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Mental health practitioner uses ‘Baby Boy’ to explain domestic violence

Something I Said

In the real world, stories like this tend not to end on that positive note exactly because too many Black men don’t have Singleton writing their life-script. They revel in their dysfunction, unable to live with women, unable to live without them, like it was some sort of testament to manliness. Continue Reading →

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Let’s focus on sentencing reform, not building more prisons

Sen. Bobby Joe Champion


Despite crime rates going down in the U. S., our rates of incarceration continue to increase. Rather than build new prisons, it’s time to take a look at the way we are sentencing to make sure the people we send to prison actually belong there. Oftentimes they don’t. The newly-established Prison Population Task Force met recently to discuss Minnesota’s growing prison population — something that is not unique to our state, but is a growing trend in a country that’s home to less than five percent of the world’s population, but makes up 25 percent of its inmates. The U. S. had 2.2 million people behind bars as of 2015, making us the most incarcerated nation in the world. Continue Reading →

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Silence breeds violence


A dangerous pattern in public safety
“Gun violence is taking over the streets… The community needs peace. We need people to put the guns down.” — Janeé Harteau, Minneapolis Police Chief

The “Don’t Snitch!” theme that arose five years ago in the Eastern United States (Baltimore, Philadelphia, and other large eastern cities) showed up in Los Angeles, and is now in the Twin Cities, creating a devastating effect on our communities’ ability to deal with crime, murder and mayhem, and creating a devastating effect on solving homicides and other crimes and assaults in Minneapolis and St. Paul. In a one-week period two weeks ago, seven people of color and one White were murdered, five in Minneapolis, three in St. Paul (nine during the same week in Chicago). Continue Reading →

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An open letter to MPS Interim Superintendent Michael Goar and Board

Nekima Levy-Pounds

All of these factors combined have created a de-facto Jim Crow-type system within MPS, in which children of color receive an education that is both separate and unequal and sets them up for failure and creates a direct entry route into the criminal justice system. Continue Reading →

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