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The Obama Legacy: It’s No Crime For Corporations To Steal From the Public, or the Poor

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

After 8 years of the first black president, it’s time to take stock of what we’ve won and lost, what’s changed and not. Today we look at the Obama administration’s abysmal record on corporate crime, in which Democrats went far beyond the atrocities of their Republican colleagues to protect and immunize corporate thieves from prosecution or lawsuits from their victims.

 
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Georgia’s Governor Wants To Turn His Public Schools Into Post Katrina New Orleans

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

An utterly cynical and deceptively marketed constitutional amendment is on the ballot in Georgia. It’s called the “Opportunity School District” because it’s about creating business opportunities for the charter school sugar daddies who contribute to the governor. Elite Republicans and Democrats too from the First Black President down to local mayors all want school privatization, so they’ve disguised their privatization amendment as something else entirely.

 
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Philippines President Has U.S. Target on His Back

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Americans – including, and maybe especially, Black Americans – were upset that Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte called President Obama a “son of a whore” at a summit meeting, last week. But, what would Americans call the head of a country that killed a million of their compatriots, colonized their country for half a century, dominated its affairs for another half century, and then gave lectures on human rights. Son of a what?

 
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Trump Might Call for Four-Way Debates – But Only If He Thinks He Can’t Win

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Donald Trump might do the right thing and call for opening up the presidential debates to third parties – but mainly for the wrong reasons. Although it appears that Trump would “have a relative net advantage over Clinton if there were a vigorous, four-way presidential contest,” he will only make such a demand if he is certain of a one-on-one humiliation.

 
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The Imperial Consensus, Part 1: Hillary and Trump, Republicans and the Congressional Black Caucus Agree on Israeli Apartheid

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Whether it’s gentrification, privatization, environmental destruction, threatening the planet with nukes or maintaining global empire, differences between the parties of the one percent are often less important than the bipartisan disasters upon which our masters agree. In the first of several installments, we look at the issues elite Republicans and Democrats agree on. This week it’s Israel, the world’s premiere apartheid state.

 
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Katrina and Other Catastrophes

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The Lords of Capital learned a great deal from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. They learned that the Black Misleadership Class was incapable of organizing resistance to even the most public crimes committed against the Black poor. Not only could African Americans be removed en mass from valuable urban property with no push-back from the Black political class, but many of them would join in celebrating the catastrophe as a “renaissance.”
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Blacks to Arrive at Promised Land in Year 2244

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Yet another study looks deep into the future and still cannot detect any hope that Black Americans will ever catch up to whites in household wealth. Barring a revolution, racial economic parity cannot possibly occur before all of us and our grandchildren are long dead. It would cost the equivalent of the total U.S. defense budget for the next 27 years for Blacks to reach parity with whites by 2043.

 
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NAACP and Movement for Black Lives Call for Moratorium on Charter Schools

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

“The NAACP and the Movement for Black Lives are both on the same page when it comes to charter schools.” Both organizations called for a halt to the spread of charter schools, with the NAACP charging that charters are “as destructive to poor communities as predatory lending practices by banks.” The Movement for Black Lives demands an end to President Obama’s Race to the Top program, which coerces states to allow more charters.

 
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This Movement Has Millions of Mothers, Most of Them NOT Campaigning For Hillary Clinton

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

The so-called mothers of the movement being trotted before national audiences to vouch for the motherly sincerity of Hillary Clinton are not players at the game of politics. They’re being played by Hillary and the cynical sharp tongued operatives of the black political class, and they speak for themselves and their handlers, not for the movement..

 
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To Serve Clinton, Ben Jealous Slimes Jill Stein

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Former NAACP chief Ben Jealous couldn’t wait to get back in the good graces of Democratic Party corporate power. Released from allegiance to Bernie Sanders, he joyously endorsed Hillary Clinton and slandered the Green Party’s Jill Stein as aiding the “fascist” Donald Trump.  But, “Ben Jealous doesn’t know what a fascist is, and could care less; he only knows that his job is to keep Black people inside Hillary Clinton’s big corporate tent.”

 
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Blowback: Does the US Military Incubate Brutal, Abusive Cops Along With Their Deranged, Disconnected Shooters?

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

Malicious authoritarians in both parties peddle fantasies connecting Black Lives Matter and the broad movement of millions against police immunity and impunity for violent acts against civilians with the deranged shooters of cops in Dallas and Baton Rouge. The connection they won’t talk about is that both the shooters and many violent and abusive police first practiced their trade in the twisted and deranged world of the US military.

 
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Bernie Sanders Endorses the World’s Greatest (Presumptive) Evil

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Bernie Sanders ran an extraordinary race, making lots of noise and causing great consternation, but never daring to leave the corporate duopoly. Now his job is to deliver the bulk of his sheep into Hillary Clinton’s enclosure. This final mission will require lots of lying, but Bernie got off to a good start with his surrender speech. “The Clintons have an infinite capacity for lying, and now they’ve got Bernie Sanders lying for them, too.”

 
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Hillary Clinton’s Emails and the Crisis of Legitimacy

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The Hillary Clintons of the country may feel safe from prosecution, but the system that protects them has entered a deep crisis of legitimacy. U.S. criminal penalties are the harshest in the industrialized world, yet the rich and their servants enjoy infinite impunity. Clinton personifies the rot at the top of society, and the lies that are told to the bottom.

 
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International House Negroes Defend European Union

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The international House Negro is a bi-product of 500 years of European plunder and conquest of the planet. When the European Union was threatened by the exit of Britain, “house Negroes of all colors on both sides of the Atlantic acted like their own worlds were coming to end.”

International House Negroes Defend European Union

 
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Congressional Dems "Sit In" Is A Cynical, Hypocritical Election Year Stunt

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

The so-called “sit in” on the floor of Congress is a cynical and hypocritical joke, leveraging the image of the Southern Freedom Movement and piggybacking on secret, arbitrary terror watch and no-fly lists imposed by the Bush-Cheney administration after 911. Where was the sit-in when Congress cut $5 billion from food stamps, the sit-in for a living wage, or against police murders and mass incarceration or the stolen California primary vote?

 
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4 out of 5 Prisoners Would Have to be Released to Reduce U.S. Incarceration to 1972 Levels

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The U.S. prison system is the true measure of how America regards its Blacks citizens. In a country that is till two-thirds white and only one-sixth Black, African Americans make up majorities of the prison population in 12 states. To bring U.S. incarceration rates down to 1972 levels, fully 80 percent of the 2.3 million current prison inmates – a total of 1,850,000 men and women – would have to be let go.

 
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Political Prisoner Rev. Edward Pinkney Fears for His Life

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The Black political class is constantly congratulating itself on ancient voting rights victories in the South, yet Rev. Edward Pinkney is serving his second stretch in prison for fighting against Black disenfranchisement in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Pinkney was convicted twice by all-white juries on the flimsiest evidence, and now believes his life is in danger behind bars.

 
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Freddie Gray Case Judge Rules it is Unreasonable to Expect Cops to Obey the Law

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The prosecution in Baltimore wanted the cop that arrested Freddie Gray to be convicted of assault, because Gray had done nothing illegal. But “the judge seemed to think it would be ridiculous to treat every arrest as criminal just because there were no grounds for arrest.” The officer was acquitted, affirming the American criminal justice principle that nothing is illegal – including murder – when the cops do it.

 
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Dixiecrat Ballot Access Law Temporarily Overtuned: This is What a Voting Rights Breakthrough Looks Like

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

Georgia is one of several southern states whose Dixiecrat legislature erected high obstacles to new parties on the ballot in the 1940s to keep returning WW2 veterans from cranking up socialist or communist parties. Those laws protected Democrats and Republicans from competition for 70 years. That might end soon, first in Georgia then in the rest of the south. If we cannot vote our hopes instead of our fears, our vote doesn't mean much.

 
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If White People Love Drugs So Much, Why are the Prisons Full of Blacks?

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

A new study cites huge disparities, by race, in drug use among former detainees at Chicago’s juvenile detention center. Whites were 30 times as likely to use cocaine as Blacks, and 50 times more likely to abuse opiates. The numbers are misleading. What the study really showed was that only exceptionally troubled white kids wound up in juvenile detention, while Blacks are thrown into the system in droves. Drug and crime stats are skewed by race.

 
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