Black Agenda Radio

Black Agenda Radio 07.12.21

Welcome to the radio magazine that brings you news, commentary and
analysis from a Black Left perspective. I’m Margaret Kimberley, along with my co-host
Glen Ford. Coming up:, When Haitian president Jovenel Moise was assassinated,,
purportedly by a mostly Colombian band of mercenaries, the regime in Port-Au-Prince
promptly begged the United States to send troops to Haiti. President Biden initially said
“No,” but that could change any time, since invasions of Haiti have become a habit for
the U.S. over the past century. We’ll hear from Gerald Horne, the prolific author and
University of Houston professor, on the long and brutal history of U.S. and European
aggression against Haiti, the world’s first republic liberated by enslaved people.
But first – across the length and breadth of the US, states are passing or debating
Critical Race Theory. Or rather, white Republicans are busy making up their own
fantastic versions of what Critical Race Theory is, so that they can outlaw those who
dare to discuss issues of race in the United States. Here to explain the historical roots of
the madness, are Paul Macomb, a Haitian American philosopher and socioist currently
teaching at the University of West Virginia, and writer and political analyst Pascal
Robert, also a Haitian American. Pascal Robert:

That was Pascal Robert, the activist and writer, along with Dr. Paul
Macomb, of the University of West Virginia, at a webinar on Critical Race Theory as it
actually exists in the United States – as opposed to the fantasies in the minds of millions
of white Republicans.

The poor and oppressed majority in Haiti had been mobilized for many months,
demanding that president Jovenel Moise step down for a long list of crimes. And then
last week, Moise was cut down in his residence by a dozen bullets, purported at the
hands of Colombian mercenaries. Dr. Gerald Horne and Dr. Jemima Pierre spoke at a
webinar on “Haiti vs Imperialism and Necolonialism” a day before the assassination.
Their talk on Haiti’s history is especially valuable, because it provides a background to
understand today’s events on the island nation. Pierre is a Haitian American who
teaches anthropology at UCLA. Horne is a professor of History at the University of

Houston, and the author of over 30 books – many of which put HAITI front and center in
hstory.

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