Black Agenda Report for December 8, 2016: More on the Stein Recount, Capitalist Propaganda IS Fake News, Black Fear in the Age of Trump

8 December 2016 — Black Agenda Report

Are Jill Stein and the Green Party Being Played By Democrats? Will the Recount Split the Green Party?

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
Are Jill Stein and the Greens carrying sludge for Democrats? Doesn’t the failure to seek recounts in any state Hillary won prove she and the Greens are being played? Is there a difference between the ways Republicans and Democrats steal elections? Didn’t the Green Party itself refuse to endorse the recount? And what’s this about alleging “foreign operators” being responsible for electoral fraud? Surely Greens don’t believe that nonsense.

White Supremacy, U.S. Exceptionalism and Capitalist Dogma are All “Fake News”

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
The U.S. ruling class faces a crisis of legitimacy, having no solution to any of the multiple crises of capitalism. Therefore, it is compelled to lie about virtually everything, and to call speakers of truth purveyors of “fake news.” The false narrative must be maintained because “the world is outgrowing the U.S.-led, rigged economic and political system that is the last vestige of half a millennium of colonialism and white supremacy.”

Freedom Rider: Black Fear in the Age of Trump

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
Having accepted the unacceptable and defended the indefensible when it came from Democrats, Blacks must now confront the white people’s president, Donald Trump. As in dark days of the past, we must cast off fear and cast out Black misleaders who are loyal only to themselves. “Creating political crisis should be the order of the day. That has always been the game changer, not necessarily getting Democrat


Blacks Systematically Barred from Temporary Jobs in Chicago

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford
Chicago-area businesses and a national temporary worker staffing agency conspired to discriminate against Black applicants in favor of largely undocumented Hispanic workers, according to a suit filed in federal court. “It was said to be common for managers to ask MVP to only send them workers that listened to 107.9 FM, a Spanish language radio station in Chicago.”

The Second Phase of the propaganda Fake News War: Economic Strangulation. What Comes Next?

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Adebayo
Frustrated and outraged at how reality has turned out, the ruling class denizens of Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential tent are lashing out at truth-tellers. “Fake news” is whatever contradicts their lies, and Russia is their all-purpose boogeyman. “Google and Facebook have joined theri corporate media compatriots in an attempt to limit the public’s access to alternative news analysis and independent investigative reporting.”

When It Comes to U.S. Foreign Policy, the Truth Hurts

by Ronald Thomas West
A bill before Congress could be used to target “any website, or blog, that does not share the mainstream media’s proclivity to serve as the Public Relations arm of a given administration.“ All they have to do is claim it is being “manipulated” by the Russians. But, Moscow doesn’t have to lie to counter a lawless U.S. foreign policy. “The Russians only need to stick to the facts (omitting the pipeline) to ultimately win the propaganda war.”

A Eulogy for Fidel

by Danny Haiphong
Fidel was a political giant, to whom the U.S. left is indebted, “not only because he and the Cuban people have protected Black revolutionaries such as Assata Shakur, Robert Williams, and Huey Newton from US government persecution.” The revolution he led built “a new society and a new people rooted in the principles of Marxism.”

Umkhonto We Sizwe (MK): How the Armed Struggle Succeeded

by Ronnie Kasrils
Despite its 30 years of sacrifice, Umkhonto We Sizwe (MK), the armed force of the South African liberation struggle, “does not feature in school history curricula, no official films have been produced, and no military record is established.” The author, a former MK commander, proposes to comprehensively set the record straight. The following is his address at the University of Witwatersrand on “the politics of armed struggle in Southern Africa.”

How Rock and Roll Became White
by Colin Vanderburg
Rock and roll music has always been a site of struggle over issues of race and racism. In this insightful review, Colin Vanderburg surveys what Jack Hamilton has to say regarding how rock music succumbed to the lure of American racism.


Black Agenda Radio for Week of December 5, 2016
Donald Trump’s Corporate Bait-and-Switch
A Movement Sorely in Need of Science
RICO Prosecutions as a Tool of Gentrification
U.S. is Lying Aggressor in Syria…
…Just Like in Libya and Iraq

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