Black Agenda Report 1 October 2020

1 October 2020 — Black Agenda Report

Who is Rwanda’s Real Hero? Paul Kagame or Paul Rusesabagina?

Ann Garrison, BAR Contributing Editor
What Kagame has done to Rusesabagina, of Hotel Rwanda fame, embarrasses the US foreign policy establishment that has lionized his brutal regime for so long.

The Politics That Led to the “Worst Debate” 

Glen Ford, BAR Executive Editor
The incoherence of the Biden-Trump debate will be repeated every election cycle until Blacks and progressives break with the corporate duopoly.

Freedom Rider: Breonna Taylor and Black Life 

Margaret Kimberley, BAR senior columnist
Reactions to the Breonna Taylor murder, settlement and verdict all have one thing in common: Black people’s inability to protect our lives.

The China and Africa Connection U.S. Imperialism Does Not Want You to Know About 

Danny Haiphong, BAR Contributing Editor
The US sows hysteria about China because Washington can no longer dictate global affairs without any significant challenge.

‘Anarchist jurisdiction’ State of Mind… 

Raymond Nat Turner, BAR poet-in-residence
Some thugs like to  Lie all day— strip our rights away,

Why We Focus on Africa 

Black Alliance For Peace
Africa can’t demonstrate independence and power because the entire continent has a giant U.S. military boot on its neck.

Hamilton and the Minstrel Show Remix 

Deborah L. Bowen and Tryon P. Woods
Hamilton has sent white people with emotional investments in not being racist over-the-moon.

Letters from Our Readers 

Jahan Chowdhry, BAR Comments Editor
This week the governments of Mexico and Rwanda, the dictatorship of capital in the US, and this dictatorship’s wars in Africa were on your minds.

BAR Book Forum: GerShun Avilez’s “Black Queer Freedom” 

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
The author helps us think about Blackness, queerness, and artistic production in new lights.

Health Justice and Black Liberation: Ugo Edu 

Gwendolyn Wallace and Roberto Sirvent
State violence directly impacts communities’ and individual’s ability to feel well, safe, dignified, respected, and valued.

The People Will Establish a Green New Deal 

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
With corporate Democrats no more receptive than Republicans to Green New Deal legislation, it will be up to “the movement” to combat the climate crisis, said Yolian Ogbu, and activist with This Is Zero Hour. “The Green New Deal is the bare minimum in addressing climate justice,” said Ogbu. “We’re building this movement outside the walls of Congress, because that’s where real change will be made.”

US Dominates Africa through AFRICOM 

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
The US doesn’t hide its desire to rule the planet through a military policy of “full spectrum dominance” of all the regions of the world. The Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) last weekend held a webinar on countering the US imperialist hold on Africa. Political scientist Aziz Fallsaid it will be difficult to dislodge AFRICOM, the US military command in Africa, because most of the continent’s governments “are subordinate to imperialism.”

This Movement Has “Reach and Longevity” 

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
Calls for defunding and abolition of the police are no longer fringe demands due to the “remarkable” growth of the mass movement, said Asha Noor, a racial justice and human rights activist with the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative. ”We are seeing a really big shift towards transformation that’s rooted in the Black Radical Tradition,” said Noor. “I don’t think anybody expected the longevity or the reach of the movement.”

Black Agenda Report presents: The Left Lens

Danny Haiphong and Margaret Kimberley
The U.S. claims to hold a monopoly on human rights despite being the most egregious human rights violator on the planet. Margaret Kimberley and Danny Haiphong discuss the domestic and international scope of U.S. human rights abuses and the hypocrisy of the evidence-free claims made against China. Like, subscribe, and share the video.

Is Freedom White? 

Jefferson Cowie
Now as in the past, much of the talk about American “freedom” is really about white people’s presumed right to dominate everyone else.

Racism and Health 

Margaret Flowers
The racist roots of healthcare in this country run as deep as the slavery underpinnings of policing.

Hunger in America, Especially for Children, Has “Skyrocketed” During Pandemic 

Jon Schwarz
Census data show 19 percent of Black households did not have enough food to eat in the past week, compared to 7 percent of white households.

The Blue Wall Of Silence 

Aurin Squire
A majority of New York City cops are non-white, but their union endorsed the re-election of Donald Trump, with no loud protest from the darker ranks.

How Criminal Cops Often Avoid Jail 

Andrew Ford
Dozens of New Jersey officers who have been criminally charged with official misconduct avoided the jail time called for under the law.

Fear and Russia-Loathing in the National Lawyers Guild 

Riva Enteen
Trump’s election, Russiagate and the smear campaign against Julian Assange have deluded and disoriented many “left” organizations.

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