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Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR. Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and maintains an edifying and frequently updated blog at freedomrider.blogspot.com. More of her work is also available at her Black Agenda Report archive page.
Sunday, May 11, 2014 Freedom Rider: How Not to "Bring Back our Girls" (2 comments)
Hundreds of Nigerian girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram fighters, three weeks ago. The abductions got very little media coverage, so the wave of U.S. revulsion is only now surfacing. Americans urge their government to "do something," but know next to nothing about the Nigerian political crisis, since there has not been "a single television news story about Boko Haram in 2013."
Friday, July 26, 2013 The Corporate Media's Mass Hypnosis (8 comments)
We live in age when it is all but impossible to escape media influence. As with all things, the quality of that media varies greatly from one outlet to another, but the corporate media is most ubiquitous while also being the least informative.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Freedom Rider: When Cops and Prosecutors are Criminals (1 comments)
The ironically named criminal justice system in this country is good at prosecuting and creating many criminals but not very good at producing any justice. The USA would not have the largest prison population of any other country on earth if it did not also have the harshest prosecution and sentencing system of any other country. America's addiction to racism and violence creates outright criminality among police & prosecutors
Thursday, January 31, 2013 Freedom Rider: Job Discrimination Lives On (1 comments)
For the masses of Black people, progress against job discrimination ground to halt decades ago. Even at the supervisory level, apartheid is the order of the day. "Black men and women are rarely hired to supervise white people. Black men supervise black men, black women supervise black women, and white men are in positions to manage everyone else."
Friday, January 18, 2013 Freedom Rider: Obama Moves on Iran (1 comments)
No allegation against Iran is too wild for the U.S. corporate media megaphone. The fact that Iran's modest arms industry makes a small proportion of the bullets floating around Africa is made to seem the equivalent of a mushroom cloud. "While the U.S. spins its AFRICOM web and plans to send troops to 35 different countries, Iran alone is accused of bringing violence to the continent."
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 Freedom Rider: Killing Children (1 comments)
If America fails to finally find compassion for the legions of "other people's" children it has killed, then it will never comprehend why its own, internal massacres occur with such frequency. "Indiscriminate violence made America what it is today."
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Freedom Rider: Not Voting for Obama
The top Democrat and Republican have clashed face-to-face three times -- and emerged far more alike than different. "Given this degree of collusion, why would it be so terrible if Obama lost?" The presidential electoral exercise looks more like an exorcism in which both parties are the Devil.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Freedom Rider: Why Romney Beat Obama
It is true that Barack Obama didn't have his act together when he went up against Mitt Romney, last week. In fact, he seemed to drop his Democratic act entirely, showing his true political self: a corporate politician who is in general agreement with his corporate Republican challenger. " Obama was caught unprepared and unable to state plainly how he differs from his opponent, mostly because he doesn't differ very much."
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Freedom Rider: Farewell Congressman Kucinich (1 comments)
With the gerrymandered defeat of Dennis Kucinich, the Congress has lost its last, best progressive. "Called crazy or wacky, Kucinich is nothing more than what other Democrats ought to be." Kucinich stood firm, when all in the Progressive and Black Caucuses folded. "If there is no room for one, not even one true Democrat, then there should no longer be any allegiance to that party."
Thursday, December 8, 2011 Freedom Rider: Black America at the Bottom (1 comments)
The Obama phenomenon has silenced a people who were once the most likely to speak out against inequality and injustice. The death of movement politics has made black people the perfect victims of the descent of their nation's and the world's economies.
Monday, October 17, 2011 Freedom Rider: Occupy Wall Street, Denounce the Democrats (1 comments)
Mass action is the only way to prevent further inequality & further American aggression around the world. Occupy Wall Street can be the beginning of a great movement, or a lost opportunity.
Friday, June 3, 2011 Freedom Rider: The Obama Surveillance State (5 comments)
The state security apparatus which came into being during the Bush administration is now supported just as strongly, if not more so, under president Barack Obama. There has been no let-up, no change in course for a system which becomes stronger with each passing day and which faces almost no political opposition.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 Freedom Rider: Wisconsin Assault on Workers (1 comments)
Only two years after the party supported by most of organized labor won a decisive national election, the Republicans are on the verge of crushing union power once and for all. But, the White House seems singularly uninvolved. "President Obama, who like all Democrats depends on labor unions to mobilize support, was at best lukewarm in his support of the protests" in Wisconsin".
Thursday, January 6, 2011 Freedom Rider: White Supremacy in 2011 (1 comments)
The entire notion of the U.S. as a post-racial society is nonsensical, as even the most cursory review of the past year attests. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, sometimes mentioned as presidential caliber, "recently made headlines when he fondly reminisced about the old days of segregation" when "things weren't that bad." A well paid pundit says Michael Vick should be executed, and Black farmers can't find justice above or bel
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 Economic Crisis Worsens (5 comments)
With state and federal governments effectively broke and the new president about to turn over the next round of bailout money to the financial services industry... Americans are stuck in a morass of apathy and ignorance brought about by corporate media disinformation.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 Progressives Cave to Obama (60 comments)
The stampede to Obama reveals the emptiness of the Democratic left.
The progressive movement is on its death bed, in critical condition for many reasons.