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Conference celebrated legacy of Malcolm X

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Last weekend’s first-ever Malcolm X conference in the state was entirely devoted to the memory of the late civil rights leader who was assassinated in 1964. The first annual Minnesota Malcolm X Conference, held May 17 at North High School, was attended by over a hundred people of various ages who did not come close to filling the auditorium

“We had hoped for a full house,” admitted University of Minnesota Professor Rose Brewer, a member of a four-person panel discussion during the morning session. Later in the day, Omali Yeshitela pointed out that this was a good turnout based on similar events he had visited around the country. “Malcolm X is a giant of a man,” Brewer said. “We need to study him very carefully.”

“Malcolm changed my life,” said Dr. Ezra Hyland. Continue Reading →

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Blacks will suffer a ‘great hangover’ after Obama

Activist predicts a steep price to pay for the ‘catastrophe of mis-leadership’
 
By Mel Reeves 

Contributing Writer

 

Glen Ford, executive editor and chief of Black Agenda Report, will be speaking at Minneapolis North High School this Saturday as part of the first effort on the part of people of the Twin Cities to honor and educate people about the life and legacy of Malcolm X.

Ford is no stranger to the stage, having become in high demand in leftist and progressive circles. He was in Seattle last month supporting that city’s effort and the national movement for a $15 minimum wage, the $15 NOW movement. He will speak at a $15 NOW rally/meeting on Sunday in Minneapolis, and he will also speak Saturday evening at Minneapolis North High to Twin City educators about the attempt to privatize public education, on “the legacy of Brown vs. Board of Education 60 years later.”

Ford has been trying to reach people through radio and through his writing for years. “I used to use the slogan early in my career ‘merging the media, the masses and the movement.’” Ford was the Washington Bureau chief of one of the largest Black radio outlets in the country in the early ‘70s. Continue Reading →

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Condoleezza Rice: war criminal, race hustler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are a myriad of reasons why Condoleezza Rice was a bad choice to speak at the University of Minnesota on Keeping Faith with a Legacy of Justice: the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The first is that it is downright hypocritical. Rice is not an expert on Civil Rights. In fact, her life and her career are all a reflection of her disdain for civil rights. Neither Rice nor her family believed in the efficacy of the struggle for the rights of Black people to be free of Jim Crow racism in the United States. Continue Reading →

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March madness indeed!

 

I just read that University of Florida coach Billy Donovan, as a result of taking his team to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA basketball tourney we know as March Madness, got a contract extension and a large raise. The university is paying him in real cash, not in hamburgers or tattoos or trips on the company’s private jet or promises to help him secure his Ph. D, but $3.6 million in racks and racks of stacks. There is money in them there balls: CBS’s and Turner Broadcasting’s 14-year $10.8 billion contract, NCAA president (plantation director/slave driver) Matt Emmert’s $2 million salary, top NCAA officers’ six-figures salaries, and the new NCAA headquarters is $35 million. Last year’s winning coach Rick Pitino’s salary is $42 million through 2022. Continue Reading →

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My Brother’s Keeper initiative falls short of being brotherly

The nice-looking Black man in the White House is at it again. He has done an excellent job of convincing many middle- and upper-class Blacks along with would-be progressives and liberals that he really has the interest of all Americans at heart. Last week he pulled a doozy with his My Brothers Keeper Task Force. “In this effort, government cannot play the only — or even the primary — role,” said the president. “We can help give every child access to quality preschool and help them start learning from an early age, but we can’t replace the power of a parent who’s reading to that child. Continue Reading →

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Mpls police attempt to sully character of Terrance Franklin

News Analysis

By Mel Reeves

Contributing Writer

 

The Star Tribune headlines read “New DNA evidence in Franklin case” and “Terrance Franklin DNA tied to gun.” The headlines referenced a press conference held by Minneapolis police last week revealing supposed new evidence that a neighbor near where Franklin was killed found a gun that supposedly had been in Franklin’s possession on the day he was killed by police. According to the police, the gun was in a sock, and Terrance’s DNA was on the sock. However, Terrance’s DNA was not on the gun, nor were fingerprints found on the gun. So police appear to be saying now that Franklin had a gun when he was pursued by police but stashed it up the block before hiding in the house where he met his demise. However, the police said in the press conference that this is not the conclusion they are drawing. Continue Reading →

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Feed the children

Anybody with half a brain — or rather half a heart — knows that the U.S. is not what it portends to be, not even close. But the hypocrisy kind of rolls along as the worst of this very inhumane system posing as the best that humanity has to offer is usually kept just out of sight. Every once in a while you hear something or see something or something is revealed that exposes our society for what it really is. But what are we to expect? We have built a society on the very worst of human impulses: “Me first, get all you can, blame the victim, ignore the poor. Continue Reading →

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NFL player’s statement drowns out governmental decisions

Just reading the papers and keeping up with social media is clear indication that many of the so-called 99 percent — in the U.S. anyway — have lost their minds. A cornerback in a football game spouting bravado is nationwide news. Really! It caused a lot of silly White folks to go to their racist playbook. You would think those folks would be tired of that racist crap. Continue Reading →

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The Mandela paradox

 

The passing of Nelson Mandela left many of us with a paradox. The heads of U.S. and European imperialism praise him. The very same governments that helped prop up Apartheid. Oh yes they indeed did, just check the records of how many corporations from those countries did business with apartheid South Africa even after it was revealed the day-to-day reality of the former racist, murderous and disenfranchising regime. The U.S. went as far as to use its CIA to help capture Mandela. Continue Reading →

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Thanksgiving: lies, retail profits and victimizing the poor

It never seems to get better, this society, this political, economic, social system we live in. This society, run by a hand full of very rich White men and their lackeys. It really is their world and we are left as proverbial squirrels trying to get nuts. While celebrating Thanksgiving I couldn’t help but think about the lies that come with this time of the year, the biggest of which is the so-called sanctity of the family. Folks in the U.S. are always talking about the glories of humanity and the family but it seems every chance they get they undermine it or destroy it. Continue Reading →

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