Black Agenda Report 13 June 2019: How Democrats Strangled Black Politics; Central Park 5 & the Limits of Suffering; Torture is Public Policy in US Prisons

13 June 2019 — Black Agenda Report

How the Democratic Party Strangled Black Politics

by Glen Ford
Nothing changes on the electoral scene, and little at the grassroots level, unless the structure of capitalist hegemony over political discourse in the U.S. — the corporate duopoly — is broken.

Freedom Rider: The Central Park Five and the Limits of Suffering

by Margaret Kimberley
Corporate media green-light films that ratchet up an emotional response without motivating anyone to action.

The Torture of Assange Is Public Policy in U.S. Prisons

– Danny Haiphong , BAR contributor
The psychological torture imposed on Julian Assange is not unlike the decades of torture imposed upon Black political prisoners in the US.

UN Rapporteur on Torture Says Assange Could Die in Prison

by Ann Garrison , BAR contributor
“For exposing the crimes of war, Assange is being treated like Mumia Abu-Jamal, Sundiata Acoli, and the rest of the Black liberation movement’s soldiers who reside in prison.”

Letters from Our Readers

Jahan Chowdhry, BAR Comments Editor
This week BAR readers discussed the Central Park Five, US support for jihadism, and Black Lives Matter. Strong comments arrived for “DA and Cops Led the Central Five Lynch Mob,” “How US Foreign Policy Spawned Terror and Trump,” and “Black Lives Matter Founder Launches Huge Project to Shrink Black Lives.”

Some Critics Argue that the Internal Colony Theory is Outdated. Here’s Why They’re Wrong

Patrick D. Anderson
The internal neocolonialism thesis is not “race-centric” but anti-colonial, and explains Black elite behavior.

BAR Book Forum: Therí Pickens’s “Black Madness :: Mad Blackness”

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
This book is dedicated to the Black mad and the mad Black everywhere.

DA and Cops Led the Central Park 5 Lynch Mob

by Glen Ford
The horrific ordeal that was inflicted on five Harlem teenagers by a criminal justice and corporate media lynch mob in 1989, has come back to haunt

Black Agenda Radio, Week of June 13, 2019

Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
The Two Faces of the Black Church
The Black Church spawned militant resistance to white supremacy as well as a politics of accommodation to white rule.
Gandhi’s Struggle Relevant to 21st Century Anti-Imperialism
Following up a yearlong, citywide study of the works of WEB Dubois, the Philadelphia Saturday Free School
Reparations Now Ripe for Full Congressional Debate
The premier organization pushing for Black reparations holds its 30th annual convention, June 20 – 23, in Detroit.

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