Black Agenda Report for 22 April 2021

22 April 2021 — Black Agenda Report

Freedom Rider: Gun Violence Starts at the Top 

Margaret Kimberley, BAR senior columnist
If the state reserves the right to commit mass murder no one should be surprised that the people follow suit.

China and Africa: the Black Alliance for Peace’s

Danny Haiphong, BAR Contributing Editor
Those that call China a colonizer of Africa don’t understand colonization.

Pacifica Radio: Let’s Talk About the Debt 

Ann Garrison, BAR Contributing Editor
It’s difficult not to imagine that the secret plan is to sell WBAI’s license. “Most people support Pacifica because it’s community radio.”

Return to the Source: Trayvon Martin and White Madness, July 18, 2013 

Editors, The Black Agenda Review
Black people cannot change white people’s warped perceptions of the world, although, Lord knows, we’ve tried.

Trauma Trivia 

Raymond Nat Turner, BAR poet-in-residence
We play America’s longest running game,  Trauma Trivia—gambling blue— Daily, weekly, monthly, annually—decades,  Centuries at a time…We play it again and again

The Black Working Class Must Defend Itself, Not the Black Misleadership Class 

Ujima People’s Progress Party
Black political power is gained by expanding independent Black political institutions and bases around agendas not endorsed by the ruling elite.

What Police Impunity Looks Like 

Eric Umansky
They came into his own home and took his life for no reason.

Letters from Our Readers 

Jahan Choudhry, BAR Comments Editor
This week pro-Zionist censorship and police brutality were on your minds.

BAR Book Forum: Alaina E. Roberts’ “I’ve Been Here All the While” 

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
Five Indian nations brought their Black slaves on the Trail of Tears and it was Black labor that helped them rebuild.

BAR Book Forum: Kathryn Yusoff’s “A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None” 

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
Climate change is materialized through a racialized praxis, and those materialities of race produce racialized climates of survival.

Criminal Neglect of Mumia’s Health 

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
Supporters of Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner, held a press conference last Thursday demanding medical treatment for his damaged arteries, yet Pennsylvania prison officials refused to even confirm that heart surgery was scheduled. Abu Jamal will mark his 67th birthday on April 24. Dr. Ricardo Alvarez, Abu Jamal’s longtime physician,  noted that “in some states, close to 20 percent” of the prison population are elderly.

Maroons Sought Freedom on Ocean Currents 

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
Justin Dunnavant, a post- doctoral scholar who has researched maroon cultures in the Caribbean, Central America and African, said “there is a Black history that occurs on the ocean – its’ not just land-based.” Dunnavant authored a recent article titled, “Have Confidence in the Sea: Maritime Maroons and Fugitive Geographies.” Escaped enslaved people found opportunities on the high seas, as well as in the mountains and swamps.

Blacks and the US: a History of Resistance 

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
The United States has been in constant conflict with its Black population, which has been the greatest source of its wealth, said Dr. Gerald Horne, the prolific author who teaches African American Studies and history at the University of Houston. Enslaved and free African Americans often “collaborated with the real and imagined enemies” of the United States, to undermine the nation’s systems of oppression. “So, this was a troublesome property,” that consistently resists its subordination by a hostile government.

Yellow Peril and Red Scare: Forum on Anti-Asian Racism

Anti-Asian racism is on the rise in the United States and the West and has been discussed most frequently in the aftermath of the murder of six women of Asian descent in Atlanta on March 16th. However, the roots for anti-Asian racism have been entirely left out of the mainstream discourse on the issue. On this episode of The Internationalist Transmission, Danny Haiphong is joined by Invent the Future’s Carlos Martinez and a panel of Chinese and Asian diaspora activists and political analysts to connect the dots between the history of anti-Asian racism and present day U.S.

US Joins Past Empires In Afghan Graveyard 

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
President Biden announced a removal of all U.S. troops by September 11, but he failed to include some important details.

A History of Unemployment and the Search for Solutions 

Philip Harvey
The only time the United States has experienced real full employment was during World Wars I and II.

Study Indicates the Capitol Riots were Motivated by Racism and White Resentment, not ‘Election Theft’ 

A consistent majority of the insurrectionists lived in counties that had rapidly diversified in recent years.

Black Worker Centers: Building Workplace Power in the Communities 

Matthew Cunnington-Cook
As organized labor deals with the defeat at Amazon in Alabama, another type of base-building power beckons.

Bessemer Amazon Union Drive: An Interview with the Lead Organizer 

Luis Feliz Leon and Joshua Brewer
“We feel like we got a heck of a start, and we’re proud of it, and we’re proud of the workers that are willing to continue that fight.”

The Union Battle at Amazon Is Far from Over 

Margaret Kimberley, BAR senior columnist
If the state reserves the right to commit mass murder no one should be surprised that the people follow suit.

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