By Dwight Hobbes
Matt Little is gone, leaving a legendary legacy. He was widely renowned and will be well remembered as a Civil Rights Era icon who held a soul-deep commitment to empowering the African American community. Graduating North Carolina A&T State University in 1948, he relocated to the Twin Cities and, in 1954 became a board member of the Minneapolis NAACP, beginning a lifelong dedication to the organization. During his career, he was president of that chapter as well as president of the Minnesota state NAACP. Far from being a figurehead, Little was hands-on and counted among his most prized memories filing a federal lawsuit to integrate the Minneapolis Fire Department. Continue Reading →
The GOP: ever notice how close Grand Old Party is to the term ”good ol’ boys,” especially when it comes to racism? Sure you have. Well, in Illinois, Montgomery County Republican Party chair Jim Allen has outdone even their accustomed idiocy with his vicious, willfully ignorant character assassination of Erika Harold, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis for his congressional seat in 2014. Allen was pressured into resigning and gave a half-baked apology for the damage done by airing his moronic remarks disparaging Harold in terms it would never cross his mind to say were she a White woman. Indeed, had anyone said such cruelly demeaning things about his sister, or even a friend, he’d be ready to fight. Continue Reading →
Vikings Stadium legislation called for an equity plan outlining Black participation in construction contracts and workers. Its absence is the story of continued injustice, discrimination, and official sneering at the idea of Black participation. This major story of 2012-2013 will be a 2013-2014 albatross around the necks of the self-appointed and imaginary Twin Cities leaders and journalists who stand silent as the Equity Plan sinks in “best effort” cement boots to a lake bottom. In the People’s Stadium’s two big broken promises — equity plan and “no new taxes” — we see how the “rights culture” of the 1960s has continued too many aspects of the Democratic Party’s White rights Jim Crow culture in American cities, with the purposeful disobeying of the requirement to bring an Equity Plan for seating African Americans at the stadium construction economic table. State legislature mandated an equity plan. Continue Reading →
Voter ID, marriage amendment impact Black women
By Dwight Hobbes
Barack Obama’s 2008 candidacy for president, it goes without saying, motivated the highest rate of voter registration among African Americans since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Whether Obama can be re-elected assumes a twofold premise: that Blacks automatically vote Democrat, and that his running would inevitably draw enough votes to make victory a lock for the Democratic Party.
Advocate-activist Kenya McKnight, a 2012-13 Humphrey Policy Fellow
and 2013 Bush Fellow, was a 2009 Fifth Ward City Council candidate in Minneapolis. She comments, “Because women make up the largest numbers in America, [they] have the ability to influence policy on many levels that impact birth rights, families and infrastructures of our communities.
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Barack Obama’s 2008 candidacy for president, it goes without saying, motivated the highest rate of voter registration among African Americans since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Whether Obama can be re-elected assumes a twofold premise: that Blacks automatically vote Democrat, and that his running would inevitably draw enough votes to make victory a lock for the Democratic Party. Continue Reading →
By Raynard Jackson
With the presidential election right around the corner and most of the pundits saying the race is Obama’s to lose, I have begun to ponder the possibility that Romney might win and the impact that would have on the Black community. Romney has been polling around zero percent of the Black vote. We all know that the usual Black liberal groups have sold out to Obama years ago — Congressional Black Caucus, NAACP, Urban League, etc. Romney, like Bush in 2000, will owe absolutely nothing to Blacks should he win the election. But, unlike Bush, I have no illusions that Romney will surround himself with the number of Blacks that Bush did. Romney will feel compelled to make some token hires, but not much beyond that. This will lead the above-named liberals to complain that Romney is ignoring Blacks and not being inclusive. Continue Reading →