Jay Z Stumpin' For Prez?

PaulScottby Paul Scott

Jay Z is stumping for Barack Obama, "via free
rap concerts," but the author wonders "who is out there promoting Obama-ism,
the Jay Z who was just another black kid with big dreams from the hood 20 years
ago or the multi-millionaire business man, former CEO of Def Jam Records and
part owner of the NJ Nets, Shawn Carter?" 
Nowadays, "Hip Hop artists are business men and the only presidents that
they are concerned about are the dead presidents that are on the face of dollar
bills." Hip Hop "is now the voice of Wall Street."

Obama and the Funding of Black Community Turnout

ObamaVoteby Ron Walters

The Obama campaign is repeating the Democrats'
behavior in 2004, when party money bags bypassed Black churches and community
organizations in get out the vote campaigns. "Again in this election cycle, I
have heard stories of young Whites showing up in Black communities to register
Black voters." Out-sourcing Black voter turnout robs the community of a vital
component of political power. "The power of the Black community in elections
has always resided not only in its turnout but in the fact that the turnout was
controlled by Black leadership."

"Where's Kenny Rogers When You Need Him?

The Big Boys Got Their Bailout, But the Elected Leadership andcynthia mckinney the Voters Meet at the Election Day Showdown

Cynthia McKinney

"It should now be clear that the Democratic leadership in Congress must be removed and a political party that reflects the people's values must be built," says the Green Party presidential candidate. "Everyone can see that the system is broken: a system that was not created to serve the people of this country." The Democrats' betrayal in the Wall Street bailout joins the ongoing failure to protect the voting rights of its Black constituency, as compelling reasons to dump the party, once and for all. "Even while in control, the Democrat leadership has done nothing to prepare the way for election integrity in this election."

Gwen Ifill and Corporate Conformity

The Public
Broadcasting newsperson's new book should have been no concern to Republicans,
and is bound to get good reviews from white corporate media.
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Obama and McCain on Iraq: Imperial Double-Talk

Neither John McCain
nor Barack Obama have any intention of leaving Iraq. McCain is a more honest
imperialist, while Obama "plays word games to mask the same ambitions."
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Hiding America’s Crime: Mogadishu Empty and in Ruins

Somalia's capital
city has been emptied of its previous population of nearly three million people
- "the most ignored tragedy in the world," according to Human Rights Watch.
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FCC Commissioner to Public in Atlanta: "Shut Up And Watch TV!"

by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon

In Atlanta, the FCC's sham “Digital TV Consumer Education” town hall meeting was a near-secret affair, held in a conference room in rather than the advertised auditorium.  FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate refused to answer questions about how the FCC gave broadcasters 5100 additional digital TV stations without the public bother or notice of issuing a single license. “Shut up, get yourself a converter box, and watch TV” was the FCC's message, and let us and the broadcasters worry about who gets the frequencies and why.

Freedom Rider: No Debate on Iran

FRahmadinejadby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

If George Bush and Barack Obama both call you crazy, you're probably in your right mind. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made perfectly good sense when he addressed the UN General Assembly, in New York. "He correctly pointed out that Iraq was invaded under false pretenses, that Palestinians are displaced from their homes by Zionists, that drug production has increased in Afghanistan while under NATO control, and that the U.N. Security Council, controlled by the guilty parties, is ineffectual and unable to stop these actions." In the Demo-Publican book, that makes him nuts.

Alaska's Blacks and Palin: a Strained Relationship

Linn Washington, Jr.

Alaska is one of 29 states that celebrates
Juneteenth, marking the day Texas slaves learned they had been emancipated. But
the holiday, and Black concerns in general, seems to mean nothing to Gov. Sarah
Palin, the White Queen of the North. "Alaskan blacks fault
Palin for not hiring African-Americans, dismissing blacks from government
posts, [and] spurning repeated requests to meet with black leaders to discuss
issues of concern."  Palin has "spurned"
invitations to speak with Blacks on issues of "economic growth, educational
deficiencies, family disintegration and young gang problems."

Racism As Reflex at a Time of Crisis

Tim Wise

No matter the nature of the crisis, white
supremacists will construct a logic that blames the "Other" - usually Blacks.
Professional racists Neil Cavuto and Rush Limbaugh claim that poor people
caused "the nation's current financial mess," rather than "greedy investors,
free-wheeling bankers, speculators and other assorted rich people taking
advantage of a largely deregulated market for bogus investments." Turning the
world on its head seems second nature for a huge section of "white
conservatives who simply cannot bring themselves to blame rich white people for

White America Lives in Vicious Racial Denial – Obama Is Making It Worse

by Paul StreetObamaRaceStreet

Defending Barack Obama against blatantly racist
attacks is made more complicated by - Obama, himself, who avers that, if he
loses in November, it won't because of his race. This, despite abundant and
compelling evidence to the contrary. But then, Obama denies that race is an
important factor in American life - again, against all the evidence. Worse,
"Obama has bent over backwards to align himself with mainstream white hostility
to blacks." Rather than being a "transformative" influence on race relations,
Obama hopelessly muddies the waters and gives comfort to the enemy: white

Black Radio Owner Produces Anti-Obama Ad

 "Never in the history of commercial Black media
has a candidate for national office gotten as much free publicity of all kinds,
as Barack Obama has reaped from Black-owned media." But he still shorted them
on campaign advertising.

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For Blacks, Economic ‘Reversal’ Began in 2000

Black America has
experienced a "Reversal of Fortune" since roughly the time George Bush entered
the White House. What African Americans need is "a strategy for Black
full employment," rather than a generalized policy that "masks racial
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Bailout Lesson: Capital Crisis Will Wreck Both Parties

by BAR executive editor
Glen Ford

The crisis of finance capital has thrown both
big business parties into extreme disarray and split the Congressional Black
Caucus right down the middle. "In the aftermath of Monday's bloody siege, it
was difficult to tell who Wall Street guns-for-hire John McCain and Barack
Obama hated most: each other, or the citizens who despite their outraged
confusion had the presence of mind to bar the doors to the national treasury."
As the Obama-McCain-Bush-Pelosi Axis struggles to serve a common master, "the
rest of us must fashion new institutions to perform the societal tasks that
were purportedly the domain of the now-extinct investment bankers."

Zimbabwe And The Battle of Ideas

mugabe2by Netfa Freeman

To hear the American and European corporate
media tell it, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is the worst villain since
Hitler. These same corporate organs - and their governments and ruling classes
- love the opposition Movement for Democratic Change more than they ever did
the liberation movements that fought colonialism and imperialism on the
continent. The author methodically confronts the torrent of propaganda that
demonizes Mugabe while hailing Africans that are funded by and do service to
rich European and American corporations.

Supreme Court To Decide Fate of Troy Davis: Does Innocence Matter?

by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon

Tuesday, with less than two hours left till his scheduled execution, The US Supreme Court intervened in the case of Troy Anthony Davis of Savannah GA.  Davis was convicted of murder in the killing of a policeman in 1989.  But since then seven of the nine non-police witnesses have recanted their stories, all alleging threats and coercion from prosecutors and/or police. The question raised by the campaign to free Troy Davis, which the Supreme Court will decide soon --- does innocence matter?

Death Rattles of a Criminal Class

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The parasitic investment bankers are dead as engines of healthy development, and should be left in their coffins. "Incapable of organizing money in ways that can even sustain itself, much less promote productive economic value and growth," Wall Street specializes in creating bubbles that threaten the economic security of the nation. Should the two business parties attempt to resuscitate the criminal-minded investment "banksters," they risk killing off "what's left of the productive part of the U.S. economy." What's need is a "public mega-development corporation, funded in amounts rivaling that which the banksters are attempting to steal."

SATs Stymie Race and Class Mobility

 Standardized test scores for college entrance "appear to calcify differences based on class, race/ethnicity and parental educational attainment," says a national organization of college admissions counselors. In other words, SAT-type tests reward privilege. "That's not a meritocracy - it's a caste system."
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