#BlackLivesMatter Introduces a New Visa Debit Card, and Revives the Toxic Old Myths of Black Capitalism

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The old myths that African Americans are poor because we don't spend wisely invest or save enough have been demolished many times. Black unemployment and poverty are core features of US capitalism and can’t be cured by black banking or shopping with black businesses. So why has #BlackLivesMatter teamed up with shady black bankers to introduce a #BlackLivesMatter debit card in a campaign that boosts the fake economics of black capitalism?

Trump, Moved by Blond-Haired Victims, Surrenders to War Party

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

It’s a doomsday combination: Donald Trump, the raging racist who, nevertheless, claimed to oppose regime change and eternal tensions with Russia, has thrown in big time with the War Party – in hopes that the Deep State will spare him. Trump “will pursue the imperial military offensive that Obama initiated, six years ago, with the mad energy of a racist psychopath.” The immediate winner: al-Qaida, protected by the U.S. Navy and Air Force.

Freedom Rider: Trump Joins Democrats in the War Party

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The Trump who upset the War Party with his stated opposition to regime change and willingness to lessen tensions with Russia has combusted in orange fireballs of war. In the wake of the attack on Syria, Bernie Sanders “proves himself to be a phony progressive, supporting the empire while claiming there is some difference between himself and his once and future rival, Clinton.” And, the pink pussy hat crowd? “They aren’t resisting anything at all.”

Anti-Russia Madness Attempts to Suppress the Bi-Partisan Triple Evils of Capitalism, Racism, and War

by Danny Haiphong

Washington’s “anti-Russia madness” has distracted attention from every other issue, including what Dr. Martin Luther King called “the triple evils” of war, capitalism, and white supremacy. As Trump surrenders to the “Deep State,” working class and poor folks sink deeper into economic misery. The anti-war movement has decayed to an infantile state, the Black liberation movement has yet to revive itself, and the Democrats are worse than useless.

The Community Had a Duty to Shut Down the Montgomery County Hearing on the Bethesda African Burial Ground

by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Adebayo

Black community members attempting to preserve an ancestral burial ground charge they were “deceived, misled and ambushed” by officials in suburban Montgomery County, Maryland. The Bethesda African Cemetery was already buried under a parking lot. Now the county has assigned an all-white team to determine if there are bodies in the cemetery – after booting two renowned Black experts off the case. Activists call the county’s conduct “criminal.”

God Squares Off with the Devil in Syria and Rwanda

by Ann Garrison

The propagandists of imperial war come in many packages, trailing the slime of mass death behind them. The Canadian ex-general Romeo Dallaire proudly bears the “white man’s burden” to punish Rwandans who were on the wrong (not the U.S.) side in their country’s civil war. He cites God as his proof. NPR's Scott Simon deploys a familiar radio voice to condemn Washington’s targets to Hell. Neither cares that they have helped kill six million Congolese.

Deportation of African and Other Black Immigrants Is Quietly Increasing And No One Is Taking Note

by David Love

“Fully one-third of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers are African” – the fastest growing immigrant group -- and deportations of Black immigrants are expected to soar under Trump. The White House has placed bans on three countries -- Somalia, Libya and Sudan -- that account for huge numbers of Black refugees. The 50,000 undocumented Irish immigrants have little to fear. “These policies are designed to reduce to the number of Black and brown people.”

Remembering South African Struggle Hero Chris Hani: Lessons for Today

by Arianna Lissoni

South African communist leader Chris Hani was assassinated by white racists 27 years ago, removing him from the scene during the nation’s transition to Black rule. Hani fought careerism and corruption in the revolutionary movement. Today, the “tradition of internal debate” that Hani promoted “has become eroded, and criticism keeps being silenced as sowing disunity.”

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.


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