Black Agenda Report 21 May 2020

21 May 2020 — Black Agenda Report

Indict and Punish the Perpetrators of Covid Mass Death

Glen Ford, BAR Executive Editor
Not just Trump, but the whole US ruling class must pay for the mass Covid death toll among Blacks, because only the ruling class has the power to systematically allocate life-death chances for whole populations over generations.

Freedomrider: Obamagate is Real

Margaret Kimberley, BAR senior columnist
Obama’s fans like to think of the First Black President as scholarly and above the fray of dirty politics, but he appears to have conspired with the FBI to set up the incoming administration.

Neoliberalism, Intervention and Anti-Blackness: A Webinar* Presentation

Ajamu Baraka
The elevation of anti-blackness as a kind of universal problem eliminates the basis for solidarity among the colonized and puts some African Americans on the side of U.S. imperialism.

American Exceptionalism and the American Left’s China Double Standard

Danny Haiphong, BAR Contributing Editor
The threat that the American Left sees in China aligns with the white supremacist underpinnings of American exceptionalism.

Black Agenda Radio for Week of May 18, 2020

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
Pandemic Has Shaken Global Capitalism to Its Core / Rural Blacks and Browns at High Risk / Is Genetic Testing a Tool for Reparations? / Mumia: Everybody is Getting a Taste of Lockdown

Trump vs. Biden: The China-Hating Contest Is On Like Donkey Kong

Ann Garrison, BAR Contributing Editor
Trump and Biden promise their fans a roaring hate-fest this election cycle, as they vie for the honor of defending America’s right to full spectrum dominance of every corner of the globe.

War House hot spot: Infected West Wing

Raymond Nat Turner, BAR poet-in-residence
Boss Tweet,
Refuses to mask his lie hole.
He insists on leaving out his snout—

Identity Politics and Elite Capture

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò
The trouble is that identity politics is the victim of elite capture in the service of their own interests.

Letters from Our Readers

Jahan Choudhry BAR Comments Editor
This week a Democratic Party exit, the role of Democratic Party sheepdogs, and the racial fallout of the pandemic in Chicago were on your minds.

BAR Book Forum: Symposium on Sarah Haley’s “No Mercy Here”

Dan Berger
What Haley crafts about the lives of incarcerated women is astounding in its archival literacy, analytical sophistication, and authorial courage.

BAR Book Forum: Zakiyyah Iman Jackson’s “Becoming Human”

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
Black people are without the shelter of rights and protection, whether invited into or locked out of ‘the human.’”

Is Genetic Testing a Tool for Reparations?

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
The science of genetics “can be useful for showing continuity, that the people who were harmed are, indeed, ancestors of those who are living today,” said Dr. Jada Benn-Torres, author of a study titled “‘Reparational’ Genetics: Genomic Data and the Case for Reparations in the Caribbean.” However, “It would be my largest fear if genetics were used to suggest who is a member of this or that group,” said Benn-Torres.

Rural Blacks and Browns at High Risk

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
“In the last decade more than 125 rural hospitals have closed,” said Dr. Carrie Hemming-Smith, of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and co-author of a study on premature deaths among Black and indigenous people in rural areas. Non-whites in these areas “are much more likely to have chronic conditions and underlying health issues,” said Hemming-Smith, making them more vulnerable to the Covid-19 epidemic.

Pandemic Has Shaken Global Capitalism to Its Core

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
Black America’s most prolific political author, Dr Gerald Horne, notes that the bubonic plague “set the stage for the erosion of feudalism in 14th century Europe,” leading to the rise of capitalism. “In 2020, we have the eruption of a new pandemic which is setting the stage for the erosion of the innards of capitalism,” said Horne, a professor of history and African American Studies at the University of Houston.

Pivot to Mass Struggle: A Lesson from Ferguson

Ashton Rome
We are entering a terrifying and daunting time that requires a change in approach and tactics.

Cancel the Rent

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
We have to reverse the strange alchemy where markets turn land, concrete, steel, and glass into money, while turning people out into the streets.

A Universal Appeal for Humanity to End Militarism and Stop War

Abdallah El Harif and Vijay Prashad
A bloc of countries, led by the United States of America, is stubbornly persisting in using force to maintain and extend their global dominance.

Prisons Are Using the Pandemic to Impose Lockdowns

Michelle Chen
More than 300,000 people in prisons or jails are under “full or partial lockdown” in response to the pandemic.

Why is Sam Husseini Channeling Neocon Conspiracy Theories on Covid-19?

K.J. Noh and Claudia Chaufan
The authors charge a progressive journalist with acting as a “shill” for neocon propaganda and disinformation on China.

Mumia: Everybody is Getting a Taste of Lockdown

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
The nation’s best known political prisoner, Mumia Abu Jamal, says all of Pennsylania’s incarcerated population has been on 23 hour, 15 minute daily lockdown since the beginning of the health emergency. “That’s how it was on death row and solitary confinement – now it’s like that all around,” said Abu Jamal. In much of the country outside the prison walls, “People are getting a taste of what it’s like to be incarcerated.”

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