Black Agenda Report for 3 May 2017

3 May 2017 — Black Agenda Report

The Challenge in Jackson, Mississippi: To Govern or to Transform
by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
The political organization of Jackson’s first Mayor Lumumba was divided. Some wanted to embed themselves in Mississippi’s black political class, while others aimed for a far reaching transformation of the local economy, relying on collective uplift and cooperative enterprises. It’s been three years. The eyes of black and working class America are on Jackson Mississippi once again. Will the city be merely governed, or will it be transformed?

Study Shows School Vouchers Hurt Students – But Trump and DeVos Couldn’t Care Less
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

President Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos are old school “segregation academy” politicians with strong ideological investments in private school vouchers. They will not be deterred by a new study that shows the Washington DC school voucher program actually detracts from student achievement. The people of DC never wanted vouchers, but school privatization has nothing to do with democracy.

Freedom Rider: Obama Gets Paid
by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Obama opposed reparations for Black slavery, but gladly pockets payback for his work in ensuring that banks are “too big to jail.” Obama has been on the Lord’s of Capital’s payroll, coming and going, having won the presidency with the largest contributions from Wall Street in history. “The fact that his defenders so casually shrug their shoulders and defend kleptocracy ought to be debated.”

Trump’s First 100 Days: The War Party Lives On
by Danny Haiphong

Donald Trump has been brought to heel, as Hillary Clinton might say. “Trump has learned in his first 100 days in office that war is the primary marker of Presidential legitimacy.” The War Party’s anti-Russia campaign has crushed any hopes of lessening international tensions. “Where Obama succeeded in neutralizing the left, Trump is succeeding in dropping all so-called populist pretenses in favor of the warm embraces of the ruling elite.”

Bruce Dixon: Don’t Let Democrats Drive You to Desperation
by Ann Garrison

Noted Black public intellectual Dr. Cornel West recently gave the nod to backers of a new, People’s Party. But Green Party activist and BAR managing editor Bruce Dixon says that trying to build a new progressive electoral force by “poaching” Democrats is the wrong way to go. In an interview with the author, Dixon said the Green Party’s “political positions are reflective of what enormous numbers, perhaps majorities, of Americans, want.”
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The U.S. Justice Department, now led by Republicans, has officially declined to prosecute the cops that killed Alton Sterling, on video, in Baton Rouge, last year. That’s no surprise. The Obama Justice Department only brought charges against one killer cop – and only after local authorities in South Carolina already done so. Trump can hardly do worse. “When it comes to killer cops, the best of evidence is never enough.”

Who Is Behind the Assault on Public Schools?
by Howard Ryan

The author believes that school privatization, in the guise of “reform,” is primarily “led by organized coalitions of major corporations, who seek a curriculum suited to their own economic and political hegemony.” Corporate groups like the Business Roundtable took the lead early on, but later deferred to edu-philanthropists and edu-business outfits, including some that thrive on profits from gentrification.

The U.S. Political Scene: Whiteness and the Legitimacy Crisis of Global Capitalism
by Salvador Rangel – Jeb Sprague-Silgado

“The Trump-right,” say the authors, “has sought to make up for the loss in the material wages of white workers through an increase in their ‘public and psychological wage’ (as W.E.B. Du Bois described it) —via the promotion of racism and xenophobia.” Since Trump is wedded to the transnational capitalist class that has orchestrated the global race to the bottom, all he can provide is “a more blatant normalization of bigotry” — and war.

Global Capitalist Crisis and Trump’s War Drive
by William I. Robinson

Human extinction by war becomes more likely because the transnational capitalist class has militarized the process of accumulation. “The so-called wars on drugs, terrorism, and immigrants; the construction of border walls, immigrant detention centers, and ever-growing prisons; the installation of mass surveillance systems, and the spread of private security guard and mercenary companies, have all become major sources of profit-making.”

Africa Has No Stake in the French Election
by Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

From de Gaulle in 1958 to Hollande in 2017, and for all members of the French establishment, the operational principle of the French towards Africa has been: “invade, intimidate, manipulate, install, antagonize, ingratiate, indemnify, expropriate.” Nothing in this election will change that – only Africans can.

Black Agenda Radio for Week of Monday, May 1, ’17
Mumia Challenges His Conviction, Charging   Judicial Bias
The Vanishing U.S. Left
Putting Black Self Determination on the Ballot
Single Payer Makes a Breakthrough on Capitol Hill