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Why Charleston Shooter Dylan Roof Isn't a “Terrorist” But Maybe Some of Us Are

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

US law defines a terrorist as someone willing to break the law to change government or corporate policy, like the #BlackLivesMatter protestors, or Chelsea Manning or Martin Luther King. So can we really call Charleston shooter Dylan Roof a terrorist? Killing black people has always been the official policy of governments and corporations.

 
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From Roosevelt Island to Rikers Island – Hillary Clinton Can't See Mass Incarceration

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

New York City's Roosevelt Island and Rikers Island are on the same planet, but different worlds. For Hillary Clinton, the suicide of Kalief Browder, a New York city teen imprisoned for 3 years, two in solitary at Rikers who hanged himself on the eve of her inaugural New York City rally, was not important enough to mention before a friendly white audience. Apparently those are discussions reserved for black audiences only, or surrogates.

 
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The U.S. and Al Qaida in Love and War

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The U.S., Saudi Arabia and al Qaida are on the same side in the wars in Syria and Yemen. Indeed, the “international jihadist network owes its very existence to the United States,” which “created the global infrastructure of terror” in Afghanistan in the late 1970s. However, jihadist and imperialist interests are ultimately irreconcilable. In the end, the U.S. will be expelled from the region, and the Saudi royalty will lose their heads.

 
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Data Show Cops Growing More Aggressive Against Blacks In Missouri

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Missouri’s own statistics confirm “the general impression among Black people that the police are becoming measurably more aggressive in their dealings with African Americans.” Racial disparities in police traffic stops broke state records last year – a key indicator of police attitudes towards Blacks. However, only a handful of states keep comprehensive records on the consequences of Driving While Black.

 
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Hey Toni Morrison! If Clinton Was Our First Black President, Is Bill de Blasio NYC's Second Black Mayor?

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Toni Morrison named Bill Clinton America's “first black president.” Her effusive praise of NYC mayor Bill de Blasio's “progressive agenda” fits neither its sketchiness, its glaring omissions, nor the impact of de Blasio's actual policies, which don't differ greatly from his predecessor Mike Bloomberg, or the trickle-down gentrification and vicious policing regimes of urban Democrats in big cities around the country.

 
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Malcolm X Would Wage Righteous Struggle Against Black America’s “House Negro” Leaders

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Malcolm X “made it legitimate and virtuous to engage in full-throated, soul searching, icon-searing debate” about the internal workings of the Black American polity, setting the stage for the most productive decade in African American history. He “wielded his ‘House Negro’ analogy like a sword, shaming and delegitimizing those Blacks who indentify with and serve oppressive institutions.”

 
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More Dyson V. West: Michael Eric Dyson Ain't No Muhammad Ali

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

 
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We Charge Genocide: 1.5 Million Black Men “Missing”

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Where did all the Black men go? Analysis of population data shows so many Black males have gone to prison, died of disease of accidents, or by violence, that Black females in many communities outnumber Black men by ratios of 6 to 10. A national policy of mass Black incarceration is the primary factor – a factual basis for a charge of genocide.

 
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Why Isn't Sen. Kirk's “Chicago Will Become Detroit” Threat National News?

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Chicago could become Detroit, an Illinois Senator threatened on March 2, if Chicago fails to re-elect Rahm Emanuel. Staring down this threat tells us a lot about how the game is, and ought to be played.

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