BTS 1/15/07: Racism in America; Bush's "Surge" Strategy

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It is Martin Luther King Day – the one official day the country sets aside to honor the legacy of Dr. King. Today we do so by going ‘beneath the surface’ looking at the same conditions of race, class and war that propelled Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement he led. Manning Marable joins us – and he says the color blind racism of today is one that racializes justice and disenfranchises lives.

Turning to the war in Iraq, we talk to Gilbert Achcar in Paris about President Bush’s surge strategy, and Gilbert assesses its implications for the broader instability in the region.

As we honor the legacy of Martin Luther King today we honor the music of Alice Coltrane, who died on January 12th at the age of 69. She was the widow of John Coltrane and herself a pianist, organist and made ground-breaking contributions introducing the harp into jazz. Alice Coltrane was a radical humanist and a friend of KPFK whose voice was heard here over the years.

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1. Manning Marable is a political activist, social critic, educator, author, and historian, and is considered one of America's preeminent commentators on the Black American experience. He is Professor of History and Political Science at Columbia University, and Director of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies. His latest books include The Great Wells of Democracy: The Meaning of Race in American Life, and Freedom on My Mind: The Columbia Documentary History of the African American Experience.

2. Gilbert Achcar teaches at the University of Paris-VIII and is author of The Clash Of Barbarisms and Eastern Cauldron (Monthly Review Press, New York, 2002 and 2004)