Monthly Archives: February 2013

Forgiveness is the cure for pain of the past

 

On a crisp winter night, my siblings, a few cousins and I were camped out in our living room dimly lit by the Christmas tree lights. Our peaceful slumber was abruptly disturbed when the front door came crashing in. Splintered wood from the door frame torpedoed through the air. The razor-sharp winter wind flushed throughout the living room, cutting through our thin blankets and pajamas. The only heat remaining came from the blazing fury of the hulking shadow stomping through the doorway. Continue Reading →

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George Washington and his Black slaves

 

By Dr. Luke Tripp

Guest Commentator

 

The sanitized image of America is built with a chronological sequence of myths and distortions. The American Revolution is falsely presented as a righteous struggle of American colonists against British tyranny. Actually, this war had little to do with lofty values and beliefs in freedom, justice, liberty, and the dignity of humankind. Moreover, a critical examination of the American Revolution reveals a struggle for more political power, economic control, and material wealth between two White elite groups rather than a heroic struggle between the forces of freedom and tyranny. George Washington is portrayed as a hero who fought to end oppression under the rule of King George III. Continue Reading →

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If Mark Henderson had been White, he’d be alive

 

Those in control do an injustice to us all when they do not address the race factor when it comes to the killing of 19-year-old Mark E. Henderson, Jr. by three Woodbury police officers. No one will heal when taking this end-around approach. Let us get it out in the open, force a discussion. Henderson is dead because he was a young Black man, not because the Grand Jury review said “the three police officers acted properly when they shot and killed him” on August 31 at the Red Roof Inn (Star Tribune, January 25). He is dead because most of us, including the three police officers, cannot entertain the thought, imagine or comprehend that there could have been a young Black male hostage who was not a threat — not connected to the kidnapper’s behavior, though they were both Black — but terrified and running for his life. Continue Reading →

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Godmother of rock to get her due — Rosetta Tharpe the focus of PBS documentary

 
 
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

A new documentary that celebrates one of the most influential but largely unknown musicians of the 20th Century, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, premieres later this month on PBS. American Masters opens its 27th season nationally with Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll nationally on Friday, February 22 on PBS. TPT Channel 2 is scheduled to air the documentary on Monday, February 25 at 9 pm. Tharpe (1915-1973), was born in Arkansas, and raised in Chicago by her evangelist mother, where she developed her distinctive performing style singing in church. She briefly left the church for show business at age 23, and performed in the Cotton Club in New York City. Continue Reading →

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Black and Single Blues: Keith weighs commitment to the best of the best

When last we left our intrepid hero, he was wondering what the hell good it was doing to stand at the window and watch the street below as he pondered the future of his relationship with Lesli, who was still asleep in his bed. Not much, he decided. Push unquestionably had come to shove. He wasn’t quite sure how he knew. But like looking in a lover’s eye, he knew. Continue Reading →

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Will Blacks finally get a fair share of work on this stadium?

Chair of stadium authority raises serious questions about past inclusion
 

Michele Kelm-Helgen, chairwoman of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA), who oversees design and construction of the Vikings’ “People’s Stadium,” told Minnesota Public Radio in an interview on February 8 that serious questions have been raised about the Equity Plan implementation passed by the MSFA that same day. Three City-commissioned studies by two separate research groups support Chairwoman Kelm-Helgen’s observations. The last study was issued on May 15, 2012, by NERA (National Economic Research Associates) at a cost to Minneapolis of $500,000. These studies expose the City’s serious and purposeful noncompliance with Minority and Women Business Enterprises (M/WBE) utilization requirements. NERA’s report provided evidence that supports the investigative reporting in this column for a decade. Continue Reading →

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Beware of ‘official’ violence

Government creates ways to punish without due process

While much of the talk around violence centers around crazed folks with guns, the events and information that has come out over the last week has added “official” violence by government and government agencies and law enforcement as institutions that are to be feared as well. A White House memo has given justification to killing Americans without trial. Nearly one-third of women in the armed forces have been sexually assaulted. This, as well as Christopher Dorner’s fiery death, is proof positive that we Americans are not even safe from those who are supposed to look out for our best interests. Christopher Dorner went down in a blaze set by San Bernardino county law enforcement. Continue Reading →

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Don’t get so bent out of shape you act a fool

 

”Don’t Get So Mad,” which Jeffrey Osborne wrote with fellow veteran Michael Sembello and someone named Don Freeman (by the by, there’s a bangin’ live rendition up on You Tube), should be one of the 10 commandments of love. It spells out an all-too-familiar image we’ve seen illustrated at a club or maybe over at someone’s crib, sometimes right out on a sidewalk. It’s a scenario that can and regularly does take even the classiest of individuals and reduce him or her to acting as common as trash on the street. A man is standing there, face all twisted worse than a pretzel, yelling at his date, woman, wife, what have you. Or a woman is pitching an unholy fit, screaming in his face. Continue Reading →

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Mental illness of gun control: Weapons bans make no sense

By Donald Allen

Guest Commentator

 

Never in the history of weapons has a handgun, assault rifle or a sharp blade randomly picked a crowded group of bystanders and killed at will. I think we agree that for an act of senseless murder by weapon, human intervention is necessary. But misguided education on guns and the left-wing political assault on the Second Amendment has clouded the origin of gun violence and replaced it with an abhorrent political platform. Mass shootings has led U.S. lawmakers to introduce new soft-tissue laws that focus on keeping guns out of the hands of felons. Points in case, felons are not the problem. Continue Reading →

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