|Thursday, March 22|
|·|| Justice, Not Drama, for Trayvon Martin |
|Wednesday, February 22|
|·|| Hollywood and Race: Still Stuck in the 1950s |
|Friday, July 08|
|·|| The Origins of Racism |
|Sunday, September 12|
|·|| Your House Is On Ground Zero (And Quite Without Permission) |
|Friday, May 07|
|·|| Racism, Reparations and the Politics of Blame: Pardon You |
|Wednesday, February 10|
|·|| Why the Oscars are a Con |
|Wednesday, June 10|
|·|| In South Africa, Apartheid is Dead, But White Supremacy Lingers On |
|Friday, January 16|
|·|| The State of Black America: From Oscar Grant to Barack Obama |
|Monday, September 29|
|·|| Reflections on Conservative Scapegoating |
|Thursday, September 20|
|·|| Apart from the noose, this is an everyday story of modern America |
|Thursday, September 13|
|·|| When a hate crime can't be called a hate crime |
|Monday, September 03|
|·|| International slavery museum: a refreshing approach to history |
|Wednesday, May 23|
|·|| The legacy of Frantz Fanon |
|Monday, May 14|
|·|| Egyptians, not Greeks were true fathers of medicine |
|Sunday, April 15|
|·|| Imus and White Privilege: Don't Blame Rap Music |
|Thursday, March 15|
|·|| U.S. and Britain are Fueling Violence in Zimbabwe |
|Monday, December 18|
|·|| The Sober Racism of Mel Gibson's Apocalypto |
|Thursday, December 14|
|·|| Schools report shows young people's lives are blighted by racism |
|Tuesday, November 28|
|·|| Myths that divide |
|Wednesday, October 11|
|·|| Stop scape-goating Muslims |
|Racism Watch: Always remember|
Sunday, October 09 @ 03:04:53 UTC
|By Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe|
October 09, 2016
In academic and political lectures, when I refer to the negative psychological and economic impact slavery has had on black people, my questioners usually retort: "You have to bring up slavery again?"
The same people who object to my bringing up slavery's impact upon black people have no objections when Jews urge their people: "Never forget!"
This raises the question: Why should black people forget about slavery when Haiti, well into the 20th century, paid reparations to France for having fought for and won their freedom? In 1825, threatening an invasion, France sent a flotilla to Haiti to compel Haitians to pay a ransom of 150 million gold francs for their freedom. It was reduced subsequently to 90 million gold francs or US$40 billion in today's currency. In 2010, 90 leading academics, authors, and human rights activists, in an open letter to president Nicolas Sarkozy, "urged the French government to pay Haiti for the 90 million gold francs Haitians were forced to pay France for their independence" (London, Guardian, 16 August 2010).
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|Racism Watch: Muhammad Ali: My Name, Not Yours|
Monday, June 06 @ 14:21:16 UTC
|By Abby Zimet|
June 06, 2016 - commondreams.org
A nod to the great Muhammad Ali, dead at 74, a brave black man at a difficult time who "just wanted to be free," who never knew his place and refused to be afraid when others tried to put him in it, who insisted to the world of power that first honored and then rejected him that "I don't have to be what you want me to be," who at the height of his fame and riches declared "Goddamn the White Man's money" in the name of principle, who refused to join a racist unjust war, connected the dots of white oppression around the world and proclaimed, "The real enemy of my people is here."
Though so many remember him for unprecedented grit and grace in the boxing ring, Ali himself chose again and again to measure his own worth in the world beyond his bloody sport. “Boxing is nothing, just satisfying to some bloodthirsty people," he said near the end of his reign. "I’m no longer a Cassius Clay, a Negro from Kentucky. I belong to the world, the black world." The final irony of Ali's political heroism, notes Dave Zirin, is that he was unequivocally hailed as a national icon only after he lost his fearless voice.
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|Racism Watch: Skip Gates and Sony Exposed by Wikileaks|
Wednesday, April 29 @ 06:51:21 UTC
|By Margaret Kimberley|
April 29, 2015 - blackagendareport.com
“Gates is celebrated as a role model for black success when his fame and wealth derive from currying favor with white people and demeaning black people.”
Wikileaks continues to do a great service with its revelations of government and corporate wrong doing. Because Wikileaks promotes transparency and truth telling it has made some very powerful enemies. Paypal, MasterCard and Visa all succumbed to United States government pressure in denying Wikileaks the ability to accept donations from supporters. Julian Assange, the organization’s founder, was granted asylum by the Ecuadorian government and is living at that nation’s embassy in London. If he travels to Sweden to answers questions about charges lodged against him there he would probably be extradited to the United States.
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|Racism Watch: Ferguson Versus the Counter-Insurgency State|
Saturday, August 23 @ 01:48:30 UTC
|By Glen Ford|
August 23, 2014 - blackagendareport.com
“The domestic counterinsurgency army has been methodically expanded by each successive administration.”
The corporate media, reflecting their owners’ anxiety at the failure of Black people to revert to a state of passivity in Ferguson, Missouri, have arrived at a general consensus on two counts: the need to “demilitarize” the police (fewer bullets, smaller armored vehicles?) and, more immediately, to re-establish some semblance of “calm” (as in comatose) in the neighborhood and beyond. Corporate-attuned Black powerbrokers and politicians deliver essentially the same message, counseling (quiet) introspection and a search for “solutions” (diversions) to the historical oppression in which they are deeply complicit.
But first, tensions must be reduced, to diffuse the confrontation – which, we are told, serves no one’s interests but the “agitators and instigators” (who, apparently, have millions of dollars in derivatives wagers riding on urban chaos). Fortunately, the “street” ignores the misleaders. If Ferguson had remained “calm” in the face of Michael Brown’s murder, nobody outside greater St. Louis would know the place existed.
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|Racism Watch: Donald Sterling Thinks He Owns Basketball Players, But Really Does Own the NAACP|
Thursday, May 01 @ 10:01:07 UTC
|By Bruce A. Dixon|
May 01, 2014 - blackagendareport.com
“Depending on the rich and powerful to pay their bills while pretending to speak for the poor and oppressed is not a mere bug in the way our 21st century civil rights organizations work”
For us at Black Agenda Report, the most telling angle on the story of Donald Sterling, the racist billionaire owner of the LA Clippers, was that the Los Angeles NAACP , which had been about to give Sterling a second – not a first but a second “Lifetime Achievement Award” eagerly stepped forward to offer redemption and forgiveness for the small cost of a few more strategic donations from the deep pockets of Donald Sterling.
This won't be the first time Sterling has purchased absolution for his many sins. In 2003 Sterling settled a housing discrimination lawsuit paying $5 million to plaintiff attorneys alone, and in 2006 he was accused again of refusing to rent apartments to African Americans and Latinos. But a steady stream of donations to big-name so-called civil rights organizations amounting at most to a few ten thousandths of his net worth, were sufficient to make it OK in the eyes of those outfits, and in the case of the NAACP, they were sufficient to get him that first “lifetime award.”
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|Racism Watch: Freedom Rider: Kwadir Felton and Cory Booker|
Tuesday, March 25 @ 10:04:21 UTC
|By Margaret Kimberley|
March 25, 2014 - blackagendareport.com
“Other races and religious and ethnic groups can guarantee that no member of their community would face what Kwadir Felton has experienced without being championed by their people in power.”
In nations around the world, thousands of people will demonstrate in anger if the police do harm to a citizen. Not so in the United States. In this country a uniform provides a license to maim and to kill. American police routinely beat, taser and shoot people and no one even knows how often these assaults take place. The same government which tells us how many times police are shot doesn’t keep statistics on how often the rest of us may become victims. An estimate from 2011 indicates that American police shot 1,100 people, killing 607 of them.
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|Racism Watch: Freedom Rider: Black Faces for White People|
Wednesday, November 06 @ 14:41:27 UTC
|By Margaret Kimberley|
November 06, 2013 - blackagendareport.com
"It seems that white supremacy is the new national pastime every October."
Black people have been stigmatized with racist caricatures from the first moment that Africans encountered Europeans. People who worked without pay at the point of a lash or a gun were called lazy. The victims of sexual assault were themselves labeled as "over sexed" perverts and freaks. This awful history isn’t dead. It is celebrated by millions of people who think that our plight and position in society is part of the natural order of the universe. At the first possible opportunity they publicly display their hatred and their determination to exult in and continue white supremacy.
This tendency may always be present but in recent years Halloween is the moment when the ghouls show themselves. This celebration has morphed from what used to be a simple children’s holiday into a multi-billion dollar, month long event for adults. What was an enjoyable time to dress up in costume has become the white racist moment to act out sick fantasy. They do so quite publicly, with numerous examples made easily visible on social media.
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|Racism Watch: The Pope and the Pan|
Wednesday, August 07 @ 22:20:28 UTC
|Challenging Caribbean Inferiority and Cultural Prostitution|
By Ras Tyehimba
August 07, 2013
There was a picture recently of Pope Francis playing the Steelpan next to T&T president Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona who presented it to him as a gift. This picture was published by the media, several Steelpan websites and has made its way around various social media platforms. One website exclaimed: "Truly a great day for our nation and our national instrument! The pope is a Trini now!" Another Steelpan website expressed, "Steelpan is the sweetest!! Just ask the Pope."
As the only musical instrument of the 20th century and as what I consider to be one of the greatest inventions of the Caribbean region it makes sense for the pan to be a gift to persons and nations that Trinidad and Tobago interacts with. However, the power of the Steelpan is not just about the sweet music it produces, but also about how it was created. The Steelpan emerged from the most disenfranchised and looked-down elements of society. It is these grassroots, mainly Afro-Trinidadian sections of society who had been most affected by the structures of colonial society in which legitimacy and social status was defined by race, skin colour, class and acceptance of the Christian religion.
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|Racism Watch: Racism ... Just Get Over It?|
Tuesday, August 06 @ 20:13:25 UTC
|By Onika Henry|
August 06, 2013
Racism is oppressive, dehumanising and has been systematically put in place to keep people from achievement and advancement, based on a belief of superiority over another or "more worthy than" the other. I do not recall a time when certain groups of people EVER had the power to enforce racism. To suggest certain people practise racism and "reverse racism" when they discriminate against others, is in my opinion, an indication of ignorance of what racism really is and how it operates. To me it suggests a denial of truth and/or an inability to see and feel from another's perspective.
Those who have never lived the life as a member of an oppressed group, or who have not inherited the sometimes intangible but real effects of hundreds of years of slavery and dehumanisation (which continues in more subtle and disguised forms today) may find it difficult to understand how the weight of racism can crush the spirit. While for some, living the life of a civil and human rights fighter or activist on a daily basis is a fine and comfortable choice, for others, the "fight" takes on the persona of a moral commitment to live life holistically and to promote well-being of self, family, friends and colleagues, which in and of itself is another way of dealing with oppression.
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|Racism Watch: Trayvon and White Madness|
Monday, July 22 @ 11:02:13 UTC
|By BAR executive editor Glen Ford|
July 22, 2013 - blackagendareport.com
“The government would have to prove that Zimmerman was motivated by racial animus.”
When Trayvon Martin was murdered by a “creepy-ass cracker” in February, 2012, an outraged Black America mobilized to force the State of Florida to put the perpetrator on trial. Seventeen months later, in the words of President Obama, “a jury has spoken,” affirming Florida’s original contention that Trayvon’s death was not a criminal act.
The White House also wanted Trayvon to be forgotten. Three weeks after the shooting, speaking through his press secretary, the president declared, “obviously we're not going to wade into a local law-enforcement matter." A few days later, Obama sought to placate Black public opinion with a statement of physical fact: “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”
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|Racism Watch: Zimmerman Verdict -- Where Do We Go From Here?|
Friday, July 19 @ 07:50:59 UTC
|By Frances Cudjoe Waters|
July 18, 2013 - huffingtonpost.com
"A black man has no rights which the white man is bound to respect." -- Sup. Ct. C.J. Roger Taney, Dred Scott Decision, 1857
On March 6, 1857, Chief Justice Roger Taney and the United States Supreme Court put into words what America had been putting into practice for centuries. He stated that Americans of African descent should not ever presume to have the audacity to expect that the legal system in this country would ever treat them as equal citizens worthy of the same protection and respect enjoyed by others.
On July 13, 2013, the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case, declaring George Zimmerman "not guilty," evokes images of this awful American legacy making me feel much the same way.
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|Racism Watch: Is Tim Wise Stamping the Anti-Racist Ghetto Passes at Teach For America|
Wednesday, July 17 @ 11:42:01 UTC
|Why Is Tim Wise Stamping the Anti-Racist Ghetto Passes at Teach For America?|
By Bruce A. Dixon
July 17, 2013 - blackagendareport.com
Tim Wise has made a career as an author and speaker lecturing white Americans on racism. We suppose that's a good thing and that somebody's gotta do it. Mr. Wise is speaking at a major Teach For America event on July 19. How do we reconcile that with a stand against racism? We can't, and unless TFA is gonna pay Mr. Wise to tell them their entire practice and premise is elitist, evil and yes, racist, we're pretty sure he can't reconcile it either.
Teach For America is part of an elite bipartisan scam to privatize public education, starting, and perhaps ending with the inner city. TFA replaces qualified, experienced mostly black teachers who live in the communities they serve with mostly white temps, graduated from a 5 week course who will move on to Wall Street and other lucrative careers after only a couple seasons in the classroom.
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|Racism Watch: The U.S. v. Trayvon Martin: How the System Worked|
Monday, July 15 @ 16:22:36 UTC
|By Robin D.G. Kelley|
July 15, 2013 - counterpunch.org
In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, Senator Rand Paul, Florida State Representative Dennis Baxley (also sponsor of his state's Stand Your Ground law), along with a host of other Republicans, argued that had the teachers and administrators been armed, those twenty little kids whose lives Adam Lanza stole would be alive today. Of course, they were parroting the National Rifle Association's talking points. The NRA and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the conservative lobbying group responsible for drafting and pushing "Stand Your Ground" laws across the country, insist that an armed citizenry is the only effective defense against imminent threats, assailants, and predators.
But when George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, teenage pedestrian returning home one rainy February evening from a neighborhood convenience store, the NRA went mute. Neither NRA officials nor the pro-gun wing of the Republican Party argued that had Trayvon Martin been armed, he would be alive today. The basic facts are indisputable: Martin was on his way home when Zimmerman began to follow him -- first in his SUV, and then on foot. Zimmerman told the police he had been following this "suspicious-looking" young man. Martin knew he was being followed and told his friend, Rachel Jeantel, that the man might be some kind of sexual predator. At some point, Martin and Zimmerman confronted each other, a fight ensued, and in the struggle Zimmerman shot and killed Martin.
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|Racism Watch: The Ultimate Logic of a Society Built on Mass Murder|
Monday, January 07 @ 18:11:15 UTC
|A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford|
January 07, 2012 - blackagendareport.com
“Mass murder is at the core of the American national religion.”
As a native-born American, I grew up watching cowboy and Indian shoot-em-ups in which the highlight of the movie was when the white guys in the circled wagon train shot the Indians off their horses until all the red men were dead, and very silent. Indians didn’t do a lot of screaming in pain when they were shot; they just expired. Same thing with buck-toothed Japanese, line after line of them, charging into U.S. machine guns, falling instantly silent and dead. It was somehow quite clean, almost antiseptic, these cinematic rituals of death, all staged for the broadest popular consumption to demonstrate the inevitability – and cosmic justice – of ultimate white victory over the darker races.
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|Racism Watch: Why White People Get Mad|
Wednesday, December 05 @ 08:16:58 UTC
|By Margaret Kimberley|
December 05, 2012 - blackagendareport.com
"The Mayflower's cultural heirs are programmed to find glory in their own depravity, and savagery in their most helpless victims, who can only redeem themselves by accepting the inherent goodness of white Americans." – Glen Ford
"Most white Americans can only think of themselves and their country as the pinnacle of enlightenment and civilization."
In 2003 my Black Agenda Report colleague Glen Ford wrote "The End of American Thanksgivings: A Cause for Universal Rejoicings," a brilliant piece of commentary which cast a spotlight on the horror which inspired the holiday that came to be known as Thanksgiving. Mr. Ford documented the genocide visited upon the original inhabitants of this country which is inextricably intertwined with the Thanksgiving myth that is so revered by most Americans. The facts that he presented are easily known to anyone who cares to seek them out. The celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday is not only a celebration of slaughter but it is used to this very day to keep all Americans secure in their love of white supremacy.
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