Reality Asserts Itself - Glen Ford

Ford: Kennedy Was A Cold War Warrior to the Core, pt2

November 23, 2013

On this episode of Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Glen Ford says there is no evidence that Kennedy differed from other U.S. presidents in striving for global hegemony

Ford: “The Kennedy Brothers Thought the Civil Rights Movement Was a Nuisance at Best” pt1

November 22, 2013

On this episode of Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Glen Ford discusses the JFK presidency and its relative indifference towards the black freedom struggle

Black Nationalism and the Peoples’ Movement – Glen Ford on Reality Asserts Itself pt3

October 25, 2013

On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay: Glen Ford addresses the question whether black Americans constitute a nation, and if so, what is their role in the movement of the whole people On Reality Asserts Itself, Glen Ford, executive editor of Black Agenda Report, talked with Paul Jay about the role of black politics within the black community and the nation as a whole. Ford began with a discussion of two major tendencies in black politics. “One is the self-determinationist tendency, that is, the political tendency that says black folks have every right to organize among each other for their own goals, regardless of what the larger society, i.e. white folks, think, and that that is legitimate,” said Ford.” “There is also what I call the representationist strain, which says that black folks should have representation at all strata of the general society and that this can be achieved, and by–progress should be measured by the extent to which there are blacks in business, or blacks in politics, blacks in all of the various strata, and that this does not require any transformation of society.” “These two tendencies coexist in conflict in every black brain,” said Ford.  “And they are at war sometimes with each other. And I think that all black politics actually flows from this twoness, one the imperative to build a world that is worthy of black people, and the other to achieve black representation in the larger society.” Ford and Jay also discussed the necessity of black leadership not just in…

Growing Up Black in American Apartheid – Glen Ford on Reality Asserts Itself pt1

October 24, 2013

On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay: Glen Ford, Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report, tells his story as a red-diaper baby, growing up facing racism in the North living with his white activist mother, and living in the Deep South with his black deejay father Glen Ford, executive editor of Black Agenda Report, spoke with Real News Senior Editor Paul Jay about his upbringing as a “red diaper baby.” “My mother was a lifelong activist,” said Ford, “and so there were always leaflets and pamphlets and discussions of how to organize people and little triumphs and little victories and what she thought were big triumphs and big victories. My father was a disc jockey in New Jersey and then went back down south where he came from, Georgia, and became the first black man to have a television show in the Deep South, Rockin' with the Deuce.” “I was batted back and forth between these two influences, my mother being a very political person and my father being deeply involved in the entertainment industry. So I developed a bifurcated brain,” said Ford. Glen also spoke about his mother’s deep ties with the black community in Jersey City, NJ, and described his first exposure to white children when he started eighth grade. “A wall of hostility and the crudest kind of conduct I'd ever witnessed among kids. You know, when you grow up in segregation, you imagine how the other half, the white half lives, but you don't know. All you get in terms of…

Giving Grassroots Leaders a Voice – Glen Ford on Reality Asserts Itself pt2

October 24, 2013

On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay: Glen Ford, Exec. Editor of Black Agenda Report, talks about helping create black radio news. He says that news media creates leaders by deciding what events are important and who is authorized to speak on the importance of those events