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St. Cloud: ignoring racism to preserve “White Cloud”

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As a result of its racism, St. Cloud (“White Cloud”) has been invaded by civil rights groups, federal investigators and unsympathetic outside news reporters. In a community where racism has always been its most abundant natural resource, psychological salvation and sociopathic glue, meaningful changes must be forced from outside? Continue Reading →

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St. Cloud: ‘placemaking’ and ‘right sizing’ propaganda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Myrle B. Cooper 

Contributing Commentator 

Despite frantically hiring the Lakota Group and Next Communications public relations agencies to divert attention from St. Cloud, Minnesota’s reputation for racial hate crimes and record-setting rapes, naturally the city was rejected by best livability ranking groups again. Money magazine recently selected Maple Grove number two, Eagan number 11, and Woodbury number 12, among this country’s 50 best medium-size cities. Northfield was best place to retire. Evidently, researchers aren’t fooled by St. Continue Reading →

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Proposed St. Cloud Islamic Center arouses racial tensions

By Luke Tripp

Guest Commentator

 

The City of St. Cloud is unfriendly to people of color. It is located in Minnesota’s sixth congressional district, which is represented by Michele Bachman, one of the prominent leaders of the Tea Party movement. As an elected politician, her views (which are extremely hostile to the interests of people of color) largely reflect those of a large segment of her constituents in St. Cloud. 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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This culture of violence is tearing us apart

Once again the African American is being told he is not human…during the recent acts of murder of 20 innocent children and eight adults in the state of Connecticut. All of a sudden the White majority is outraged because they see themselves as the only human beings. However, we have lost lives across this nation in record numbers — in the city of Chicago, 584 to date this year, with over 1,800 shootings. Over the years in that same city they’ve murdered thousands of human beings. I’ve personally learned through my travels going back and forth across this country that we’ve lost thousands in every major city. Continue Reading →

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What does it take to be a State Senator?

DFL Hayden describes full-time responsibilities of part-time role
 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

When the 2013 Minnesota Legislative Session convenes January 8, State Senator Jeff Hayden officially will assume his office as Senate Deputy Majority Leader. The Minneapolis lawmaker is believed to be the first Black in history to be named to a high leadership post. Hayden told the MSR in an interview that Senate Majority Leader-designate Tom Bakk informed him of his new role November 14, nearly a week after the DFL became the majority party in both the Minnesota House and Senate in the Nov. 6 election. Hayden, Senator-elect Bobby Champion and St. Continue Reading →

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St. Cloud’s new police chief aims to ‘make things better’

 
He promises to be a very visible leader in this city undergoing rapid change
 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

William “Blair” Anderson was sworn in August 27 as St. Cloud’s first Black police chief. He says he likes the job so much it’s even better than flying an F-16. “One of the things I am focusing on here is doing the right things right,” said Anderson in an August 30 interview from his office at police headquarters in downtown St. Cloud. Continue Reading →

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St. Cloud State at a crossroad

 

 
The school can stop real racism now or just keep trying to change perceptions
 

By De’Vonna Pittman 

Guest Commentator

 

In response to your article “St. Cloud State image makeover is lipstick on a pig” [MSR Nov. 3], I feel that I am very qualified to speak on this very topic. My daughter attended St. Cloud State for two years. Continue Reading →

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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. 13] is that we don’t have enough information to judge from the point of view of either the administration or from the point of view of the protesters.  

What we do know is Dr. Saffari was responsible for the recruitment of all students. As vice president for enrollment management, his assignment was to increase net revenue, usually by increasing the proportion of entering students capable of paying most or all of their unsubsidized tuition. Continue Reading →

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