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Ta Nehesi Coates' Bernie Sanders Brain Fart Isn't Even About Reparations

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

When favored spokesnegro Ta Nehesi Coates urgently warns us that Bernie Sanders doesn't support reparations, but doesn't mention that his presumed candidate Hillary doesn't either, or that the Green Party candidate Jill Stein does, it's easy to see Coates doesn't really want to talk about reparations.  Coates just objects to the popularity of socialism, and wants to spread the old lie that socialism and socialists ignore the workings of white supremacy.

 
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2016's New Years Revolution… Time To Lose Some Old Habits, Gain Some New Ones

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The nonprofit world has trained much of the US left in its image. We depend on “advocacy organizations” with college educated, self-perpetuating boards of directors, responsible only to themselves and funders to carry “the movement” forward. It's not a good look, and there's no time like the dawn of a new year to lose some old bad habits.

 
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Single Payer Health Care Still More Popular Than Obamacare

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Obama’s legacy is having set back the cause of universal health care many years through his duplicitous switch to a corporate-based scheme, in 2009. Since then, half of the non-profit health insurance co-ops created as a consolation to the Left have gone out of business. However, “a new Kaiser Poll shows 58 percent of the public are in favor of Medicare for All, including 81 percent of Democrats” – more popular than Obamacare.

 
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Nigerian Military: “The Real Boko Haram”

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

When the United States and Saudi Arabia partnered to spread global jihadist terror, they set the stage for massacres throughout Asia and Africa. The latest atrocity has claimed as many as a thousand Shia Muslim lives in Nigeria, a nation that has joined Saudi Arabia’s bizarre coalition against terror. “For the Saudis to be leading a war against terror is like the Pope leading a war against Catholicism.”

 
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Youth Leads the Struggle in Chicago

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The supremely arrogant Mayor “Rahmbo” Emanuel has been temporarily chastened by the drumbeat of protests against the killing of Laquan McDonald, shot 16 times by a Chicago cop. Even much of the local Black Misleadership Class has found it necessary to “take a stance in opposition to Mayor Emanuel and the white corporate forces that he represents” – if only for the moment. Young people must stand fast with their “transformative demands.”

 
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From Hanrahan to Daley to Alvarez, Protecting Killer Cops is a Chicago Prosecutorial Tradition

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

If there's any justice the political career of Cook County States Attorney Anita Alvarez will end with the November 2016 election. But we should remember that Chicagoans threw Cook County States Attorney Edward V. Hanrahan out of office over the 1969 assassination of Fred Hampton, and not much else changed. It will apparently take more than running candidates in elections to overthrow the Chicago tradition of prosecutors enabling and abetting its killer cops.

 
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Israelis – Not Muslims – Cheered in Jersey City on 9/11

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

In debunking Donald Trump’s big lie about Jersey City Muslims celebrating the destruction of the World Trade Center, the corporate media have told an even bigger lie of omission. There was, indeed, shameless cheering on the banks of the Hudson River on 9/11. But it was by young Israelis, as was widely reported at the time. Fourteen years later, corporate media are covering up for Israel – which makes them even bigger liars than Trump.

 
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Baltimore Study Sheds Light on Bankers’ Scheme To Expel Blacks from the City

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Banks in Baltimore “have condemned the Black sections of town to a death spiral of social and physical deterioration” as a matter of corporate policy, while continuing to issue mortgages that stabilize low income white neighborhoods in the city. The banks are the most important institutional players in the Black dispersal and white gentrification process: “When Black neighborhoods are killed, the banks make a killing.”

 
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What Good Are Our Black Politics When 3 of Every 8 Black Children Under 6 Are in Poverty?

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

The newest wave of so-called movement activists have lots to say about institutional racism, but as Glen Ford has pointed out, they have few concrete demands beyond their own inclusion in the pantheon of recognized black leadership. With 3 of every 8 black children in the US live in poverty, black family wealth a tenth what it was a decade ago, isn't it time to confront the corporate power, the government, the state?

 
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The Middle Age White Male Die-Off: When Skin Privilege is Not Enough

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

What happens to middle aged white men with only a high school education when white skin privilege is no longer enough to secure a safe haven in the racial pecking order of America? Many members of this cohort seem to be caught in a death spiral.

 
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FBI Chief Gets the “Ferguson Effect” All Wrong

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Cops that think they’ve been abandoned by the Obama administration are out of their minds. “Obama is only seeking to put a smiling face on an even more intrusive, higher tech Mass Black Incarceration State.” His so-called “community policing” schemes would increase police penetration of Black America, while leaving police impunity essentially intact.

 
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War Abroad Breeds Homicidal Indifference At Home: St. Louis Garbage Fire Creeps Toward Nuclear Weapons Waste Dump

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

In 1973 radioactive waste from Manhattan Project which built the world's first nuclear weapons was secretly just outside St. Louis. An underground garbage fire raging for years in an adjacent landfill is now less than a quarter mile from that unprotected radioactive waste, potentially threatening millions with exposure to radiation. 

 
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Find Out What the “Or Else” Is: March with the Black Is Back Coalition in Washington, Nov. 7

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

If Black people are engaged in a renewed “movement,” what are the demands? The Black Is Back Coalition will bring the demand for Black Community Control of the Police to the White House, on November 7. The Coalition will march and rally under the banner “Black Power Matters,” because only the power of a mobilized people can change a domestic army of occupation into public servants of the Black community.

 
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Confederate Flag Wavers Arrested Under Law Designed to Imprison Blacks

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

A Georgia prosecutor turned the state’s gang law on a group of Confederate flag-waving white supremacists – the first such use of the statute. But that’s no cause for jubilation. “Its one-time use against racist whites does not change the nature of the law as an instrument of mass Black incarceration.” Rather, it makes the gang statue even more dangerous to Black people.

 
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Tell the New Education Secretary: Charter Schools Flunk Out in New Orleans

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Arne Duncan said Katrina was the best thing to happen to New Orleans schools, and his successor, John B. King, doubtless feels the same. But “it’s all propaganda and phony numbers.” Even with more than a third of its poor Black students in exile, the New Orleans all-charter system ranks significantly lower than Louisiana public schools – and that’s after controlling for factors of race, class and qualifications for special education.

 
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The Whites Are Coming! The Whites Are Coming!: Gentrification Surging in U.S. Cities

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

When Wall Street sets its collective minds and money to the task of gentrification, urban populations move – rapidly! In just the past four years, a white tide has significantly raised the numbers of Caucasians in almost half of U.S. cities, on top of large increases in white settlement during the previous decade. The window is rapidly closing on “chocolate cities.”

 
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Former Leader of Chad and CIA Tool Denounces U.S. Imperialism at His Trial

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

It is said that the Americans have no permanent friends, only permanent interests. Actually, the U.S. seems to have no friends at all, but only tools to be used and disposed of, especially in Africa. Hissène Habré helped the CIA inflict a serious defeat on Col. Muammar Gaddafi. A few years later, he was replaced by another Chadian warlord, and now sits before an Extraordinary African Chambers court to answer for his – and the U.S.’s – crimes.

 
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Killed and Killer Cops

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Cops are crying that their lives are in danger from folks inflamed by “dangerous national rhetoric.” But, “the statistics tell us there has been no rash of attacks on cops.” Indeed, the numbers show that felonious deaths of police in the line of duty “are at historically low levels.” The truth is, the cops are upset that their impunity from punishment is finally in question.

 
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A Rare Conviction of Killer Cops in South Africa

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The conviction of eight Black South African policemen in the grizzly murder of a Black cab driver represents a break from the culture of impunity that surrounds the cops. South Africa’s police are deeply implicated in government corruption, political assassinations of poor people’s and labor organizers, riots against foreign workers, and the massacre of 34 miners, at Marikana, three years ago.

 
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Pretty Words, Ugly Actions: The Obama Legacy on Climate Change

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Apart from the times he called himself the president of “clean coal”, President Obama always talked a better climate change game than his Republican opponents. But  his lovely words are overshadowed and outweighed by his actions, which are largely consistent with his Republican and Democratic predecessors, and have mostly served the interests of Big Oil and Big Energy.

 
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