Black Agenda Radio for Week of January 4, 2021

5 January 2021 — Black Agenda Report

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
Pandemic Reveals Crisis of US Imperialism / Only a “Transformational” Electoral Politics is Useful / AFRICOM Causes Humanitarian Crises on Two Continents

Pandemic Reveals Crisis of US Imperialism

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
“I think what we are looking at is a severely wounded, crippled US imperialism as the chief hegemon of world capitalism,” said Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations. The coronavirus epidemic “brought the crisis of this economy into bold relief,” said Yeshitela, while China continued its rise “as a major contending force that was rapidly overtaking the US economy – and most of Europe,” as well.

Only a “Transformational” Electoral Politics is Useful</a

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
Ajamu Baraka, national organizer of the Black Alliance for Peace and 2016 Green Party vice presidential candidate, said electoral politics should be treated as a “strategic question” for the Black liberation movement, depending on its usefulness in putting forward “transitional demands.” The larger mission is to build “independent political formations” that “ultimately will arrive at a socialist transformation.” Baraka said organizers should avoid “bourgeois” electoral politics that fails to confront capitalism and “colonial” rule.

AFRICOM Causes Humanitarian Crises on Two Continents

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
Under the guise of helping fight the Boko Haram, the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) has helped the French-speaking West African government of Cameroon wage war against its English-speaking population, causing thousands to flee to Mexico in hopes of emigrating to the United States, said Joe Penny, a reporter for The Intercept. “There are now camps of people living at the [US] border with next to no resources,” including large numbers of Cameroonians, as well as Haitians, said Penny, author of an article titled “Cameroonian Asylum-Seekers at the Border are Fleeing a US-Backed Military.”

Black Agenda Report Presents: The Left Lens

Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly on the Necessity of Black Socialism
Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly joined the Left Lens Live to discuss her work on Racial Capitalism, anti-communism, and what we can learn from the socialist tradition in the Black movement. In this segment, Burden-Stelly outlines the history of red-baiting directed at the Black Left and why it matters to Black Lives in this moment of crisis and endless austerity.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.