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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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