Black Agenda Report 3 May 2022

Tuesday, 3 May 2022 — Black Agenda Report

The Poor Peoples Campaign Dishonors Martin Luther King
Margaret Kimberley
It is disheartening to hear movement leaders say they are inspired by Martin Luther King while also supporting the U.S. proxy war against Russia. Like all wars it endangers the lives of civilian populations, enriches the military industrial complex, and robs Americans of public resources. Once King chose an anti-war stance he did not waiver in his condemnations of U.S. empire.

The Poor People’s Campaign and the Moral Dilemma of Liberalism
Ajamu Baraka
The demands for justice at home and abroad must not be sacrificed on the altar of what is called pragmatism. The false choices presented by liberalism can undermine the movement altogether.

Essay: Record of Revolts in Negro Workers’ Past: Mary Adams, May 1, 1928
Editors, The Black Agenda Review
A May Day 1928 essay by Black communist Williana “Liana” Jones Burroughs – aka Mary Adams – recounts the history of African revolt in the Americas.

The Road to Hell, Brought to You by Liberalism
Danny Haiphong
Elon Musk’s purchase of the Twitter platform was a hotly debated topic. But neither Musk nor any other individual is the root of the world’s problems. Liberalism which pretends to oppose capitalism and US state hegemony but which is in fact an ally, is the problem.

pump the brakes
Raymond Nat Turner
The latest from BAR’s poet in residence.

Notes from Eritrea
Ann Garrison
BAR contributor Ann Garrison continues her reporting from the Horn of Africa. She is now in Eritrea.

U.S. Corporate Media Watch: An Interview with Richard Medhurst
Roberto Sirvent and Richard Medhurst
In this feature, we interview Syrian-born journalist Richard Medhurst about state propaganda, the mainstream media, and U.S. imperialism

BAR Book Forum: Interview with Adam Bledsoe and Willie Wright
Roberto Sirvent
This week’s featured scholars are Adam Bledsoe and Willie Wright. Bledsoe is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota. Wright is an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida. Their article is “The Anti-Blackness of Global Capital.”

The Sports World’s Selective Moral Indignation
Gus Griffin
Russian athletes have been banned from the Boston Marathon, Wimbledon tennis championships, and perhaps the next Olympic games. These punishments were not meted out to citizens of the U.S. and allied countries after the invasion of Iraq or destruction of Libya or to others whose governments commit war crimes.

West African “Coup Contagion” Analysis
Djibo Sobukwe
The people of Africa’s Sahel region want truly sovereign governements that act in their interests. But U.S. interference, the continued influence of France and other colonizers, and neo-colonial governance all play a part in causing “coup contagion” in West Africa.

A Statement on Ukraine from the Black Liberation Movement
Black liberation movement organizations issued a joint statement opposing US/NATO actions in Ukraine.

From Black Power to Pan-Africanism with Mukasa Dada
Ahjamu Umi
Mukasa Dada was a leader in the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and is an unsung hero of the liberation movement.

Should We Really Blame NATO for the Ukraine War?
Eugene Puryear
Should we really blame NATO for the Ukraine war? The answer to that question is, “Yes!” Blame for the conflict in Ukraine can be laid at the doorstep of the U.S. and its NATO allies.

Marking Workers’ Day in Dispiriting Times
New Frame
Previously in South Africa, millions of people were mobilised in the hope of a better future on May Day. Now, amid mass unemployment and the collapse of an emancipatory vision, that optimism is absent.

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