Black Agenda Report 5 April 2017: MLK = Peace, Obama = War; Black Misleaders Act Like GOP: Towards a Black Peace Movement

5 April 2017 — Global Research

MLK and Obama: Two Diametrically Opposed Legacies

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Dr. King spoke of the Triple Evils: racism, militarism and materialism – “meaning, in contemporary society, capitalism.” However, “the decisive blow to the Black movement for self-determination and against U.S. imperialism was delivered by forces internal to the Black community”: the Black Misleadership Class. The question confronts us: “Have Black people shed their anti-imperialism and embraced war?”

Freedom Rider: Black Misleaders Act Like Republicans

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Black politics in Baltimore has sunk to the very bottom of the sewer, with mayor Catherine Pugh’s veto of a rise in the minimum wage. “Black people have no reason to rejoice with the Pughs of the world in office, because they are just as eager to act against their interests if powerful people give them marching orders.” Push is “a typical member of the black misleadership class, who live off of the crumbs of corporate tribute.”

50 Years Later, We Must Again Confront and Reject U.S. Warmongering

by Ajamu Baraka

More than ever, Black America needs a peace movement to confront militarism and the global structures of white supremacy. “We are calling for a new alliance to help revive the black anti-war and peace movement in the black community as an essential component of a revived broader anti-war and pro-peace movement,” says human rights activist and former Green Party VP candidate Ajamu Baraka, an organizer of the new Black Alliance for Peace.

Brother Harvey Matthews: “I’m Fighting for My Ancestors.” The Bethesda African Cemetery: Part II

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Adebayo

When whites dispossessed an established Black community in Bethesda, Maryland, a half century ago, they “destroyed the life that we loved,” said Harvey Matthews, who grew up near a Black cemetery that has been paved over. The damage is more than psychological. “The whites destroyed our ability to pass on our land from one generation to the next. If the whites had not stolen our land, we would be millionaires now.”

Baltimore’s Mayor Rejects $15 minimum wage Bill, Sharpening the Divide between Black Workers and Black Political leadership

by Danny Haiphong

Who enforces poverty wages in Black America? In Baltimore, a Black mayor blocked a minimum wage hike on the grounds that it would make the city “uncompetitive.” Mayor Catherine Pugh has bought into the imperial doctrine that poverty is an advantage in the marketplace. Pugh’s veto “is a stark indication that the Black misleadership class stands in the way of alleviating the burning poverty of the Black working class.”

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