Myrle Cooper

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Unlike SCSU’s Earthbound propaganda, Duluth’s Un-Fair campaign attacks racism



By Myrle B. Cooper

Guest Commentator


At St. Cloud State University (SCSU), a PR firm is charging taxpayers $400,000 for deception while Duluth demonstrates ethics and integrity. Resulting from (a) historic racial hostilities, (b) St. Cloud constantly topping Minnesota’s FBI hate-crimes lists, and (c) St. Cloud City Hall and SCSU refusing to cooperate in racially civilizing the community, both school and city find themselves in deep do-do image-wise. Continue Reading →

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Dr. Mahmoud Saffari:



By Charles Hallman, Staff Writer

and Jerry Freeman, Senior Editor 


Last October 13, the MSR reported on protests by several hundred students and faculty at St. Cloud State University over the firing of a top administrator of color, Dr. Mahmoud Saffari, the SCSU former associate vice president for enrollment management. Hired in 2003, he brought significantly greater racial diversity to the admissions and recruitment office and to the university as a whole during his nearly nine-year stint until he was let go in September. University officials have declined to comment on the reasons for his firing, citing the Data Privacy Act. Dr. Saffari has been equally silent — until now. Continue Reading →

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St.Cloud anti-racism scorecard:Somalis 10, Color Caucus 2



By Myrle Cooper

Guest Commentator 


In April 2010, 25 courageous Somali high school girls exposed bullying and maltreatment of Black students historically ignored in St. Cloud’s public schools. Their aggressiveness benefited every student of color in St. Cloud schools. (“[Superintendent] Jordahl resigns from district, cites politics as reason,” St. Continue Reading →

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