Black Agenda Report 2 September 2020: The U.S. Is a Racist Militia / The Difference between the CPC and the DNC? …

2 September 2020 — Black Agenda Report

Freedom Rider: The U.S. Is a Racist Militia

Margaret Kimberley, BAR senior columnist
U.S. cops are already racist and brutal, and any militia “infiltrators” would feel right at home.

The Difference between the CPC and the DNC? A Study of Politics Versus Personalities

Danny Haiphong, BAR Contributing Editor
Unlike Joe Biden, Xi Jinping’s report is centered, not on personality but on the actually-existing socialist system in China.

The US Has Long Led the Assault on Human Rights

Ajamu Baraka, BAR editor and columnist
The historical record on U.S. human rights policies, both domestic and international, is one of hypocrisy, deceit, and denigration.

The NBA’s Black Power

Ann Garrison, BAR Contributing Editor
Black NBA players, writes Ann Garrison, are just beginning to understand the power of the attention and admiration they command.

Deja vu—Step 1 and Step 2? 

Raymond Nat Turner, BAR poet-in-residence
Is this Deja Vu— Step1 and Step 2? The long, long lines breaking with 12 years of Reaganite reaction in  ’92  Slick Willy’s $campaign —

“The Balls in (Y)our Court:” Naomi Osaka and (Continued) Black Genocide 

P. Khalil Saucier
Osaka’s statement must be seen as part of a radical tradition too often redacted from sports history.

The Invention of Ibram X Kendi and the Ideological Crises of Our Time

Anthony Monteiro
Rich white capitalists may be donating millions to Black Lives Matter, but they’re also funding and praising nonsense like Kendi’s babblings on race and capitalism.

Letters from Our Readers

Jahan Choudhry, BAR Comments Editor
This week the Democratic Party presidential ticket was on your minds.

BAR Book Forum: “Black Study and Abolition”

Asha Noor
An abolitionist frame of thought is a rebirth, a spiritual process, a painful undertaking, and an ancestral conjuring for Black and brown people.

BAR Book Forum: Vicky Osterweil’s “In Defense of Looting”

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
Looting and rioting appear as immediately effective tactics in the struggle against whiteness, property and the police.

Biography of a Largely Forgotten Black Political Giant

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
The second volume on the life and works of Hubert Harrison, the Harlem-based activist, organizer and journalist, is about to be released Biographer Jeff Perry has spent almost four decades researching Harrison, who he described as “a socialist who worked closely with Marcus Garvey and was the first to write about the ‘New Negro’ in the first quarter of the 20th century.” Harrison deserves to be in the pantheon of formative Black political thinkers and doers, but his principled politics, unsparing journalistic critiques, and refusal to be bought earned him few boosters.

The Black Geography of HIV-AIDS

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
When HIV-AIDS struck in Philadelphia, mostly white organizations and epidemiologists “were blinded to the kind of locations and geography” where the contagion might be centered in the Black community, said JT Roane, a Fellow at the Schomburg Research Center. “They all but ignored Back communities and Black queer bars” in placing AIDS awareness information. Dr Roane has written a book on the subject and is author of the article, “Black Harm Reduction Politics in the Early Philadelphia Epidemic.”

White Capitalist Law vs “Uncontrollable Blackness”

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
The United States “criminalizes Black Americans,” but Black men “are not looking to be controlled” by this racist system, said Douglas Flowe, an historian at Washington University, in St. Louis, and author of the book, “Uncontrollable Blackness: African American Men and Criminality in Jim Crow New York.”  Dr Flowe wants his audience to “understand what it is that might exist in American society that might render illegality into a form of resistance when the law, itself, is stacked against you.”

Black Agenda Report Presents: The Left Lens

Kop-mala Harris for Vice-Warden

Danny Haiphong and Margaret Kimberley
On this episode of The Left Lens, co-hosts Danny Haiphong and Margaret Kimberley analyze the record of Kamala Harris and why she represents a negation of everything that the Black liberation movement and U.S. political prisoners currently fighting for freedom stand for.

US Facilitates Arms for Killer Cops and Criminals in Haiti

Jake Johnson
Weapons are flowing to pro-regime gangsters suspected of assassinating opponents of the US-backed regime.

Police Kill. We March. Why?

Mark P. Fancher
We must instead think creatively about how to either take total community control of law enforcement as an institution or to bring about an independent, nation-building, self-governing reality.


A Tale of Two Teens: When White Killers Are Treated Better Than Black Victims

Hana Kiros
It’s Cowboys and Indians updated: a wicked game where Black people are seen as predators but almost always end up prey.

Cuba’s Experience Teaches Us That Medicare-for-All Is a Beginning, Not the End Point

Don Fitz
Cuba built a universal health system from scratch, and we should follow that example to replace the US non-system of medical care.

Some Reflections on Systemic Racism and Capitalism 

Philippe Gendrault
The system of exploitation that bore slavery remains, albeit without slavery, the very same system of exploitation.

WikiLeaks. Still Revealing Truths About Power, Officially Launches Bibliography

Patrick D. Anderson
The interpretations of and commentaries in the bibliography vary widely, from unquestionable support for WikiLeaks to outright hatred of Assange.

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