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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.
Freedom Rider: Joe Arpaio Is No Aberration
Arpaio is surely deserving of scorn heaped upon him. He referred to his jails as "concentration camps." He held prisoners outdoors in tents, a violation of national and international law. Arpaio was convicted of contempt of court because he continued to detain undocumented people without charge in violation of a judge's order.
Sunday, April 2, 2017(23 comments)
Freedom Rider: Is Trump the DNC Hacker?
If the Democrats are intent on living at the Vast Conspiracy Hotel, they ought to widen their list of suspects in the leaking of embarrassing Democratic documents. Roger Stone and Nigel Farage -- men much closer to Donald Trump's brand of politics than Vladimir Putin -- have had curious contacts with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Stone is "the champion Republican Party dirty trickster," while Farange, the British rightwing
Thursday, February 23, 2017(3 comments)
Freedom Rider: The Corporate Media Enemy
Do the media report on the inhumanity of mass incarceration? Do they tell their viewers and readers that half of all Americans live on $31,000 per year or less? Do they reveal the devastation created by American regime change or give voice to its victims? They do none of these things. The media are in bed with the rulers and that makes them enemies of the first order.
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Obama's Propaganda Gift to Trump
The head of this Global Engagement Center will be appointed by the president and that means Donald Trump. On the one hand we are told that Trump's presence in the White House is a fundamental danger to democracy. But in true presidential fashion Obama has handed off to Trump what he thinks is most important to continue.
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Black Fear of Trump
The desire for self-determination brought people out of slavery and out of Jim Crow segregation. It can certainly save us from the alt-right, Donald Trump and an attorney general named Jefferson Beauregard Sessions. We survived the Confederates and we can survive anyone named after them. That will mean shaking off fear, the Democrats, and the black misleaders all at once.
Thursday, November 24, 2016(1 comments)
Freedom Rider: How Not to Protest Trump
The awful Hillary Clinton should be inaugurated the 45th president of the United States because she won the popular vote. But for the second time in less than 20 years a Democrat preferred by the people will instead be an historical footnote. If nothing else the Electoral College is rightly condemned.
Saturday, November 19, 2016(6 comments)
Obama's Hollow Legacy
The most obvious example of Obama's lack of substance was his relationship with black Americans. His disdain and contempt for the people who loved him the most was clear to anyone who paid attention. Jokes about "cousin Pookie" and parents serving fried chicken for breakfast should have been seen as the racist screeds they clearly were. But the desire to see a black face in a prominent place endures to our detriment.
Sunday, September 18, 2016(12 comments)
Standing by Syria
Obama didn't start a proxy war with an expectation of losing, and Hillary Clinton makes clear her allegiance to regime change. The United States will only leave if Syria and its allies gain enough ground to force a retreat. They will call defeat something else at a negotiating table but Assad must win in order for justice and reconciliation to begin.
Friday, August 26, 2016(5 comments)
Hillary and Colin: the War Criminal Charade
The gangsterish "no honor among war criminals" back stabbing shouldn't make anyone feel badly for Powell. As secretary of state in the George W. Bush administration Powell kidnapped Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide and sent him into exile. Colin Powell made the most important public case for invading Iraq and the subsequent killing of one million people.
Thursday, July 7, 2016(1 comments)
Fear Factor: Trump the Boogeyman
Trump's party doesn't want him and the "Stop Trump" clique know it. If millions of Democrats would say they don't want Hillary Clinton either then the fracturing of the two parties will continue and the American people will have a hope of real democracy.
Saturday, May 7, 2016(3 comments)
Obama's Last Gasp Imperialism
A lot of damage can be done between now and January 20, 2009. There is no reason to mourn or rejoice Obama's departure because he will be followed by someone who likes his foreign policy as it is. That person will also like Americans as they are: mostly intelligent but uninformed even if they wish to know what is happening around the world.
Friday, April 8, 2016(1 comments)
Freedom Rider: The Panama Papers Problem
The Panama tax haven leaks reveal a lot about the lawlessness of the rich, as well as the ideological bias of the western press. "Vladimir Putin's name appears nowhere, but the corporate media used his image repeatedly to drum up interest in what is an otherwise newsworthy story." Americans are conspicuous by their absence from the story. That's because rich people in the U.S. can avoid taxes.
Saturday, December 12, 2015(3 comments)
Syria and World War
Boundless American greed, warlike hubris and imperial muscle flexing are at the bottom of the wave of regfugees fleeing sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, at the roots of genocidal wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen, and behind the simmering crisis in Ukraine. For the world's only superpower there seem to be no limits, no counting of costs or consequences
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Killer White Men and the People Who Love Them
It isn't surprising that Dear and his ilk feel entitled to kill. When they do they are called gentle loners. Their families are viewed sympathetically. The New York Times referenced his ex-wife's weeping blue eyes, just to make certain that readers didn't forget she is white. They also quoted her as calling him "an imperfect but good man."
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Freedom Rider: Solidarity and the International League of Peoples Struggles
Free trade brings jobs -- or so we are told -- when in fact they do just the opposite. Workers instead are pitted against one another in the awful race to the bottom. Inevitably all of them suffer when corporations jump from country to country looking for the fastest route to chew up workers and spit them out.
Friday, September 11, 2015(71 comments)
Refugees Flee American Aggression
Americans are made uncomfortable by pictures of drowned refugee children, but most cannot accept that their own government's "unrelenting effort at regime change in Syria is the cause of this crisis." US media parrot Washington's lies, keeping tally of the displaced and doomed, but blaming Syria's government for defending itself against western-backed jihadists.
Monday, August 3, 2015(1 comments)
Obama's Africa Hypocrisy
The president's visit to East Africa has been the occasion for the same kind of hypocritical finger pointing Barack Obama usually reserves for his frequent hectoring of Black America.
Thursday, January 8, 2015(3 comments)
Police Corruption Exposed
The awful truth which black people were well aware of is now out in the open for all to see. Police departments in the United States exist for the purpose of maintaining white people's prerogatives as the group in control of everyone else. Enhancing public safety is a secondary consideration.
Sunday, December 21, 2014(2 comments)
Ferguson Reverberates Around the World
The Pentagon's 1033 Program accelerated the supply of military equipment given to the police, but it was not a new experience for black Americans. Police on the beat, like Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, are a modern day slave patrol, using the slightest infraction or none at all to arrest, assault and even kill on a daily basis.
Thursday, October 16, 2014(9 comments)
WHO actions and priorities are no longer the result of the consensus of the world's people but top down decision making from wealthy philanthropists.
Sunday, May 11, 2014(2 comments)
Freedom Rider: How Not to "Bring Back our Girls"
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(8 comments)
The Corporate Media's Mass Hypnosis
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(1 comments)
Freedom Rider: When Cops and Prosecutors are Criminals
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(1 comments)
Freedom Rider: Job Discrimination Lives On
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(1 comments)
Freedom Rider: Obama Moves on Iran
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(1 comments)
Freedom Rider: Killing Children
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(1 comments)
Freedom Rider: Farewell Congressman Kucinich
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(1 comments)
Freedom Rider: Black America at the Bottom
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.
Freedom Rider: The Obama Surveillance State
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(1 comments)
Freedom Rider: Wisconsin Assault on Workers
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(1 comments)
Freedom Rider: White Supremacy in 2011
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(5 comments)
Economic Crisis Worsens
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(60 comments)
Progressives Cave to Obama
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.