America’s immense wealth and expertise stand in shocking contrast with the conditions in which vast numbers of its citizens live. About 40 million live in poverty, 18.5 million in extreme poverty, and 5.3 million live in Third World conditions of absolute poverty. – United Nations General Assembly To read so glaringly from an international source that the United States has … [Read more...]
The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) welcomes and values insightful commentary and feedback from the community. The articles found here are edited for clarity and/or space, but the opinions are the author’s own and do not reflect the views of the MSR. Send your commentary to email@example.com.
On the June 23, 2018, Thurman Blevins became a casualty of an officer-involved shooting in America’s continuing war of fear that causes some police to shoot and kill. The military calls for “intel” prior to action. How can police acquire a rapid information acquisition method that would have told them that Blevins was a young man saddened by the funeral that week of his … [Read more...]
Papa John’s is the latest to use the N-word and then apologize. John Schnatter aka “Papa John,” however, argues his use of the word doesn’t constitute as a “slur” because he used it during a crisis communication training session over the phone — and not in the face of an African American. "It wasn't a slur. It was a social strategy and media planning and training and I … [Read more...]
Although golden anniversaries are often considered milestone moments accompanied by festive celebrations, two such observances in April 2018 are bittersweet memories for much of Black America. One took the life of an unparalleled preacher, orator, author, activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The other marks the enactment of what many would argue is the strongest of the … [Read more...]
Some have been outraged by the callous, insensitive remarks of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis (no such thing as a police union) President Bob Kroll in the wake of his comrades’ shooting of Thurman Junior Blevins in the back as he was running away from them. Kroll, on Facebook, tried to detract from Blevins’ killing by saying people should be more concerned … [Read more...]