Black Agenda Report 16 June 2021

16 June 2021 — Black Agenda Report

REPORT: Murdering Women in Nigeria, Nnamdi Benjamin Azikiwe, May 1930 

Margaret Kimberley, BAR senior columnist
Juneteenth has become the latest iteration of liberal capture of Black politics, opportunistic virtue signaling, and the intentional misrepresentation of America’s history.

Independent Media is Political, Too: A Defense of “State” or Publicly-Funded Media 

Danny Haiphong, BAR Contributing Editor
It is imperative for independent journalism to serve as the media arm of a movement that opposes the privatization of information and works toward the development of a public media apparatus.

REPORT: Murdering Women in Nigeria, Nnamdi Benjamin Azikiwe, May 1930 

Editors, The Black Agenda Review
British colonial officials turned their guns on women in two Nigerian towns in the 1920s, to put down protests against “head” taxes and levies on market stalls, killing scores.

Ethiopia: Tribalism versus National Consciousness

Ann Garrison, BAR Contributing Editor
Washington and its allies seem intent on punishing Ethiopia and Eritrea for deposing a pro-US government in Addis Ababa, but some anti-imperialists also oppose the new regime.

Black Agenda Radio for Week of June 14, 2021 

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
Myth of “Black Wall Street” is Deployed to Bolster Black Capitalism / US Universities Have Turned Into Rapacious Capitalist Machines / US Wages Cold War Against China Because America Can’t Compete

The Town Crier’s List of Who’s Who in the capitalist state machine 

Raymond Nat Turner, BAR poet-in-residence
“Ain’t no power like the power of the people—
‘cause the power of the people don’t stop!” bouncing
off summer skyscrapers; ricocheting off resistance
Millenia righteous… Centuries overdue…

Community Control of Public Safety: Building a Transitional Program for Power 

Netfa Freeman
Why is more effort is put into trying to discredit CCOP, while the ruling class is pulling all stops to hoodwink the public with actual reformism,

Lessons from Eldridge Cleaver and the Black Panther Party 

Ahjamu Umi
ust like we glorified the black leather jackets, black berets, and guns in the 60s, we still romanticize African people with guns and mouths that fire more inaccurately than the guns they carry.

Walter Rodney’s Death Records to be Amended and Children’s Books Placed in Schools 

Denis Chabrol
The martyred revolutionary’s assassination has finally been acknowledged by the Guyana state, and his works will become part of the educational curriculum.

BAR Book Forum: Jerrilyn McGregory’s “One Grand Noise” 

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
To break cyclical, systemic oppression requires a functionality that rejects reified notions of governance, global capitalism, and accommodation.

BAR Book Forum: Cisco Bradley’s “Universal Tonality” 

Roberto Sirvent, BAR Book Forum Editor
Jazzman William Parker’s work is a bold art of resistance to capitalism, colonialism, racism, and the runaway train that is our present-day America.

US Wages Cold War Against China Because America Can’t Compete

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
The US confrontation with China is rooted in America is being economically eclipsed by the Asian juggernaut, said Julie Varughese, Solidarity Network Coordinator of Black Alliance for Peace, in a Green Party webinar on Joe Biden’s First 100 Days. The Covid-19 experience showed “that China could beat back the virus and then be the only country to experience economic growth” when the rest of the world was in recession,” said Varaghese.

US Universities Have Turned Into Rapacious Capitalist Machines 

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
American higher education is a relentless gentrifyer that spreads police terror and low wages, said Davarian Baldwin, professor of American Studies and founding director of the Smart Cities Lab at Trinity College, in Hartford, Connecticut. “These Black and brown neighborhoods were targeted for displacement,” said Baldwin, author of the book “In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower.

Myth of “Black Wall Street” is Deployed to Bolster Black Capitalism 

Black Agenda Radio with Margaret Kimberley and Glen Ford
In an article in Black Agenda Report titled “From Black Wall Street to Black Capitalism,” Too Black, a writer and poet based in Indianapolis, reported that “most Greenwood Blacks worked for white businesses, and 95 percent lived in substandard housing.” The Black Wall Street Myth, said Too Black,  is used “to push Black capitalism” and  obscures the fact that “there were actually Black folks rising up and trying to protect a Black man from being lynched” in 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma.

NYT’s Africa: A Place of Failure and No Leadership 

Siyanda Mohutsiwa
Ruth Maclean’s article, like countless others in Western media, took place in an Africa without leaders, without public health officials or activists.

The Responsibilities of Caribbean Intellectuals 

Aaron Kamugisha
The tradition of Caribbean intelligentsia insists on a grounding with the massive against the elites.

Two Former Israeli Ambassadors to South Africa Join Tsunami of ‘Apartheid’ Accusations Against Israel 

By gradually driving occupied populations from their land and concentrating them into dense and fractured pockets, both South Africa and Israel thwart political autonomy and true democracy.

Abolishing Police and Abolishing Militaries 

David Swanson
Prison and war abolition are up against the exact same profiteers, politicians, and pundits, as well as many of the same people “serving” as soldiers, police, and guards.

America’s Gun Obsession is Rooted in Slavery 

Carol Anderson
The sheer brutality of human bondage created an overwhelming fear among whites of the enslaved’s capacity and desire for retribution.

The Kids Are Reimagining International Solidarity 

Roberto Lovato
Millennial and Gen Z activists are aligning their struggles at home with the fights against US empire in the streets of Palestine, Haiti, Colombia, and other countries.

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