Black Agenda Report 10 February 2021

10 February 2021 — Black Agenda Report

Freedom Rider: Forced Labor in the U.S. 

Margaret Kimberley, BAR senior columnist
Forced labor of Uyghurs in China is questionable, but there is absolute proof that incarcerated people in this country are forced to work for little or no pay.

Black Citizenship Forum: Black Citizenship and the Problem of “Coloniality” 

Editors, The Black Agenda Review
Blacks subject as a stateless and rightless provider of cheap labor in a globalized and racial capitalist economy.

Ugandans Still Resisting Museveni’s Play to Stay in Power 

Ann Garrison, BAR Contributing Editor
“Radically rude” poet Stella Nyanzi and opposition leader Kizza Besigye join Bobi Wine in rejecting Museveni’s claim to have been rightfully re-elected.

There is no Color-Blind Road to Socialism in the United States

Danny Haiphong, BAR Contributing Editor
The Democratic Party is not anti-racist because of its “diversity”; it is in fact becoming a more effective agent of a racist and imperialist state.

Black Agenda Radio for Week of February 8, 2021

Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
Activists Seed Public Schools With Black Liberation Curriculum / Black Political Party Puts Grassroots Organizing First / Black American Slave Legacy Inherited by Diaspora Immigrants

Black Lives Matter… 

Raymond Nat Turner, BAR poet-in-residence
B-B-B-Black Lives M-M-M-Matter… Unless you listening to loud music; shoveling snow; Or own a phone or car…

Letters from Our Readers 

Jahan Choudhry, BAR Comments Editor
This week you discussed the multilayer crisis facing American people.

BAR Book Forum: Anthony Reed’s “Soundworks” 

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
This week’s author views black aesthetics as a practice of freedom that imagines and conjures alternative social arrangements.

BAR Book Forum: Moya Bailey’s “Misogynoir Transformed” 

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
The author maintains it is a myth that digital activism is less important than the organizing being done on the ground.

Black Lives Matter Inland Empire Announces Break WIth BLM Global Network 

Former Inland Empire BLM
Black Lives Matter Inland Empire, in an open letter, last week announced its departure from the cash-heavy Black Lives Global Network.

Cedric Robinson and the Origins of Race 

Minkah Makalani
An examination Robinson’s body of work can enrich our understanding of racial capitalism and offer additional tools for overcoming our political impasse.

Black American Slave Legacy Inherited by Diaspora Immigrants 

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
Black immigrants are not included in the standard American immigration story because newcomers from the African diaspora “inherit the legacy” of US Black chattel slavery, said Kovie Biakolo, a writer and scholar born in Nigeria. “White Americans do not like to engage in conversations that ultimately put slavery at the forefront,” said Biakolo, whose recent article is titled, “We Can’t Talk About Immigration Without Acknowledging Black Immigrants.”

Black Political Party Puts Grassroots Organizing First 

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
The Ida B Wells Education Project has begun “centering Black liberation movements” in the classroom curriculum of a growing number of public schools, said Peta Lindsay, a founder of the project, that was launched after the gigantic anti-police repression protests of June, 2020. “A lot of teachers want to teach Black history,” said Lindsay. “We’re here to provide the resources.”

The Left Lens presents Dr. Cornel West, 7pm EST Thurs Feb 11

The United States celebrates Black History Month every February but does so with little regard to the Black Radical Tradition for social justice and liberation. Dr. Cornel West joins co-hosts Margaret Kimberley and Danny Haiphong to discuss key aspects of the Black Radical Tradition and their relevance to the current situation confronting Black Americans and the rest of humanity both in the U.S. and around the world. Dr. Cornel West is a public intellectual and professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University.

The Kidnapping Club 

David Rosen
Northern free Blacks as well as self-liberated former slaves lived in fear of being kidnapped by organized slave catchers in New York City.

The Decline and Fall of the American Empire 

Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies
The United States is a decadent, declining empire stumbling blindly into an agonizing death spiral.

Slave-built Infrastructure and Reparations 

Joshua F.J. Inwood and Anna Livia Brand
US cities from Atlanta to New York City still use buildings, roads, ports and rail lines built by enslaved people.

The Vaccine Distribution Crisis: Capitalism in its Death Agony 

Mya Shone
The hoarding of existing supply and the refusal to create a vast public infrastructure capable of producing and distributing COVID-19 vaccines are inherent consequences of capitalism.

Electoral Politics Use The Same Containment Strategies As Alzheimer’s Facilities 

Caitlin Johnstone
The US electoral system is like a dementia facility run by Democratic Party staff members pretending to want the same thing we want.

Popular Resistance: The Anti-War Movement Must Not Go Back to Sleep Under Biden 

Margaret Flowers
Biden has chosen the most diverse group of war mongers and torture supporters the nation has ever had.

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