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The People’s War – Episode 16: Corporate scramble; they must pay!

The Amazon fire stick video screen opens with slogans about “Black Lives Matter” and “Amazon stands in solidarity with the black community.”

Netflix has put together a black movies series. Nascar made a public showing of support for their one black driver and removed the Confederate flag.

UberEats is offering free delivery from black businesses. Twitter CEO has declared Juneteenth a corporate holiday.

Walmart says they’ll stop locking the cabinets displaying black hair care products. LEGO has suspended marketing for police-themed sets.

Corporations posture and pretend support for the black community, but they take billions in government bailout while African workers suffer death and poverty heightened during the coronavirus pandemic.

We talk with:

  • Akilé Anai, Editor of The Burning Spear newspaper and Director of the African People’s Socialist Party’s Department of Agitation and Propaganda. In 2017 and in 2019 Akilé ran for City Council in St. Petersburg on a platform of reparations and was profiled by Ebony magazine as a “Millennial of Change.”
  • Halley Murray, artist, graduate of Montserrat College of Art and coordinator of Uhuru Planet Reparations Apparel. As a member of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, the white reparations component of the Uhuru Movement, Halley has led protests at corporate offices and CEO homes, demanding reparations to the African community.

This episode is hosted by Dr. Matsemela Odom and Muambi Tangu. The People’s War weekly radio show features guests covering all aspects of the struggle against colonial violence, from COVID-19 to police occupation.