Black Agenda Report for August 9 2018: The Resistance is the Assistance; Corporate Strangulation of Dissent, Social Media Threaten the Black Left

9 August 2018 — Black Agenda Report

When the Resistance is Really the Assistance 

– Bruce A. Dixon , BAR managing editor
Democrats voted almost 2 to 1 to approve the Pentagon budget, including the Space Force. Half the House Progressive Caucus and Most of the Black Caucus endorsed it too. It’s official. The resistance IS the assistance.

Martial Law By Other Means: Corporate Strangulation of Dissent 

– Glen Ford , BAR executive editor
The Lords of capital know that their permanent austerity and war regime requires putting the nation on a martial footing, with further curbs on freedom of expression at home, and relentless pursuit military dominance abroad.

Freedom Rider: Social Media’s Danger to the Black Left 

– Margaret Kimberley , BAR editor and senior columnist
Right-winger Alex Jones just got kicked off Facebook, Apple, Google and Spotify, but left-wing sites like BAR have been algorithmically undermined for almost two years.

Wikileaks: Rwandan Reconciliation Is a Lie 

– Ann Garrison , BAR contributor
A decade-old Wikileaks cable shows that high US officials were fully aware that the Tutsi-led regime they had championed in Rwanda was based on systemic repression of the Hutu majority.

Russiagate Crusaders Don’t Want Democracy, Just War 

Danny Haiphong, BAR contributor
“No political movement in the US exists to stop the Deep State from suppressing the content and ideology of Black Agenda Report or even Black Lives Matter as agents of the Kremlin”

Putting Afro-Pessimism, Intersectionality, and Solidarity to Work 

Tryon P. Woods
“If the Movement for Black Lives can indirectly lead to an expanded sphere of safety for white women of a certain class status, with no commensurate enhanced protection for black people, then this is how blackness is used to meet non-black needs.”

An Interview With Boots Riley: “In the World of Film, We’ve Edited out All Rebellion” 

Chip Gibbons and Boots Riley
“I think the movement needs to organize the 93 percent of the work force that is not organized.”

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There is some continuity between today’s Black movement and the Sixties, however, “today’s struggle lacks the infrastructure in-the-hood-building” 
Apple’s triumph in becoming the first corporation in history to be valued at a trillion dollars is “in many ways a meaningless achievement…

The constant denial of individual Black personhood that is a legacy of centuries of slavery has given us “a chance to organizer around something other than the debilitating and vicious notion of individuality which lies at the heart of modern Western civilization.

BAR Book Forum: Mehrsa Baradaran’s “The Color of Money” 

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
“’Black capitalism’ was a crucial part of President Nixon’s ‘southern strategy’ and the rhetoric and administration of his program is still intact.”

BAR Book Forum: Peter James Hudson’s “Bankers and Empire” 

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
“There can be no ‘black internationalism’ without an attack on imperialism and finance capitalism.”

Toward a New Vision for the Palestine Solidarity Movement 

Brandon Do
“For 70 years Israel has been the biggest purveyor of war and chaos in what colonizers termed as the “MiddleEast…”