A case for radical change from a Black left perspective
Margaret Kimberley is an Editor and Senior Columnist at the Black Agenda Report, which publishes news, commentary and analysis from the black left. She is author of the book, “Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents,” which is an eye-opening and very well researched volume published by Steerforth Press in February 2020. (Read my review.) She contributed to the anthology, “In Defense of Julian Assange,” which includes essays by over three dozen other well-known figures including Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg and Matt Taibbi. Margaret is also on the coordinating committee of the Black Alliance for Peace, which seeks to recapture and redevelop the historic anti-war, anti-imperialist, and pro-peace positions of the radical black movement.
Margaret and I spoke on July 2nd, 2020 and covered a lot of topics:
the George Floyd protests; the “ground-breaking” movement that seems to be emerging from it; the need for organization and leadership to push it forward; the importance of community control of the police; the importance of removing monuments and statues, including Mt. Rushmore; how COVID has increased the intensity of Black Lives Matters protests; the COVID disaster in general; the cultural resistance to wearing masks; the indulgence of the Left in COVID conspiracy theories; the inability of US Americans to come together in solidarity; the hope provided by young people; living in a time of collapse; the unfortunate selection of Biden; the lack of free and fair elections in the US; the Green Party; how third parties DON’T “spoil” elections; how the Black Alliance for Peace connects domestic and foreign policy; and the need for radical, revolutionary change.