Black Agenda Radio for Week of June 29, 2020

29 June 2020 — Black Agenda Report

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford

Inequality: The American Ethos / Blacks Need to Rethink “Positive” Images in a Racist Country / Reading During “Perfect Storm” of Crisis

Inequality: The American Ethos

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
The US has historically been a place where “fairness is adjudicated unevenly, it’s based on inequality” in which “certain people deserve more than others,” said Ampson Hagan, a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina who has made a study of “deservingness.” American political discourse has been centered around the idea that “Blacks and minorities have been agitating for things that they don’t actually deserve,” said Hagan. ‘This actually limits the horizons for everyone” and holds back acceptance of ideas like Medicare for All.”

Blacks Need to Rethink “Positive” Images in z Racist Country

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
A segment of African Americans has long been obsessed with promoting images that are positive representations of The Race, but recurring police atrocities show the necessity to “expose the regime of ‘representation’ that further marginalizes us, as opposed to trying to conform to that regime.” said Brenna Greer, a professor of Social Sciences and History at Wellesley College. Greer is author of “Represented: The Black Imagemakers That Reimagined African American Citizenship.”

Reading During “Perfect Storm” of Crisis

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
Medical, economic and political crises have combined to create a “perfect storm for reading, because of the ways that the ideology of whiteness has come to its limits,” said Aparna Mistra Tarc, professor of Education at York University, in Toronto, Canada. People are seeing more clearly “what the consumptive, neoliberal American dream is doing to the world,” said Tarc.

Black Agenda Report Presents: The Left Lens

Danny Haiphong and Margaret Kimberley
In this debut episode of the Left Lens, Danny Haiphong and Margaret Kimberley introduce viewers to Black Agenda Report, question neoliberal confidence in Joe Biden’s 2020 chances, discuss why community control of the police is so critical to the development of the movement against racist policing, and end with a brief analysis of internationalism and solidarity.

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