Category: BLACK AMERICA

Racist Roseanne Was Way Off: Valerie Jarrett Hailed from Planet of the Rich

JON JETER—According to the New Republic and several other sources, it was Jarrett who extinguished Obama’s occasional populist impulse, like a firefighter hosing down a small fire. When Obama proclaimed in late 2009 that “I did not run for office to be helping out a bunch of fat-cat bankers” — Jarrett coaxed his political team, led by former Washington advisor David Axelrod, to tone down the inflammatory rhetoric. Said Axelrod in an email to the New Republic: “Valerie viewed Wall Street and the business community as a constituency and was generally uncomfortable with expressions of chastisement toward Wall Street.”

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Imperialism and Apocalypse: An Interview with Gerald Horne

GERALD HORNE—”Establishing settler colonialism based on the illicit expropriation of the land of indigenes, accompanied by their enslavement and the accompanying enslavement of illicitly procured Africans perforce must be perpetrated by massive violence, which inexorably engenders a ceaseless cycle of vengeance. Of course, the settlers with their religious zeal felt the land and labor improperly obtained was mandated by the “Almighty,” and those victimized stoutly disagreed, and—arguably—this resultant cycle has yet to be extirpated altogether…”

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Barber Sermon on Militarism Reveals Philosophical & Political Limitations of the Poor Peoples Campaign

BRUCE DIXON—Policy-wise there are places where Barber, the PPC and the Institutional Church are unwilling to tread. Barber and company seem barely able to recognize domestic or international crimes when these are perpetrated by Democrats. It was Obama not Bush or Trump that started giving training, material support, ammo and logistics to every single army on the African continent except Libya, Somalia and Zimbabwe. Barber’s call for “a just two state solution” is utterly oblivious of the impossibility of anybody peacefully co-existing with or creating such a thing out of the nuclear armed apartheid ethnocracy that is today’s Israel. Barber’s sermon condemns drone warfare’s murder of innocents without noting that Barack Obama originated the policy. Barber’s sermon denounces the hateful and immoral border wall, without noting that 70% of it was built under Obama, who voted for it as a US senator, leaving less than 30% to be completed by Trump.

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It Feels Like Being on Death Row

GEORGE YANCY—If I had the opportunity to speak with Stephon Clark before his death, I would have warned him of something that I would be at great pains to share. Theo Shaw, who in 2006 was a member of the “Jena Six,” in Jena, Louisiana, recently wrote to ask me a deeply moving and disturbing question: “Is to be Black and male in America like being on death row?”

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Another MLK Anniversary, Another Gaza Massacre Ignored by the Black Political Class

BRUCE DIXON—Dr. King was an honest man. If he were alive today he would have to come to grip with the fact that no settler colonial regime has ever been overthrown by nonviolent means alone. We’ll never know how or whether he could square that particular circle, but it’s absolutely certain that he would mercilessly excoriate the US enforcers and enablers of apartheid Israel, Republican and Democrat, white and black alike. That’s called solidarity. And it’s easy to imagine he would reserve special and biting scorn and mockery for the black political class which have erased the substance of his life’s work and turned them into a mere corporate brand.

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The Government that Honors Dr. Martin Luther King with a National Holiday Killed Him

ED CURTIN—Revolutionaries are, of course, anathema to the power elites who, with all their might, resist such rebels’ efforts to transform society. If they can’t buy them off, they knock them off. Forty-eight years after King’s assassination, the causes he fought for – civil rights, the end to U.S. wars of aggression , and economic justice for all – remain not only unfulfilled, but have worsened in so many respects. And King’s message has been enervated by the sly trick of giving him a national holiday and urging Americans to make it “a day of service.”

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Identity Politics Empty Symbolism: Putting Black Faces on Imperial Policies

GLEN FORD—The Emil Jones brand of Black politics is based on the assumption that African American aspirations are limited to a simple desire to see Black faces on display in high places, no matter the public policy content of that representation. It is as if emancipation of the slaves could be achieved by moving Ol’ Massa out of the Big House, and installing the Black butler in his place, while the conditions of life and labor in the fields remain unchanged. After all, the butler is one of “ours.” The slaves should be happy to experience a vicarious freedom, through their “son.” Further, it would be downright unfamily-like to pester our own kin about the need for forty acres and a mule per household.

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