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A letter to Minnesota’s Caucasians

By Willie Johnson

Contributing Commentator


Black People in Minnesota are fed a daily dose of qualms. To steal the character of a people and deform their identities is a burden onto itself. We Black Minnesotans need a new mind set, lost in a wilderness of self-doubt, following the agenda of White Minnesotans whose intentions seem hostile. White Minnesotans policy is to keep Blacks below the poverty line, not just in economics but also in life. There are two sets of rules in Minnesota, one for its Black citizens and one for its White citizens. It is evident through the judicial system that there is an imbalance between Blacks and Whites in Minnesota and that Lady Justice needs to put her blindfold back on. Continue Reading →

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Unionizing childcare has broader implications than presented


Support women’s businesses, not male-dominated union 

The unionization is not as simple as you present [in “New legislation would give home childcare providers option to unionize,” MSR, April 18]. It is sad that as a DFL member, my own party will not support my rights to be a small business owner, not an employee. If you interviewed anyone against unionization, you didn’t reach those who are the main resource and ”push” behind the efforts to educate providers (see www.childcareunioninfo.webly.com). Some in our group have been working on this issue for seven-plus years, myself for over two years. No one mentioned in your article [that the person quoted] against this effort is a Family Child Care Provider. Continue Reading →

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Letter to the Editor: A call for 21st century Black consciousness


First of all, our greatest gift to America is our humble humanity. Black people, we are in deep trouble with our Afro-American ideology. The responsibility of a community concerns everybody living in that community, whether you are rich or poor. We have fewer tomorrows than we had yesterdays. From slavery to today the White majorities haven’t allowed us to accumulate too many positive economic attributes. Continue Reading →

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Letter to the Editor: Honoring our community leaders



I am honoring the late Evelyn Eubanks as my local hero. For those of you who never had the opportunity to meet this dedicated leader, you missed out on a great thing. 

Evelyn was a tireless activist in the education of our children. She was the founder of the Minneapolis Parents’ Union and a former chairperson of the Minneapolis NAACP Education Committee. For a little woman, Evelyn had a big voice. She was vocal when she believed the Minneapolis Public Schools were lacking in the education of our children of color. Continue Reading →

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Letter to the Editor: To The Honorable Barack Obama President of the United States of America,


We know you have been working with Congress to prevent our nation from going over the fiscal cliff. The members of the National Black Chamber of Commerce are heartened to see progress being made, and we hope a workable resolution for the business community can be achieved by the end of this year. Of particular importance to the Black business community is keeping investment dollars affordable. We have made great strides in many communities by building our business from the ground up and seek to do even more. However, we are concerned about the cost of capital. Continue Reading →

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Letter to the Editor: Voting for marriage amendment is ‘religious and political hypocrisy’


Many profound teachings were given to all of us from an evolved, merciful God during the life of his son, Jesus. Early on, Jesus said, “Judge not, lest you be judged.” Matthew 7: 1-6. The Sadducees and Pharisees, early versions of conservative Republicans and Libertarians, kept trying to trap Jesus. The Pharisees questioned whether it was “lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?”Jesus said, “Moses because of the hardness of your heart suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.” Matthew 19: 3-8. The Sadducees, who did not believe in life after death, also tested Jesus when they asked whom a wife would be with in heaven if she married seven brothers in turn after each brother’s death. Continue Reading →

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