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Star Tribune, stop profiling Somali community as terrorists


In October, the New York Times reported that the Justice Department “prosecuted only five people from 2011 to 2013 for the crime of attempting to travel abroad to aid terrorists.” This “only five” number is a nation number and not a Minnesota number. There is no boogie man within the local Somali community. The Star Tribune has moved into the surveillance business, monitoring and hovering over the Somali community, violating their rights to privacy; the Star Tribune’s approach has become invasive. Minnesotans do not have the right to know, or need to know, everything that goes on within the Somali community. The Star Tribune has appointed itself the official babysitter of our local Somali community. Continue Reading →

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A White man’s reaction to Ferguson, and an important Thanksgiving message








By Alan Fine

Guest Commentator

My name is Alan Fine. I was a candidate for U.S. Congress in 2006. I have been a faculty member at the Carlson School of Management for nearly 20 years now. For six summer over the past 15 years, I have had the opportunity to teach many disadvantaged minority students entrepreneurship at the Carlson School (most of which have been people of color) through the “Lead Program” sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and through the jEM program housed within the department of Business Community and Economic Development at the University of Minnesota. In reflecting upon Ferguson, when I saw the prosecutor lay out the case in favor of Officer Wilson, I thought that it plainly revealed that Officer Wilson clearly acted in self-defense. Continue Reading →

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Cosby still the darling of the right?

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Guest Commentator

In May 2004, comedian, social critic, and philanthropist Bill Cosby took the stage at Constitution Hall in his hometown of Philadelphia. It was a gala commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown decision on school segregation. Cosby was being honored for his by then near legendary philanthropy to African American colleges. The mostly Black audience, chock full of veterans of the civil rights and social justice movements past and present, fully expected to hear Cosby reminisce about the gains and importance of the civil rights fight and reflect on the massive racial disparities, poverty, and economic inequality that still ensnare millions of African Americans today. They got a shock. Continue Reading →

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Channel 11’s Randy Shaver says North High is unworthy

Randy Shaver is wrong. He nominated North High Polars’ coach, Charles Adams III, for the Coach of the Year Award. Then, after the loss to Dawson-Boyd in the Minnesota State High School League championship series, Randy Shaver texted Coach Adams that he regretted having nominated him for Coach of the Year. Shame on you Randy, you know better. Shaver, a former high school football coach, former director of sports for Channel 11, winner of various sports reporting awards and as a member of the Minnesota Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, knows better. Continue Reading →

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National Urban League finds Black parents support Common Core State Standards


By Marc Morial 

Guest Commentator

“We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.”

 — Mary McLeod Bethune

This week, the National Urban League released a new survey that shows overwhelming support from one of the most important, but rarely heard, voices in the roiling and often distorted debate over Common Core State Standards — African American parents. Our survey of 1,600 African American public school parents found that 60 percent of respondents have a favorable impression of the new Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math that have now been adopted by 43 states and the District of Columbia. Sixty-eight percent of surveyed parents believe that Common Core will improve student achievement, and 66 percent believe it will better prepare their children for college or the workforce. The survey also shows that a majority of parents believe what the National Urban League believes as well — that Common Core standards offer great potential for transformative educational excellence, but only if parents are pro-actively engaged, teachers are adequately trained and resources for schools and students are equitably disbursed. Given the history and current state of unequal education in America, many African American parents are rightly concerned that their children not be shortchanged by an inequitable implementation of Common Core. Continue Reading →

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St. Cloud: ‘placemaking’ and ‘right sizing’ propaganda








By Myrle B. Cooper 

Contributing Commentator 

Despite frantically hiring the Lakota Group and Next Communications public relations agencies to divert attention from St. Cloud, Minnesota’s reputation for racial hate crimes and record-setting rapes, naturally the city was rejected by best livability ranking groups again. Money magazine recently selected Maple Grove number two, Eagan number 11, and Woodbury number 12, among this country’s 50 best medium-size cities. Northfield was best place to retire. Evidently, researchers aren’t fooled by St. Continue Reading →

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KSTP and Pointergate: not as surprising as we want to believe


KSTP’s outrageous Pointergate story has caused quite the stir on the Internet. Daily Kos called it the most racist piece of journalism in 2014. I think it fits right in with the stories that suggest that Black people are going to riot if there isn’t a grand jury indictment of Darren Wilson in the Mike Brown Jr. case. Somebody said something rather astute about this that bears paraphrasing: “You can’t sustain a belief system without some social sanction to it and without feeding it.” What belief system does this story feed? The idea that Blacks are different in a subhuman kind of way, in an animalistic and criminal kind of way. Continue Reading →

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Election 2014 — Republicans take control of Congress: How?

With Republicans taking control of Congress, questions raised in Black America include: Is Barack Obama unpopular because of what he and his administration have done, because of the color of his skin, or both? Democrats say voters voted against their own self-interest while Republicans saw it as the opposite. Each party accused the other of dominating with money. Not so. Filed forms of how money was spent — candidates, parties, and outside groups — reveal Republicans will have spent $1.75 billion and Democrats $1.64 billion. Continue Reading →

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2014 Elections: Black firsts, a threat to Black and White Democrats


The November 2014 midterm elections were an historic victory for Black people in the Republican Party. However, as of the time of my column, the NAACP, the so-called pro-Black historians and the White media have been AWOL in the celebration of Black firsts unless they fit into the liberal definition of Black success. Blacks must be dedicated to celebrating the achievements of all Black people whenever we accomplish victories and speak about those victories in our news media, our Black churches and schools because making known our achievements will serve to motivate young people towards goals and achievement. Democrats show up when they need votes at election time. Democrats have given Black people welfare. Continue Reading →

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