Guns, opiates, programs and the Black community

Is this a national Black-White conspiracy?

Patterns of death — silent and loud in — are happening in Minnesota’s Black communities.

One pattern: The silent death of opiates; Ohio is the only state of with more cases.

Second pattern: Loud but just as deadly: Guns. Will Minneapolis be “Murderopolis” again?

Third pattern: Government interference. It can be indirect or forceful.

Fourth pattern: Lack of accountability. Why are foxes guarding the hen houses?

There is a lack of progress by government, nonprofit, corporate and security programs that deal with the consequences of opiate addition. The lack of progress by government, nonprofit, corporate, and security programs dealing with the consequences of opiate addiction seems to benefit mostly program counselors and administrators.

The number of deaths from opiates and guns in Black communities is equally frightening.  Black leadership is aware of the crisis and they continue to ask who is running opiate operations in the Black community and who is supplying guns.

Politicians claim to have a handle on the problems as they hand out hundreds of thousands of dollars to Black leadership. I disagree. Private funerals are still being held. Although law enforcement knows who is growing and manufacturing the drugs, there remains the significant challenge to identify the actual individual drug traffickers and the gunrunners.

It is quite clear who is actually handling and mishandling the health and welfare issues as young and old African Americans continue to die from opiates and guns. There is lot of money being made from the sale of freshly harvested opiates and brand new guns.

Minnesota penitentiaries are full of growing numbers of young, male and female African Americans who have fallen prey to the trafficking of and addiction to opiates and guns. Again, when will the freshly harvested drugs and freshly imported guns be adequately addressed?

Black Americans neither own nor control arms manufacturing and pharmaceutical manufacturing companies, and yet, the young of our communities are dying disproportionately in record numbers in such cities as Chicago; the Twin Cities; Jackson, Mississippi and Little Rock, Arkansas

Don’t forget Waterloo, Iowa. A little over a decade ago, this city of hard working Black folks, dedicated to their children and their community, was decimated by drugs brought in from Chicago and St. Louis. Waterloo never recovered.

The Twin Cities are on a similar path. White candidates vying for Minneapolis mayor in the November 2017 election say the so-called war against crime is under control. I disagree. Wars against crime will not be won by building more prisons. They will be won only with the implementation of the “fair four” policies: education, jobs, housing and public safety.

Young Blacks who think they are only good for sports, entertainment or government programs give in to despair when they fail in those pursuits. They fall into drugs and guns. As Maxine Waters exposed in the 1980s, governments are allowing and providing drugs and guns. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan warned us 50 years ago, as Black commentators remind us today, when government took over the Civil Rights Movement, the high percentage of Black families with fathers dropped precipitously. Who will stand up for today’s “South 40” Blacks or poor Appalachia Whites?

After the failure to endorse a candidate at last week’s DFL City Convention for 2017 elections, we will have a free for all. Regardless, none of the three White candidates offered a plan to address and execute policies for the safety and vitality of our African American communities (and it is the mayor who controls dispensing these funds). Why are Black leaders not addressing these questions? Are we being told that political support is more important than supporting human beings?


Stay tuned.


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