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From Paul Robeson to Dwayne Carter, Jr. “Lil’ Wayne”

by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III

Lil' Wayne may be a big name in hip hop music, but he's a moral and intellectual lilliputian who trivialized the murder of Emmett Till “ by using it to make sick, caviler, sexist, and misogynistic references to women.” If you are in need of a strong Black male role model, Paul Robeson is your man.

Anti-African Racism in India

by Sputnik Kilambi

Indian society appears to be confronting the horrors of rape – except the “rapes that have happened and keep happening to women somehow not considered “daughters of the nation.” Brutal assaults against Africans go largely unreported in the nation with the most thriving press in the world.

Obama’s State of the Corporate Union

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

President Obama’s State of the Union address makes it official: the 2012 election has brought us back to 2011, when the outlines of his grand bargain with the Republicans became clear. In his vision for future, “austerity in people’s programs is traded for tax breaks for corporations that will, in totally discredited theory, bring back the jobs they had outsourced overseas.”

Black Agenda TV – Season 1, Episode 2

by Black Agenda Report & BW Moving Images

In this edition of Black Agenda TV

Black America and the Genocide in Congo; African Americans have not used their political clout to stop the killing.

Obama’s Race to the Top Hurts Black Students, Teachers, Communities; Drives school closings and helps charter profiteers.

Black Misleadership Class to Launch “February 30th Movement” to hold President Obama (and themselves) accountable.

Towards a Police State in New York

by Belen Fernandez

Hyper-surveillance of American Muslims leads U.S. secret police to draw strange cultural conclusions. They note that giving up "cigarettes, drinking, gambling and urban hip-hop gangster clothes" may indicate a Muslim's "progression along the radicalization continuum" toward "Jihadization." Of course, such acculturation might also make Muslims bigger targets for stop-and-frisk.

Freedom Rider: Sniper Gets Sniped

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

America, born in genocide and constantly renewed by bloodbaths, treats mass murder as a virtue. Chris Kyle answered the “clarion call of white supremacy, manifest destiny and imperial delusion.” Now that he’s dead, the world is a better place.

“When Other Folks Give Up Theirs…” Black Freedom and the Gun Control Debate

Akinyele Umoja

Contrary to Congressman John Lewis’ revision of history, “the notion that the Civil Rights movement was exclusively nonviolent is a popular mythology.” In fact, “Some members of Lewis’s Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee picked up weapons and worked with community people to defend their lives against white terrorists.”

Perhaps Black People Should Stop Expecting Equality

 

by Dr. Boyce Watkins

Dr. Watkins, an esteemed author, economist and social commentator, has seen the error of his ways. He has been wrong to argue that President Obama be made accountable to Black people, his most ardent supporters. Instead, Blacks should be accountable to the president. “Only whites, Jews, gays, women, labor groups and illegal immigrants are allowed to expect anything from the president.”

The Historical Failure of Black Leadership

by Pascal Robert

There’s something wrong with the process by which Black leadership is selected. “Black people are trapped in a viscous cycle of looking at their favorite leaders and revering them like baseball cards.” What’s needed is democracy in struggle. “People must be trained with the organizational and political capital to advocate and fight for policy and economic models that best serve their needs.”

The Real Invasion of Africa is Not News and a License to Lie is Hollywood's Gift

 

by John Pilger

The cold truth is: the U.S. and its allies’ armed “interventions” seek the “implantation of the West's business plan for Africa, together with the rape of multi-ethnic Syria and the conquest of independent Iran.” The corporate media fiction is: good guys versus terror.

R2P and Genocide Prevention

by Diana Johnstone

Humanitarian” military intervention under the dubious doctrine of Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is designed to negate international law regarding the sovereignty of nations, in order to justify aggression. “War is transformed into a chivalrous action to rescue whole populations from ‘genocide.’”

Melissa Harris-Perry Buries The Lead Story on National Wave of Public School Closings

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

When print or broadcast news outlets grab a compelling story, only to distract attention away from what the public needs to know, that's called “burying the lead.” That's what Melissa Harris-Perry did in her Jan. 26 segment on whether the nationwide wave of public school closings were “racist” or not.

Freedom Rider: Job Discrimination Lives On

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

For the masses of Black people, progress against job discrimination ground to halt decades ago. Even at the supervisory level, apartheid is the order of the day. “Black men and women are rarely hired to supervise white people. Black men supervise black men, black women supervise black women, and white men are in positions to manage everyone else.”

Django Unchained, Or, “Killing Whitey While Protecting White Power”: A Review

by Omali Yeshitela

At last: a revolutionary African analysis of Django, a movie that “does not have the ability to criticize the institution of slavery.” Jamie Foxx’s character “does not enlist his captive brothers and sisters in the enterprise of ending slavery or their own enslavement.” And, he is disconnected, choosing only “to free his wife and to exact revenge for wrongs done to her.”

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