Mel Reeves

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Help! They’re trying to get away with a crime — possibly murder!

 

 

A crime has been committed in Minneapolis and Hennepin County, and those who are charged with running the city, Mayor R.T. Rybak, the Minneapolis City Council the Hennepin County commissioners, the attorney general, the Chamber of Commerce, and the business community are all complicit by their silence. Terrance Franklin is dead. He was shot in the head five times and in the back twice, admittedly by Minneapolis police. Officer Lucas Petterson has supposedly taken credit for shooting Franklin. But Petterson’s and his fellow officers’ stories of what happened don’t make sense and don’t explain why he was shot in the back and in the back of the head. Continue Reading →

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Why government spying? Because you are the enemy!

The recent revelations that the government is storing all — that’s right, all — of our phone calls and emails and general communication ought to give us all cause to pause. Why would our government want to spy on everyone? Surely it is our friend! And why the indifference about it in the Black community? In fact, why are our so-called leaders silent? Continue Reading →

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Terrance Franklin’s death demands justice

 

 

The recent killing of Terrence Franklin by Minneapolis police by shooting him in the back of the head five times and in the back twice fits the pattern of police abuse of their powers. Those of us who have been around or haven’t been lulled to sleep by talk of color blindness in our society know in our hearts that on occasion the cops abuse Black people in general and people of color in specific. We don’t know exactly what happened in that South Minneapolis basement, but I do know that the story the cops slipped to the Minneapolis Star Tribune does not make sense. It’s one of the most contrived and imaginative of all the grand and tall tales cops have spun to try to make their crimes sound reasonable. In other words, they are lying! Continue Reading →

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Speculation runs wild in Franklin shooting case — Without an ‘official’ report, family and friends remain skeptical

 

 

By Mel Reeves

Contributing Writer

 

Terrance Franklin, the 22-year-old who on May 10 was shot and killed in the basement of a South Minneapolis home by police after a pursuit, appeared to have been shot five times in the back of the head and twice in the back according to a knowledgeable source who saw Franklin’s body; the source requests that his/her name be withheld. The shooting has left many questions unanswered. While it’s still not clear how or why Franklin died at the hands of Minneapolis police, the circumstances around the police chase have raised eyebrows as well. Citizens have questioned why police called in a SWAT team as well as canine units, and why the police were strapped with submachine guns to give chase to a suspected burglar. Police radio transmissions from the day of the event do not reveal that police thought he was armed or dangerous. Continue Reading →

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Twin Cities suffers from de facto discrimination

 

 

In the Twin Cities everywhere there are signs that the colorblind and just society that some have tried to convince themselves exists in liberal Minnesota is simply a fallacy. It’s a fallacy that allows all the well-meaning folks to sleep well at night. Everywhere one looks there are signs of two Twin Cities, one for the White and well off and the other for the colored and dispossessed. A Twin Cities kept separate and unequal by de facto discrimination is what best describes our race relations. De facto means that, unlike de jure discrimination, it is not ensconced in the law. Continue Reading →

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Bangladesh tragedy reveals the realities of capitalism

 

 

While we cower and agree to give up more of our hard-earned rights as citizens, the real bogey man the real terror of our lives gets little notice, and that is the system of economic exploitation called capitalism. I realize for a lot of folks living in the U.S. this is no real concern because they live off the cream of this exploitation. But to those who are victimized by its demands for low wages and little protection it’s a different story, especially in the Third World. The death toll as the result of a garment factory collapse in Savar, Bangladesh has reached 800 — that’s right, 800. And the story gets worse. Continue Reading →

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A skeptical take on the Boston tragedy

 

 

The tragic bombing that occurred at the Boston Marathon cannot be looked at in only black and white terms. Conspiracy theorists and political hacks are having a heyday with this. I am content with saying I don’t know what exactly happened or why the bombing took place. History tells me that when one is dealing with the U.S. government and the free marketers, who place profit and power before people, almost anything is possible. But the bombing does raise some questions and some eyebrows! Like some other folks, the announcement that the authorities were looking for a “dark-skinned” suspect made me go, “Uh-oh.” It was a curious description considering that the suspects are really Caucasians. Continue Reading →

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Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Choices have consequences

 

 

A movie review

By Mel Reeves

Contributing Writer

 

I have to confess that from my perspective Tyler Perry’s movies are simply for pure entertainment and laughs. They are usually too formulaic and too simple, but they usually make me laugh. And like everyone else, Madea has worn on me. And I confess I liked what Perry tried to do in The Family that Preys. While I struggled with Temptation — it was sloppy, heavy handed and included some fantastic plot twists — I wasn’t bothered by the moralizing. Continue Reading →

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Jay-Z and Beyoncé trip to Cuba draws lots of attention

 

 

 

By Mel Reeves

Contributing Writer

 

 

After stories about the popular entertainment power duo Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s trip to Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary popped up all over the internet and in just about every major news outlet in the U. S., the Treasury Department confirmed that the couple had been granted a license to travel to the socialist island. The dynamic duo were well received in Cuba according to news reports. There were reports of long lines of admirers standing outside their Havana hotel to get a glimpse of the couple. The stars took in the sites of Old Havana and even visited with excited school kids. However, U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtian and Rep Mario Diaz Balart, both representing South Florida, protested the trip and wrote a letter to the Treasury Department inquiring about its legality. Continue Reading →

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Occupy March madness

 

 

“We are protesting because we believe that institutions of higher learning like FAU have the responsibility to stand up to the systemic racism, corruption and human rights violations that define the prison-for-profit system, and advocate instead for equality and human rights,” wrote a group at Florida Atlantic University. When students at Florida Atlantic University recently penned the letter containing the quote listed above in an effort to stand up to their administration and demand that the university reconsider naming their stadium after the private for-profit prison corporation GEO Group, it gave me an idea. Why not protest the NCAA and its rip off of so-called student athletes? I couldn’t help but see the similarity in the private prison industry and the NCAA. Failed sports stars often run afoul of the law and many of them wind up on prison plantations after having spent their time on another plantation — college sports. Continue Reading →

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