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Police brutality: Black professors are fair game, too

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By Luke Tripp
Guest Commentator

 

How could a minor jaywalking incident escalate into contentious police brutality vs. an assault felony case? The answer is simple. In the United States, the slightest encounter between Black people and White police officers can easily explode into a serious conflict. This is what happened when Arizona State University (ASU) police officer Stewart Ferrin stopped ASU professor Ersula Ore, demanded to see her ID, and when she did not immediately comply, he proceeded to handcuff her while slamming her to the ground. Continue Reading →

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St. Cloud leaders embrace the area’s growing diversity

Acknowledging the city’s ‘devastating’ history may help it leave ugly past behind
 
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis admits that although his city has changed in recent years, the past can’t be ignored. During a scheduled speaking appearance at a local breakfast last month on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, the three-term mayor apologized for the city’s racial discrimination history. In an MSR interview last week at his City Hall office, Mayor Kleis told us, “The night before I was at the NAACP Freedom dinner, somebody at the event mentioned [to me] the editorial” written by St. Cloud State University Professor Christopher Lehman and published that day in the city’s daily newspaper. Continue Reading →

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Nelson Mandela symbolizes the essence of a human rights fighter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Luke Tripp

Contributing Writer

 

Nelson Mandela is an authentic historical hero of the highest order. One irony is that his oppressive racist enemies, who now hypocritically praise him at the time of his death, validate his hero status as a champion of human rights. Leading the hypocrisy parade is the government of the United States. The U.S. officially considered Mandela a terrorist and kept his name on the U.S. terrorism watch list until 2008. Many living members of the ANC are still on the United States terrorists list. Continue Reading →

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St. Cloud: Desperate need to maintain racism has its costs

 

By Merle Cooper

Guest Commentator

 

Recession recovery has been difficult for the most egalitarian, innovative and progressive communities. St. Cloud’s recovery is thwarted as much by area economic conditions and failures as by addiction to racism as low self-image compensation. After 159 years of bigotry carefully driven and exploited by local leaders assuming there’s no tomorrow, St. Cloud has been forced to launch its leaking public relations (PR) lifeboats. Continue Reading →

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Freedom Rider shares his story with Minnesotans

 
Ernest Patton, Jr. tells untold story of Nashville’s importance to Civil Rights Movement

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Nashville, Tennessee is more known for its country music roots, but the city also has strong roots in the Civil Rights Movement, says civil rights activist Ernest “Rip” Patton, Jr. The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas’ Tolerance Minnesota sponsored Patton’s October 11-12 visit, where he met with local high school students as well as college students at St. Cloud State University. Patton always wanted to be in music, and his initial goals included teaching music in school. His teaching plans were put on hiatus after he became involved in the Nashville movement in 1961 that led to the eventual integration of the city’s downtown lunch counters. He was featured in Freedom Riders, a PBS documentary based on the book of the same name. Continue Reading →

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Please publish accurate information on SCSU Black graduation rates

 

 

As St. Cloud State approaches the 2012-2013 school year, projections are that the university will continue its trend of welcoming growing numbers of students of color, including Black or African American students. In the last decade, enrollment of Black or African American students has increased at St. Cloud State from 173 total students in 2000 to 842 in the fall of 2011. This has been a gradual, purposeful growth as SCSU has sought to enhance the diversity of its student body to reflect the population of Minnesota. In a recent Spokesman-Recorder, a commentator implied that while the university attracts growing numbers of Black students, only a small percentage of those enrolled will successfully reach graduation. That statement is false, as we have informed you previously. Continue Reading →

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Anti-Black stereotypes killed Trayvon Martin and profiled me in St. Cloud

 

 

By Dr. Luke Tripp

Guest Commentator

 

The Trayvon Martin case has sparked the mobilization of millions who are morally outraged because Trayvon symbolized the targets and victims of the deeply racialized U.S. criminal justice system. This case is socially and politically explosive. To understand the social and political dynamics of this case, we have to focus on the centrality of race and the criminal justice system. Americans profess to believe that the rule of law should be applied equally to all citizens regardless of race or status. Yet, it is beyond dispute that the criminal “justice” system functions from start to finish (definitions of crime, investigation, arrest, charging, conviction and sentencing) in a racially biased way. Continue Reading →

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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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MSR Readers: Make your own judgment on the state of St. Cloud State

 

The commentary below from Debra Leigh, a professor at St. Cloud State University and lead organizer for the Community Anti-Racism Education Initiative, was published in the MSR November 10 issue. Dr. Mahmoud Saffari believes the commentary is filled with “inaccuracies and false accusations” and requested an opportunity to respond. Below this commentary is his line-by-line response to Leigh’s commentary. In Dr. Saffari’s words, “Let your readers make their own judgment.”

 

 
SCSU campus has shown a commitment to diversity
 

By Debra Leigh

Guest Commentator

 

The simple truth about St. Cloud State and the firing of Dr. Saffari [“Protest follows firing of a top SCSU administrator of color,” MSR, Oct. Continue Reading →

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