predecessor, Colin Powell. The two exchanged private server notes at a “reunion of war criminals,” including Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice and Henry Kissinger. Clinton’s sycophants scurry to her defense, since she is the meal ticket for those “beholden to Democratic Party success to stay on the gravy train.”
Katrina and Other Catastrophes
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford
The Lords of Capital learned a great deal from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. They learned that the Black Misleadership Class was incapable of organizing resistance to even the most public crimes committed against the Black poor. Not only could African Americans be removed en mass from valuable urban property with no push-back from the Black political class, but many of them would join in celebrating the catastrophe as a “renaissance.”
The Obama Legacy Part VIII: The War Summation
by Danny Haiphong
By any rational measure, Barack Obama has been the consummate War President, having “accelerated the growth of the US military state in all regions of the globe.” Obama “mastered the murderous art of drone warfare in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and surrounding nations to an extent unseen in the Bush era,” mobilized legions of jihadists as foot soldiers of imperialism, provoked China and Russia, occupied most of Africa and subverted Latin America.
Tis The Season of Suicide
by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner
The US political landscape, explains the poet, teems with deadly, dangerous and toxic notions and figures whom we are told to embrace.
Assuming the Risk of Blackness
by Bryan K. Bullock
The purported “risks” that police voluntarily take are transferred to their Black and brown victims, who have no practical protections. Legal settlements do not balance the scales. “They only serve to transfer the risk of policing onto the backs of tax payers or unto the insurance policy the municipality may have for such occasions.” Black and brown people “must lead the charge and make concrete, enforceable demands given the stakes at hand.”
Ajamu Baraka, “Uncle Tom,” and the Pathology of White Liberal Racism
by Eric Draitser
CNN’s Chris Cuomo acted as if Green Party vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka had committed a crime in calling President Obama an “Uncle Tom.” However, “even a cursory analysis of the term, the context in which it was used, and Cuomo’s intent in raising the issue, not only vindicates Baraka’s usage of Uncle Tom, it reveals the deep-seated racism of Democratic party shills, and American liberals in general.”
by Mumia Abu-Jamal
August is a month to assess and build upon the legacy of Black people’s resistance to the armed repression of the U.S. state and its agents. The author, the nation’s best known political prisoner, wrote this article August 4, 1993.
Is This the Beginning of the End for the Private Prison Industry?
by James Kilgore
The Obama administration’s announcement that it would phase out private federal prisons is symbolically important, but will affect only a small slice of the nation’s huge incarcerated population. “Bodies will simply be relocated to existing federal prisons.” The biggest impact of private prisons is in state systems, especially immigrant detention centers, which are 62 percent private.
Katrina Pain Index 2016 by the Numbers: Race and Class Gap Widening
by Bill Quigley
When much of Black New Orleans was forced out of town in the wake of Katrina, the powers-that-be welcomed the opportunity to make the purge permanent. Today, “there are 95,625 fewer African Americans living in New Orleans now than in the 2000 Census.” The state of Louisiana “continues to rank dead last in poverty, racial disparities and exclusion of immigrants.”
Black Agenda Report for Week of August 22, 2016
Presidential Pollsters Ask the Wrong Questions
“There’s no major poll that I know of that asks the American public who they want to be president,” said journalist and VotePact founder Sam Husseini. Instead, the five polling outfits whose surveys are used to determine if candidates have enough support to appear in televised debates ask, “If the election were held today, who would you vote for?” Husseini believes “there are probably millions of people who would want to vote for third parties,” but plan to pull the lever for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump as “a tactical maneuver.” Theoretically — especially with Clinton and Trump rated unfavorably by majorities of Americans — “we could have majority appeal for third party candidates right now, but we would never know it because nobody’s” asking the right question.
Clintonites Play Foul Against Greens
Green Party vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka said so-called “liberal” Clinton supporters “are trying to undermine the moral authority that we have as a campaign that stands up for the working class in this country to advance principles that transcend the limitations of liberalism; to talk about a new kind of democracy and an economic liberation that goes beyond the limitations of capitalism.” Baraka, a veteran human rights activist and editor at Black Agenda Report, said the Clintonites slime the Greens as part of the ‘loony left’ to “try to undermine this oppositional moment.”
Black Is Back Coalition Stresses Centrality of Self-Determination
For decades, the conversation around Black liberation in the United States has been missing the critical element of self-determination, said Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations. The movement that emerged in Ferguson in 2014 “wasn’t about body cameras, and it wasn’t about police-community review boards. We criticized those who could not even make a demand on the system,” Yeshitela told a gathering of the coalition, in Philadelphia. The coalition approved a list of 19 demands as the basis for a Black Agenda for Self Determination, to be submitted to the annual Black Is Back national conference in Washington, November 5 and 6.
Ralph Poynter, the veteran activist and husband of people’s lawyer and former political prisoner Lynne Stewart, assumed the chairmanship of the coalition’s Political Prisoners Working Group. “The modern death penalty — 80 percent Black — moved lynching indoors,” said Poynter. “The police, as the army of occupation, have taken lynching outside, again. The lynch mob is the racist system, including the courts and the media.”
Detroit Schools Activists Win Court Battle
A Michigan judge excoriated the state-run Detroit school district for attempting to bar Steve Conn and Nicole Conaway from advocating teacher strikes against the privatization and forced deterioration of the public schools. The district’s request for an injunction against Conn, a former president of the local teachers union, and Conaway, of By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), was “offensive to free speech,” said the judge. “We’re certainly going to urge more protests to defeat the governor for destroying our schools,” said Conn.
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