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World AIDS Day and my community’s ongoing struggle

Dec. 1 was World AIDS Day! President Obama conveyed hopeful remarks on World AIDS Day at George Washington University (GWU) in D.C. by vowing to continue efforts to combat the disease. “We’re closer than we’ve ever been to achieving the extraordinary: an AIDS-free generation,” Obama stated to the GWU audience. “But we’ve got to keep fighting, all of us. Continue Reading →

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2014 elections: Black doom, or Black success, a personal decision

The voters have spoken and Americans placed their trust in Republicans by giving the party control over both the House and Senate in Washington. The 2014 elections appeared to be about trust, integrity, and which party (Democrats, or Republicans) had the best ideas. In Congress, Republicans, as evidenced by the voting population, have won in the categories herein. Republicans had a repeated theme that most running for offices on both their state and national levels are making your priorities our priorities. So, what are those priorities and will these priorities benefit Black America? Continue Reading →

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U.S. cops get away scott clean with taking Black life

Police departments all over the country have opened outright war. It hasn’t been declared but that’s the nature of America’s new, improved racism. Back in the day, rabid dogs like George Wallace and Lincoln Rockwell came right out and said ”Ni**er.” They forthrightly stated that Black life wasn’t worth the breath in folks’ bodies. Today, politicians silently let courts get away with letting cops off the hook for gunning down, choking to death and otherwise viciously violating our humanity. And those politicians conspicuously include that HNIC sitting in the White House. Continue Reading →

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A nation reviews racism

Continued fallout from Ferguson
President Barack Obama convened a very high-powered meeting at the Eisenhower Building in Washington, D.C., Monday, December 1. Later that night, Attorney General Eric Holder addressed a packed congregation at a church in Atlanta, Georgia. Both men, America’s chief executive and America’s chief law enforcement officer, sounded the alert that changes must be forthcoming in regards to the issue of race in America. But do they mean real change or just changes to enable maintaining the status quo? Just a couple of days before, the White mayor of Ferguson, MO announced that Police Officer Darren Wilson had submitted his resignation, leaving the Ferguson Police Department. Continue Reading →

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Courageous Rams’ stand on Mike Brown, Jr. deserves our respect, accolades

St. Louis Rams players Kenny Britt, Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, Jared Cook and Chris Givens, ought to be celebrated. Showing solidarity with the people who want to see justice done in the Mike Brown, Jr. murder was an act of courage. These brothers are courageous because they had to know there would be backlash. And it’s important to note that there are at least 25 Black players on the Rams roster, but only five stood up. Continue Reading →

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What I experienced working for the City of Minneapolis

By Theodis A. Ray

Guest Commentator

I had been working with the City of Minneapolis for six years and 11 months before I was discharged on July 3, 2014. I started in solid waste in 2007, then went to utility billing in February 2008. I was a customer service rep 1 before finally going to the Business License and Consumer Services Department in January 2011, where I was also customer services rep 1. I was a target when I walked through the doors of the Business License and Consumer Services Department. They did a three-month review on me, though that is not their [usual] process on an employee in that department. Continue Reading →

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Ferguson: Are you surprised by the grand jury verdict?

When Bob McCulloch, prosecutor for St. Louis County, MO. read his prepared “No indictment” statement regarding Officer Darren Wilson, he confirmed what we longtime fighters in the civil rights struggle saw coming: no indictment of Wilson for his August 9, 2014, Ferguson, MO, shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. We have received “no indictment” signals for two months. McCulloch presented what the legal profession calls a balanced lie, common not only in racial problems but also in the use of police stops and arrests to tax the poor with fees and fines, in a town 60 percent Black but with an all-White city council and only three African Americans on the police force. Continue Reading →

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Ferguson, MO case proves criminal justice system is morally bankrupt

By Luke Tripp

Guest Commentator

To understand why the grand jury in Missouri failed to indict Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager, we need know a little legal history: Dred Scott v. Sanford, 60 U.S. 393 (1857), was a landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. In Dred Scott v. Sanford, Supreme Court judges considered this key question: Did the citizenship rights guaranteed by the Constitution apply to African Americans? The Supreme Court decided the case by a 7 to 2 decision that Black people were not American citizens. They reasoned that people of African ancestry had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order and altogether unfit to associate with the White race, either in social or political relations — and so far inferior that they had no rights which the White man was bound to respect. This decision continues to be the guiding constitutional principle of the legal system in the U.S. The grand jury’s decision in Missouri is evidence that the criminal justice system (CJS) is morally bankrupt. Continue Reading →

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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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