Black Agenda Report 20 September 2018: Who Benefits From Unity Behind Black Candidates; Bernie’s Got a Brand New Bag; African Heroes Leave Prison in Rwanda

20 September 2018 — Black Agenda Report

Does Black Unity Behind Black Candidates Really Help Most Black People? 

– Bruce A. Dixon , BAR managing editor
Not really. The wall of black unity around Barack Obama freed him to embrace school privatiztion, to ignore foreclosures of hundreds of thousands of black families, to break promises to raise the minimum wage and more. Are we repeating that mistake?

Papa Bernie Got a (Not So) Brand New Foreign Policy Bag 

– Glen Ford , BAR executive editor
Bernie Sanders obscures the facts of U.S. militarism, and urges Americans to fixate on axis of evil oligarch-ruled countries that does not include the home of the richest oligarchs of all: the United States.

Two African Heroes Leave Prison in Rwanda 

– Ann Garrison , BAR contributor
Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame has released two of his best known political prisoners: Victoire Ingabire, a Hutu political activist, and Kizito Mihigo, a Tutsi gospel singer.

Letter to Kaepernick: Where Do You Go from Here? 

– Danny Haiphong , BAR contributor

Long before the Nike deal it was clear that Kaepernick’s politics were being subsumed by other forces pushing a weak soup of “diversity” and “free speech.”

A Concise History of the Repression of Black Protest at HBCUs 

Dr. Matthew Quest
The greatest thing about HBCUs are the toiling students fighting for justice on these campuses.

Save The Overtime… 

Raymond Nat Turner, BAR poet-in-residence
“…hear me now, five, four, three, two, one…

White Lies and Blue Codes: Laquan McDonald’s Killer Goes to Trial 

Paul Street
Things could get very ugly in Chicago if the cop that killed Laquan McDonald is set free by a jury that includes only one Black person.

Black Agenda Radio – Week of September 17, 2018

Click the link above for this week’s entire one hour show, or any of the following four links for the individual segment thereof.
Trump Wants to Tax Protests in DC

The public has until mid-October to comment on Trump administration plans to charge protesters in the nation’s capitol, said Mara Verheyden
Spike Lee Movie Whitewashes Police Repression of Blacks

Robin DG Kelly, the author and essayist, agrees with Boots Riley’s critique of BlacKkKlansman, the Spike Lee movie whose hero is a cop.
Pennsylvania Funds Prison Repression, But Not Health Care

Although a statewide lockdown is officially over, prisoner mail and visitation will be hugely disrupted for the next 90 days, said Dr. Johanna Fernandez.
Mumia on Lockdown
“It’s a war against the prisoners, but also a war against knowledge and, ultimately, the Constitution, itself,” said Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner charges…

BAR Book Forum: Martha Escobar’s “Captivity Beyond Prisons” 

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
Rather than benevolent protector, the state enables and often perpetuates violence against marginalized communities, criminalizing them.

BAR Book Forum: Crystal Fleming’s “How to Be Less Stupid About Race” 

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
The racism of the larger society is internalized in us, including those of us who are Black and brown, and must be methodically confronted.

BAR Abolition Spotlight: Romarilyn Ralston 

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
Incarcerated people are limited to pushing prison reform, while the unincarcerated have the privilege to advocate abolition.

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