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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.

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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 8, 2019
Why Liberals Love War, Too The latest example of the liberal herd mentality comes in the form of love for the military. Liberals don't associate with this institution themselves. They wouldn't think of sending their kids to the army or the navy. But suddenly they have a love for senior officers if they voice disgust with Trump.
STOP Racist Police Terror, From GoogleImages
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 2, 2018
American Terror Is Not New We always lived in a very dangerous nation. Trump makes it more difficult to be in denial. But we must fight against the crowd which averts its eyes until a racist buffoon enters the White House. There is nothing new about American terrorism. It can be found in high and low places regardless of presidential civility or lack thereof.
America's History Of Lynching, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 3, 2018
How to Remember Lynching Every visitor moved by the history displayed in the new Montgomery memorial should fight for an end to the system which gives us a violent police state. Any black person can be killed by police or caught up in the prison gulag. That means lynch law still lives.
Martin Luther King Jr., From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 4, 2018
King's Legacy Betrayed The legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., who was assassinated 50 years ago today, has been cynically exploited by corporate and political leaders who care more for the needs of their rich donors than black constituents, comments Margaret Kimberley.
Freedom Rider: Vladimir Putin and War Propaganda, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Freedom Rider: Vladimir Putin and War Propaganda "Lies about the Russian government are war propaganda and they are meant to get public support for military action against Russia and its allies."
Robert Mercer Sells Stake In Breitbart News to his daughters., From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 25, 2018
Robert Mercer Rules The corporate media have said far too little about Mercer's influence, preferring to create elaborate scenarios of Russian government interference. The Mercer story is a secret hiding in plain sight. It is the stuff of spy thrillers but it is all too real. An ultra-rich right winger put Trump in the White House and now controls the country's political agenda.
Jeff Bezos, From YouTubeVideos
(27 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 18, 2018
Freedom Rider: Oligarch Jeff Bezos Bezos may look like the villain in a James Bond movie but there is nothing funny about him. He is deadly serious and so are his intentions. In a Bezos-run world every worker will be impoverished, every level of government will subsidize corporations, and anyone who speaks out will be discredited and under surveillance.
Donald Trump: Why Don't We Use Nukes?, From YouTubeVideos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 11, 2018
Freedom Rider: Trump Love Endures The panoply of republican orthodoxy was always meant to convey the goal of keeping white people on top and black people under foot. The book Fire and Fury won't sink Donald Trump. Neither will revelations that would damage others. The very thing that makes him so repugnant to half of the country gives him an appeal with the other half. That is the fire and fury that everyone must acknowledge.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 1, 2017
It's All About Africom Almost no one is asking about the fact that American troops are stationed in Africa at all. Few people realize that such a thing as the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) exists and that the military forces of most African nations have been under the de facto control of this country since the George W. Bush administration.
Colin Kaepernick, From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 28, 2017
Killing Kaepernick's Movement Kaepernick made police brutality his target. No one should claim to join with him unless they are completely onboard with that sentiment. Stand or kneel with Kaepernick against the police state or don't bother at all.
ESPN's Jemele Hill Calls Trump A White Supremacist, From YouTubeVideos
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 23, 2017
Is Trump a White Supremacist? Yes, But So is America It is an error to be swept up in useless argument about whether the current president is a white supremacist without also discussing the racist underpinnings of American society. Trump made overt racism acceptable and that does change the precarious nature of black life in the country. But we always live on the edge, hoping to improve our lot as individuals without falling victim to the worst the system can mete out to us.
Joe Arpaio, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 31, 2017
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.
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(23 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 2, 2017
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
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 23, 2017
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.
From gma.yahoo.com/obama-trump-meet-white-house-113147980--abc-news-topstories.html: President Obama and Donald Trump, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        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.
From youtube.com/watch?v=m9DyYThj5Zw: Prof. Eddie Glaude: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        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.
Trump protest, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 24, 2016
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.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 19, 2016
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.
Syrian Arab Republic Flag, From FlickrPhotos
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 18, 2016
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.
Colin Powell and Hillary Clinton..., From GoogleImages
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 26, 2016
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.

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