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Is the Apartheid Colonial Settler State of Israel “Reparations” For Jews? ADOS Thinks So.

Fri, 2019-04-19 04:13
Is the Apartheid Colonial Settler State of Israel “Reparations” For Jews? ADOS Thinks So. Authors Bruce A. Dixon bruce Fri, 04/19/2019 - 02:43

ADOS stands for American Descendants of Slaves, a group founded by Yvette Carnell and Antonio Moore, supposedly advocates of reparations for the descendants of Africans enslaved in the US. Moore is a former LA County prosecutor, Carnell a former US Senate staffer, and both have been blogging, Tweeting, YouTubing and fishing in the waters of corporate social media a good while now.

ADOS has strong ties to Republicans and racist white supremacists. Its co-founder Yvette Carnell sits on the board of the cynically misnamed Progressives For Immigration Reform, an outfit founded by noted white supremacist John Tanton, who’s been trying to manufacture black and so-called environmentalist organizations to parrot his racist views on immigration, eugenics and more since the 1970s. It’s a match made in heaven for PFIR, which has struggled to invent or find a black group to fly their crooked flag for four decades, and if things work out it’ll be a good career move for Carnell too. CNN, Fox News or ABC would be delighted to bring on a charismatic black commentator willing to spout Trumpist talking points interspersed with faux reparationist rhetoric. If Yvette does get a broadcast talking head job out of this, that might be the only piece of #tangibles2020 that comes out of the current presidential campaign.

We live in a nation where most people cannot find the countries their tax dollars pay to bomb every day on a map, a country where sixty million (mostly) white people voted for Trump. There’s no reason to imagine this proud North American ignorance of history, the planet and its people is confined to white Americans. When Barack Obama threatened to bomb Syria, polling showed that black people, always the least hawkish of US constituencies, were more inclined to war than their white neighbors. So the appearance of a social media savvy right wing black reparationist group, with hashtags like #lineagematters followed by 3 or 4 American flags, a group which claims the exclusion of Mexican, Central American, African and Caribbean immigrants is necessary to protect the livelihoods and social capital of black Americans should be no surprise.

Popular support for empire, such as can be obtained, depends, as we have observed before, on lots of fake news and fake history. ADOS embraces capitalism, empire and the American Exceptionalist ideology that goes with with it. Until now, black reparationists have aligned themselves with colonized people around the world. But true to its roots in social media and right wing politics, ADOS takes the short cut, to embrace the racist narrative of Zionism. ADOS leaders and followers routinely assert that US military, diplomatic, financial support of Israel’s apartheid regime are examples of “reparations for the Jews,” in support of its own reparations claim in the US. The Jews got theirs, ADOS followers say, pointing to Israel. It’s time we got ours. This is both telling and pernicious for all kinds of reasons.

The fact is that since the fall of the old regime in South Africa 25 years ago, Israel is the world’s premiere apartheid state, viciously persecuting Africans, Arabs and anybody else it deems not “Jewish,” however they define that. The fact is that Zionists, and the Zionist project was never about representing all Jews, or making a home for all Jews, or reparations for the persecuted. It has always been about using Jewish nationalism to establish a settler state. To depict a racist settler state as an example of restorative justice requires bottomless cynicism on the part of leaders who know better, and deep historical ignorance on the part of followers who don’t.

In the absence of real journalism, for which Julian Assange may be on his way to a Guantanamo torture cell for practicing, such narratives are easily disseminated on Twitter and YouTube, where the flat earthers, the moon landing skeptics, the birthers and the folks warning us about us about the lizard people all have big followings too. But none of them enjoy shoutouts from Cornel West, none of them try to wrap themselves in the just cause of reparations and none of them aim to affect the 2020 elections. ADOS does.

We’ll talk more about that some other time. As my colleague Glen Ford says, we need to pass HR 40. I agree. Ford says we need an extended debate among black people on just what reparations and restorative justice look like. That sounds sensible. But it’s hard to imagine how such an exchange 3can take place in an atmosphere of willful ignorance and disinformation. And somebody really should talk to brother Cornel.

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We Must Have a Demand: Towards a Transformative, Black-Led Reparations Movement.

Wed, 2019-04-17 10:51
We Must Have a Demand: Towards a Transformative, Black-Led Reparations Movement. Authors This Is Hell Glen Ford bruce Wed, 04/17/2019 - 09:21

Glen Ford explores the possibilities of reparations, and the limits of the Democratic party's racial politics - as 2020 presidential hopefuls advance insufficient reparations schemes to court Black voters, only a radical, Black-driven demand to redress the crimes of slavery can be acceptable, and it must come from Black people seeking justice, not politicians seeking votes.

Glen wrote the article "Reparations Means Global Social Transformation" for Black Agenda Report

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Black Agenda Radio, Week of April 17, 2019

Tue, 2019-04-16 02:52
Black Agenda Radio, Week of April 17, 2019 Authors Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford bruce Tue, 04/16/2019 - 01:22

Frank Chapman: Progressive bloc grows in Chicago city council; Howie Hawkins: Green Party needed because Dems won’t allow a Green New Deal; BiB 3rd Electoral Politics School: “Massive change is in the wind”; Efia Nwangaza: Souith Carolina is responsible for inmate deaths.

South Carolina “Bears Responsibility” for Prison Deaths

Tue, 2019-04-16 01:08
South Carolina “Bears Responsibility” for Prison Deaths Authors Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford glen Mon, 04/15/2019 - 23:38

The deaths of seven inmates during disturbances at the Lee County state prison, a year ago, “was the state’s responsibility, that has not been acknowledged,” said veteran anti-mass Black incarceration activist Efia Nwangaza, speaking on behalf of the Free South Carolina Movement of imprisoned persons.  

African America Political Economy US Politics War and Empire Black Mass Incarceration

The Role of Electoral Politics in Revolutionary Change

Tue, 2019-04-16 01:03
The Role of Electoral Politics in Revolutionary Change Authors Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford glen Mon, 04/15/2019 - 23:33

Participants in the Black Is Back Coalition’s 3rdElectoral Politics School agreed with chairman Omali Yeshitelathat “massive political change is in the wind.” “The world’s people are seeking an alternative to the weaponized dollar,” said Harlem activist Nellie Bailey. Black Alliance for Peace lead organizer Ajamu Barakasaid: “We’ve got to make the link between US militarism in Venezuela and the war being waged against our people here in this country.”

African America Education and Public Education Media and Culture Political Economy US Politics War and Empire 2020 Election

Green Party Necessary to Pass Green New Deal

Tue, 2019-04-16 00:58
Green Party Necessary to Pass Green New Deal Authors Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford glen Mon, 04/15/2019 - 23:28

“The problem for the Green New Deal” is that the Democratic leadership in Congress “won’t let it happen,” said Howie Hawkins, a possible Green Party candidate for president. “That’s why we need a Green Party out here, making sure it gets addressed.” Hawkins ran for governor on a “Green New Deal for New York” platform back in 2010. 

African America Media and Culture Political Economy US Politics War and Empire Green New Deal

Progressive “Bloc” Emerges in Chicago City Council

Tue, 2019-04-16 00:41
Progressive “Bloc” Emerges in Chicago City Council Authors Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford glen Mon, 04/15/2019 - 23:11

The 17 pro-community control of police candidates elected to the 50-member Chicago Board of Aldermen can also be expected to support “community control of the board of education” and “a progressive agenda around housing and jobs,” said Frank Chapman, of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression.

African America Education and Public Education Media and Culture Political Economy US Politics War and Empire Mass Black Incarceration

It's the propaganda of the rich: How US Christian elites are funding Europe's far right.

Fri, 2019-04-12 03:38
It's the propaganda of the rich: How US Christian elites are funding Europe's far right. Authors This Is Hell bruce Fri, 04/12/2019 - 02:08

American money and American moral and political support has been really important in creating this backlash in Europe against feminism, LGBT rights and basic equality. The reason we started looking at this was it didn't add up how much these groups were able to organize, and the size of these organizations, based on the size of the bases they could reach when they started. A lot of these groups seemed to suddenly spring up. That a lot of their funding is coming from the US explains that.

Journalist Adam Ramsay traces money fueling Europe's far right back to Christian fundamentalists in the US - as a way to create new political spaces within Europe for the far right to advance against gay and trans rights, immigration and abortion, and as cover for a global reactionary movement in service of oligarchs on both sides of the Atlantic.

openDemocracy released the report Revealed: Trump-linked US Christian ‘fundamentalists’ pour millions of ‘dark money’ into Europe, boosting the far right.

West Being Eclipsed By Hi-Tech East

Wed, 2019-04-10 00:54
West Being Eclipsed By Hi-Tech East Authors Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford glen Tue, 04/09/2019 - 23:24

Although Russiagate has fizzled, US imperialism has entered a new level of instability, unable to compete with the rising powers of the East and facing a crisis of legitimacy at home, said Anthony Monteiro, the Philadelphia-based Duboisian scholar. “For the first time,” said Monteiro, “world capitalism faces an alternative economic model which is technologically surpassing the West,” said Montiero.

African America International Political Economy US Politics War and Empire U.S. Imperialism in Decline

Black Agenda Radio, Week of April 10, 2019

Tue, 2019-04-09 06:43
Black Agenda Radio, Week of April 10, 2019 Authors Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford bruce Tue, 04/09/2019 - 05:13

Anthony Monteiro: US cannot compete with China; Eternity Martis: Black Canadians receive inferior medical care; Anne Moraa: Comics speak the peoples language and are effective tools for change; Stevie Stevenson: California denying prisoners access to law libraries.

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California Strips Inmates of Legal Tools

Tue, 2019-04-09 06:40
California Strips Inmates of Legal Tools Authors Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford bruce Tue, 04/09/2019 - 05:10

Stevie Stevenson, who is serving a long term in the California prison system, said the state is putting law books out of reach of the incarcerated population. “The system now exerts total control of the law books,” said Stevenson, in a report to Prison Radio. Without access to law books, prisoners have no way to contest their sentences or living conditions.

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Comics An Effective Tool for African Girls’ Empowerment

Tue, 2019-04-09 06:37
Comics An Effective Tool for African Girls’ Empowerment Authors Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford bruce Tue, 04/09/2019 - 05:07

For the past five years, Kenyan artist and intellectual Anne Moraa has helped develop comic books and magazines aimed at empowering young girls. “Comics are an effective tool for behavior change,” said Moraa, “because they provide clear information in the language that the people speak.”

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Racist Health Care Practices Kill Black Canadians

Tue, 2019-04-09 06:31
Racist Health Care Practices Kill Black Canadians Authors Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford bruce Tue, 04/09/2019 - 05:01

Racial bias leads to excess mortality among Afro-Canadians, much as failure to diagnose and treat illnesses leads to premature deaths among Blacks in the US, said award-winning journalist Eternity Martis.

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