Freedom Rider: Criminal Injustice System


by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

If police states are ranked by the number of persons imprisoned, then the U.S. is the world’s worst and biggest police state. The system runs on greed and racism. “Being ‘tough on crime’ is a metaphor for keeping black people under control.” It is a place where being a “big black guy” means conviction, and where “prosecutors routinely overcharge defendants with long sentences, and force innocent people to plead guilty in order to avoid decades behind bars.”

Posing a Direct Threat to the 1964 Civil Rights Act: The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act


by BAR editor and columnist Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

Embedded in a bill that purports to “enhance” protections for whistleblowers is a poison pill: provisions that would roll back the 1964 Civil Rights Act by effectively denying due process to minority complainants in the federal workforce. “The No FEAR Institute, Net-We and the National Whistleblower Center have vowed to fight this betrayal of the goals of the civil rights movement through public education.” Sadly, however, “civil rights is not a priority under this administration.”

Libya, Africa and Africom: The Ongoing Disaster


by Dan Glazebrook

Libya’s destruction gave AFRICOM a renewed lease on life. The U.S. Africa Command “has now announced an unprecedented fourteen major joint military exercises in African countries for 2012.” Meanwhile, the NATO-created “government” of Libya passed Law 37, which imposes life in prison for “glorifying the former government or its leader,” and Law 38, which immunizes from prosecution all crimes – including lynching and ethic cleansing – committed while “promoting or protecting the revolution.”

UN Starves One Million Somalis on 10 Cents A Day


by Thomas C. Mountain

The United States enlisted Ethiopia, Uganda, the African Union, and the United Nations to destroy the lives and sovereignty of the Somali people. The subjugation of Somalia has cost billions, which the Americans have freely spent, but Washington and its vassals can spare only 10 cents a day to feed the Somali victims – a budget designed for mass death.

Media's Portrayal of Black Youths Contributes to Racial Tension


by Joshunda Sanders

Black guilt is written in the skin, and assumed until proven otherwise. That’s how U.S. society and media operate, pronouncing a negative verdict on a whole people, especially those who are young and male. Black lives in which pathological drama is absent are deemed unworthy of note. “Narratives about everyday lives of black people haven't been a priority in news coverage.”

Arson Attack on Women's Health Organization in New Orleans


by Jordan Flaherty

Arsonists targeted a grassroots poor women’s health group, in New Orleans. The motive was clearly political. Although some items of value were taken, “many valuables were left including computer monitors, office equipment, even some beer left over from a reception held earlier in the week.”

Corey Booker and the Hard Right's Colonization of Black American Politics

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

A new black political class has arisen, one with only nominal connections to black voters or communities Their careers and orientation are corporate through and through. Some prominent black Democrats have actually been operatives of the hard right for decades, like Newark's Corey Booker.

Freedom Rider: The Lie of American Democracy


by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Just as most American mistakenly believe their country has the highest living standard in the world, they also swear that the U.S. is the ultimate in democracy. They also realize that the Golden Rule applies, here: those who have the gold, rule. But the contradiction does not phase them. And, largely because Americans cling to the myth of democracy rather than face the fact of plutocracy, “we know for certain that we will end up with a corporatist president who will keep our country and the world in a perpetual state of war.”

No FEAR, Chapter 5: Who Are You Calling a Necklacer?


by BAR Editor and columnist Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

In this chapter of her book, Dr. Coleman-Adebayo recounts her experiences in South Africa not long after the dawn of majority rule. Black paid a heavy price for a peaceful transition. “White businesses that had wallowed in profits from black labor during apartheid would be free of the obligation to pay reparations—while the victims of apartheid were legally bound to pay retirement to their former victimizers.”

If Obama Loses, What's Plan B for Blacks?


by Dr. Wilmer Leon

For more than three years, African Americans have dedicated their energies to supporting the First Black President, rather than their own interests. If Obama is defeated, will Blacks quickly relearn how to mobilize on their own behalf? “What will happen if African-Americans have to get away from the politics of personality and actually decide to deal with the politics of policy?”

Media Coverage of Reproductive Rights Should Include Women of Color


by Nadra Kareem Nittle

Lots of people have a great deal to say about high rates of unplanned Black and Latina pregnancies. But few media outlets bother to ask poor Black and brown women’s opinions and perspectives on the subject. The same applies to minority young people. “Black teens, for example, are twice as likely as whites or Latinos to develop a sexually transmitted infection.”

Glen Ford: Corporate Assault on Public Education

Why are hijacking the formerly left politics of Black America, and corporate takeovers of public education key to the hard right's agenda in the US?  In an address this month at NYC's All Souls Unitarian Church, Glen Ford outlines the linked history of these two right wing efforts, from vouchers to charter schools to the new wave of black politicians like Cory Booker.  
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Make the Choice: Wall Street or Society


by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The liberal reformers are once again talking about tinkering with Wall Street’s economic and political stranglehold on society. “The reformist debate accepts the inevitability of private capital as the engine of economic – and, therefore, social – development.” The truth is, Wall Street needs derivatives to generate the “windfalls and mega-scores to keep the decaying system going.” But, does society need Wall Street? Hell no!

Freedom Rider: The Non-Campaign of 2012


by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The biggest bank in the nation loses billions betting on derivatives, but the media are more concerned to report “which celebrities support gay marriage and which do not.” A symbolic comment on gays rates higher than issues of war and peace. “Capitalism has reached its inevitable crisis, but because there is little acknowledgement of this fact, there has been almost no discussion of what that means.”

Black Solidarity With Palestine


by BAR editor and columnist Jemima Pierre

The Palestinian cry for dignity especially demands Black support” – today, as thousands of Palestinian prisoners emerge from a long hunger strike, just as in the late Sixties, during the Black Freedom Movement. Under an apartheid legal system, the “Palestinians have been subjected to an arbitrary system of military law.”

Activist Calls Controversial New York Judge "White Racist Pig," Sent to Jail


by Stop Mass Incarceration Network

The second of three major Stop Stop-and-Frisk trials resulted in one brave defendant being sentenced to ten days in jail for calling the judge a “white racist pig.” Christina Gonzalez had reason to form that opinion, since the judge once wrote a hate book on immigration for children.

Did the White House Direct the Police Crackdown on Occupy?


by Dave Lindorff

While methodically mobilizing the Democratic Party’s left wing to politically co-opt the movement, the Obama administration simultaneously schemed with law enforcement to “disrupt and crush the Occupy Movement.” Heavily redacted documents from the Department of Homeland Security show the broad outlines of “a national campaign of spying, disruption and repression against Occupy activists.”

Five Reasons Drone Assassinations Are Illegal


by Bill Quigley

The United States is engaged in assassination and war crimes by drones in at least five nations around the globe, in violation of both U.S. and international law. It is a campaign of “extrajudicial ultimate death for people who have not been convicted of anything.” Barbarically, “the US also frequently fires drones again at people who show up at the scene of an attack, thus deliberately targeting rescuers and mourners.”

Does the Black Political Class Actually Protect or Defend Black People? If Not, What Do They Do?

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Do the black political class, our preachers, leading business people, and thousands of appointed and elected officials actually do us much good? Do they protect or defend us? Do they carry our wishes and will to the seats of power. Or do they just “represent” us by merely being there doing the bidding of corporate funders?


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