Black Agenda Radio 02.22.21
02.22.2021 - By Black Agenda Radio
Welcome to the radio magazine that brings you news, commentary andanalysis from a Black Left perspective. I’m Margaret Kimberley, along with my co-hostGlen Ford. Coming up: Black people in Britain go to prison at roughly the same rate asAfrican Americans, and British activists are also demanding prison and police abolition.Dr. Gerald Horne says the United States is finding out that it’s no longer a uni-polarworld, with Washington in command of everybody else. And, we’ll hear two essays fromprisoners of the American Mass Black Incarceration Regime.
But first -- SAHM-ah Mcgona SEE-say is a Justice Fellow at the Center forConstitutional Rights, and an organizer with the group called “Survived and Punished.”Police claim they are the force that fights for the rights of victims. But in fact, says SEE-say, the police, prosecutors and prisons only create more victims. She explains.
Many Americans are unaware that Black people in Great Britain have a long history ofurban rebellions against racist policing. We spoke with Dr. Elliot Cooper, a ResearchAssociate at the University of Greenwich, who sits on the board of The MonitoringGroup, which challenges state racism and racial violence. Dr. Elliott-Cooper is co-authorof a scholarly article on Britain, race and the criminal justice system, titled “MoralPanic(s) in the 21 st Century.”
Dr. Gerald Horne is professor of History and African American Studies at the Universityof Houston. Horne, a prolific author, was interviewed on a Sputnik Radio programhosted Dr. Wilmer Leon the Third, in Washington. Dr. Leon noted that president JoeBiden has been making noises about maintaining strong US economic sanctionsagainst governments he doesn’t like, and insisting that US allies go along withWashington’s dictates. But, Europe seems tired of being bossed around the U.S, as Dr.Horne explains.
This week, we’re featuring two items from deep inside the U.S. prison Gulag. LauraTaylor is locked up in the Pennsylvania state penal system. She’s composed amessage to the guards that boss her around every day and night. Ms. Taylor calls it a“Resignation Letter.”