Monthly Archives: October 2012

No to the Republicrats and Demicans — And no, I ain’t crazy



Malcolm X used to tell a story about how a field slave said, “Let’s run away from here,” but some of the content, satisfied and visionless house slaves responded, “Where can we find a better master [but master nevertheless] than this? Where can we find better clothes [second hand and tattered] than this? Where we gonna get better food [hog guts, scraps from the master’s table] than this? Where you going to go?”

The old field slave said, “I don’t know but anyplace is better than here.”

When talking about this year’s presidential election, I feel like that field slave who couldn’t quite articulate what freedom would exactly look like but knew that his current condition was unsatisfactory. Some folks have talked real bad to me when I have suggested that maybe, just maybe, we should try something new, since most folks have to admit that no real significant changes have been made by either Democratic or Republican administrations on behalf of us Black and poor folks over the last few decades. Continue Reading →

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Could voter suppression win this election?


By Renee J. Turner

Guest Commentator


With the discreet, systemized, and methodical implementation of voter ID and restrictive voting laws pillaging voters of their right to vote, a call to action has not been loud enough. It’s hasn’t really been an alarm to all voting citizens as it should be. The purging of voters from voting rolls throughout the country is really an assault on America. We should not be so focused on the presidential debates that we forget that the GOP has designed and engineered this faulty voter fraud program to prevent American citizens from voting. The structure of these laws was designed to sway the election of not only the presidential race, but also candidates running for offices throughout the United States. Continue Reading →

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Most ‘real Americans’ don’t vote on election day



I saw a yard sign in South Minneapolis. It said “Real Americans Vote.”

No, this is incorrect. Most real Americans do not vote. Most Native Americans stay home on Election Day, and they are the “real Americans.”

When I tell people that I have not voted in over five years, and that I’m proud of it, they are disgusted and shocked. But if I was not a middle-aged White guy, but a Native man, they of course would be much more respectful and understanding of my desire to not participate. Continue Reading →

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Out-coached Lynx settle for runners-up


To win one championship is magical, but it takes more to repeat. I watched Houston win four consecutive WNBA Finals, still a league record, and interviewed each of their Big Three: Cynthia Cooper, Sheryl Swoopes and Tina Thompson, as well as their Hall of Fame coach Van Chancellor. Borrowing from former U.S. Senator and once vice-presidential candidate Lloyd Bentsen, I must say, “Minnesota, you’re no Houston.”

That was a dynasty. Winning two in three years by Los Angeles, and later the same for the Detroit-now-Tulsa Shock, are certifiable dynasties. But for those who foolishly compared the Lynx to the now-defunct Comets, winning one title only makes you a faux-dynasty. Continue Reading →

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Vikings bounce back, beat Cardinals 21-14


Seven games into the 2012 season, the Vikings forged forward with a 21-14 hard-fought win over the Arizona Cardinals. Minnesota is now 5-2 and remained undefeated at home at 4-0. Sunday’s Mall of America Field sellout crowd of 61,068 was the largest of the season. They watched the incredible record-setting Adrian Peterson run for 153 yards and a determined 13-yard touchdown to lead the way. The Vikings bounced back on both sides of the ball from a rough week in Washington. Continue Reading →

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Minutemen ‘hang in there’ to stay undefeated


After senior running back ELIJAH CAMPBELLfumbled for the second time in the first four minutes of the Twin City football championship game against Minneapolis Washburn, St. Paul Central

football coach SCOTT HOWELLspoke softly as he addressed an assistant coach, but his words rang true. “Like I told them before, you can’t believe the hype. You’ve got to play football.”

Howell, on the field while communicating with the assistant coach up in the press box booth of James S. Griffin Stadium, then encouraged his team to “hang in there.”

His players listened, resulting in a 24-21 win for their third-straight TC title. Campbell, who ended up getting a key interception, and backfield mate GABE WALKER matched Washburn’s outstanding ground-gaining duo of JEFFREY JONES and RAYMONTE MAYNARD. Continue Reading →

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Brushes with history worth noting as WNBA season concludes

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


This 2012 WNBA season is now history. Throughout the league’s 16th season the MSR brushed with several historical “firsts” — persons who did something that hadn’t been done before and, in some cases, hasn’t been duplicated.  

Tamara Moore — the first  Minneapolitan

“I am so grateful for the opportunity that I had with the Lynx,” says the team’s first and only Minneapolis-born player. A former 2002 first-round pick by Miami, Moore was traded to Minnesota in June 2002 for Betty Lennox and a future first-round pick, which at the time was considered a controversial trade. “To be the first…and being part of the program and seeing where it is right now is a great experience,” Moore says. Continue Reading →

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Chicken curry harnesses healing power of spices


Is it “chicken curry” or “curry chicken”? While I’ve heard it called both, what really matters is that it’s yummy and healthy, too! A few years ago, I became interested in the healing power of spices, specifically those such as tumeric (pronounced “too-merick”), an ingredient in curry powder that is known to contain medicinal

properties that stimulate liver functioning and reduce inflammation. I also became interested in cinnamon, which here in the United States isn’t typically used in savory dishes but is commonly present in North African and Indian curries. Like tumeric, cinnamon contains medicinal properties, particularly those that reduce blood sugar and increase brain functioning. Continue Reading →

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Report urges more positive LGBT stories in Black media

Conclusion of a two-part story

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


LGBT people of color often are seen as “double-outsiders” in their respective communities, says the Opportunity Agenda report on LGBT issues and race released in September. The report, “Public Opinion and Discourse on the Intersection of LGBT Issues and Race,” examined current public opinion and how ethnic and new media play a role in both perpetuating and challenging myths and biases about LGBT people. It defined “double-outsider” as a Black LGBT or LBGT person of color being marginalized “both from the mainstream and their respective community because of their race and their sexual identity.”

Jessica Adair and Amber Harris both told the MSR that they never heard of such terminology before, but do admit they are perceived differently. “You got two strikes against you — you’re Black and you’re gay,” admits Adair. Both women, who are professional basketball players, say they often hear “all female athletes are lesbians” talk. “I ignore it,” says Harris. Continue Reading →

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