The Idiocy that Executed Trayvon Martin: Marian Hammer of the NRA

Eshu’s blues by michael hureaux perez

The National Rifle Association is a vector of violent death, and “white Amurrikin cowboy fantasies will not be satisfied until this land is mindlessly purged with blood, to paraphrase John Brown.” The nation was far safer 40-something years ago, when the right to bear arms “was defended by such stalwarts of the 2nd Amendment as the Black Panther Party, the Young Lords and the American Indian Movement.

Trayvon Martin, Troy Davis and the 2012 Election

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

When Obama likened Trayvon Martin to his imaginary son, and that there ought to be a national debate about something or other, what did that mean? It might mean that he wants the votes of those outraged by the murder, but Obama isn't prepared do do much of anything to deserve them beyond claiming to feel our pain.

UNAC: A Real Anti-War Movement in the Belly of the Beast

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The United States finally has an anti-war movement that can’t be bamboozled by President Obama’s “humanitarian” mass murder. The United National Anti-War Coalition has broken decisively with those who would give a pass to Washington to wage illegal wars against Syria and Iran – as Obama did in Libya. “Our task as Americans is to dismantle from within the monstrous apparatus of imperial aggression. Period.” No exceptions.

Freedom Rider: Obama and Trayvon Martin

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The “master of marketing and fakery” was compelled by circumstances to appear concerned about his least favored people: young Black males and their families. President Obama’s most loyal constituents, who usually ask nothing of him, were demanding both an emotional and a substantive response to the Trayvon Martin killing. This was “all very problematic for the president, whose political success is the result of distancing himself from black people at best, and vilifying them at his worst moments.”

UNAC Conference: African Americans in the Struggle Against War and Imperialism


by PANW correspondent
The world’s chief imperialist may be an African American, but so were many of the most committed anti-war activists gathered at UNAC’s national conference. “It is important for the anti-interventionist movement in the U.S. to totally integrate the support for the masses of African people in their resistance to the Pentagon, the CIA, Africom, NATO and Israeli involvement in Africa.”

White Picket Fences, White Innocence


by Sikivu Hutchinson

The whole country was taught the intrinsic goodness of Dick and Jane, the freckled young picture book stars of the American dream. A more ancient social primer informed us of the inherent criminality of kids with names like Trayvon. George Zimmerman, the watchdog of a gated community, “was upholding the time-honored tradition of white homeowners’ associations that protected white communities from dark interlopers.” His “lesser white status” as a person of partial Latino ancestry, “is part of what legitimized Zimmerman’s self-defense claim.”

Occupy the EPA – March 30 Launching of the American Spring


by BAR editor and columnist Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

Thanks to recent legislation, there is sometimes a reward for whistleblowers. But the megabucks still go to those who get away with corruption of industry and government on a massive scale. The Environmental Protection Agency is where the latest chapter of whistleblower rebellion began – and it’s ripe for Occupation, this Friday.

What About Trayvon's Right to Self-Defense?

by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III

Whose right to self-defense trumps in the Trayvon Martin case – the unarmed Black teenager or his killer? The killer who stalked Martin claims he got the worst of a fight, and then fired his weapon. But, “to accept Zimmerman’s version of events and relieve him of any culpability is to ignore Trayvon Martin’s right to walk from the 7-11 back to his place of residence unthreatened.”

From NYPD Spying to Trayvon Martin


by Jordan Flaherty

Police and their prey are locked in a dance – with the cops leading the morbid shuffle. In New Orleans, where the author hails from, a white officer who just this month shot a young Black man to death was found to have recorded a racist rant against Trayvon Martin, calling for the Florida teenager to “go to hell.” Meanwhile, New York cops travel to New Orleans to record the author’s speech at a film festival.

America: A Global Serial Killer


by Solomon Comissiong

The United States is a bizarre and dangerous country, a nation with “sociopathic tendencies riddled throughout its institutionally racist society.” Like a psychopath unfazed by other people’s pain, the general American (white) population appears “completely desensitized to what should be seen as a massive, one sided, blood bath” committed in their name.

Barack Obama, Democratic Expectations and the Magic Wand

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

What are the people who tell us President Obama hasn't got a “magic wand” really saying? That we have no right to expect a president to use the power of his office to address mass incarceration, the housing, foreclosure, student and consumer debt crises, or end our murderous colonial wars around the world? That we're immature and unsophisticated to demand or expect much of anything more than his pretty black face in that big white house?

Freedom Rider: Justice, Not Drama, for Trayvon Martin

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The global spotlight is shining on Sanford, Florida, where a white vigilante ended the life of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. But publicity also draws its own kind of flies. Obama apologist Al Sharpton will appear at a rally for justice for Trayvon, as will the radio huckster Michael Baisden. “Baisden must be ignored and Sharpton must be watched.”

Why Barack Obama is the More Effective Evil


Glen Ford at the Left Forum

No matter how much evil Barack Obama actually accomplishes during his presidency, people that call themselves leftists insist on dubbing him the Lesser Evil. Not only is Obama not given proper credit for out-evil-ing George Bush, domestically and internationally, but the First Black President is awarded positive grades for his intentions versus the presumed intentions of Republicans. As the author says, this “is psycho-babble, not analysis. No real Left would engage in it.”

Assassinations at Home and Abroad


by BAR editor and columnist Jemima Pierre

The rule of law is everywhere in retreat. Racist vigilante justice trumps Blacks’ right to life in Florida and a growing number of “shoot first” states, while the U.S. president claims the right to kill at will, internationally. “The Florida laws are the local articulation of a US foreign policy that deploys murder and mayhem at any sign of a threat.” Eric Holder, the nation’s top lawman, condones assassination without trial, yet “is now tasked to investigate Trayvon Martin’s murder.”

Introducing Black Agenda TV

Black Agenda TV Pilot from Black Agenda Report on Vimeo.

We are excited to present to our readers this demonstration version of BATV, the video program that will become part of the Black Agenda Report team’s regular schedule, later this year. BATV is a work in progress, and this demo is by no means the final version. We do hope it conveys the spirit of how we plan to bring “news, commentary and analysis from the black left” to video.

Activists Back on the March Against the EPA

by BAR editor and columnist Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

Whistleblowers achieved their greatest legislative victory in modern times in a fight against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Now headed by a Black woman, Lisa Jackson, the EPA continues to put corporate interests over people’s health and welfare. “Women whistleblowers in general and Black women whistleblowers in particular seem to fall under the knife of the black woman leading the EPA.”

Race, Gender, and Occupy

by Sweta Vohra and Jordan Flaherty

From it beginnings last year, the Occupy Wall Street movement has been dominated by whites and embroiled in questions of white privilege. Activists of color insist that issues of corporate greed cannot be tackled in a vacuum, but must be “connected to racism, to patriarchy, to oppression generally." As Angela Davis says, “We have to recognize that the 99 per cent is hierarchically developed by itself."

Voter Suppression in 2012, Past is Prologue

by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III

Republican voter suppression could negate the votes of five million Americans, and potentially sway the 2012 election. “The very people who claim they want to ‘take their country back’; want to ‘restore America to its original ideals’; and ‘protect liberty for all Americans” are working insidiously to deny the franchise to a significant number of American citizens.” Mass disenfranchisement proceeds apace, even though here is almost no voting fraud in America.”

Social Media Scam Alert: Top Ten Ways to Tell Kony is Phony

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Thanks to relentless promotion by corporate media, government, celebrities, right wing foundations & church groups, & politicians of both corporate parties, the Kony 2012 video has “gone viral.”  Viewed on YouTube more than a hundred million times, it paints a vivid, simple picture, clear enough, its narrator says, for a 5 year old. But is it real, or is it propaganda, and for what purpose?


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