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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."

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."

FCC Commissioner to Public in Atlanta: "Shut Up And Watch TV!"

FCC_Logo_Symbol333by 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.

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."

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.

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
To listen to this Black Agenda Radio commentary, click the flash player below.

Before the Crash: Whites Flood Back to New York

The white population of New York City had been in decline since the 1940 Census - until the housing bubble brought them back in the 2000s. Now that the bubble has burst, will ruthless gentrification cease?

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.

listen to this Black Agenda Radio commentary, click the flash player



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

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

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."

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?

Wait A Second

7_foot_poet_upright_250wideby Kemet Mawakana, a.k.a. the Seven Foot Poet

In an election where all the candidates are against the DC establishment, and all the candidates are for "change", what's a thinking voter to do?  The Seven Foot Poet weighs in....

Freedom Rider: Ruling Class Bailed Out

FR_WallStreetPeopleby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The "worst criminals in the nation," who answered to no one as they daily stole billions from financial institutions and the society at large, would be given dictatorial powers in the trillion dollar attempt to clean up their mess of crimes. Major party opposition hardly exists. "The Democrats endlessly repeat the grotesque mantra that the sky will fall unless the people who cooked up schemes to enrich themselves at the expense of humanity are let off with impunity." In the end, "Barack Obama will act in the same way as McCain. He has said as much."

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