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The Good Wife Works – On Whitney Young: our Minnesota national treasure



We must deal with ourselves, but you must deal with us, too.”  — Eugene Robinson, Washington Post Pulitzer Prize winner


Seeing The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s fight for civil rights, a documentary film by Bonnie Boswell, prompted me to go back to read a second book on Young, Whitney Young: Militant Mediator, by his official biographer Dennis Dickerson. Whitney Moore Young was born 7/31/21 in Kentucky and drowned in Nigeria 3/11/71. Ramsey Clark saw Young’s arm go up twice in the water that day as if in trouble and pulled him out. The two autopsies that were performed disagreed on the cause of Young’s death. As head of the National Urban League, “His organization effectively lobbied the House and Senate to pass the Civil Rights Act(s) of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.”

Young worked with President(s) John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson. Continue Reading →

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On civility: Our shared space requires respectful speech, behavior



While walking down the street last week, I heard a young man behind me on his cell phone using sexually explicit language. I turned and looked at him. “Wha’?” he said. I tried to explain that in my opinion this is a public place and that his was a private conversation that needed to be in sequestered space. Novelist Amy Tan says linguists tell us, “We are what we speak.”

In his book Civility: Manners, Morals, and the Etiquette of Democracy (NY: Basic Books, 1998), Stephen L. Carter’s says fellow passengers on a train need courtesy in order to get along in deference to each other in such a small shared space. Continue Reading →

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