Black Agenda Report 25 February 2021

25 February 2021 — Black Agenda Report

Freedom Rider: No Human Rights in Texas

Margaret Kimberley, BAR senior columnist
The people of Texas suffer unnecessarily from bad weather because their state puts oligarchs first and does not recognize the human right to health and safety.

BLACK CITIZENSHIP FORUM: The Roots of Xenophobic Violence in South Africa—A Pan African Response

Black Agenda Review Editors
South Africa must dismantle and transcend the colonial nation-state through creation of a Pan-African federation that stretches across the Southern African sub-continent.

Rusesabagina’s Show Trial and Shooting Deaths of a Rwandan Dissident and an Italian Ambassador

Ann Garrison, BAR Contributing Editor
Is there any limit to how far the West will go to cover for Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s Crimes? asks Ann Garrison.

Democracy Now Provides Progressive Cover to State Department Propaganda Campaign Against China

Danny Haiphong, BAR Contributing Editor
The show has become a reliable platform for uncritical regime change propaganda, demonizing targets of US empire from Syria to Nicaragua.

He’s under suspicion…

Raymond Nat Turner, BAR poet-in-residence
The rioters all knew him— it had to be an inside job— ‘cause to a man they spoke to him by name as they breached the building. Read their lips…

Revolutionary Love in Shades of Darkness

Joy James
Combined with Revolutionary Love, we grow power through mutual aid, political education, release of the incarcerated, and community control over police.

Cedric Robinson and the Origins of Race

Minkah Makalami
To dismiss the logic of Robinson’s “racial capitalism,” one must ignore the only history of capitalism we have.

Letters from Our Readers

Jahan Choudhry, BAR Comments Editor
This week you discussed the struggle against the dollar and neocolonialism.

BAR Book Forum: Gerald Horne’s The Dawning of the Apocalypse

Dr. Gerald Horne
Britain is, indeed, the “mother country” of US white supremacy, having by the 13th century become “The First Racial State in the West.”

BAR Book Forum: Adam Kotsko’s “Neoliberalism’s Demons”

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
Nationalism, racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression and exclusion are an integral part of the neoliberal order.

World Rebelling Against Dollar Domination

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
“Washington has been overusing the sanctions weapon,” causing both allies and competitors to seek ways to circumvent the global dominance of the dollar, said Dr Gerald Horne, the prolific author and University of Houston professor of African American Studies and History. “The US doesn’t seem to realize that we are in a multi-polar world,” where no nation can dictate to all the others. Speaking on the Sputnik Radio program “The Critical Hour,” Horne told hosts Wilmer Leon III and Garland Nixon that China is preparing to circulate a digital form of yuan to break the stranglehold of the dollar.

“The State” and “Racial Capitalism” to Blame for Anti-Black Violence in UK

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
After long study, an anti-racial violence Monitoring Group found that anti-Black violence in the UK is driven mainly by “the police and other mechanisms of the state,” said Adam Elliott-Cooper, a Research Associate at the University of Greenwich and anti-racial violence activist and scholar. “Racial capitalism is the most urgent issue,” said Elliott-Cooper, who notes that Cedric Robinson was living in London when he wrote “Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition,” which introduced the term “racial capitalism.”

Police, Prisons and Prosecutors just Create More Victims

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
“We believe that all forms of law enforcement” in the US “are rooted in systems of violence,” said Samah Sisay, an organizer with the abolitionist group “Survived and Punished” and a Justice Fellow with the Center for Constitutional Rights. Often-times, said Sisay, survivors are punished for surviving, such as the case of Marissa Alexander, who was initially sentenced to 60 years in prison for firing a warning shot, in her own home, to ward off her abusive husband.

Why a Shootout Between Black Panthers and Law Enforcement 50 Years Ago Matters Today

Paul Ringel
The 1971 raid marks a nationwide militarization of police relations with Black protest groups and Africa Americans as a group.

Mumia Abu Jamal Newspaper Admonishes DA to Stop Defending the Indefensible

Pam Africa
“If DA Krasner wants to embrace anti-racist principles…then he needs to take an honest look at the facts of Mumia’s case.”

Judas and the Black Messiah, A Missed Opportunity

Dante James
The film framed Hampton as a victim instead of a pro-active freedom fighter and revolutionary.

A New Civil Rights Movement, a New Journal

Geoffrey Jacques
By the end of its run, Freedomways had become something close to a journal of record of the mid-to-late 20th Century African American freedom movement.

Sumo Wrestlers & Supermodels: Reimagining the Education of Black Children

David Marcus Rutherford
How do we define success for Black students and the adults that they become?

Black Families Have a Major Stake in the Future of the Postal Service

Sarah Anderson, Scott Klinger, Brian Wakamo
If there is any source of mass employment that has provided Black workers with decent wages and upward mobility, it is the US Postal Service, the target of corporatist assault.

The Left Lens Presents: An Interciew with Filmon Zerai

The U.S. and West have for centuries waged ideological warfare on the African continent to satisfy their aims of imperialist expansion. Filmon Zerai joins Danny Haiphong on the latest Internationalist Transmission to discuss pressing issues relating to the Horn of Africa and why a deeper understanding of the region is critical toward forging solidarity among the oppressed across continents. Filmon Zerai is an independent commentator on the Horn of Africa & Global Politics. His work has appeared on Aljazeera, Sputnik, and Black Agenda Report.

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