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This letter is in response to Don Allen’s “Has Obama failed?” (MSR July 24-30, 2014)

 

Many Black Americans were disenfranchised and seeking entitlement when Barack Obama went into office in 2008 and that situation is unchanged in 2014. So the plight of a lot of Black Americans cannot have a President Obama connection. After the slaves were freed following the Emancipation Proclamation decree of 1863, they virtually had two directions in which to follow: (1) go back to Africa from whence they came, or (2) in order to establish a modicum of autonomy, assimilate into the “Democratic” process in order to alleviate their personal distemper. They chose to permeate into what they hoped to be adjudicated territory. But no matter how you cut it, that distemper never changed and is not about to any time soon. Continue Reading →

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Time for change on Hennepin board

By Don Allen

Guest Commentator 

 

For 160 years, since it’s beginning, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners has never included an African American. This is telling in itself on how community members are ignored by big government. We, the Black community, have a serious challenge with members of the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners. First of all, Hennepin County has approximately 1.2 million residents, which represents 22 percent of Minnesota and approximately 41 percent of the metro area. Why hasn’t the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners ever reflected or represented the many unique cultures of Hennepin County’s population? Continue Reading →

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Has Obama failed?

By Don Allen
Guest Commentator

 

As a card-carrying member of the Republican Party, I have to honestly say President Obama has not really failed. There are powers greater than him that still follow the political White-patriarchal system of checks and balances that he cannot interfere with. (One of them would be talking to Black Americans directly.)

 

Barack Obama won the votes of a majority of Americans. The re-election of the first Black president has made the history books and water cooler conversations. And now is the time for Black Americans to ask how we fit into the ephemeral vision called the American Dream. Continue Reading →

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Minneapolis NAACP swears in new members

New leaders say their mission includes no time for negativity
 
 

By Isaac Peterson

Contributing Writer

 

The Minneapolis NAACP meeting, held on February 22, was the first membership meeting following the organization’s election of new officers in December. The sparsely attended meeting was a strange mix of business as usual, along with a bit of the unusual. Reverend Jerry McAfee, the NAACP’s newly elected president, started off the meeting by introducing new NAACP officers and committee heads to the membership. Of special note were Farhio Khalif, assistant secretary, who hails from Somalia, and Wintana Melekin, treasurer and chair of communications committee, also from Somalia. Each is the first from her country to hold a Minneapolis NAACP leadership position. Continue Reading →

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Designer poverty: Come to the Twin Cities — we do it right!

 

 

 

By Don Allen

Guest Commentator

 

There is something to be said about organizations, politicians and community spokespersons who become ingrained in the process of using humans as a way to gain access for nonprofit funding and dismissing the notion of helping their cash crop to become stable and acquire some type of standardized normalcy. “Dependencies” within most Twin Cities social service agencies are set up deliberately; if someone finds what they are looking for, the “success” is ultimately bad for business. Author Ralph Ellison wrote, “All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried telling me what it was. I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory” (Invisible Man). In the Twin Cities, if you are poor, homeless, angry, drunk, Black, Native American, Somali, or suffering from some form of diversity, you are the foundational backbone of a multibillion-dollar business that survives on misery and the opportunity to study you and your life circumstances, meeting to talk about the challenges while virtually solving nothing. Continue Reading →

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