Black Agenda Report for 26 February 2020

26 February 2020 — Black Agenda Report

Black America, Endless War and the Evil Genius of Russiagate 

Glen Ford, BAR executive editor
The Democrats — who are now the most aggressive war party – have succeeded in linking Donald Trump to Russia, and then lumping all  critics of U.S. war-making with Russia and, thereby, with Trump.

Freedom Rider: Bernie Sanders’ Foreign Policy Trap 

Margaret Kimberley, BAR senior columnist
It is time for leftists to stop giving Sanders a pass and make demands on him and all other candidates for office.

The U.S. is World’s Merchant of Death in Capitalism’s Great Race to the Bottom 

Danny Haiphong, BAR Contributing Editor
The U.S.-led arms trade and the Great Race to the Bottom are interconnected phenomena that cannot be fought separately.

Bernie Sanders and the Military Industrial Complex 

Ann Garrison, BAR Contributing Editor
If Bernie Sanders keeps going along with the Russiagate propaganda, he will find himself “Trumped” by the War Party and unable to enact his agenda.

Black Agenda Radio for Week of February 24, 2020 

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
Black Oppression is Environmental Injustice / One Dollar Bail, But Still in Jail / Blacks Continue to Die on the Alter of White Womanhood /  Mumia Speaks on the Cops and Today’s Deadly Economy

My Wise Country Cousin on Dem Big Negroz Ridin’ wit Emperor Stop’nFrisk 

BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner
Massa Mikul say, “Gib me de blak congressmen an’ mayors—
Negroz who unerstan— ‘cause dey is all multimillionaires…”

Community Control of the Police: An Idea Whose Time Came and Never Left 

Howie Hawkins
This policy paper makes the case for reviving the Black Panther Party program for community control of the police.

Kobe Bryant Touched Many Lives, But Celebrity Worship is an Opiate 

Dante James
Is big media really concerned for Kobe’s family, friends and community, or with Bryant’s corporate value as a black celebrity, an apolitical
athlete and a commodity?

Letters from Our Readers  

Jahan Choudhry BAR Comments Editor
This week readers discussed the Bloomberg campaign.

BAR Book Forum: S.N. Nyeck’s “Routledge Handbook of Queer African Studies” 

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
The author provides a “queer” perspective on African identities, politics and economies.

BAR Book Forum: Marc Ross’s “Slavery in the North” 

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
The roots of racial differences have to do with the past treatment of enslaved people in the North as well as the South.

Blacks Continue to Die on the Alter of White Womanhood 

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
Although Emmet Till and Trayvon Martin were killed 57 years apart, both of the Black teenagers died for the same reasons, said Angela Onwuachi-Willig, a dean and professor at Boston University School of Law. Emmet Till was murdered by two white racists for alledgedly whistling at a white woman, in 1955. Onwuachi-Willig says George Zimmerman was portrayed as protecting a mostly white neighborhood from predation and molestation by young Blacks like Trayvon Martin, in 2012. She wrote a paper on the subject, titled “From Emmet Till to Trayvon Martin: The Persistence of White Womanhood and the Preservation of White Manhood.”

One Dollar Bail, But Still in Jail 

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
Despite the abolition of bail for many offenses in New York State, thousands of people remain lockup up because of hurdles created by bureaucracy and hostile jail personnel, said Amanda Lawson, co-founder of the Dollar Bail Brigade. “Something that was meant to keep track of time-served has led to people regularly being kept incarcerated for just one dollar bail,” said Lawson, whose volunteers have assisted hundreds of New Yorkers to gain their release.

Black Oppression is Environmental Injustice 

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
The definition of environmental racism must be broadened to include such phenomena as the ghettoization of Black people, which “deteriorates the landscape that Black children grow up in,” said Willie Wright, professor of geography and African American Studies at Florida State University. Prof. Wright wote an article for the radical geography journal Antipode, titled “As Above, So Below: Anti-Black Violence as Environmental Racism.”

Let’s Not Glorify the Law: The Slave Trade Used to Be Legal 

William C. Anderson
The law is a shaky foundation to rest on, particularly for Black people and other marginalized communities

Is Joe Biden Really More Electable? 

Thad Baltimore
Could it be that electability, as applied to Biden, is some form of racial dog whistle?

Building the New Antiwar Movement 

Russell Rickford
Will a new wave of activism finally produce a real mass movement against “boundless” militarism?

The Expanded Moms4Housing Bill Could Change the Whole Game 

Broke-ass Stuart
Although the moms were evicted, their example inspired ground-breaking housing legislation for Oakland, California.

From Peoples to Bynum: A Brief History of Jackson State’s Leadership Struggle 

C. Liegh McInnis
Mississippi’s ability to sabotage Black public higher education is enhanced by the state’s power to choose compliant Negroes as

Mumia Speaks on the Cops and Today’s Deadly Economy 

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford
The nation’s best known political prisoner sees parallels between the plight of today’s low wage workers and conditions during the Great Depression, when workers were brutalized for seeking unionization and a living wage. “I though of that dismal history when I heard of cops breaking the bones of U-Cal graduate students who are only striking to get the ability to pay their rent,” Mumia Abu Jamal told Prison Radio.

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