Black Agenda Report 2 July 2020

2 July 2020 — Black Agenda Report

Protest and Power

Glen Ford, BAR Executive Editor
Building People’s Power is the vital arena of struggle under late stage capitalism, when the “system” is not only objectively failing, but the people know it is coming apart at the seams.

Freedom Rider: Russia, Afghanistan, and the Big Lie

Margaret Kimberley, BAR senior columnist
Far from being an enemy, Russia assisted the U.S. and its coalition in their fight against the Taliban.

Neocolonial African Conservation Inspired by “Tarzan”

Ann Garrison, BAR Contributing Editor
Ann Garrison responds to a critic of neocolonial nature “conservation” in Africa, and discusses US-backed threats to national sovereignty and all forms of life in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Syria, Corporate Media Lies, and the True Face of Imperialism: An Interview with Richard Medhurst

Danny Haiphong, BAR Contributing Editor
If independent media want to be a real counterweight to establishment media, they must challenge the status quo in its entirety.

Black Agenda Radio for Week of June 29, 2020

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

How Do You Spell Desecration of African Burials?: “Nigger!”

Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, BAR editor and columnist
Much of the nation may be repudiating white supremacy, but not Montgomery County, Maryland, which is paving over sacred Black ground in an attempt to bury its own racist history.

Amiri Poem for Boss Tweet

Raymond Nat Turner, BAR poet-in-residence
Who tolt us ‘bout an unknown 19th of June—
who the TikTok teens cast as buffoon? Who?

Is “Black Lives Matter” a Therapeutic Mantra for White Guilt?

Mark P. Fancher
Many who took to the streets were out there to engage in a form of mass group therapy.

Letters from Our Readers

Jahan Choudhry BAR Comments Editor
This week community control of police and the failings of the Biden campaign were on your minds.

BAR Book Forum: Nicole Fleetwood’s “Marking Time”

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
Incarcerated activists have so many tools and skills to teach about resisting brutal regimes.

BAR Book Forum: Edward Onaci’s “Free the Land”

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
The desire for US citizenship was never the sole consideration of African and African-descended people.

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.

Blacks Need to Rethink “Positive” Images in a 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.”

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.”

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.

My Student Comes Home from Prison

Chris Hedges
In 1990, Lawrence Bell was 14, orphaned and living in an abandoned house when three Camden cops pressured him to sign a confession of murder.

Interrogating Systemic Racism and the White Academic Field

Nelson Maldonado-Torres
The US university is marked by the dominance of intellectual white liberalism in tension and complicity with conservative nationalism and neoliberalism.

A Southern Vanguard, The Lost History of Communism Below the Mason-Dixon Line

Robert Greene II
Alabama Communists helped lay the foundation for the organized civil rights movement that emerged in the late 1940s and early ’50s.

The Struggle to Abolish the Police is Not New

Garrett Felber
Prison and police abolition were key to the thinking of many midcentury civil rights activists.

A Black Scholar on How Today’s Abolitionist Movement Can Fundamentally Change the Country

Jeremy Scahill and Robin D.G. Kelley
If there’s ever a time when a Reconstruction might actually lead to democratization and the end of American imperialism, this is the opportunity, says Robin D.G. Kelley.

The Self-Confessed Bankruptcy of Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba

Adofo Minka
Jackson, Mississippi’s Black mayor is celebrated as a “radical” in some quarters, but his cops kill, maim and abuse Black people just like police forces everywhere in the US.

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