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The violence just won’t go away

Mpls, Indianapolis and Chicago at the crossroad

“Murderapolis continues to flourish” was our column headline, September 26, 2011. We, as Chicago, Indianapolis, and other cities, are at a crossroads: Choose between the protection and prosperity for the “helping” bureaucracies or protection and prosperity for those they were established to help?  

More trillions for bureaus or for those the bureaus were created to help? “Murderapolis?” Minneapolis, Chicago, Indianapolis and other cities, or not Murderapolis?  


As the nation’s attention turns to violence involving guns in Minneapolis, Chicago and Indianapolis, among other cities, proportionality is seen: Each city is on par with the level of gun violence per capita. Why won’t the violence go away?  


Common threads:

(1) illegal drugs, especially heroin, an evil driving terrorism in cities like Minneapolis;

(2) a disturbing number of African American males confined to wheelchairs due to shootings and assaults;

(3) attacks on police officers (Indianapolis police officers have been shot at 18 times this year by gunmen firing from ambush);

(4) a reduction in the number of police officers and sheriffs needed;

(5) continue spending of trillions to support the bureaucracies established to help people rather than spending it on helping people excel in education, jobs, and housing; and

(6) all contributing to what seem like policies reflecting a calculated and intentional genocide. Continue Reading →

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Black wine expert enjoys defying stereotypes

By Brandi Phillips
Contributing Writer


Mouton Noir means “black sheep.” André Hueston Mack is an African American owner and winemaker of Mouton Noir Wines. After being successful in a corporate career with Citicorp Investment Services, he decided to leave his desk job and follow his dreams as a winemaker. Mack was once awarded the best young Sommelier [restaurant wine steward] in America by the highly prestigious food and wine society Chaine des Rotisseurs. On April 25 at UROC on Plymouth Ave. in North Minneapolis, Mack told his story of winemaking excellence. Continue Reading →

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State’s Black teens show health gains, including reduced pregnancies

However, wellness gap remains between White youth and youth of color
Collectively, Minnesota’s teens are doing better today on key health measures than they were in the 1990s, according to a recent analysis by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Since the 1990s, students 12 to 19 years old from all racial and ethnic groups have experienced substantial declines in rates of smoking cigarettes, binge drinking, sexual activity, hitting or beating up another person, carrying a weapon on school property, drinking pop or soda, and riding in a car without a seat belt, according to The Health and Well-Being of Minnesota’s Adolescents of Color and American Indians: A Data Book (PDF: 3.62MB/86 pages) from the MDH. One exception is the level of emotional distress, which has remained basically the same since the mid-1990s. This marks the first time the MDH has systematically compared the health of teens from different ethnic and racial backgrounds — White, Latino, African American, Asian, and American Indian — and found a persistent wellness gap between Minnesota’s White adolescents and its adolescents of color and American Indians. “This teen fact book shows that efforts in some targeted areas have been working to protect adolescents of color and American Indians, but it also shows that much more needs to be done,” said Ed Ehlinger, Minnesota commissioner of health. Continue Reading →

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