Omali Yeshitela on rescuing the movement from its rut, Ajamu Baraka on the black political clawss's endorsement of the Trump war budget, Margaret Kimberley on the white supremacist experiment that is America, and Tayikah Thompson on Johnny Reb's revenge.
Black Movement in a Rut?
Black Is Back Coalition chairman Omali Yeshitela worries that a disturbing “new norm” is setting into the cycle of police atrocities and Black community response. Speaking in St. Louis, where a judge found a white cop guilty of murdering a Black man, Yeshitela said: “To simply be out demonstrating and not having objectives that challenge the existing relationship between our people and the system -- that’s a dead end street.”
Black Caucus Backs Trump’s War Budget
Democrats detest everything about Donald Trump -- except his war policies, said Ajamu Baraka, the former Green Party vice presidential nominee and spokesperson for the Black Alliance for Peace. A majority of the Congressional Black Caucus supported Donald Trump’s gargantuan war budget, which will inevitably result in drastic cuts in social programs. The Obama war-making legacy has “resulted in Black people having a less critical stance” on U.S. wars, said Baraka.
Trump AND America are White Supremacist
BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley said it’s “silly” to debate whether Donald Trump is a white supremacist, or not. “Yes, Trump is racist,” said Kimberley, “but 60 million people voted for him.” Racism pays political dividends in the U.S. “We should spend our time talking about obvious evidence of white supremacy in the entire system,” she said.
Johnny Reb’s Revenge
Takiyah Thompson and other defendants await trial on felony charges, in Durham, North Carolina, for tearing down the statue of a Confederate soldier. The 22 year-old student and Workers World party activist had this to say about the county sheriff that arrested the protesters: “Policing is a white supremacist institution.”
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