Black Agenda Report 1 June 2017

1 June 2017 — Black Agenda Report

Black-Hating Negroes and Their Uses: David Clarke at Homeland Security

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The Black sheriff from Milwaukee is a cartoon character whose elevation to Homeland Security is intended as an insult to Black people and a sop to the most bigoted elements of Donald Trump’s base. Clarke’s “talent is to cultivate a crude and shameless contempt for his own ethnicity, tuned to the racist receptors of his white patrons.” He’s a sick Black cat in a hat — but he’s got company.


Freedom Rider: Obama vs. Trump

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

President Barack Obama sold Saudi Arabia record amounts of weapons, joined its murderous war in Yemen, and interfered in European elections by supporting Angela Merkel in Germany and Emmanuel Macron in France. Yet the corporate media pretends that this continuity of U.S. imperial policy is, somehow, all Donald Trump’s idea. The rulers care only about the Empire. “The ICE raids, emboldened racism, voter suppression and cuts to government programs don’t concern them.”

10 Examples of How US imperialism Continues to Kill the People and Planet

by Danny Haiphong

The capitalist narrative, aggressively fronted by the Democratic Party in 2016, holds that “conditions in the U.S. were never better.” But all the objective facts say otherwise. “Imperialism’s contradictions have been pushed to their natural limit.” By every social, economic and moral measure, conditions of life are deteriorating for the masses of people, while the rich suck up the wealth of the world. 

Rwanda: Starvation in the Shadow of a Star?

by Ann Garrison

Paul Kagame, the dictator that presides over Rwanda’s minority government, is the darling of the U.S., the former colonial powers, and Israel. Bill Clinton claims “the economic and social gains in Rwanda have been nothing short of astonishing under Kagame.” So, it may surprise his sponsors that Rwanda is in the grip of famine. Kagame also requires that candidates in the current election submit their media messages to the state for approval.

The working class is now united: A report on dissent and democracy in Brazil

Corruption allegations and protests against Brazil’s Workers Party and its president Dilma Roussef were widely reported in the US. But since a soft coup ousted the Workers Party and its president a few months ago strikes and protests twice as large are utterly unreported by the US press. Brasil Wire correspondent Brian Mier explains who’s in motion and what’s at stake in the country with the largest black population outside Africa.

When I Grow Up…

by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner

Ralph Pointer, husband of the recently deceased peoples lawyer and political prisoner Lynne Stewart is an accomplished freedom fighter in his own right. A respected elder, he is still with us, and BAR’s poet in residence tells us a little about him.


Sister Tchaiko Kwayana: An Original Educator of the African World

by Dr. Matthew Quest

Educator and popular historian Sister Tchaiko R. Kwayana (1937-2017) taught in Africa, South America and the US. A forerunner of the Black Power and Black studies movements of the late 1960s and early 1970s, she also challenged post-civil rights, post-colonial independence black-led regimes where they emerged as authoritarian and oppressive, betraying the goals of national liberation and Black autonomy.

Melissa Harris-Perry is Blowing Smoke Again

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry brands the NAACP “irrelevant” in a May 30 New York Times opo ed without the bother of naming a single issue on which she disagrees with them. Shallow bran farts like this only make the New York Times because Harris-Perry is the unofficial spokeslady for a different faction of the black political class eager to supplant their elders under the brokerage model of black leadership we’ve been saddled with since Booker T;. Washington.

Manufactured Hysteria Over Russia Requires 24/7 Upkeep

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The ruling class and its media are most vengeful against Donald Trump, not based on issues of justice and equality, but because he showed that middle America was “nowhere near as gung-ho for endless war” as had been assumed. This triggered an existential crisis for the U.S. imperialism. If Trump’s people were not the war constituency, then who was? The hate-Russia machine roared into frenzied action.

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Antar Lumumba Seeks to Reclaim City Hall in Jackson, Mississippi

Voters in mostly Black Jackson, Mississippi, will decide on June 6 whether Antar Lumumba will succeed his father, the veteran activist and lawyer Chokwe Lumumba, who died during his first year in the mayor’s office in 2014. Antar Lumumba won the Democratic primary with 56 percent of the vote. “If we can’t turn out the Black working class, then we are in trouble,” said Kali Akuno, of Cooperation Jackson and the Lumumba campaign. Jackson, the state capital, faces challenges of gentrification, high municipal debt, “threats of the privatization of our water system, and loss of our school system to a state takeover,” said Akuno.

Russians See Hostile U.S. Agenda

Longtime anti-war activist David Swanson recently returned from a trip to Russia. “I wanted to see what Russians thought about foreign policy, about the United States, and about all the ‘scandals’ in Washington that mention Russia all the time but hardly ever have any evidence in them,” said Swanson, publisher of the influential web site Russians are keenly aware of the history of U.S. encirclement and hostility towards their country. “They see opposition to Trump in the United States as all coming out of an anti-Russian agenda,” he said. “They have no idea, whatsoever, that people might dislike Trump for some other reasons.”

Black Colombians Strike Against Racism, Poverty and Violence

Riot police brutally attacked protesters in the mostly Black city of Buenaventura, the South American nation’s largest port. Charo Mina-Rojas, of Black Community Process, part of a broad spectrum of organizations behind a general strike in the city of half a million people, said water is unavailable 150 days of the year, the people “don’t have access to health care, teachers have not been paid in months,” and violence is rampant in poor neighborhoods controlled by paramilitary gunmen. “We don’t see opportunities for real peace in Colombia if Black people continue under these racist attacks by the national government,” said Mina-Rojas.

Mumia Supporters Demand Documents That Could Lead to a New Trial

In the wake of a court decision that former district attorneys who become judges should not be allowed to rule on cases they prosecuted, supporters of Mumia Abu Jamal are demanding release of documents related to the conduct of former Philadelphia DA Ronald Castillo. Supporters are urged to call the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office (215.686.8000) “to demand that files in Mumia’s case be turned over to Mumia’s lawyers, to attain real justice,” said Gwendolyn Debrow, of the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home. Abu Jamal was convicted of murder in 1982 in the death of a Philadelphia policeman. “It’s time we pulled the lid off this case and expose this system, its corruption and violence and prosecutorial misconduct and the police framing of Mumia,” said Debrow.

Trump May Be Beginning of the End for U.S. Empire

In an essay for Prison Radio, the nation’s best known political prisoner described President Donald Trump’s “tweets and utterances” as “a daily cascade of craziness.” “Not since Watergate have we seen such a fury for the hide of a president,” said Mumia Abu Jamal. “This smells of corruption, of capitalist greed and excess, and of imperial arrogance on a grand, global scale. This feels like the beginning of the end.”

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