Black Agenda Report - February 28, 2007
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Africa - Where the Next US Oil Wars Will Be?
by Bruce Dixon
On Feb. 7 George Bush announced the formation of AFRICOM, the new Pentagon command charged with planning and executing
its oil and resource wars on the African continent under the pretext of combating "terrorism". What does this mean to
African Americans? And to Africans? BAR consults Prexy Nesbitt, an architect of the international campaigns against
apartheid in the 70s and 80s, to find out.
Freedom Rider: Top Ten Questions for Would Be Presidents
by Margaret Kimberley
Although only Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, among Democratic presidential hopefuls, can rightfully claim to be a
progressive, the rest of the pack will eventually have to face scrutiny from the party's grassroots "base." Under no
circumstances should the political evaluation process be left to shallow corporate media and celebrity chatter. Ms.
Kimberley has assembled a list of ten questions with which to challenge the candidates, ranging from Katrina to Iraq to
national health care.
The Letters Column
by our readers, and Glen Ford, BAR Executive Editor
A Looming Intra-Black Civil War?
The Tavis Show -- Where Is It Leading?
The Contemptible Condoleezza Rice
New Orleans: The Right to Return, 18 Months Later
by Bill Quigley
A year and a half after Katrina, much of New Orleans remains in ruins, with government at all levels actively preventing
reconstruction that would allow hundreds of thousands of exiles to return. Locals refer to the devastation as having
"the Grand Canyon effect" - when you see it in person it can take your breath away. Yet amidst official cruelty and
callous neglect, volunteers feed hundreds of thousands of meals to their neighbors, and thousands of non-Louisianans
donate their time and skills in the struggle to resurrect a city that was left to die.
White as ‘Average’ and ‘Normal’
by Seth Sandronsky
If being white in America is "normal" then what are the rest of us? A recent Salt Lake City shopping mall shooting spree
by a young white man described as "average"-looking once again reveals the "white-as-normative" syndrome as pervasive in
American life. Inevitably, it seems, whites are shocked to witness insane, homicidal behavior by people that look like
them, while appearing to anticipate in advance anti-social conduct from non-whites.
The Hearts of Darkness: How European Writers Created the Racist Image of Africa
by Milton Allimadi
As European powers consolidated their colonial conquests in Africa, their book-writers and journalists churned out
volumes of justifications for white supremacy. Not only were Africans unfit for self-rule, said the racial
propagandists, Blacks were "too low down, too completely severed from the white," to even express indignation at being
reduced to non-persons in their own countries. White writers were so brazen as to judge which African groups were most
or least attractive and intelligent - praising the Masai, for example, as coming closest in appearance to "very
respectable Europeans" while describing other Africans as "ape-like creatures." After generations of defamation,
Africans on the continent and in the Diaspora were arguing among themselves over who "is closer to the white man."
The Black Stake in Iraq Withdrawal and Bush Impeachment
by BAR Executive Editor Glen Ford
If the Iraq war is allowed to continue, the chances for achieving any of the goals of the Black political and economic
agenda will dwindle to nil. And if George Bush is permitted to serve out his second stolen term in office without even
the threat of punishment for his daily shredding of the Constitution, African Americans will be left near-naked to
future assaults by an unrestrained white majority. Impeachment and Iraq withdrawal should be top priorities for African
Americans, who have the most to lose from presidential lawlessness and U.S. imperial policy.
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