In the Age of Obama: The Truth You Won't Hear at 50th Anniversary March on Washington
By Ezili Danto
Black Agenda TV-Glen Ford/Bruce Dixon: Discuss urgent issues of the day that will be truncated at the 50th anniversary March on Washington
(Article changed on August 25, 2013 at 04:21)
In the Age of Obama: Truth You Won't Hear at the 50th Anniversary March on Washington Flyer - 50th Anniversary March on Wash by Facebook/Winbush The 50th anniversary (kumbaya) March on Washington falls in the shadow of stop and frisk, mass incarceration of young Black males, the unequal application of Stand Your Ground laws, indefinite solitary confinement and education and prison privatization. The 50th anniversary (kumbaya) March on Washington is held up by officialdom and its sycophants to highlight the "progress" of truth and justice while the planet groans under the weight of US imperialism, unfettered capitalism, resource wars, inequities, genocide, ecocide and injustices that are hidden worst than ever.
In the Age of Obama, truth is subverted, symbolism uplifted.
The folks at Black Agenda Report - Glen Ford, Bruce Dixon, et al, speaking in this video, count amongst the few remaining and un-cowed truth-tellers. The video outlines the issues of the day that will most likely be truncated at the 50th anniversary March on Washington. Insightfully pointing out how the shallow Black talking heads collaborating with injustice are mostly hired to sweep truth under the table in the age of Obama.
Glen Ford details how the US military conquest of Africa is all but complete. Tells how all African armies except two - Zimbabwe and Eritrea - have been integrated into the US military command. Names the US control African militaries and strongmen. Military control of Africa also means Africa's increasing trade with China is not a threat.
This must watch video also touches on: the New Jim Crow in the US; the land grabs and gentrification of lands in the cities; privatizations of education; pervasive racial surveillance and mass incarceration in Obama's second term; Obomba's drone warfare...murdering of over 222 innocent children. Obama military killings of Afghan, Pakistani, Somali, Yemeni based on secret regulations and secret "profiles."
Then, Cornel West exposes Sharpton, Jay-Z and the others on the Obama plantation: the Black collaborators' obsessed with status, career, assets rather than justice and truth.
Bruce Dixon's sends a video letter to them. To MHP, Toure, JoyAnn Reed. His comments cover Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, Wikileaks, Mumia Abdu Jamal, cover ups of government crimes, criminalizing the messenger. You may perhaps, watch the video below, in rememberance of Dr. Martin Luther King on the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. He stood with the truth-tellers.
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"...80,000 prisoners in the United States of America...are subjected to solitary confinement, nearly 12,000 are in isolation in the state of California...'Even if solitary confinement is applied for short periods of time, it often causes mental and physical suffering or humiliation, amounting to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and if the resulting pain or sufferings are severe, solitary confinement even amounts to torture...(The UN Special Rapporteur on torture urges the US government) 'to eliminate the use of prolonged or indefinite solitary confinement under all circumstances...including an absolute ban of solitary confinement of any duration for juveniles, persons with psychosocial disabilities or other disabilities or health conditions, pregnant women, women with infants and breastfeeding mothers as well as those serving a life sentence and prisoners on death row.'" - Juan E. Méndez, UN Special Rapporteur on torture
Human Rights Lawyer, Ezili Danto is dedicated to correcting the media lies and colonial narratives about Haiti. An award winning playwright, a performance poet, author and lawyer, Ezili Danto is founder of the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network, runs the Ezili Danto website, listserve, eyewitness project, FreeHaitiMovement, the on-line journal, Haitian Perspectives and Zili Dlo, an Ezili Network project for clean water, renewable power, cultural education and skills transfer for Haiti.