Race

Any White Cop Can Kill a Black Man at Any Time

by Don Fitz And the cop will not go to jail. This is what has sparked protests by thousands in St. Louis from September 15 through today (September 21). In 2011, St. Louis cop Jason Stockley fired 5-7 shots at Anthony Lamar Smith, killing him. Stockley claimed that Smith was selling drugs and chased him at high speed and shot him to defend himself. The story was briefly reported as another drug deal gone bad, and it was just incidental that the cop was white and the victim was black. But the case turned out to be a lot more…

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Black Lives Still Matter

Green Party of Texas By Aaron Renaud July 8, 2016 Last night was difficult for a variety of reasons. Chief among them is the realization that our pursuit of racial equality and police demilitarization will be even more challenging as a result. Many individuals have immediately chosen to blame the organizers and activists of the peaceful protests, here in Texas, and across the nation. The Green Party does not support violent methods of political expression, but we need to remember that the blame falls entirely on our corrupt and racist system and its institutions that terrify, brutalize, and murder people…


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Blacks Will Transform America, and Free Themselves, But Not at the Ballot Box in 2016

Black Agenda Report by BAR executive editor Glen Ford October 21, 2015 “Black voters cannot be counted on to support the most progressive presidential candidates available at the polls.” Bernie Sanders’ surging campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination seems destined to be shipwrecked on the shoals of the Black Belt – where primaries in South Carolina (February 27), Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia (Super Tuesday, March 1), Mississippi (March 8), and North Carolina will be decided by Black voters. In 2008, Blacks made up absolute majorities of Democratic primary voters in Alabama (51 percent), Georgia (52 percent), and South Carolina…


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Eugene Puryear: A Revolutionary Perspective on Why the Left Should Engage in Electoral Politics

Black Agenda Report by Marsha Coleman March 25, 2015 “Building political instruments that people most oppressed by this system can believe in is a precondition for actual change.” Eugene Puryear, a 29 year-old African-American activist, was the vice presidential nominee of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) in the 2008 election. He recently ran for an At-Large seat in the DC Council with the D.C. Statehood Green Party. Puryear is the National Organizer of the anti-war ANSWER coalition and has helped organize large protests against the Israeli blockade of Gaza. Puryear and the ANSWER coalition were involved in the…


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Astigmatism Afflicts Our Nations Racial Vision

by Asa Gordon “The practical construction of American life is a convention against us. Human law may know no distinction among men in respect of rights, but human practice may. Examples are painfully abundant ” ~ Frederick Douglass It is painfully abundant in the contemporary examples: #HandsUpDontShoot; #ICantBreathe; and #BlackLivesMatter. The problem is that there has evolved a consensus focus of Liberal and conservative pundits on a distorted vision that our broken judicial system does not value the view that “Black Lives Matter”. That astigmatized consensus is blind to our judicial systems’ historical legacy that systematically devalues the testimony of…