Black Agenda Report 21 August 2019: Blacks Don’t Scapegoat Immigrants / Protest and Corporate Media / Where Bruce Dixon enters History / Rwanda’s Dissidents, Dead and DIsappearing

21 August 2019 — Black Agenda Report

Blacks Don’t Blame Immigrants for the Boss’s Crimes

Glen Ford, BAR executive editor
Large proportions of African Americans registered strong opposition to building a wall on the southern border, keeping undocumented people in limbo, and mass deportations.

Freedom Rider: Protest and the Corporate Media

Margaret Kimberley, BAR editor and senior columnist
The corporate media are steadfast partners with the United States government and faithfully follow the party line on foreign policy issues.

Rwanda’s Dissidents, Dead and Disappearing

Ann Garrison, BAR contributor
Washington’s closest ally in Africa is a minority regime that kills and jails dissidents like Victoire Ingabire, who has lost many comrades.

The Courage to Write the Truth: Where and When Bruce Dixon Enters History

Dr. Matthew Quest
Bruce entered history as the most distinguished critic of the Black political class during the Age of Obama.

Black Agenda Radio for Week of August 19, 2019

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
Black Is Back Coalition Holds National Conference in St. Louis / Trump Isn’t Special: All US Presidents Support White Supremacy / Jim Crow Still Lives in Hollywood

Stripping Uncle Sam of His Protective Lies and Taboos

Danny Haiphong and Roberto Sirvent analyze the “dual fantasy” that has ideologically upheld white supremacy, imperialism, capitalism, and the American war machine.

Dershbag / STOP /being so stubborn!

Raymond Nat Turner, BAR poet-in-residence I know you’re a Harvard Professor of law—legal legend, renown, celebrated,

Letters from Our Readers

Jahan Chowdhry, BAR Comments Editor
This week our readers discussed mass incarceration and slavery and the Sanders and Warren campaigns.

BAR Book Forum: Abigail Andrews’s “Undocumented Politics”

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
Migration can take radically different forms depending on the political dynamics in migrants’ hometowns and in the destinations where they end up.

BAR Book Forum: Sabrina Strings’s “Fearing the Black Body”

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
Fat stigma is rooted incolonial-era race science, and specifically in anti-blackness, says the author.

Black Caucus in Thrall, or Fear, of Israel

Glen Ford, BAR executive editor
The Israelis may have finally stepped on the third rail of congressional relations, with their joint decision with President Trump to blacklist Omar and Tlaib.

Jim Crow Still Lives in Hollywood

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
The US film industry is more open to Black themes and participation than in the past, but still has not answered the question of what kind of society it will project, said Maryann Erigha, a professor of sociology and African American Studies at the University of Georgia, and author of the new book, “The Hollywood Jim Crow: Racial Politics of the Movie Industry.” “Is it a sanitized whiteness, is it a whitewashed vision, or can we have this unapologetic Blackness, and that just be part of the American cultural canon?”

Trump Isn’t Special: All US Presidents

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
William C Anderson, author of a recent article titled, “Using Patriotism to Deflect Racism is a Deadly Mistake,” said “the Oval Office is quite familiar” with white supremacists like Donald Trump. “It misses the point to say things like, ‘Trump is disrespecting the office or lowering the standard of the presidency,’” said Anderson, “when this has always been a white supremacist position.”

Black Is Back Coalition Holds National Conference in St. Louis

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
Che Guevara’s call for “one, two, many Vietnams” to resist US imperialism has been answered in the 21st century by the rise of China and a multi-polar world, said BAR executive editor Glen Ford, speaking at a national conference of the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations. Omali Yeshitela, leader of the African People’s Socialist Party and chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition, told the conference, “We have to build a steel cadre that is willing to make revolution our profession.”

Brown Misleader Dolores Huerta Can’t Stop Hustling for Neoliberalism

Quetzal Cáceres
The former farm workers organizer now fronts for corporate Democrats and cashes checks.

Sanders Unveils Plan to “Fundamentally Transform” Criminal Legal System

Jake Johnson
The presidential candidate calls for people to “stand together” to end the war on drugs and cut the prison population in half.

“Jay-Z” Did Not Sell Out, He Bought In

Wilmer J. Leon III
Like the scorpion in the folk parable, it’s in Jay-Z’s nature to make a killing – at Kaepernick and the community’s expense.

Uncle Sam was Born Lethal

Paul Street
Donald Trump is indeed a neofascist, but the US was built on a mass murderous white supremacism that, until recently, was unapologetically genocidal.

Socialists of Color to the Front

Eli Day
LeftRoots’ stated purpose: to strategize around “21st-century socialism” and then bring people together to help get there.

Black People in America Cannot Be Racist (As Much As They Might Like To Be)

Rohn Kenyatta
Black people in the US may not like white people, for good reason, but lack the power to construct an anti-white racism.

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