Black Agenda Report for Wednesday July 4, 2018: Anti-Lynching Bill a Sham, Ocasio-Cortez and the Left; Political Theater

5 July 2018 — Black Agenda Report

Black Caucus Support for Anti-Lynching Law is a Sham

– Glen Ford , BAR executive editor
If Rep. Bobby Rush’s anti-lynching bill were to have more than symbolic value, it would make it easier to convict the cops of lynching — since they are by far the main perpetrators.

Freedom Rider: Ocasio-Cortez and the Left

– Margaret Kimberley , BAR editor and senior columnist
The upstart from the Bronx should get credit for taking down a center-right Democratic kingpin, but don’t lay it on too thick; if Ocasio-Cortez is not held to account, she will drift back into the Party’s orbit.

On Magical Thinking VS Sober Analysis of the Ocasio-Cortez Victory in NY

– Bruce A. Dixon , BAR managing editor
Some aspects of the Ocasio-Cortez victory are peculiar to that contest, others are widely applicable. Only a critical analysis enables us to discern which is which. Failuire to differentiate between them is magical thinking.s

When Democrats Aren’t the Least-Worst

Ann Garrison , BAR contributor
“The argument that anyone to the left of Donald Trump owes their vote to a Democrat has always been stupid and arrogant.  

Political Theater and the Immigration Crisis: A Two-Party Problem

– Danny Haiphong , BAR contributor
Both political parties are wholly antagonistic to the notion of rolling back the deportation and police-state machinery directed toward undocumented immigrants.

Doing Good Work

Raymond Nat Turner , BAR poet-in-residence
Bet you wonderin’ how I knew, What’s fake and what’s true? I heard it through the grapevine— Or, maybe I read it online?

Top Ten Reasons We Don’t Know More About C.L.R. James

Dr. Matthew Quest
Few African Americans interested in radical traditions are familiar with C.L.R. James. Many are exposed to Black Studies or Africana Studies yet never hear mention of his name. Perhaps this is because James tends to minimize dread, anxiety, victimization, and meditations on the search for identity in favor of crisp political proposals for what to do and how to do it.  

Black Agenda Radio, week of July 2, 2018

Click the link above for the entire one hour show, or any of the next four links for that individual segment.
Putin-Trump Summit Won’t Accomplish Much
Sara Flounders, of the United National Anti-War Coalition, thinks the upcoming summit meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, probably won’t

What’s a Gang, and Who’s In It?
The New York City police department keeps a list of 42,000 alleged gang members, and uses it to bring conspiracy charges that have resulted in mass arrests in Black and brown neighborhoods.

Black Buffalo Neighborhoods Saturated With Checkpoints
02 Jul 2018
For the past five years, Buffalo, New York, cops have concentrated their checkpoints on the Black side of town, raking in record revenues from fines.

02 Jul 2018
Cities have gone billions of dollars in debt to pay for court settlements and judgments against brutal cops, with the profits from these so-called “brutality bonds” going mainly to large banks.  

BAR Book Forum: Deirdre Cooper Owens’ “Medical Bondage

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
“American gynecology and obstetrics is intimately bound to American slavery.”  

BAR Book Forum: Britt Rusert’s “Fugitive Science”

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
“We are seeing the reemergence of a white supremacist engagement with science that has always existed, but is finding more traction

The Anti-Union Janus Ruling Is Going to Hit Black Women the Hardest

Miles Kampf-Lassin
“The public sector provides job opportunities for African-American workers, and women especially, at a rate

Papers Insist ‘We Need’ Secret Gang Databases—Just Like We ‘Needed’ Stop & Frisk

Josmar Trujillo
“Police gang databases can lead to increased bail, harsher sentencing, erosion of presumption of innocence and even increased chances

The Land Question: Unpacking Expropriation Without Compensation in South Africa

Nombuso Mathibela
“Pay no one for land acquired illegally.”

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