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Ready Or Not, the Black Movement Enters a New Stage

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Black youth in the U.S. have crossed a kind of Rubicon, and the rulers are fearful — and so are their henchmen in the Black Misleadership Class. “When a Black beauty queen calls Micah Johnson ‘a martyr,’ we know that the movement’s values have been internalized by a broad strata of the Black public.” Both wings of the duopoly are issuing dark threats of repression — a clear sign that those in power feel genuinely threatened.

Freedom Rider: Gavin Long’s Last Words

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

So-called “responsible” Black folks may dismiss the young Black veteran gunmen of Dallas and Baton Rouge as deranged, but who are really “the crazy ones” – those who believe the racist system will change under the pressure of peaceful protest, or those, like Gavin Long, who maintain that revolutions are won “through fighting back through bloodshed”? Black folks will have to wrestle with this question without interference from corporate voices.

Thanks, Mama Harriet

by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner

The finest young people of every era are always those most impatient with injustice. It is they who are the heirs of Harriet Tubman and the maroon leader Zumbi dos Palmares. On our behalf, the poet acknowledges them.

Micah Xavier Johnson and Gavin Long: Seventeen Reasons

by Paul Street

After having for centuries treated Black people, especially young Black men, as existential dangers to the (white) nation, U.S. rulers act surprised that the day of the Black American Sniper has dawned. There’s nothing complex about Gavin Long and Micah Johnson’s actions. They wanted to “exact Black revenge on, and to set limits to, racist police violence.” If racist police violence continues, expect similar responses.

AFRICOM: Ready to Sabotage the Revolution

by Mark P. Fancher

The U.S. Military Command in Africa, AFRICOM, is the West’s standing army on the continent, guardian of multinational corporations and the natural and human resources that keep the North America and Europe on top. AFRICOM claims its mission is “anti-terrorism” – a catch-all, “convenient excuse for AFRICOM to interfere with legitimate efforts to achieve African self-determination.”

“Black-on-Black Violence”: Red-Herrings and Mass Gaslighting

by Ken Peeples

In the U.S., homicide is largely segregated by race – except when police are involved. But “white-on-white violence is almost never discussed,” despite the fact that most mass killings involve white perpetrators and mainly white victims. There is a very important difference between intra-Black homicide and police killings of Blacks: “When Black people kill Black people, they go to jail.  This rarely happens with police officers.”

The “Fundamentalism” in Police Operations

by Steve Martinot

Police thinking resembles the circular reasoning of religious zealotry. “Against the pretense of an equality of persons, or equality of races, or a diversity of cultures, the police counterpose the law, but a law that has become the police as a law unto themselves through their impunity.” They command and control the rest of us. In cities and counties, “the police are a more powerful political organization than civilian government.”

Obama and Clinton Collude to Ram TPP through Lame Duck Congress

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by Ann Garrison and John Banister

Barack Obama may get one last chance to arrive at a “Grand Bargain” with the Republicans, in the lame duck session of Congress following the November election. That’s when he might push a vote for his Trans Pacific Partnership corporate rights legislation, which is strong in the GOP but weak with Democrats. Bill Clinton, Obama’s political mentor, showed the way when he rammed through NAFTA against the wishes of his own party, a generation ago.

Why the Rich Must be Expropriated

by Colin Jenkins

From the very beginning of the system, "racialized chattel slaves were the capital that made capitalism." The author traces the origins of the present day imperialist order, and concludes that “all personal wealth in the world has been built on a foundation of murder, extortion, exploitation, theft, illegal banking and debt schemes, colonialism, racism, slavery, and various artificial systems of hierarchy.”

Shantytown Dwellers Fight for Their Humanity in South Africa

by S'bu Zikode 

In South Africa, as elsewhere in the industrialized world, the jobs and amenities of life are in the cities. For more than a decade, Abahlali baseMjondolo, which means “shack dwellers” in Zulu, has fought for the human rights of the urban poor, despite often murderous repression by the ruling ANC government. “We saw the forced removals as a new kind of segregation, this time taking impoverished people out of the cities,” writes the author.

Modern Day 'Slave' Patrols and the Ongoing Legacy of Police Terrorizing African/Black Communities

by Solomon Comissiong

The U.S. system of mass Black incarceration cannot reformed, but must be dismantled, root and branch. “The job of the police force in predominately African/black communities is to make sure those communities are contained and kept in a state of constant fear and terror.”

Modern Day 'Slave' Patrols and the Ongoing Legacy of Police Terrorizing African/Black Communities

by Solomon Comissiong

Sanders Didn’t Lose the Black Vote: He Never Had It, and Never Asked Why

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

On the issues, Bernie Sanders should have won the black vote. But presidential politics isn’t just about issues, it’s about entrenched alliances and relations of power. Without understanding why the most left wing constituency in the US delivers its vote reliably to the most right wing interests in the Democratic party, Bernie wasn’t even knocking on the door of the black vote. He was knocking on the wall, unable to find the door.

Rulers Shocked by Dallas Attack: Black Folks Keep on Stepping

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Blacks were righteously outraged at two horrific killings, but were then urged to stand down when a lone Black man exacted his own retribution on Dallas police officers. When activists escalated their protests, the powers-that-be and the Black Misleaders that serve them tried to change the subject to gun control. However, the problem of police shootings of Black people is not about gun control, but who controls the police.

Freedom Rider: Why We Need Black Anger

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Cop-worship seemed to be the national religion as the U.S. ruling and talking classes sanctified five Dallas policemen. “Just at the moment when rage was most needed, hand holding, candle light vigils and pleas for calm became the order of the day.” Officiating over it all was the Actor-in-Chief, playing his familiar role as philosopher-preacher (he’s an assassin on Tuesday nights), who has “never used his authority to prosecute even one killer cop.”

World Recoils as U.S. Slave Patrollers Kill in Defense of Empire

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Adebayo

The Bahamas has warned its citizens to be cautious in the U.S., and Black Londoners rallied in solidarity with Black American resistance to racist violence. “Leaders on the African continent, such as, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana as well as the Caribbean and South America, must also stand to account and express their solidarity with the struggle of Africans in America.”

We Must Resist Attempts to Silence Our Voices on Police Violence

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

The man who targets people for assassination every Tuesday has no moral authority to counsel Black folk on how to resist oppression. “We know that Obama, the Black Mis-Leadership Class, and the majority of the U.S. public really does not believe in the equal value of all life, and certainly not in the value of poor, working class black life.” We are a peaceful people, but this will not be “a one-sided war.”

Baton Rouge: “Put Those Damn Weapons Down!”

by Bill Quigley 

Militarized cops are running amuck in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Hundreds of people protesting the death of Alton Sterling have been arrested and many more had guns pointed at them by riot-geared cops seemingly unconstrained by any notion of law. Protesters, journalists and neighborhood residents are locked up for bogus reasons, unlawful reasons, or no apparent reason at all. The justice system is criminal.

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