Black Agenda 27 March 2013: Is the Prison Industrial Complex Real? Throwing BRICS at US Empire, Obama Turns Right

27 March 2013 — Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Michelle Alexander’s 2010 book “New Jim Crow” provided a language to talk about the prison state that we never had before. But is it entirely accurate? Is the prison industrial complex real? What’s the difference between fighting against racism or a “new jim crow” or a “prison industrial complex” and confronting the reality of the prison state?

Black Agenda Report 31 January 2013: Melissa Harris-Perry Hides Cause of School Closings, Job Discrimination, Mali

31 January 2013 — Black Agenda Report

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

When print or broadcast news outlets grab a compelling story, only to distract attention away from what the public needs to know, that’s called “burying the lead.” That’s what Melissa Harris-Perry did in her Jan. 26 segment on whether the nationwide wave of public school closings were “racist” or not.