Showing posts from October, 2007

TONIGHT ON THE TERRORDOME: My conversation with Ward Churchill

6 PM Mountain Time

Ward Churchill is often described as being controversial and confrontational. He’s also often described as accomplished and brilliant. Although his commentaries and speeches are nuanced, historically detailed and requiring sober reflection, audiences not ready for them often react with emotion and even invective.

Churchill is a prolific writer and scholar. He’s been co-director of the American Indian Movement of Colorado, Vice Chairperson of the American Anti-Defamation Council, and a National Spokesperson for the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee.Churchill, who is of Creek/Cherokee extraction, describes himself as an American Indian. He was an associate professor of American Indian Studies and Communications at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Until he was recently forced to resign from the position, he had served as Associate Director of the Center for Studies of Ethnicity and Race in America at U.C. Boulder.Churchill resigned following a m…

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TONIGHT ON THE TERRORDOME: Relaunch of Arusha Declaration + Police Torture in Nigeria

6 PM Mountain TimeMadaraka Nyerere, son of former Tanzanian president Julius Gadarabe Nyerere, discusses parallels between socialist development in Tanzania andVenezuela. And in the second half of the show, Damien Ugwu reveals the shocking extent of police torture in Nigeria.In the mid-20th century during decolonisation and prior to the ascendancy of neo-colonialism, a number of leaders were at the forefront of classical Pan-Afrikanism. This group included Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Patrice Lumumba of Congo, Sekou Toure of Guinea, and Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya, among others. In Tanzania’s case, the leader was Julius Kambarage Nyerere, known as Mwalimu, Ki-Swahili for “teacher.”A committed Pan-Afrikanist, Nyerere helped launch the international Anti-Apartheid movement in 1960. Nyerere co-founded the Tanganyika African National Union (TANU), becoming prime minister when Tanganyika became independent in 1961.Having forged the union of Tanganyika and the island of Zanzibar,…

TONIGHT ON THE TERRORDOME: Lies and Truth about Afrikans in America

If you watch or listen to the news, read the paper or numerous popular books on current events, or perhaps simply check out the movies, video games or music videos, you’ve probably formed a number of conceptions of quality of life among Africans in the United States.

Everyone knows, for instance, that teen pregnancy and out of wedlock births are increasing, that violence is increasing, that poverty is increasing, that post-secondary enrollment is down, that high school completion and grades are down, that literacy is down, the voting is down, and that self-respect is down.

Everybody knows all the above is true. And everybody is wrong.

Sadly, many of the people who believe the above myths are the Black public intellectuals of the United States. Some are conservatives in the service of right wing think tanks. Others define themselves as progressives or even revolutionaries. Still others are popular entertainers who’ve been paid spokesmen for White corporate America.

Thankfully, some academi…