Three-Tier Race-Based Wage Scales in Manhattan

constructionA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

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A full-blown apartheid labor regime flourished in the Manhattan construction industry, with Irish immigrant workers at the top of the heap. New York's attorney general is demanding millions in back wages and an end to racial discrimination on the job. “If you give the bosses enough leeway, they'll bring back slavery.”

Two Studies: Drop-out or Push-out, and the Consequences of Jim Crow Medicine

two studiesA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

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The Sixties and the decade's aftermath remains a fertile field of study. Researchers conclude that the end of Jim Crow medicine “provided the health care basis for southern Black advances on standardized testing in the 1980s.” But change also brought social disarray, massive school dropouts, and a national public policy of mass Black incarceration.

Black Leadership In the Age of Obama: Motown's New Mayor Unilaterally Ends Almost All Union Contracts


By Diane Bukowski

For decades unionized jobs, especially those in the public sector have provided a precarious foothold in the middle class for those black families lucky enough to have them. Unionized employees cannot be as easily terminated, and are far more likely to have medical and retirement benefits than non-union workers. But the new generation of black elected officials are responsible only to the corporate privatizers that bankroll their careers. In black Detroit, one of many cities that will elect a mayor on November 3, change is up, but hope is down, with civic mistrust and betrayal at an all time high...

Can Democrats Avoid a Populist Health Care Rebellion?

by Kevin Zeese

Democratic leadership is committing political suicide by attempting to force all Americans to buy shoddy insurance policies from profiteering private corporations. Already, activists who worked hard for Obama are putting their bodies on the line to halt the White House capitulation to corporate healthcare. Medicare for All is the only alternative.

Highlights of the SleptOn.TV White House Press Conference on Obama's Receipt of Nobel Peace Prize

by SleptOn.TV
Nobody, the president said, was more surprised than him.  Nobody except maybe Henry "the Christmas Bomber" Kissinger.  Slept)n.TV brings us their version of the White House press conference.
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Obama's New Katrina Recovery Bucks Less Than One Week's Worth of War in Afghanistan

obama_nolaby Patrick Martin
Last week's drive-by to New Orleans showed President Obama at his public relations worst, inviting comparisons to his predecessor in the White House. Obama lectured and insulted critics, compared concerned citizens of the ravaged city to “special interests,” and pleaded Constitutional impediments to delivering more federal assistance.  it's hard to argue that electing a black president made much difference to the present and former black residents of the Gulf Coast.

The U.S. Military: A Global Force For Good? Maybe Not.

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

A cartoonish recruiting campaign underway by the US Navy brands it “a global force for good,” as though military forces existed to build hospitals or schools or public works rather than to break things, kill and terrorize people in the service of America's global empire. If you want to know what kind of force the US military is oveseas you might ask new mothers in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, mothers whose wombs are spitting out the bitter fruit of our “global force for good.”


True Crime: White Privilege and a Police Killing in an Obama-Mad College Town

Iowa cityby Paul Street
Iowa City, Iowa went wild for Barack Obama in '08, earning a reputation among it's more conservative neighbors as “The People’s Republic of Johnson County.” But when a white deputy sheriff shot to death a homeless Black man at the urging of a local white drunk, the “liberal” oasis behaved much like any racist backwater town.

Education Reform's Rule Number One: Blame The Teachers

blame the teachersby Kesi Bem Foster
Teacher union-bashing has become a sport among the business class and their minions in both major parties. Teachers unions, it is claimed, keep “bad” educators on the job, doing the public a disservice. But few politicians attack police unions for defending officers “accused of using excessive force against citizens, even when such force results in death.” And grossly overpaid incompetents on Wall Street put the entire world economy at peril – yet are rewarded with taxpayer dollars.

Sit-ins in 9 Cities Begin To Put Single Payer Back On The Table

Thursday in Phoenix and Portland, in Los Angeles and Washington DC and five other cities across the nation 54 people were arrested while many hundreds more conducted nonviolent demonstrations outside the offices of piratical health insurance companies.  The election is over.  Maybe a movement is beginning.

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Top Ten Reasons President Obama Should Give Back the Nobel Peace Prize

HOPEby BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
At the Nobel announcement of this year's peace prize a reporter asked the Nobel spokesman “why”, since the man had only been in office less than a year, and had done so little to merit the honor. The spokesman replied that the prize had been given not so much for anything Obama had done, but in the spirit of hope and encouragement, for what he might do.  Maybe.

Freedom Rider: Michelle’s Family Tree

Michelle Obama's familyby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
Strange things happen when members of the oppressed and despised group rise to power and fame. Their backgrounds are magnified, yet still remain one-dimensional in the larger society's eyes. In failing to respect Michelle Obama's ancestors, whose story is common to most Black lineages, the New York Times disrespects the First Lady, as well.

We Need a Black-Led Movement for Peace, Not a Phony “Prize”


A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

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“When Barack Obama declares he is presiding over 'necessary' wars, then those who seek peace must organize the necessary resistance to his wars.” That responsibility weighs even more heavily on Black activists, who must “reignite a Black-led movement to confront this administration's war policies, at home and abroad.” The date is November 7th. The place is Washington, DC.


The Sharpton/Gingrich Traveling Salt-and-Pepper Educational Minstrel Show

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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Rev. Al” is a traveling pal with the abominable Newt Gingrich on Education Secretary Arne Duncan's $4.3 billion charter school and high stakes test booster tour. First stop, Philadelphia, where the tightly choreographed Listening and Learning Tour shut out unvetted teachers, student leaders and community activists. Learning in America is becoming a businessman's game.

Four U.S. Presidents and Four UK Prime Ministers Charged With Genocide

bloodbathA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

Charges of genocide against four administrations in Washington and London document the continuity of U.S. and British crimes against Iraq. For nearly a generation, the U.S. and U.K. have collaborated in the attempted murder of a nation. It remains a crime in progress.

Global Resistance, Local Action, and Vision

Cynthia McKinneyby Cynthia McKinney
A successful movement for change needs more than energy and commitment – it also requires “people feverishly working to redefine for all who want to be active...just what the prize is.” When a war-expanding president is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, peace itself is in need of redefinition. Only the forces of death prosper when “people believe that war is peace, slavery is freedom, ignorance is strength, and lies are truth.”

Militarist Obama and Corporate Nobel: Peaceful Partnership

you tell meby Saswat Pattanayak
Nobel Prizes are offered by the royalists, the status quo upholders, the deniers of class society.” Such people don't want peace, but stability for the existing order. The Nobel Committee prizes continuity above all else. That's why they gave Barack Obama their vote of confidence in his bid to maintain U.S. global domination while shouting less and smiling more. “Barack Obama’s win is the most natural continuation of Nobel Peace Prize tradition.”

A Nobel Worthy Effort: Ending Youth Violence From Chicago to Afghanistan

Chicagoby Jesse Hagopian
The White House kicked off its national initiative against youth violence in Chicago, but community activists charge Administration school policies have exacerbated the mayhem on the streets. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan set off a spiral of violence when he closed down Black neighborhood schools as head Chicago's system. Duncan's shutdowns forced students to cross gang lines to get to and from school every day – a sometimes fatal journey that students across the country will travel more often under President Obama's education plan.

Riots, Real Estate, and Selective Memory

urban sceneby Beryl Satter
Wall Street's subprime mortgage assault on Black America threatens to wipe out a generation of African American equity, but it's not the first time. The FHA-HUD scandals of the 1970s laid waste to Black neighborhoods in cities across the nation, causing far more damage and urban instability than the “riots” of the previous decade. It appears that few things are more destructive than felonious capital.

Beyond Science Fiction: Europe’s False Claims to Civilization and the Coming Attack on Iran

target iranby Henry D. Rose
The U.S. and Israel, the “most aggressive” nations in the world, routinely commit crimes against international law and civilized norms. Yet they feel quite comfortable in claiming moral authority in the community of nations. Meanwhile, “freedom fighters are branded as terrorists,” and “resistance to oppression is deemed divisive and futile.” Black America understands U.S. barbarity from direct experience. “For the African-American people, the battle cry must be: No War on Iran!”


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