Black Agenda Report for 21 October 2020

21 October 2020 — Black Agenda Report

Peace, Black Self-Determination, and the Duopoly Trap 

Glen Ford, BAR Executive Editor 
Corporate institutions and their Black servants conspire to hide the fact that the Black American worldview is profoundly Left on issues of peace and social justice.

Freedom Rider: Biden and Liberal Censorship 

Margaret Kimberley, BAR senior columnist
It is Democrats and the technology companies which support them that are doing most of the censoring that is identified with fascist societies.

Say Racism’s Name, and Fight it with Solidarity 

Danny Haiphong, BAR Contributing Editor
Black Lives Matter is the internal enemy while China is considered the most dangerous foe to U.S. hegemony.

America’s Wars on Democracy in Rwanda and the DRC 

Ann Garrison, BAR Contributing Editor
This is an excellent chronicling of the Rwandan government’s racist policies toward the majority Hutu population, writes Ann Garrison.

Lawless low Barr’s depths of depravity 

Raymond Nat Turner, BAR poet-in-residence
Brutal Boss Tweet extorts the border— Lawless low Barr screams, “Law and order!”  $campaign manager  masquerading as proper copper— Third Reich thug; mirror-avoiding

Liberalism & Fascism: The Good Cop & Bad Cop of Capitalism 

Gabriel Rockhill
Fascist modes of governance are a very real and present part of the so-called liberal world order.

Reformism Isn’t Liberation, It’s Counterinsurgency 

Dylan Rodríguez
You can’t abolish systemic anti-Blackness and racial-colonial violence by protecting the system itself.

Letters from Our Readers 

Jahan Chowdhry, BAR Comments Editor
This week Third World unity, police brutality in Democrat-run cities and the failures of the presidential debates were on your minds.

BAR Book Forum: Yarden Katz’s Book “Artificial Whiteness”

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
The models of the human “self” offered within AI commit to white male superiority and individualism.

Health Justice and Black Liberation: Dr. Angel Love Miles 

Gwendolyn Wallace and Roberto Sirvent
Health and disability are interrelated and distinctive social categories that have significant implications for the black community.

LGBTQ Newsletter Surveys Prison Conditions 

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
The newsletter for the prison abolition organization Black and Pink sent out a 133-page questionnaire to incarcerated LGBTQ persons, earlier this year, so that “we can laser beam solutions to the needs of these individuals,” said organizer Fatima Shabazz, a trans woman. Among the findings of the questionnaire: 85 percent of respondents have spent time in solitary confinement, half of them for two years or more. Black and Pink claims 20,000 members in 13 chapters around the country.

Anti-Blackness Spread by Global Capital 

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
The ideology of anti-Blackness is both a prerequisite to the rise of capitalism and a product of its spread around the world, said Adam Bledsoe, a professor of Geography, Environment and Society at the University of Minnesota. “What we see today is very much a continuation of the colonial project,” said Bledsoe. Global capital ascribes “value to populations in a differential way,” with Black populations assigned the lowest value.

Protests in Minneapolis Disrupted by Orange-Shirted “Collaborators” with Cops 

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
A group calling themselves “violence interrupters” played a role in the October 7 arrest of 50 protesters demanding community control of police, said Jae Yates, of the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice for Jamar. “They are paid,” said Yates. “We know that this is a city council initiative.” During massive protests in June, members of the Minneapolis city council promised to disband the police force, but have since backed off that position. Yates says her group will “confront” the orange shirts and “tell them to leave” if they show up again at demonstrations.

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.

Afro-city: Savannah, the Afro-fetish-city 

David Pleasant
The African Exposition at the Savannah Riverside Plant “is one of the most intense examples of fetishization, colonialism, exoticism, and dehumanization” the author has ever scene.

Liberals and Fascists Both Love Capitalism 

Margaret Flowers
It is important to look at the bigger picture lest we focus on the wrong issue and play into the hands of the ruling class.

Trump’s Looting of CITGO Punishes Low-Income People in Venezuela and US 

Yoav Elinevsky
The sanctions on Venezuela are also hurting some two million low-income Americans who used to receive free heating oil from CITGO.

Nigeria SARS Protests: Amnesty Warns of “Escalating Attacks”  

BBC staff
Protests mount against Africa’s most populous nation’s most feared police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

A Public Letter to Mayor Lightfoot: A Call for Leadership 

by Signatories from the Use of Force Community Working Group
The Chicago Police Department’s new use-of-force policy input process is a sham, designed only to create the illusion of community engagement.

The NYPD Unleashes Its Most Brutal Cops On Protesters 

Ali Winston
The police unit most likely to bust protesters’ heads is full of cops with long misconduct histories.

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