Monthly Archives: June 2013

Living, surviving and thriving with a disability

Current events: discrimination against persons with disabilities still alive and well
What do I know for sure about people with disabilities? We desire to be treated fairly and equitably in all aspects of our lives. We desire the playing field to be level and equitable. We have the nature and belief that we have to work at least twice as hard as does a “temporarily able-bodied” person to be accepted in many cases. With this knowledge in mind and the Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA] being passed in 1967 and reauthorized in 1991, why is employment discrimination against persons with disabilities alive and well in Minneapolis, MN? Continue Reading →

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Franklin case goes to county attorney, then Grand Jury — Will another Grand Jury sanction police shootings of young Blacks?

 

 

The Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) announced two weeks ago that they had completed the investigation into the shooting of T.T. Franklin and forwarded their findings to the Hennepin County Attorney, Mike Freeman. The Star Tribune reported, “The case will get an initial review from the county attorney’s office before it is sent to the grand jury” (Star Tribune, June 7, 2013, “County attorney’s office to review Terrence Franklin shooting”). As Sportin’ Life would say: ”It ain’t necessarily so,” as all evidence is not in. How can the City or the Black community craft response strategies without a finished evidence report (DNA, finger prints, wound analysis, blood, urine, etc., etc.)? On May 18, the MPD said it would take at least four months to complete the forensic investigation and four to five weeks for the final determination from the medical examiner. Continue Reading →

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Trayvon, we failed you once, but we will never fail you again!

 

 

By Michael Skolnik

Guest Commentator

 

We didn’t mourn with the family from the church pews when 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was sent to his homecoming with God. We had not yet heard of his name. We couldn’t stop the one shot fired on that drizzling night in Sanford, Florida on February 26, 2012. We, too, were watching LeBron, Kobe and D. Wade on our television. We didn’t raise our voices when the man who pulled the trigger was allowed to sleep in his own bed the night he ended the life of the young man from Miami. Continue Reading →

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Pride events unite us in a common struggle for equality

 

 

Black Pride reaffirms our identity. And it dances to a different beat. What started out in Washington, D.C. in 1990 as the only Black Gay Pride event in the country has grown to over 35 gatherings nationwide. Each year, celebrations start in April and continue to October. Over 300,000 LGBTQ people of African descent rev up for a weekend of social and cultural events celebrating their queer uniqueness. Continue Reading →

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Zero-tolerance discipline policies: a failing idea

 

 

By Marian Wright Edelman

Guest Commentator

 

Many school children in America are on summer break right now, but here’s a pop quiz about discipline policies in our nation’s schools that’s just for grownups:

• Would you suspend a student from school for four months for sharpening his pencil without permission and giving the teacher a “threatening” look when asked to sit down? • Would you expel a student from school for the rest of a school year for poking another student with a ballpoint pen during an exam? • Would you expel a student from school permanently because her possession of an antibiotic violated your school’s zero-tolerance drug policy? • Would you call the police, handcuff, and then expel a student who started a snowball fight on school grounds? If you answered “no” to any of these questions because they sounded too unfair to be the result of an actual policy, give yourself a failing grade. Continue Reading →

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Only Ones on the volleyball court learn to live with being different

 

 

 

This column, over the past two weeks, has focused on the trials of being an Only One — the only African American — as a reporter in the media booth and as baseball players on the field. This week we conclude our Only One series with a look at club volleyball. It is almost mandatory that if a female athlete wants to someday play collegiate volleyball, club volleyball, from which college coaches primarily recruit, is a must. Too often, however, club volleyball resembles an old-time country club activity. Therefore, if there’s little or no diversity there, it won’t be seen at the next level either. Continue Reading →

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NBA Finals — Spurs lead 3-2

 

 

SAN ANTONIO — One day the San Antonio Spurs will finally receive the credit they so richly deserve. The Spurs’ big three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have won 457 games together — fifth best all-time as a trio. Sixteen consecutive years the Spurs have had a winning road record, the best in league history. Fourteen consecutive years the Spurs have won 50 or more games. Since 1997-98 they have had the best record in major professional sports: 888-376. Continue Reading →

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Top prep hoopsters vie for All-Star Classic honors

 

The 20th Annual Inner City All-Star Classic (ICASC), a basketball event held at the University of St. Thomas last Sunday, was certainly one to remember. The event featured the top girls and boys prep basketball players from the Class of 2013.  

Girls’ game

SADE CHATMAN (St. Paul Central) led the way with 19 points, (DeLaSalle) added 16, and TAYLOR CUNNIGHAM (St. Continue Reading →

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Torii Hunter: father first, friend second — and champion athlete

 

 

Torii Hunter hit his 300th career home run last Sunday in Minnesota for Detroit. While almost every other reporter chatted him up on his historic feat, this reporter instead asked Hunter about being a Black father on Father’s Day. He and his wife Katrina have four sons: Cameron, Darius, Torii Jr. and Monshadrik. “I tried to raise them the right way and give them everything they need in life, and try to give them that correction so when they grow up and leave my home, they won’t depart from it. That was what I was always taught to do,” offered Hunter. Continue Reading →

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