The love affair with Mike Freeman on the March 31st Star Tribune editorial pages is based on the belief he’s being truthful. “Clark’s DNA was found on the grip of the Officer Mark Ringgenberg’s handgun”— you trust this “credible evidence?” The police shoot a man in the head, then the police tell us that his DNA was on the gun and the shooting was justified. You believe the … [Read more...]
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It is always sad and always unthinkable to experience the death of a child. There is nothing that can prepare you for it and most often you never get over it. The untimely death of Barway Collins, who in March 2015 was 10 years old, was especially sad, and not just unthinkable but unimaginable. Why? Because the person who caused his death was the person who gave … [Read more...]
If you were in doubt about the Star Tribune’s objectivity or whose side they are on, the Jamar Clark case proves that they are neither objective nor neutral when it comes to Black, poor and working people. The interests of the institution that is the Star Tribune lie with the power structure and the status quo. In fact, their editorial titled “Justice, but no comfort in … [Read more...]
The name of Jerome Copeland was first made known to the public two weeks ago in this column with his permission. It has been greeted with silence in all quarters of the so-called institutions for justice. I am not surprised. When Mr. Copeland was incarcerated for three weeks in the Hennepin County Workhouse, the county attorney’s office knew that he was possibly … [Read more...]
I have never participated in the elections process beyond voting until this year. This month I attended and participated in my first precinct caucus. I never participated before because I did not believe the process was fair, democratic or inclusive. I do not have much faith in the democratic process, and less faith in politics and politicians. My belief is that … [Read more...]