Black Agenda Report Thursday September 27 2018: Maynard Jackson Netflix Movie Mangles Black History; We Don’t Need Cosby’s ‘Race Man’; World War Looms in Syria

27 September 2018 — Black Agenda Report

Maynard Jackson Netflix Movie Muddles Black Politics, Mangles Black History

– Bruce A. Dixon , BAR managing editor
Sam Pollard’s Maynard Jackson documentary currently on Netflix is lazy black history denuded of black politics in the service of black elites.

Black People Don’t Need Bill Cosby’s Kind of “Race Man”

– Glen Ford , BAR executive editor
Cosby represents a Black American political right wing whose views of the Black poor are just as crude and dehumanizing as their white counterparts.

Freedom Rider: World War Dangers in Syria

– Margaret Kimberley , BAR editor and senior columnist
Israel has bombed Syria at will, apparently with Russian permission, but that may change after the downing of a Russian plane.

Standing with Julian Assange

– Ann Garrison , BAR contributor
Pacifica radio stations are known as havens for leftwing thought and action, but the Berkeley station and the national Pacifica board have yet to come to the defense of Wikileak’s Julian Assange.

What Syria Continues to Teach Us

Danny Haiphong , BAR contributor
Leftists should turn their attention to the New Guard Fascists — the
enemies of the people at the top of the class structure and the armed
body, the state, that protects the class structure.

Death of a Torturer

Ramsin Canon
Jon Burge gleefully coerced confessions from black men to get them
convicted of crimes they often hadn’t committed and keep them in cages
for the rest of their lives.

Wilson Goode Way

Raymond Nat Turner , BAR poet-in-residence

“You lit the fuse, I stand accused
You were the first for me
But you turned me out baby
(you dropped a bomb on me)
Baby, you dropped a bomb on me…”

Black Agenda Radio, Week of September 24, 2018

Click the link above for the entire one hour show, any of the next four to hear the individual segment thereof.
Cuban President To Speak at NYC’s Riverside Church
Kyle Fraser , Black Agenda Radio producer
On September 26 the recently elected president of Cuba will address a community forum at New York City’s historic Riverside Church.
US Losing Its Imperial Status
“We are entering a new moment in history,” said Dubosian scholar Anthony Monteiro, which is in some ways a negation of the hegemonic dollar and the unipolar world, with the US star falling…
Blacks Should Appeal to Higher Law
Black activist politics made its greatest strides when it appealed to a higher law of justice, rather than the man-made legal system, said Vincent Lloyd, author of Black Natural Law
US Sports is Racist Playing Field
“Every aspect of society manufacturers” white innocence and Black criminality, said David Leonard, author of Playing While White: Privilege and Power On and Off the Field.

BAR Book Forum: Daniel Raventós’ and Julie Wark’s “Against Charity”

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
Conspicuous charity is one way of making great wealth seem respectable and even blessed in religious terms.

BAR Book Forum: Micol Seigel’s “Violence Work”

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
The author shows why racist police brutality has survived and even grown despite every attempt to integrate, oversee, educate, and otherwise reform

Letters from BAR Readers

Jason Choudhry, BAR Comments Editor
Articles exposing the hypocrisy of supposedly honorable figures who push for, or enable, war and regime change resonated with readers over the past week…

A Publicly Owned Bank for LA?

Glenn Daigon
A city-owned bank could extend the credit lines of community banks and credit unions to offer loans to low-income residents and help bankroll affordable housing.

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