African America

Jeff Sessions, Eric Holder and Mass Black Incarceration -- Revisited and Revised

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Attorney General Jeff Session is a nightmare, but Eric Holder, his Black predecessor, was among those that opened the door to racial profiling, “pretext” traffic stops, and mandatory minimum sentences during the Clinton era. The vaunted criminal justice “reforms” that are credited to Obama and Holder are so ephemeral, they have been wiped out by a single Jeff Sessions memo.

Freedom Rider: No Tears for the FBI

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Pity the poor FBI agents. Reportedly, the morale of the secret police has suffered since their former director, James Comey, was cashiered by President Trump. If the FBI has, indeed, been rendered ineffectual, that’s a blessing. “We can only hope that their condition is so serious that they no longer want to target individuals and groups for surveillance, arrest and imprisonment.”

Karen Spellman and the SNCC Legacy Project –Black Power Chronicle

by BAR Editor and Columnist, Dr. Marsha Adebayo

When did the “Civil Rights Movement” morph into the “Black Power Era” -- or is that a false dichotomy. The best testimony on that question comes from those who participated in the process – people like Karen Spellman, an early activist with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and currently co-director of the Black Power Chronicles.

Trump Picks the Al Capone of Vote-Rigging to Investigate Federal Voter Fraud

by Greg Palast

The 2016 election was stolen -- not by some Russian-Wikileaks plot, but the old-fashioned, made-in-the-racist-USA way, by massive suppression and theft of the Black vote. Donald Trump has chosen the architect of the “Crosscheck” scheme to head a commission to investigate election fraud. “As Crosscheck spreads, it will undoubtedly poison the count in the fight for Congress in 2018.”

Malcolm X in the 21st Century

by Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali

Had he not been assassinated, Malcolm X might still be among us, speaking Truth to Power and marking his 92nd birthday. If you want to emulate Malcolm, you might start by carrying around his recommended list of exploratory equipment: “a notebook, a dictionary, a thesaurus, a book of synonyms and antonyms, an etymology text, a library card, and an open, willing mind.”

An Opening to Challenge Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Conviction

by Linn Washington and Dave Lindorff

Thirty-five yeas after his conviction in the death of a Philadelphia policeman, Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner, may have a shot at overturning the verdict, A judge has begun a process that could throw out the results of the original trial. “Supporters of Abu-Jamal are calling Judge Tucker’s discovery order a rare victory in a lengthy string of appeals.”

Review: Black Subjugation in America

by Kim Scipes

On a recent visit to Ho Chi Minh City’s (Vietnam) War Remnants Museum I was reminded Americans have never come to grips with our invasion and war on Vietnam. They have also never come to grips with our own history, specifically how Europeans stole this land from Native Peoples and then built this country on the backs of of African slaves, while institutionalizing white supremacy.

Killer Cops Get Immunity, No Matter Who's in the White House

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The U.S. Justice Department, now led by Republicans, has officially declined to prosecute the cops that killed Alton Sterling, on video, in Baton Rouge, last year. That’s no surprise. The Obama Justice Department only brought charges against one killer cop – and only after local authorities in South Carolina had already done so. Trump can hardly do worse. “When it comes to killer cops, the best of evidence is never enough.”

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