The Most Important Presidential Election Ever. Again. No, Really!

The Most Important Presidential Election Ever.  Really.

by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon

Every four years we hear that the current presidential election is undoubtedly the most important one in our lifetimes, perhaps the most significant in all the long history of the republic.  We heard it (and some of us said it) four years ago and will say it four years from now.  And two years hence we will entertain each other with that famous blast from the past about how the current midterm elections are the most key and crucial midterm contests ever.  Bet on it.  Everybody says it, every two and four years, so it must be at least a little but true, right? (Read More)



F*** Joe the Plumber: Economic Equality and The Myth of “Free Markets” Tre B.

Now I’m no expert economist, so like Levar Burton used to say on Reading Rainbow, “You don’t have to take my word for it…”  However, there are some commentators in the media, who claim to be experts, telling outright lies.  Maybe it’s intentional or maybe they’re just ignorant, but let me tell you what I think about so-called “free” markets.

The point of this article is to make you aware of the tactics that are being used to distract people from the fight for economic, political, and social equality for all human beings.  As soon as the government steps in to do something, you get these self-proclaimed capitalists bitching and raising hell.  Now this is not in defense of the bailout, which is an example of when the government goes too far, but it’s more in reference to “Joe the Plumber.”  He’s upset because after he buys his business and starts making over a quarter-million dollars a year, he’s going to have to pay more taxes.  Poor f’ing Joe.  Even when the government taxes half his money, he’ll still be making over 3 times more than the average working American.  So while the media is distracting you by worrying about Joe the Rich Plumber, you need to be worrying about the countless other people (plumbers included) barely making it paycheck to paycheck. F*#& Joe the Plumber and McCain’s tricky ass for distracting people from the real issues. Continue reading

COINTELPRO: The FBI’s War Against Black America pt 1 of 5

Report: Global Warming Disproportionately Affects African Americans, Low-Income Communities

by Kimberley D. Mok, Montreal, Canada on 10.22.08

Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative photoImage: EJCC website

Though it may have struck you already, a recent report corroborates what some advocates and the Hurricane Katrina debacle are making painfully clear: that people of colour are disproportionately affected by climate change and related disasters.

Titled A Climate of Change: African Americans, Global Warming, and a Just Climate Policy for the U.S. and co-authored by the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative and Redefining Progress, the report analyzes data such as per capita carbon emissions, vulnerability to natural disasters, energy price increases, share of war costs and housing inequalities. The report’s findings show that though global warming affects everyone, existing inequalities are consistently amplified through unjust climate policies and lack of representation. Continue reading

Black Men Say Rebel Flag Flies for Freedom

For an hour, the Confederate battle flag flew over the former site of the Eight Flags Display on U.S. 90.

Dressed in Confederate gray, a black man named Anthony Hervey marched with the banner clutched in his hands. His brother, Harry, accompanied him, wearing jeans and a Robert E. Lee T-shirt.

Hervey’s devotion to the flag began when he discovered that a great-great-uncle, James Hervey, was a black American who fought for the Confederacy during the American Civil War. James Hervey served in the Army of Mississippi and was killed at the battle of Shiloh.

Further research helped Hervey discover records of at least 100,000 black Confederates who fought in the war.

“I am marching for freedom,” Hervey said. “The battle flag stands for freedom and states’ rights. The U.S. flag is the flag of slavery. It flew over 100 years of slavery, and Native Americans were annihilated under that flag.”

For his march, Hervey chose the site where a Confederate flag once stood, one of eight representing entities that have governed the Coast. Harrison County removed the flags because of protests over the Confederate flag, a racist symbol to many, flying on the public beach.

Hervey’s crusade also has taken him to Jackson. In the Jackson City Council chambers June 13, Hervey showed up wearing his battle grays, wrapped in the flag. A scuffle erupted between a Jackson man, who said he supported Hervey, and a city councilman who exchanged words, according to published reports. Hervey was not involved in the shoving match.

Hervey sees a correlation between the past and today’s controversies over the flag.

“We currently live under a psychological form of reconstruction,” he said. “Whites are made to feel guilty for sins of their ancestors, and blacks are made to feel downtrodden. This keeps all of us from communicating. The political correctness of today is killing the pride of the people.”

Hervey is the founder of the Black Confederate Soldier Foundation, an Oxford-based, not-for-profit organization. Its stated mission is to foster new thought on the Civil War. Claims that the Confederate flag is a racist symbol are, to the group, part of a nonissue. Black Confederates, the group says, have been misrepresented in historical texts.

Hervey wants to build a memorial that will include the names of the black Confederates who fought and died in the War Between the States.

As the Hervey brothers continued their march, shouts of support and anger could be heard from passing motorists. A group of young black men hanging from car windows shouted at the pair. Hervey instructed his brother to look forward “like a true soldier.”

“Don’t even look at them,” Hervey said, citing the young men’s behavior as an example of black psychology today.

“They will yell a lot and want you to confront them, but they will not do anything,” Hervey said.

“I found it appalling what happened in South Carolina, and I’m afraid this is going to happen in Mississippi.” Hervey said. “We seek only to correct the errors in history – to right the wrongs done to the memories of these brave soldiers.

Source: The Sun Herald, June 22, 2000

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