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Is the Strib unfairly targeting Black leaders?

Josie Johnson

Is the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s reporting on Black leaders and local Black organizations an intentional attack? The daily newspaper’s recent report on the Minneapolis Urban League (MUL) “of potential double billing” of the State and the Minneapolis Public Schools is part of a disturbing pattern that started last fall, says African American Leadership Forum (AALF) Executive Director Jeffery Hassan.

In a published commentary in last week’s MSR, Hassan complained that the Star Tribune’s April 13 report “casts aspersions” upon the legacy organization and its leadership concerning its educational programs, as well as that the state’s only two Black senators, Jeff Hayden and Bobby Joe Champion, now are lobbying for more funding for MUL. Continue Reading →

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Change gon’ come, oh yes it will

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The MSR alerts its readers, and through them the entire community, of an uncommonly important event coming up this weekend — a special election of the Minneapolis NAACP. Spread the word. This is, in our view, one of the most crucial local elections to come before us in years, one with the potential to alter for the better the quality and effectiveness of leadership in the Black community. Here’s why. Continue Reading →

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Star Tribune, stop profiling Somali community as terrorists

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In October, the New York Times reported that the Justice Department “prosecuted only five people from 2011 to 2013 for the crime of attempting to travel abroad to aid terrorists.” This “only five” number is a nation number and not a Minnesota number. There is no boogie man within the local Somali community. The Star Tribune has moved into the surveillance business, monitoring and hovering over the Somali community, violating their rights to privacy; the Star Tribune’s approach has become invasive. Minnesotans do not have the right to know, or need to know, everything that goes on within the Somali community. The Star Tribune has appointed itself the official babysitter of our local Somali community. Continue Reading →

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Equity in light rail postponed again

The Star Tribune ran stories last week about light rail in the metro area. The real interpretation: purposeful denial, again, of light rail equity for North Minneapolis. Star Tribune reported, May 12, 2014, that African Americans believe North Minneapolis is “not getting its fair share of transit amenities, despite having a heavily transit-dependent population,” and that there is a “drastic difference between service and amenities in other parts of the city like Uptown and the south side.” In other words, jobs for White city plantation bureaucrats and White construction workers, and more transit for White areas. We need action, not more talk. Back in 2008 and 2009, Black legislators and leaders were talking about a big public-works project involving light rail in North Minneapolis. Continue Reading →

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Safe streets promoted for White baseball

Selective reporting keeps the true level of violence concealed
 

George Orwell’s masterpiece 1984 helps us understand Minneapolis granting temporary “Big Brother” status to Major League Baseball for summer 2014’s All Star Game week:  “temporary…and related special event permits will not be approved or issued by the City of Minneapolis without the additional approval of Major League Baseball.” (Star Tribune, May 3, 2014)

Minneapolis granted temporary Big Brother status earlier for the Vikings stadium, although the Vikings didn’t ask for it as did MLB. We want safe streets for all neighborhoods, not just for downtown stadium and lake neighborhoods. We recognize we live in “1984” in government surveillance, manipulating and falsifying information for “the greater good,” and in newspapers re-writing history to match current party line: “selective reporting:”

• 18 straight days of shootings, few reported

• 18 homicides in Little Somalia over last three years, few reported. • Star Tribune reported May 6 two White girls stabbed May 5 and reported shooting in New Brighton

• 30 days earlier, three young African American females shot and wounded in North Minneapolis, yet unreported

When authorities announced on May 6 the arrest of three young African Americans for the April 12, 2014 shooting and paralyzing of a young African American near the All Star site, the Star Tribune finally reported the shooting. Again: selective reporting. Continue Reading →

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Gang summit in Mpls

Preparing for summer 2014
 

The “invitation only” “North Side Safety Summit” (“Gang Summit”) was held April 18, 2014, in North Minneapolis at the School District’s West Broadway headquarters. The Star Tribune reported “why” April 19, 2014: “The city’s North Side has seen one-third of the city’s violent crime and half of the city’s shootings over the past 14 years… Violent crime rose 24 percent…due to more assaults and robberies…centered around the Folwell, Jordan and Hawthorne neighborhoods.”

The purpose of the summit was to find solutions for summer 2014’s anticipated gang violence. Star Tribune: “Some 70 public officials…gathered…to talk about pervasive crime numbers and how to lower them.” The “containment” until winter hibernation returns is not a solution. The real solution, as I wrote about in my April 3, 2014 column, is to end the city political culture that results in providing little for the least among us in education, job opportunities, housing, health care, and further decline in families and community. It should have been called the Summit of Denial. Continue Reading →

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The continuing battle of Sgt. Michael Keefe

And the disappearance of  Black police officers from the MPD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See my August 29, 2007 column regarding the courageous battle waged by Lt. Michael Keefe of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD), “A profile in courage and integrity — the saga of Lt. Michael Keefe” (link below). Keefe was demoted to sergeant as part of a mean-spirited vendetta against this White officer and against some African American police officers. The August 2007 column provides insight into the latest battles currently being fought within the city and within its police department. And even though Mayor Betsy Hodges and city council members have said they are committed to equity and fairness in the governance of the city of Minneapolis, a couple of major battles centering around equity in the MPD questions their commitment. The first deals with the attempt by the City of Minneapolis, in State District Court, to avoid releasing information from the now six-and-a-half year lawsuit battle brought by then Lt. and now Sgt. Continue Reading →

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