Black Agenda Report 31 March 2021

31 March 2021 — Black Agenda Report

Freedom Rider: Andrew Cuomo and the Black Political Class 

Margaret Kimberley, BAR senior columnist
Black politicians shamelessly rallied to Cuomo, ridiculously comparing him to Emmett Till and the Central Park Five, in hopes that he will dispense patronage their way if he remains in office.

Reject the Innocence and Siege Politics of the U.S. Empire 

Danny Haiphong, BAR Contributing Editor
The U.S. was founded in the belief that Black and indigenous people were a threat to the existence of a “democratic” and “liberty”-loving colonial and capitalist society.

Ethiopians and Eritreans Rally for National Sovereignty, Against US Intervention 

Ann Garrison, BAR Contributing Editor
Ethiopians and Eritreans from all over Northern California rallied in San Francisco for peace and for the sovereignty and self-determination of their home countries.

REVIEW: On Anarchism and the Black Revolution 

Editors, The Black Agenda Review
“The principles of anarchism appear to be growing in some corners of the Black community,” due largely to the work and thought of former Black Panther Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin.

Shinobu, is this what solidarity looks like?  

Raymond Nat Turner, BAR poet-in-residence
Now, I wasn’t Yuri Kochiyama amidst toppled chairs, gun smoke scented chaos, cradling Malcolm’s heavy head on the Audubon Ballroom

African Women, Don’t Be a Mammy for Empire 

Onyesonwu Chatoyer
All too often we witness petit-bourgeois African women willingly taking positions of leadership, power, and influence within the political and military infrastructure of the United States.

Derek Chauvin and the Myth of the Impartial Juror 

Sonali Chakravarti
As a space for democratic deliberation and decision-making, the jury box still has the potential to shift the criminal legal system – but first  we must change who is able to serve on a jury.

Letters from Our Readers

Jahan Choudhry, BAR Comments Editor
This week the U.S. state’s propaganda and the Black elite were on your minds.

BAR Book Forum: Catie Coe’s Book, “The New American Servitude” 

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
Senior care puts care workers into racialized, gendered, and age hierarchies, making it difficult for them to achieve social and economic mobility.

BAR Book Forum: Jayna Brown’s “Black Utopias” 

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
I am hoping my call will provoke/inspire us to practice forms of life and liveliness differently.

Audre Lorde’s Revolutionary Contribution to Black Political Thought 

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
Black poet and feminist Audre Lorde showed her socialist and revolutionary colors in the wake of the US invasion of Grenada, her parent’s birthplace, in 1983, said Jack Turner, professor of political science at the University of Washington and co-editor of “African American Political Thought: A Collected History.” Lorde “really started to see how the Grenada revolution could inspire a more transnational Black revolutionary presence within the western hemisphere, and as a result became a deep threat to the US State,” said Turner.

US Black Elite Tied to Capitalism, Not Black Liberation 

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
“If we want to have Black liberation, we have to abolish capitalism to do that,” said Kandista Mallett, an activist and columnist for Teen Vogue magazine who authored a recent column titled, “The Black Elite are Obstacles Toward Black Liberation.” “Especially when we look at all that’s unfolding with Black Lives Matter now, it’s important for us to have a class analysis and to recognize that capitalism is just as much a threat to our communities as white supremacy,” said Mallett.

Expect “Lip Service” from Biden on Immigration Reform 

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
We have already seen Joe Biden’s immigration policy, during his eight years as vice president under Barack “Deporter-in-Chief” Obama, said Deborah A., a national organizer with the trans immigration organization Black LBGTQIA+, or BLMP. “There will be a lot of lip service…and airbrush,” said Deborah A., ”but the only way to stop people from being caught in the detention-to-deportation pipeline is to end imperialism.” The BLMP is active in cities across the country.

Left Lens Live: Strong, Black, and Unapologetic Truth w/ Luqman Nation

Pan-Africanism and Black Radicalism are key pillars in the ongoing struggle for liberation. Abdushshahid and Jacqueline Luqman of Luqman Nation and the newly formed Black Power Media join The Left Lens to bring unapologetic truth from a Pan-Africanist perspective as we analyze the numerous lies obscuring the crises facing U.S. imperialism in the Biden era.

We Say Quite Clearly: ‘U.S. Out of Haiti!’  

BAP Haiti Committee
While Biden is telling Haitians “Don’t come over,” Haiti and its allies have been saying “U.S. Out of Haiti.”

“Poor Rich Haiti” or How Imperialists and Local Oligarchy Have Sought to Destroy Agriculture in Haiti 

Lautaro Rivara
The author unpacks the tired trope of “poor rich Haiti,” highlighting the role of foreign capital and local elites in the destruction of life in the countryside.

Oil Fuels Guyana’s Internecine Conflict 

Arif Bulkan and Alissa Trotz
Guyana’s historically oppressed peoples direct their hostility at each other while neo-imperial powers hide in plain sight and reap the country’s wealth.

Garment Workers Win $22 Billion in Historic Victory Against Wage Theft 

Loretta Graceffo
When the Covid-19 pandemic cut into corporate profits, the fashion industry simply stole billions from some of the world’s most exploited workers.

WHO Chief Blasts ‘Grotesque’ Vaccine Inequality as Rich Nations Block Speedy End of Global Pandemic 

Andrea Germanos
“As long as the virus continues to circulate anywhere, people will continue to die, trade and travel will continue to be disrupted, and the economic recovery will be further delayed.”

New Data on Jail Populations: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 

Alexi Jones and Wendy Sawyer
The pandemic forced many police departments, courts and jails to take steps that reformers had been demanding for decades.

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