Black Agenda Report 24 August 2017

24 August 2017 — Black Agenda Report

Blacks Should Not Become Uncle Sam’s Clean-Up Crew

– Glen Ford , BAR executive editor
“Protests that focus on the racist personalities and structures of the past must demand remedies for oppressions of the present.” Otherwise, you are only cleaning up Uncle Sam’s act.

Freedom Rider: Kaepernick and True Protest

– Margaret Kimberley , BAR editor and senior columnist
A group of Black ministers produced a viral video declaring their intention to “Black Out” the NFL for blacklisting Colin Kaepernick. Then they spoiled it by waving the American flag.

Black Alliance for Peace Calls on the U.S. to End Its War in Afghanistan

– Ajamu Baraka , BAR editor and columnist
President Trump will continue the carnage in Afghanistan, just like the Democrats and Republicans before him. “The commitment to Full Spectrum Dominance has always had bipartisan support.”

Charlottesville is America: The Myth of the White Supremacist Tidal Wave

– Danny Haiphong , BAR contributor
The line between official and private racism is quite fuzzy in “the first empire to be founded on white capitalist rule.” One thing is sure: “White supremacy wouldn’t exist if it were not profitable.”

Protesting, Glorifying, and Justifying White Supremacy by the Bay

– Ann Garrison , BAR contributor
White nationalists strike fear and panic among Bay Area politicos, simply by announcing plans to rally or march. But antifas seem eager to rumble.

Black Agenda Radio for Week of August 22, 2017

  • Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford bring you this week’s edition of our hour long radio/podcast show.
  • Dr. Anthony Monteiro explains the ramifications of US reliance on military power to address all its problems.
  • Dr. Margaret Flowers discusses recent polling of US physicians, the majority of whom now favor Medicare For All
  • Chicago’s Kamm Howard declares the black political class “illegitimate.”
  • Ajamu Baraka talks about the seeming economic redundancy of black America and Mumia Abu Jamal on tearing down the walls of the US prison state.
    Click the link above for the whole show, or any of the next five links for the indivdual segments, and be sure to share them on your favorite social media platforms.

Uncle Sam Overdosing on War

Washington’s European allies are tired of endless U.S. wars, said Duboisian scholar and Black Radical Organizing Committee activist Dr. Tony Monteiro

Doctors Back Single Payer

A new survey shows 56 percent of U.S. doctors now favor establishment of a single payer healthcare system. Only a minority of physicians opted for single payer back in 2008. Dr. Margaret Flowers, of Popular Resistance, said other studies have shown even greater support among physicians. “What all this reflects,” said Flowers, “is that the current healthcare non-system is driving health professionals to search for an alternative that would actually allow them to focus on their patients’ needs and not the ‘business of medicine.’”

Black Political Class “Illegitimate”

Veteran activist Kamm Howard, speaking at the national conference of the Black Is Back Coalition, in Chicago, said data show Black peoples’ two main “desires” are reparations and self-determination, which he described as “Black people governing their own communities, independent of the Democratic Party. Our political leadership is supposed to mirror these desires,” said Howard — and when they fail to do so, that renders them illegitimate.

Blacks More Vulnerable Than Ever

“We are, in essence, a redundant population” that is “no longer an important part of the U.S. political economy,” said Ajamu Baraka, the longtime human rights activist and 2016 Green Party vice presidential candidate. “As a consequence, Baraka told the Black Is Back Coalition, “the main objective now on the part of the state is to engage in a process of control and containment” of Black people. “We are in a more precarious and vulnerable situation than we’ve ever been before in this country.”

Tear Down Those Prison Walls

In an essay for Prison Radio, Pennsylvania political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal said the U.S. has created “a nation of millions in chains” — a “Prison Nation fueled by the politics of fear.” Prison abolition, he said, “is a question that is now right on time for us all.”

How “Both Sides” Forge U.S. Supremacy: The Nationalistic Hypocrisies of “Violence” and “Free Speech”

Sam Husseini
So now Donald Trump, of all people, is telling us who the “perpetrators of violence” are?  How did we come to this?

“Who is the Ultimate Traitor? On Patriotism and White Supremacy”

Crystal M. Fleming, Ph.D.
Bigots are anything but “un-American.” “When a nation is founded on genocide, slavery, patriarchy, class oppression and white supremacy, patriotism cannot be the ultimate test of morality.”

Renter Week of Action and Political Education

September 18 to 23 is the time for tenants of the nation to unite. “The only way to gain access to safe, quality and affordable homes for all is to demand that decisions made about our communities are made BY our communities, not wealthy investors.”

The Saudi-U.S. war against Yemen has now spread to the Shia heartland of Saudi Arabia, itself — which is also where most of the Wahhabi kingdom’s oil lies. 

Theogene Rudasingwa
The US engineered and backed regime of Paul Kagame in Rwanda is the current generation of US puppet regimes in Africa, and the principal force enabling the continuing genocidal looting of the neighboring Congo.

Venezuela: Chavistas Gain Upper Hand, Big Challenges Remain

Steve Ellner , Federico Fuentes

Venezuela’s socialist government was able to mobilize much of the population behind a National Constituent Assembly. Now that Assembly and the Chavista movement must has to deliver solutions, in the face of a US led economic war and a racist, upper class domestic opposition. It won’t be easy. 

The Centrality of Theodore W. Allen’s Work in the Struggle Against White Supremacy

Jeffrey B. Perry

Theodore W. Allen, the man who wrote “The Invention of the White Race” would be 98 this week. The cogency of Allen’s breakthrough analysis of the origin of North American racism and its key role in the class struggle grows more important every year. 

In Mexico, Drug Cartels are the Ruling Class

Arsinoé Orihuela
In today’s Mexico the truth is that the drug cartels constitute a vital arm of ruling class power.