Capitalism, Racism and the History of South Africa

by Sehlare Makgetlaneng

The African National Congress has failed to nationalize industries, redistribute the land, or tackle other goals of the Freedom Charter. Instead, it deliberately created a Black capitalist class, through the government’s Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) policy. But Black capitalism will not free South Africa from imperialism. “It will help to cement ties between the South African bourgeoisie and the imperialist bourgeoisie.”

History: How African Muslims “Civilized Spain”

by Garikai Chengu

For most of human history, northern Europe was a barbarian realm, to which it reverted with the fall of Rome. Muslim Moors from Africa civilized Spain. “In the 10th century, Cordoba was not just the capital of Moorish Spain but also the most important and modern city in Europe.” Moorish advances in science and philosophy “helped propel Europe out of the Dark Ages and into the Renaissance.”

MLK and Obama: Two Diametrically Opposed Legacies

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Dr. King spoke of the Triple Evils: racism, militarism and materialism – “meaning, in contemporary society, capitalism.” However, “the decisive blow to the Black movement for self-determination and against U.S. imperialism was delivered by forces internal to the Black community”: the Black Misleadership Class. The question confronts us: “Have Black people shed their anti-imperialism and embraced war?”

Freedom Rider: Black Misleaders Act Like Republicans

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Black politics in Baltimore has sunk to the very bottom of the sewer, with mayor Catherine Pugh’s veto of a rise in the minimum wage. “Black people have no reason to rejoice with the Pughs of the world in office, because they are just as eager to act against their interests if powerful people give them marching orders.” Push is “a typical member of the black misleadership class, who live off of the crumbs of corporate tribute.”

50 Years Later, We Must Again Confront and Reject U.S. Warmongering

by Ajamu Baraka

More than ever, Black America needs a peace movement to confront militarism and the global structures of white supremacy. “We are calling for a new alliance to help revive the black anti-war and peace movement in the black community as an essential component of a revived broader anti-war and pro-peace movement,” says human rights activist and former Green Party VP candidate Ajamu Baraka, an organizer of the new Black Alliance for Peace.

Systemic Racist Oppression as “Isolated Incident”

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

President Trump would like to terminate the two dozen agreements reached between police departments and the Obama administration. “Given the hostility of the Trump administration to the very idea of restraints on police, possibly the best thing that Sessions could do is walk away” from consent decrees “and let the courts oversee the agreements without interference.” In Trump’s world, racism is a rumor based on isolated incidents.

Baltimore's Mayor Rejects $15 Minimum Wage Bill, Sharpening the Divide between Black Workers and Black Political leadership

by Danny Haiphong

Who enforces poverty wages in Black America? In Baltimore, a Black mayor blocked a minimum wage hike on the grounds that it would make the city “uncompetitive.” Mayor Catherine Pugh has bought into the imperial doctrine that poverty is an advantage in the marketplace. Pugh’s veto “is a stark indication that the Black misleadership class stands in the way of alleviating the burning poverty of the Black working class.”

Brother Harvey Matthews: “I’m Fighting for My Ancestors.” The Bethesda African Cemetery: Part II

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Adebayo

When whites dispossessed an established Black community in Bethesda, Maryland, a half century ago, they “destroyed the life that we loved,” said Harvey Matthews, who grew up near a Black cemetery that has been paved over. The damage is more than psychological. “The whites destroyed our ability to pass on our land from one generation to the next. If the whites had not stolen our land, we would be millionaires now.”

Obama White House Committed Impeachable Offenses by Encouraging Leaks Against Trump and Russia

The Ford Report on the Real News Network

Glen Ford on The Real News Network In its last months in office, the Obama administration facilitated massive leaks of Trump team members’ telephone conversations and other raw intelligence. The operation succeeded in creating great clouds of innuendo intended to buttress the totally unproven allegation that Russia and Trump operatives collaborated to meddle in the election process. In deliberately encouraging leaks, former president Obama probably committed impeachable offenses –- that may still be indictable.

Beyond Vietnam -- A Time to Break Silence

by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the following remarks at Riverside Church, in New York City, on April 4, 1967. The speech marked Dr. King’s decisive break with President Lyndon Johnson, whom many considered a friend of civil rights. Exactly one year after his Riverside Church speech, Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis.

Book Extract: South Africa’s Corporatized Liberation: A Critical Analysis of the ANC in Power

by Dale McKinley

Not only did the ANC consciously choose (before 1994) to turn its ideological and strategic back on the possibilities of organizing a massive wellspring of popular power to pursue much more thoroughgoing systemic change, but it also made a conscious choice after 1994 to exercise its unparalleled political position and power (mostly through the state) in partnership with and in service to capital.

Ahmed Kathrada, Veteran Communist and South African National Liberation Icon, Dies

by Abayomi Azikiwe

Another of South Africa’s founding revolutionaries has been laid to rest. Ahmed Mohamed “Kathy” Kathrada, a stalwart of the African National Congress who was imprisoned on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela, recently wrote “an open letter to President Jacob Zuma, the current leader of the party, that perhaps he should step down in light of accusations of constitutional violations.”

Black Agenda Radio for Week of April 3, 2017

Black Agenda Radio for Week of April 3, 2017

U.S. Elite Suffering from “Putin Derangement Syndrome”

The current anti-Russian hysteria is rooted in “turmoil in the upper ranks of the U.S. elite about Moscow and the declining position of U.S. imperialism, given the rise of China,” said Dr. Gerald Horne, professor of history and African American Studies at the University if Houston. The mania can also be viewed as “chickens coming home to roost” for the real subversions, invasions and regime policies carried out by the U.S. around the world, said Horne, who characterized the Russia-phobia as “Putin derangement syndrome.”

Greens Say Dems Stole Philly Special Election

The Green Party of Pennsylvania is going to federal court, charging the Democrats with blatant fraud in a special election for a state legislative seat in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. Green candidate Cheri Honkala, a veteran activist from the neighborhood -- the poorest in the state – said last week’s vote was a “nightmare,” with fistfights breaking out in front of voting booths, people snuck in back doors” to the polls, and wholesale violations of law. Plus, “the main source of the literature they were passing out at the polls said I was a Republican,” said the lifelong radical.

A Platform for Black Self-Determination in St. Petersburg

Twenty year-old Eritha Akile Cainion is running for a city council seat in St. Petersburg, Florida, on a platform rooted in the National Political Agenda for Self Determination, a document promulgated by the Black Is Back Coalition, last year. “Public safety is contingent upon social justice, economic development and Black community control of the police,” said Cainion. Police should act “as servants of the people,” with the community empowered to “hire, fire, train and discipline them.” The Black Is Back Coalition will hold a national Black Electoral Politics School in St. Petersburg, April 7 and 8, to help train a new generation of political activist/candidates.

Denounce and Shame Black Sell-Out Politicians

When 120 of his constituents were swept up in a police raid on a public housing project, Bronx, New York, city councilman Andy King collaborated with the cops, causing the families of those arrested on RICO charges to “feel betrayed,” said Shannon Jones, co-founder of Why Accountability. That’s why Jones and others decided to disrupt a speech Councilman King attempted to deliver at the Schomburg Center for Research on Black Culture, in Harlem. “If it was not for community activist groups such as the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, Cop Watch Patrol Unit, and Take Back the Bronx,” Jones told Black Agenda Radio produce Kyle Fraser, “these families would have absolutely no support.”

Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network is hosted by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey. A new edition of the program airs every Monday at 11:00am ET on PRN. Length: one hour.


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