Category Ferguson

The Betrayal of the Black Elite

Cornel West & Chris Hedges: How the Black Elite Betrayed the Civil Rights Tradition (VIDEO) Dr. West argues that the black prophetic tradition has been replaced by capitalism and individualism. By Adam Johnson / AlterNet In the first episode of Chris Hedges’s new teleSUR show Days of Revolt, the Pulitzer-Prize winner sat down with long-time […]

The New COINTELPRO

BlackLivesMatter Activists – Targets of US Surveilence by Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo According to a recent investigation by The Intercept, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI have launched state-sponsored surveillance against BlackLivesMatter activists as a component of safeguarding the homeland, i.e., the fight against terrorism. State-sponsored surveillance of civil rights activists started with the […]

The National Guard Referred to Ferguson Protesters as “Enemy Forces” and “Adversaries” Ahead of Deployment

by Michael Krieger Thanks to internal mission briefings received through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, we now know that the Missouri National Guard used highly charged, militarized terms when describing Ferguson protesters ahead of its deployment. Terms such as “enemy forces” and “adversaries” were used to describe American citizens justifiably angry about police […]

Ferguson: Portent of the Police State

The Shocking Finding From the DOJ’s Ferguson Report That Nobody Has Noticed Nathan Robinson This post was co-authored by Oren Nimni, a civil rights attorney in Boston and member of the National Lawyers Guild’s executive board. In the city of Ferguson, nearly everyone is a wanted criminal. That may seem like hyperbole, but it is […]

White liberal consciousness: Some lives matter more than others

Hollywood’s political deafness: What Cosby, “Selma” & Hebdo reveal about white liberal consciousness BRITTNEY COOPER *** As I watched multiple white celebrities don the stage and stand in solidarity with the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack and other innocent bystanders, I marveled at the privilege that they had of being specific. Even though some […]

Freedom Rider: Ferguson Reverberates Around the World

  by  Margaret Kimberley “The militarization of local police departments is directly tied to the government’s destruction of the black liberation movement of the 1960s.” At Black Agenda Report we understand the importance of making connections between domestic and international issues and finding common cause with people around the world. That is why we work […]

From Cosby To Ferguson

They Will Have to Pay by AARON DIXON I knew there was something creepy about Bill Cosby when I ran into him in 1978 in San Francisco at Enrico’s, a trendy tourist stop on Nob Hill.  He was sitting with a white couple and I was passing out fliers for Huey’s upcoming trial. I handed […]