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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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Closer to the finish line on educational equity


By Marian Wright Edelman

Contributing Commentator

With opportunity gaps widening for poor children and children of color, new guidance from the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education offers new hope and protection from discrimination. For the first time in 13 years, the Department now makes clear that states, school districts, and schools must make education resources equally available to all students without regard to race, color, or national origin. It prohibits schools and school districts from discriminating in their allocation of courses, academic programs and extracurricular activities, teachers and leaders, other school personnel, school facilities, and technology and instructional materials, and offers steps to level the playing field. This is some of the unfinished business of the Civil Rights Movement and a giant step forward for poor children, often children of color, currently taught at higher rates by inexperienced, unqualified, or out-of-field teachers and provided far fewer resources than their wealthier peers. Our responsibility now is to ensure that children left behind truly benefit from these protections. Continue Reading →

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Letter to the Editor: Leaders need education and experience

Have we become more politically astute where education does not count? There appears to be more persons appointed as department heads etc. in many jobs when they don’t have any training and/or education in the particular fields. It seems to be more of a political appointment rather than selecting some of our qualified young people for the given positions, who could get the job done. Many of these young people are qualified, well educated and resourceful, with good common sense. Continue Reading →

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German profit, Minnesota failure

Many questions surround Vikings stadium transparent roof

KSTP, Channel 5, on November 3, 2014, reported the results of its six-month investigation into the transparent (see-through) material to make up 60 percent of the new Vikings stadium roof. They even sent a reporter to the manufacturer, Vectorfoiltec, in Bremen, Germany. Thus, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (on Germany’s western border) gets the steel for the stadium and Germany gets the see-through ETFE (ethylene-tetraflouroethylene) for the roof. This will be the first NFL stadium with a transparent (see-through), ETFE, non-movable roof. This reflects the level of NFL involvement in decisions made for our stadium. Continue Reading →

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Old-school teaching methods were effective in even the poorest districts







By Jimmie Hollis

Guest Commentator

Today’s public schools are the subject of a lot of debate and controversy all across America. There is a great deal that does need fixing, but the problems are not, as some may proclaim, solely due to a lack of funding. I am a product of a 1950s and 1960s public school system, and I believe that I received a very good education. The public school system in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s received a lot less funding than today relative to the times. Yet it seemed to turn out a higher percentage of well-educated students. Continue Reading →

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Green energy can end African famine

While Ebola occupies the world’s attention, a humanitarian crisis is quickly unfolding in Somalia. In August, the Somali federal government declared famine in several regions. The rain necessary for food arrived a month late and was brief in duration. Drought grips much of the country, leaving nearly three million Somalis at risk for food insecurity. In conflict areas, over a million people remain displaced from their homes. Continue Reading →

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