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Black Agenda Radio – 09.25.17

Welcome to the radio magazine that brings you news, commentary and analysis from a Black Left perspective. I’m Glen Ford, along with my co-host Nellie Bailey. Coming up: Is Donald Trump a White Supremacist? Margaret Kimberley says, Yes, AND he’s head of a white supremacist country; Ajamu Baraka calls out the Congressional Black Caucus for supporting Donald Trump’s gargantuan War Budget; and, trial is set for November for activsts that tore down a Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina.

Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations, has been in St. Louis, where a cop who verbally vowed to kill a young Black man, and then proceeded to shot him to death, was found not guilty by a judge. Yeshitela is worried that a disturbing “new norm” is setting into the cycle of police atrocities and Black response.

Ajamu Baraka, the former Green Party vice presidential nominee and veteran human rights activist, is the lead organizer of the Black Alliance for Peace. Baraka is also an editor and columnist for Black Agenda Report, where he recently wrote an article titled, “Why Anti-Trumpism Doesn’t Include Anti-War.” The Democratic Party-oriented so-called “Resistance” is against everything about Donald Trump EXCEPT his continuation of U.S. war policies around the world.

Is Donald Trump a white supremacist? Black Agenda Report senior columnist Margaret Kimberley says, Yes, of course, and the very presence of Donald Trump in the White House is proof of the endemic nature of White Supremacy in the United States. Kimberley wrote an article for BAR title, “Trump AND America are White Supremacist.” She says too many folks try to treat Trump as some kind of special case.

Takiyah Thompson, a 22-year- old student and member of the Workers World Party, is among the activists facing felony charges in Durham, North Carolina, for tearing down a statue of a Confederate soldiers, this summer. The trial is scheduled for November. We asked Ms. Thompson how she and her co- defendants have been holding up.

Mass Black Incarceration has been the law of the land for more than forty years. Two generations of young people have grown old behind the bars. Charles Diggs is an incarcerated correspondent for Prison Radio, in Pennylvania’s Graterford State Prison. Diggs says prisons have become warehouses for senior citizens.

And that’s it for this edition of Black Agenda Radio.

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