Black Agenda Report 9 July 2020

9 July 2020 — Black Agenda Report

Don’t Let the Democratic Party Bury the Movement

Glen Ford, BAR Executive Editor
The Black movement will be asphyxiated by the ubiquitous fingers of the Democratic Party if it does not build independent nexuses of people’s power.

Freedom Rider: The Police Defunding Con Game

Margaret Kimberley, BAR senior columnist
Cutting police budgets without establishing public control over their behavior doesn’t solve the problem, and invites politicians to shuffle budget numbers around like a three-card monte swindle.

The State and White supremacy: The Inextricable Link

Ajamu Baraka, BAR editor and columnist
The demand for “justice” by the pubic had the ironic result of re-legitimizing the state as an institution that could in fact render justice – but only an empowered people can establish a just order.

Beware of Right Deviations That Have Emerged from the Three-Headed Crisis of US Imperialism

Danny Haiphong, BAR Contributing Editor
Libertarianism, like all capitalist ideologies, is bound with white supremacy.

Black Agenda Radio for Week of July 6, 2020

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
George Floyd Protests Were Result of Years of Organizing / AFRICOM Enforces US Colonial Project / Celebrating the “Father of Black Liberation Theology” / “Kwaito” Music Moves South African Youth

Oooh, what a lil’ Movement can do…

Raymond Nat Turner, BAR poet-in-residence
Oooh, oooh, what a lil’ movement can do for you
Oooh, oooh, what a lil’ movement can do for you
Unca Ben and Aunt Jemima just suddenly retired
Cop-calling ‘Karens’ are being called out and fired

To Abolish the Medical industrial Complex

Gwendolyn Wallace
Like prisons, healthcare systems are part of the way that empire reproduces itself.

#WE TOO

Shaka Shakur
If there can be no peace without justice, then there can never be peace while the US Prison Gulag exists.

Letters from Our Readers

Jahan Choudhry BAR Comments Editor
This week you discussed Thanksgiving, the George Floyd protests, and allegations about Russian involvement in Afghanistan.

BAR Book Forum: Christel Temple’s “Black Cultural Mythology”

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
Black Cultural Mythology imagines a world where Africana cultural memory is an intellectual field with its own agency that does not rely on other cultures’ models to sustain itself.

BAR Book Forum: Andrew J. Douglas’s “W. E. B. Du Bois and the Critique of the Competitive Society”

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
Du Bois appears to have anticipated the coming of the neoliberal dystopia.

Celebrating the “Father of Black Liberation Theology”

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
Theologian James Cone, who died two years ago, “sent shock waves throughout the Christian world” in 1969 when he published his book on Black liberation theology, said Matt Harris, a doctoral candidate at UCLA who co-authored an article titled, “In the Hope That They Make Their Own Future: James H. Cone and the Third World.” “Cone’s critique of capitalism was always coupled with a critique of American imperialism,” said Harris.

AFRICOM Enforces US Colonial Project

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
“We see AFRICOM as the colonization of Africa by the US,” said Tunde Osazua, of the Bllack Alliance for Peace. “Instead of working to end terrorism and stabilizing the African continent, “said Osazua, the US Military Command in Africa “actually destabilizes the continent.”

George Floyd Protests Were Result of Years of Organizing

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
There was nothing spontaneous about the breadth and scope of the protests that rocked the nation last month, said veteran activist Monifa Bandele, a member of the policy table of the Movement for Black Lives. “It really came off of six years of tough, exciting and inspiring mass organizing,” said Bandele. The unprecedented level of white participation was the result of “half a decade of telling non-white activists, ‘This is what it looks like, so follow the lead of Black organizations.’

When France Extorted Haiti – the Greatest Heist in History

Marlene Daut
The indemnity Haiti paid to France is the first and only time a formerly enslaved people were forced to compensate those who had once enslaved them.

Nicaragua – How Phony Human Rights Groups Slandered a U.S.-Targeted Nation

Stephen Sefton
Nicaragua’s case is a text-book example of how genuine human rights research has been subverted so as to produce highly biased reports.

“Kwaito” Music Moves South African Youth

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
Xavier Livermon, professor of African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, sees “many parallels” between the US-based Hip Hop phenomenon and the Kwaito music beloved by young South Africans. LIvermon is author of the book, “Kwaito Bodies: Remastering Space and Subjectivity in Post-Apartheid South Africa.” Livermon doesn’t see Kwaito as purely commercial and self-commodification. “South African youth play with and engage the system,” he said, “but also push back against it.”

The Weaponization of Culture

Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, BAR editor and columnist
While statues glorifying white supremacy are being torn down across the globe, a Maryland county is busy desecrating African graves and building a new edifice to white supremacy.

Cuban Spies Disguised As Doctors

Roger Stoll
The European Union now excludes travelers from the COVID-ridden U.S. , but welcomes those from the virtually COVID-free Cuba.

What’s in a Name Change?: A New Black/Native American Solidarity

Gustavus Griffin
Native American and African/Black people in America have both been victims of Settler Colonialism.

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