Black Agenda Report for 6 February 2020

6 February 2020 — Black Agenda Report

Bloomberg Becoming Oligarch-in-Chief of Democratic Party 

Glen Ford, BAR executive editor
If Sanders wins the nomination, Michael Bloomberg and his filthy rich brethren are already preparing to fund and erect an alternative structure of dependable corporate governance.

Why Attacking the Green Party to Assist the War Party Helps Donald Trump, Not Bernie Sanders 

Danny Haiphong, BAR Contributing Editor
A public attack that characterizes the Green Party as a of spoiler for the Democrats amounts to a defense of the Democrats policies on never-ending war and austerity.

Return of the $electable Dead 

BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner
The film’s most compelling scene: Robert E. Lee’s horse’s head is on
the  Drone Ranger’s bed with pubic hair from  Long Dong
Silver’s/Thom-ass Clarence’s  Coke can; the Führer’s fake passport;

Freedom Rider: Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents 

Margaret Kimberley, BAR senior columnist
US presidents range from very bad to less bad, but none were “good” for Black people – including the first Black one.

Black Agenda Radio for February 3, 2020 

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
Educational Mission: Raising Revolutionaries / US “Founders” Were Not Liberators / Racism Embedded in European Culture / Nurturing African Diasporic Religions

Letters from Our Readers  

Jahan Choudhry BAR Comments Editor
This week the debate about the Green Party’s presidential campaign was on readers’ minds.

The Revolution on Your Momma’s Coffee Table: Lerone Bennett and the Schizophrenia of Ebony Magazine, from 1966 to 1976 

Todd Steven Burroughs
Lerone Bennett’s de-colonized perspective was ultimately drowned out by the same capitalist forces that kept him alive in the first place.

BAR Book Forum: “Books I Teach” 

Alex Alston
Black studies is a conceptual movement that is trying to catch up to it’s more sensual and less formal cousin, black music.

BAR Book Forum: Ben Conisbee Baer’s “Indigenous Vanguards” 

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
Spending time in worlds of the past opens a window on how things changed, or stubbornly remained unchanged.

Privatizing Oakland Schools 

Eugene Stovall
Eli Broad (rhymes with “toad”) conconcted a scheme to privatize Oakland’s public schools and produce a revenue stream for his billionaire cronies.

All US Presidents are Criminals 

David Swanson
BAR’s Margaret Kimberley dissects the anti-Black policies of all 45 presidents of the world’s most successful white settler state. She was interviewed by David Swanson on his Talk Nation radio program.

Racism Embedded in European Culture 

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
Europe has not experienced a civil rights movement, as did the US, because the struggles against racial domination occurred in the colonies, not the white home countries, said journalist, writer, filmmaker and BET-France host Rakhaya Diallo. White France reacts badly to the demands of non-white citizens. “When you’re privileged, equality feels oppressive,” said Diallo.

US “Founders” Were Not Liberators 

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
The founders of the United States intended to create a nation dominated by rich white men, and only the struggles of the oppressed have challenged these structures of power, said Dr Gerald Horne, one of the most prolific political authors of the 21st century. “Ultimately, the page is turning with regard to history,” Horne told the producers of a Washington Babylon podcast. “We are entering a stage of agonizing reappraisal of the origins of the United States of America.”

Educational Mission: Raising Revolutionaries

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
Liberation Through Reading founder Erica Caines has distributed over 1,500 books to children in several cities. “I believe in our ability to educate our own children,” said Caines, who wants to raise a generation of revolutionaries. Reading is necessary to foster “internationalism, an understanding of how we’re connected in our own liberation struggles,” she said.

N.J. historic preservation officials insult the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. 

Linn Washington Jr.
New Jersey was the site of a young Dr King’s very first formal protest and lawsuit, but the state refuses to recognize the events.

Between the Great Migration and Growing Exodus: The Future of Black Chicago? 

William Scarborough, Iván Arenas, and Amanda E. Lewis
Recent population trends indicate that the city may be at risk of losing its status as a Black mecca.

Cornel West on Missing Zinn 

Cornel West and Mordecai Lyon
On the tenth anniversary of radical historian Howard Zinn’s death, Cornel West opens up about their friendship and what Zinn would have made of the decade – including whether he would have voted for Sanders.

Libya: Before and After Muammar Gaddafi 

Roxana Baspineiro
Nine years after his death, residents in the chaos-wracked country’s capital have grown to miss the longtime leader as the frustrations of daily life mount.

Guaido’s Failed Foreign Tour Ends With a Flop 

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
As the Feb 11 court date approaches for the US activists that defended the Venezuelan embassy, would-be president Juan Guaido has been reduced to an evil clown.

Nurturing African Diasporic Religions 

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
African-based religious practices persist and thrive among a range of denominations in the western hemisphere, says Eziaku Nwokocha, a Phd in Africana Studies who is working on her masters degree at Harvard Divinity School, with a focus on the material aspect of worship. “In African diasporic tradition, they might light a candle on their alter, or they might wear a particular outfit that’s connected to the divine,” she said.

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