Black Agenda Radio for Week of May 10, 2021

11 May 2021 — Black Agenda Report

Black Agenda Radio for Week of May 10, 2021 

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
Who Cleans the Country? / Latinos and the Shrinking White Majority / Massive Resistance to Austerity Regime in Colombia

Who Cleans the Country? 

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
The Covid-19 pandemic has wrought vast changes in US lifestyles, but one aspect remains unchanged: housework is still a mostly a female domain and minorities and immigrants clean up the country, said Nicole Froio, a Colombian-Brazilian journalist researcher and author of the recent article, “The Pandemic Housework Dilemma Whitewashed.”  “Housework is not seen as productive work – it’s seen as maintenance,” said Froio. The people that do the cleaning are devalued.

Latinos and the Shrinking White Majority 

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
The Census Bureau predicts that Anglo whites will become a minority in the US by 2145 — but, what if significant numbers of Latinos embrace whiteness, and Anglo whites welcome them into the fold? “We see that happening already with the Ted Cruzes and Marco Rubios of the world,” said Dr Shantee Rosado, a professor of Afro-Latinx Studies at Rutgers University, whose book project is titled “Latinxs and the Emotional Politics of Race and Blackness in the U.S.” At the same time, however, “there is a push to say that race matters, mainly among indigenous and Black Latinos,” said Shantee.

Massive Resistance to Austerity Regime in Colombia 

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
Broad sectors of Colombian society continue a national strike against the US-backed regime’s attempt to impose harsh austerity measures. “What we have seen is a very strong unification between the many sectors – health, labor, women, indigenous, African descendants. All of them are protesting this criminal government,” said Charo Mina-Rojas, of the Black Communities Process organization, speaking from a roadblock outside the largely Black city of Cali. Police and paramilitaries have killed scores of young Black protesters in the coastal cities.

Left Lens Live: Justice Not Served by Verdict in George Floyd’s Murder

Derek Chauvin was convicted on all charges in the murder of George Floyd last year. Just two hours before the verdict, Ohio police killed Ma’Khia Bryant. Margaret and Danny discuss why justice has not been served as liberals and Democrats have so enthusiastically proclaimed.

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