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Freedom Rider: Georgetown Should Pay for Slavery

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

If ever there was a clear path to reparations for the descendants of slaves, it is in compensation to the progeny of the 272 men and women sold South to save the Jesuit school that became Georgetown University. The institution’s $1.5 billion endowment is at least partially owed to an identifiable group of Black people. “If Georgetown pays up like it ought to they can go to any college or make whatever financial decisions they choose.”

Freedom Rider: Transgender Rights but No Rights for Black People

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

If you are Black in America, “driving, walking, riding a bicycle, being in a public space at the wrong moment, or even calling the police for assistance” can get you killed. President Obama doesn’t care about that, yet he puts the full force of the federal government behind transgender bathroom rights. “Obama loves to wade in on the side of a small segment of white liberal concern instead of helping the people who love them the most.”

Freedom Rider: Sanders Supporters Can Bring Down the Democrats

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Bernie Sanders supporters could truly be on a revolutionary mission – if they choose to accept it. “They must not support or vote for Hillary Clinton in November and they must say so loudly and clearly.” Should their idol endorse Clinton, then Sanders’ people must reject him, too. And, if Sanders’ folks are blamed for Clinton’s defeat, these attacks “should be considered as a badge of honor” for sending the Democrats into the dustbin of history.

Freedom Rider: Obama’s Last Gasp Imperialism

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

President Obama’s remaining days in office may be short, but “there is no reason to mourn or rejoice Obama’s departure because he will be followed by someone who likes his foreign policy as it is.” Hillary Clinton was his partner in imperial crime, and “the supposedly left wing Bernie Sanders warns of non-existent Russian aggression, supports presidential ‘kill lists’ and thinks that having U.S. troops in Syria is a fine idea.” 

Freedom Rider: Honoring Harriet Tubman

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The U.S. government sullies the name of the great freedom fighter Harriet Tubman by putting her picture on its foul currency. “Not only has her name been ruined by a dubious connection with the dollar that kept her captive, but she will share this ‘honor’ with Andrew Jackson, enslaver and Indian killer.” No Black person should feel affirmed by this sacrilege. “Our story is a deeply sacred responsibility and must never be granted to anyone else.”

Freedom Rider: Not Feeling the Bern

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The Democratic Party liberals that have rallied around Bernie Sanders see awesome meaning and world-shaking significance in their champion’s most mundane actions and mealy-mouth statements. It’s easy to root for anyone that runs against Clinton, one of America’s least-liked personalities. “Her presence creates mass revulsion, and first Obama and now Sanders moved up in voter preference when given an opportunity to make a case before the public.”

Freedom Rider: Barack, Hillary and the Libya Crime

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

It took two warmongering politicians to unleash the “shit storm” that the U.S. created in Libya: Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Yet, Clinton, the number two player in the aggression, takes all the weight, while Obama acts as if he was nowhere near the scene of the war crime. Obama takes no responsibility for the terror he has loosed on Africa. “Boko Haram’s strength and ability to terrorize Nigerians is the direct result of the Libyan crime.”

Freedom Rider: The Panama Papers Problem

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The Panama tax haven leaks reveal a lot about the lawlessness of the rich, as well as the ideological bias of the western press. “Vladimir Putin’s name appears nowhere, but the corporate media used his image repeatedly to drum up interest in what is an otherwise newsworthy story.” Americans are conspicuous by their absence from the story. That’s because rich people in the U.S. can avoid taxes “legally in Wyoming, Delaware or Nevada.”

Freedom Rider: Hillary Clinton is No Worse than Barack Obama

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Progressive enthusiasm for Bernie and antipathy for Hillary is impressive – until one recalls that most of these folks were ga-ga over Obama not so long ago, and that Clinton and Obama are political twins. Obama is revered like a saint, “despite his record of neo-con imperial murder, bankster bail outs, destruction of the public school system, and maintaining mass incarceration while pretending that he doesn’t.” Hillary is Obama – with a cackle.

Freedom Rider: Democrats and the SCOTUS Scam

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The Obama “legacy” will likely include the appointment of a U.S. Supreme Court justice that Republicans would welcome – if only Obama hadn’t been the appointer. Federal judge Merrick Garland is a former prosecuctor whose politics suits Obama’s core conservative instincts. The president is leaving office just like he came in, pulling a “bait and switch” on his Democratic base and blaming the Republicans for making him do it.

Freedom Rider: Protesting Trump and Hillary Too

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The Democrats want to make Donald Trump’s racism the only campaign issue, to divert attention from their imperial wars and the global race to the bottom. Trump is a GOP outsider, but the Democrats “eagerly conspire with Republicans on governmental austerity and none of them are anti-war.” The left shouldn’t be suckered into making Trump the paramount issue. “The low hanging fruit of open bigotry should not be the only galvanizing force for progressives.”

Freedom Rider: Bernie Sanders and the End of the Democratic Party

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

If Bernie Sanders supporters are serious about making fundamental change, they should start a new party, one that does more than run in billion dollar elections every couple of years. Hillary Clinton’s impending primaries victory “is an opportunity to break with a system which is incapable of being truly democratic.” The alternative is to “do nothing but sulk in the event of a Clinton nomination or try once more to reform the unreformable.”

Freedom Rider: Bye Melissa

by BAR editor and columnist Margaret Kimberley

When Melissa Harris-Perry publicly announced her resignation from MSNBC, the cable network that serves as the Democratic Party's house organ, she vowed not to be tokenized or silenced. But of course, the rich owners can silence whoever they want with the flip of a switch, just as Harris-Perry tried “to silence black people” and Edward Snowden “if doing so suited the purposes of the system in general or the Obama White House in particular.”

Freedom Rider: Obama Forever and Ever

by BAR editor and columnist Margaret Kimberley

Obama is supposed to be a lame duck, but we are seeing a resurgence of his propaganda juggernaut. With the help of phony revolutionary Russell Simmons and shameless opportunist Van Jones, the Obama brand will be marketed in perpetuity. Obama enlists the young and the old to cry and dance for his benefit, so that he can "build libraries, make money and dispense patronage" ad infinitum, in service to the interests of the corporate and financial classes.

Freedom Rider: Black Politics and Bernie Sanders

by BAR editor and columnist Margaret Kimberley

The Democratic presidential primary has turned into a real battle, but not ideologically, since “there is no leftist among the Democrats.” Hillary Clinton clings to Barack Obama like a life raft, mentioning his name 21 times in a debate with Bernie Sanders, while the Congressional Black Caucus clings to Hillary like a dollar bill. The historical Black political consensus on peace and social justice is nowhere represented in the “quadrennial circus.”

Freedom Rider: America’s Endless Wars

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

There is no “peace” wing in either the Democratic or Republican parties. “Not only has Obama declared unending war against the rest of the world, but so has the rest of the two party duopoly.” When the warmongers scream “Jump,” the only question leaders of either party ask is, “How high?” It’s a matter of tone, not substance. “The Republicans openly brag about aggressions while Democrats dissemble and use weasel words to pretend they won’t do the same thing.”

Freedom Rider: The Problem of Bernie Sanders and the “Left”

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Bernie Sander’s near-tie with Hillary Clinton in Iowa is fanning the fantasies of those who never cease to disbelieve in transforming the Democratic Party “from below.” What is certain, is that corporate evil-doers will still rule both wings of the duopoly at the end of the quadrennial game. “Revolutionaries don’t exult over Bernie Sanders vis a vis Hillary Clinton because they know that great change comes from mass action and not the ballot box.”

Freedom Rider: Flint, Michigan and Democracy

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Disaster capitalists demand – and get – government subsidies to carry out their crimes. However, the poor victims of corporate mayhem can’t count on their elected officials to demand even modest compensation. Flint, Michigan’s mayor “could have demanded full restitution for property owners and free health care for residents poisoned by the water supply.” Instead, she “acted like the supplicants that all black politicians end up becoming.”

Freedom Rider: Return of the “Happy” Slave

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

How does a writer make slavery a light and breezy read for children? By presenting a story that’s comforting to white bosses at corporate publishing houses, that’s how. The same racial hierarchy that prevailed under the slavocracy calls the shots in today’s book selling industry. The rules haven’t changed: don’t make Mr. Charlie angry, or hurt Miss Ann’s feelings.

Freedom Rider: The U.S. Starves Syria

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

In preparation for talks on Syria this month, the U.S. corporate media is pretending to be concerned about the Syrians of Madaya, caught between the lines of a war deliberately begun by the United States and its allies. “Every time a president says that Saddam must go or Gaddafi must go or Assad must go a new terror is created for unfortunate people in a far away place.” Madaya is one of those many, many places plunged into misery by the U.S.

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