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Are Black "Success Stories" Really Holding Us Back?

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Is it time to critically interrogate the black “success stories” of pro atheletes and near-billionaires? Should we be identifying with the Junior Bridgemans and Magic Johnsons or with their thousands of underpaid and cheated workers? And what would a more reproducible black “success story” really look like?

Stop Blaming Black Parents for School Achievement Gaps

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Helping your kids, or neighbors’ kids, do their homework almost certainly will not improve their school performance, according to a new study. “The idea that parental involvement will address one of the most salient and intractable issues in education, racial and ethnic achievement gaps, is not supported by the evidence.” However, a demonstrable commitment to social values can change a child’s whole outlook on life.

Freedom Rider: NYPD Punishes Black Victims

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

It is truly astounding how the U.S. criminal justice system finds infinite opportunities to array straightforward statutes in ways that disproportionately disadvantage Black people. “The purpose of American criminal injustice is to keep certain groups, black people most obviously, vulnerable to any form of attack the system can devise.”

Nelson Mandela and Collective Power

by Kevin Alexander Gray

Whatever verdict history decrees on three decades of nominal Black rule in South Africa, one thing is certain: Nelson Mandela is not the only person responsible. The unfinished struggle was a collective effort. “Moderates and radicals, ANC members and non-members, martyrs, marchers, clergy, secular, individuals and organizations made up the collective.” Indeed, lots of the change-makers weren’t even South African.

Death, US Capitalism, and Huey Newton’s Theory of Suicide

by Danny Haiphong

Class and race oppression brings death by many means. “The person or movement partaking in revolutionary suicide has chosen to confront death by fighting for liberation.”

End the Left-Right White Solidarity Against Haiti

by Ezili Dantò

The U.S, France and Canada aren’t the only countries engaged in stripping Haiti of its national sovereignty. “Even ‘progressive’ Venezuela is investing in Haiti tourism at Ile a Vache, instead of pushing to end the US occupation and the use of Haitian resources and lands to make foreigners wealthy.”

AFRICOM Goes to War on the Sly

by Nick Turse

The U.S. military “pivot” to Africa quickens, albeit under a “veil of secrecy.” AFRICOM “now averages far more than a mission a day on the continent, conducting operations with almost every African military force, in almost every African country, while building or building up camps, compounds, and “contingency security locations.”

Neo-Confucian Wisdom in the Age of – Austerity & Informants

by BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner

Confucius say he who wear wire

May go undetected in East River…

CNN's Chicagoland: An 8 Part Miniseries Campaign Commercial For Rahm Emanuel and Urban Neoliberalism

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

CNN's Chicagoland "documentary" is an 8 part wet kiss for Rahm Emanuel & neoliberalism by the same crew that made Brick City, a propaganda flick to boost the career of Newark's Corey Booker prior to his re-election campaign.  Black Agenda Report talked to a few real Chicagoans about what it does and doesn't show or tell, and why.

Freedom Rider:Charter School Corruption

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Charter schools are the inventions of rightwing corporations and foundations, and serve as profit centers for the filthy rich. Given that these are the people who run American society, it is no surprise that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio “got his head handed to him” when he clashed with charter school interests. “The mayor’s little nod to protecting public education was no match for big money.”

Racism Sin Vergüenza in the Venezuelan Counter-Revolution

by Arlene Eisen

For sheer racist hatred, the young Venezuelan “protesters” championed by the U.S. government and corporate media could rival that found in the Ku Klux Klan or any other of the white supremacist formations that pepper U.S. history. “Racism is one of the main engines and expression of the counter-revolution.”

Examining the Existence of Fascism in the United States

by Danny Haiphong

Is the U.S. a fascist society? It’s a classic fit – a country where “the relationship between the state and corporation becomes indiscernible,” militarism is the highest value, and demonization of the Other is the organizing principle of the ruling circles and state.

Deja Vu (On Progressives Sleeping with Racists)

by Vi Ransel

So-called "’progressive,’ post-racial collaboration with overt and/or covert racists only enables the acceleration of discrimination, exploitation, impoverishment and police state tactics.” This absolutely applies to those “progressives” who seek common cause with Ron and Rand Paul. Rand’s former campaign spokesman used to wish people “Happy Nigger Day” on MLK’s birthday, while father Ron called Dr. King’s holiday “our annual Hate Whitey Day.”

Mummies

by BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner

I’d rather see hit men from the Five Families

Lecturing gang-bangers on gun violence,

Than see the U.S. prancing ‘round the world

Like a peacock, pontificating ‘bout democracy!

U.S. Deploys More Special Forces in Search of Kony, Africa’s Stand-in for Osama bin Laden

by executive editor Glen Ford

The latest deployment of U.S. Special Forces aircraft to central Africa is an escalation of an effective U.S. occupation of the continent, via AFRICOM and subservient indigenous armies. “AFRICOM’s mission is to lock the continent in a cage of steel, to imprison it in the imperial orbit.” President Obama casts Joseph Kony in the role of Africa’s Osama bin Laden, to justify the military buildup.

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