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Peace in our time? Really?
Thursday, April 20, 2017
By the time this column appears, the American naval task force led by the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, will be in the Sea of Japan, on the Western side of Japan, yet within range of North Korea. We’ll know more then about what the Trump Administration is up to, and whether or not either side has upped the stakes in the Middle East.
Many believe “American first” does not include others’ civil wars, as in Syria. On the other hand, others believe that we must act morally in the face of genocide and the use of chemical weapons. How do we avoid the extreme of progressive Democrat Woodrow Wilson, when he was president, who urged, in 1917, that America enter World War I, in order “to make the world safe for democracy?” That set up World War II.
Candidate Donald Trump said stay out of Syria. President Trump bombed Syria. Was it measured or a warm up? Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is being portrayed as a tough talking Secretary of State representing the Trump Doctrine. Whatever the doctrine is, the American people will never confuse it with the Monroe Doctrine. We suggest the Trump Administration has a clear and precise policy on what they want to do, how they want to do it, and when they want to do it, whether incrementally or in sudden bursts.
As the world grows more dangerous each and every day, a catastrophic mistake would cost the lives of thousands of young Americans in military action, even though Donald Trump, before his election, criticized President Obama for even talking about taking military action in Syria. There is no commitment by the American people to engage in a two front war, Syria and North Korea, 6,677 miles from the USA. Do we stay home, send troops, or turn to drones and long range missiles to influence their thinking?
Trump drew a “red line”. The Iran, Russia, Hezbollah communique, supporting Syria and its actions, drew its own “red line” vis a vis USA action. They did not condemn Syria for its genocide nor its use of chemical weapons.
We are dealing with foes with nuclear capability: Iran, North Korea, China and Russia. China and Russia would consider an attack on North Korea as a threat to their individual national security. We see this clearly when we take a look at the world map.
The United States will be hard pressed, militarily and economically, to carry out a two front war, with adversaries who not only have a nuclear capacity but the wherewithal militarily to engage in a prolonged conflict. Let us remember, irrespective of whether a democrat or republican, that politicians and the industrial military complex told the American public that Iraq and Afghanistan would be a walk in the park. That was over 13 years ago. We now have special forces on the ground in Syria. Will that escalate to setting the world afire?
This President needs to educate himself about what foreign affairs are really about. Foreign affairs are not renditions of the Apprentice. “You’re fired” has potentially catastrophic consequences. A two front conflict will basically eat up all of the funds, all of the budget for infrastructure, for jobs, for health care, for American well-being in general, and, most tragically, preventing the President’s promise to take care of the inner cities, which would happen if he switches to cities that are over 6,000 miles away.
With the wrong mind set, a miscalculation could set the world on fire, something that none of us would be able to live through.
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Is Barack Obama a felon?
Thursday, April 13, 2017
In the last couple of weeks, there has been a certain eeriness in regards to the allegations by the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, that his constitutional rights were violated by the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama.
Sadly, there are many who want to believe that President Barack Obama had finally miss-stepped after what had been an unblemished 8 years as President of the United States of America.
In fact, far too many in the African America community and in the Democratic Party did not appear to be as bothered by the allegations as they should have been.
But it is quite clear that there are far too many who want the allegations to be true that Barack Obama had violated the Constitution, and by extension, the law of the land, and that his legacy and his reputation would at long last be changing.
But it is our sense that President Barack Obama has not violated the constitution nor the reputation of Donald Trump and his administration, nor has Barack Obama betrayed the American people.
That former national security advisor Michael Flynn is negotiating for immunity in exchange for testifying before both the Senate and House Intelligence committees, raises serious questions and concerns regarding seeming violations of the Constitution and the law by the extreme right on the other side of the political aisle.
These are dangerous and difficult times for the United States of America, and only through strength of purpose and commitment to truth will this country survive. What I see happening, as of the writing of this column, is a potential mirror image of Water Gate. Right now, the meeting on a dark night on the grounds of the White House by the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, sounds like a new version of Deep Throat.
As African Americans, we are concerned for the damage that was attempted to be imposed on the 44th president of the United States of America, Barack Obama. For too many in certain quarters, the response is too easily to just point the finger at the Black guy. This is not a game. We are talking about the future of our democratic institutions in the United States of America, as we have said before in this column over the years.
Today, Vladimir Putin, seeming commissar of the East, has to be pleased at the job of the fracturing of the west by its seeming new commissar, Donald Trump. It is just that serious. Again, this is not a game. It could be fatal to a nation now more fragile since than the days of Watergate.
In fact, as I have reflected on the African American political giants that existed in this state over the past decades, I urge the reader to reflect on Minnesota’s African American giants, and ask where are today’s?
Who comes to mind in your thinking? The past Minnesota giants in my mind include Cecil Newman and Nellie Stone Johnson, and past national figures such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Mary McCloud Bethune, Thurgood Marshall, Roy Wilkins, and many other giants in their time in the history of America.
It has always been said that there are too many strong voices and pure personalities to allow this nation to go down in flames. Let us hope that is true, as we are faced with a significant challenge regarding the well-being and future of this nation.
May the hand of the Almighty rest on the shoulders of his nation, as we work to survive the potential fracturing of our democratic institutions.
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The Big 10: The Whitest Coaching Conference in America
Thursday, March 23, 2017
“Black coaches vanish from Big Ten, once a model for diversity in college basketball,” read the 3-6-17 Star Tribune headline. Sub-headline: “Black coaches becoming a rarity in big-time college basketball.” The significance of this article is seen in the fact that it is 2,393 words long.
Significant or just another “Minnesota Nice” move to gloss over racism and anti-diversity, or another Star Tribune “Minnesota nice” drive-by to confess and then go back to business as usual, until the next confessional, as Black American students continue to be used to make money and to entertain the majority white population?
At the Minnesota Spokesman Recorder, both Charles Hallman and myself have written on this for years. How will the Star Tribune follow up on this exposure of the corruption of values and fairness: the disappearance of Head Coaches in the Big Ten football and basketball: “Once a national leader in the hiring of black coaches, the Big Ten is now the only major conference without one”)? Is this just another empty report about an empty diversity policy backed by empty promises?
Besides anti-diversity and anti-fairness, this report also exposes the stupidity of how racism and bias lead to bad programs. Most head coaches are former players. “74 percent of players in power conferences were nonwhite last season … up from 67 percent in 2008,” whereas Black head coaches in the big six conferences as a whole dropped from 33% to 17%, with the Big Ten zero %). How do you win when the criteria for great coaching, to paraphrase Martin Luther King in reverse, is the color of their skin not the content of their coaching knowledge and drive?
In our 5 columns (2013 – 2015), we wrote how Tubby Smith was being forced out as head basketball coach at the University of Minnesota for manufactured reasons to slander him and his reputation, caused by the then white AD and a white woman sports writer.
90% of NCAA Athletic Directors are white. As in the “old days,” too many want coaches that look like them. These great institutions of higher learning scream diversity from their classrooms and rooftops, yet turn their backs on diversity in practice throughout their universities, as diversity is something for the rest of us, but not for them. And thus these fourteen Big Ten universities have all white basketball head coaches: Michigan, Northwestern, Penn State, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Iowa, Indiana, Rutgers, Maryland, plus these four that have never had a Black Head Basketball Coach, Michigan State, Purdue, Illinois and Nebraska.
The Black Coaches Association warned the NCAA a decade ago that the college sports of football and basketball were on a path to total segregation. This will cause unrest. Players may want to “be like Mike,” but not ADs. Black players (the field hands) are needed to make significant money for the white intuitions. In exchange they get lower graduation rates. This is not a positive message to send young Black collegians, male and female, who will be future leaders.
Both professional basketball and football are sliding down the same slope of nullification and reversal regarding Black administrators and coaches. Qualified players continue to be doomed to be merely entertainers for boosters, alumni, and rowdy students enjoying their big, new stadiums. And its not about a “promotion path”: Bill Russell, Doc Rivers, and Jason Kidd, went from being a player one year to head coach the next.
The Big 10 Conference, as other sports, want the Head Coaches to be white, no matter that many white coaches can’t stand up in quality to many Black coaches.
For Ron’s hosted radio and TV show’s broadcast times, solutions papers, books and archives, go to www.TheMinneapolisStory.com.
Editor's note: Here are earlier columns on this issue:
March, 08, 2017: Another Audit of the People’ Stadium Authority. It's about time
Another Audit of the People’ Stadium Authority.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
It’s about time.
The meeting of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority’s Board on Friday, February 24,
The 2-24-27 Star Tribune by Rochelle Olson, creates the the new game of ?who is next?” following the departure of Michele Kelm-Helgen and Ted Mondale. Those wondering include those in both the white and black communities who have denied and covered up our reporting.
As we stated in our column of June 27, 2012, the MSFA faced “one of the greatest challenges in the history of Minnesota and its legacy of civil and human rights.” Sadly, Minnesota failed again in this chapter of civil and human rights as well. The Star Tribune concentrated on abuse of stadium suites use, instead of unkept promises to communities of color and falsification of documents to make it look like promises were kept for all who were invited to sit at the stadium table.
The Minnesota legislature’s auditor and the Republican controlled senate indicate they will take a closer and more detailed look at the awarding of contracts, and the failure or success of equity commitments of the previous administration. New Chair Blatz was identified by the Star Tribune reporter as the one asking questions regarding contracts and equity, noting that for over four years even Commissioner Barbara Butts Williams had never asked any pertinent questions about any aspects of contracts and definitely not about equity.
It is quite obvious that some commissioners and staff of the MSFA are growing nervous about the legal questions raised around how well the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority dealt with issues of equity and contract awards, and the consequences of these questions.
But we warned of this (see especially 2015 column 5/7. 2014 columns 1/15, 2/12 and 8/13. 2013 columns of 1/16 , 1/23, 6/26, and 9/4. See also 20 columns, 2005-2011, in Solution paper #46, 11/2//11, on “Disparity / Compliance Studies.”)
The legislative auditor has already recognized that documents have been shredded or lost, as discovered in their search for crucial documents of the MSFA, in order to answer what happed to the legislature’s promises to communities of color that we would receive appropriate and meaningful opportunity in the construction of the $1 billion people’s stadium?
Will this new investigation finally expose the failure of inclusion in the demolition and construction of the $1.1 billion people’s palace, called US Bank stadium?
There will be a need for great care by those who have stayed on to explain to the new Chairwoman of the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority of the inconsistency in attempting to put Humpty Dumpty back together after his great fall.
Humpty Dumpty represents the base information to compare against the false documentation given to the public and the tax payers of the State of Minnesota. Will we now hear all the fairy tales about how much opportunity there will be for people of color to be involved in 2018 Super Bowl in Minneapolis and other events to be part of the future of the peoples stadium?
A fragile America. Really?
February 23, 2017
As FDR said in his 1933 innaugural address, “there’s nothing to fear but fear itself.”
This is our 8th column on Donald Trump since 3-9-16 (see list at our blog entry of November 8, 2016), as we join in the national pasttime of trying to understand the man who challenged us with “vote for me, What do you have to lose?
With the sudden request by President Trump for his National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, February 13, 2017, to resign (the same as being fired), we see cracks appearing in the organizing foundation of the new Trump Administration. Will we win or lose?
Flynn made several telephone conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, December 26 and 27, 2016, when President Barrach Obama, by Constitution, was still President of the United States, which was routine for new administrations. As with Nixon and Clinton, their error (character flaw) was lying about an act, not the act itself.
We made notion of a great transgression in an earlier column in January. Flynn is but one of many problems the Trump Administration is is having to deal wth, as of the writing of this column. Here is a quick list:
And the list goes on. In fact, it is so perillous that even Americans who voted for Trump are fearful that he may be ovelyr matched by the demands of his office. These problems are not only damaging to his legacy but also damaging to the security of the United States of America.
To remove a National Security Advisor after 24 days on the job, makes many Americans uncomfortable, adding to the divide right now between the President and the people., even those who voted for him.
Donald Trump holds the key to the national security vault: pushing the wrong button or combination of buttons puts all Americans in danger. Some observers say Trunp won’t have a ”first 100 days” to hit the ground running. This column agrees. We haven’t named Vladamir Putin or Russia because until Michael Flynn is questioned by congress we’ll have no idea as a nation why Russia feels so comfortable in reading the intent of the United States before the United States knows what its intent is.
We all pray for our republic, because we all know as the nation goes so goes our future. We hope the Triump Administration has the wherewithal and the honest intellect to follow in the footsteps of previous presidents who have safely guided this nation.
We hope and pray that new ideas and advisors will set this new president on a correct path. Whether republican, democrat, or independent, we all want to be comfortable in our own homes in a nation that provdes comfort for its citizens. Anything other than that will be disastrous tor the citizens of this nation.
May God continue to bless this great nation. We speakof the God that is worshipped by many nations, religions, and faiths, who all have a stake in the future of the nations of the world. May God give this nation strength to bring its mesage into line.
A job well done by the MPD and the Beeks family
February 23, 2017
Ever since the tragic events of May 2016, the Beeks’ family has carried out a tenacious and passionate quest to bring about justice for their grandmother/mother and loved one.
Chief Janae Harteau, Assist chief Cris Aronson, the head of dthe Homicide Unite, Lt. Zimmerman, and detectives Green and Tomsen (SP), deserve the respect and appreciation for a job well done.
When the suspect, who we identify only as JE, was taken into custody, and the Beeks family was asked to come to police headquarters on late Monday morning, there was a strong sense of appreciation and relief on the part of the family.
Detectives Green and Tomsen (SP) under the supervision of lt. Zimmerman, stayed the course. It was not easy. There was silence. There was resistance. There was fear. But Ms. Beeks’ loved ones particularly her daughter (SPELL) held visuaos, marched, and, most importantly, knocked on doors thorughut th Northside community, and asked the citizens to step up to the plate to bring justice to another senseless act of violence, that took the life of a grandmother, who had worked herself o provide safety within a community tha has seen too much vioenc, be it no or so Minn or downtown, where w ehae had two homicides already and at least seven others shot who did not die.
The Beeks family and the Minneapolis police department, under the leadership of Janae Harteau, showed a commitment and a tenaciousness that sometimes is lacking when justice is being sought by the a famer community. Let us say at this point in this column that hopefully the county attorney will see fit to also, at long last, charge the suspect in the tragic murder of a two year old Af Amer baby on the streets of this ity in the early summer of 2016.
Ms. Beeks, deserves justice and the two year old child, Baby Jones, likewise, aloing with this baby sisgter who was also wounded equally to be provide with justice ad let it b conveyed to a c mmunity that race does not make a difference inequal protection under the law. It is so important, that as this column goes topress,, that there is a sense, as we said earlier, that the quest for justice was achieved in the death of Ms Beeks and It will be achieved in the death of a two year old black chid on the streets of this city.
Chief Harteau said on the afternoon of January 3rd, it was a combination of a concerned community and a dediated police department that brought about the apprehension of the suspect and a strong sense that the MPD ad the comujity work together and brought justice to the able of hope.
It is someone ironic, in closing, that four days before the announcement that Chief Harteau was on national tV, NBC, talking of the importance of the community the police and all others who should be concerned, coming together and working together. It is quite clear that the hand of dthe Almight was on the shoulders of dthe Beeks family in their quest for justice.
Our prayers go out for Gov Daynton.
January 19, 2017
Those of my generation remember the 1950s and the two fear-causing terms, HUAC (the U.S. House of Representatives’ House Un-American Activities Committee, and the name of U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy, Republican, from Wisconsin. HUAC was created in 1938 “to investigate alleged disloyalty and subversive activities on the part of private citizens, public employees, and those organizations suspected of having Communist ties.”
It used to me that “red” meant communist countries. How is it that the Republican Party is now call the "red" part and the Democrats the "blue" party?
McCarthy, HUAC, and the zealous anti-communists of America destroyed and ruined the lives of thousands of Americans deemed “fellow travelers,” code for “dirty commies,” who were perceived as threats to the security of the United States during the post-World War II “cold war” that featured the rattling of the nuclear saber. Trillions of dollars were spent in building a nuclear stock pile, angering China and North Korea, who fought the United States to a standstill that resulted in the country being divided into North and South Korea.
The period from the end of the second world war to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 was a period of mistrust and concern about the future of humanity on this planet. As we see from a recent poll, many are not alone in asking if that mistrust and concern of many is now back, 25 years later, as a recent Quinnipiac poll reported only 37 percent approval rating of the incoming president, with concerns of his seemingly trusting and respecting the Russian Federated Republic and its leader, Vladimir Putin.
What would former presidents Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan, have thought of the seeming love affair between the newly elected president of the United States and one of the worlds’ greatest tyrants? It appears we once again see the reality of repudiation by skin color, as White Russians are approved while Chinese, North Koreans, Vietnamese, and Cubans, all of which have been under the control of Communist Russia and its communist agenda, are repudiated.
I know some readers of this column will pretend to be offended by what I write, especially if they are too young to remember “better Red than Dead.” Prominent American heroes like Senator John McCain and strong anti-communists like Senator Lyndsay Graham, warn us that the new leadership appears to favor the re-emergence of the dangerous path of Red America, as President-Elect Donald trump appears to be acting more and more as the new Commissar of the United States of America, offering respect for Vladimir Putin and the Russian Communist philosophy. Nonetheless, McCain and Graham will relunctantly vote for his cabinet nominees, hoping for the best, and hoping there will not be a repeat of when fear caused lives that to be lost over a 50-year period in the fighting to stop the emergence of communism.
Some wonder if the only problem the Trump Administration has with communism is that of he non-white color of China, North Korea, Vietnam. Some think we ma be becoming a red nation, which would make Joseph Stalin proud of what some see as a successful mission of Vladimir Putin, who was trained by the Russian Secret Service, which is like an ongoing version of the SS of Nazi Germany.
The future, as always, is empirically unavailable, yet some ask are we drifting toward catastrophe? As there is not much difference between the two forms of socialism labeled fascism and communism, what is really being weighted for the days after January 20?
Are commitments being made to Russia by the incoming administration, and if so, aw ask about any committments, whether to Russia or others, how will these commitments impact Black America?
May patriotism against the forces of evil not become an endangered species in our United States of America.
Betrayal in the Middle East
January 5, 2017
Since 1863, Black Americans have been waiting for the fulfillment of the language of the Emancipation Proclamation, and the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. The Palestinian people have long awaited their own “let my people go.”
The Western Powers of Europe and its allies recrafted and reshaped the Middle East after World War I, giving each European power a piece of the Middle East, called “Mandates.”
The Palestinian Arabs, after World War I, became nomads, people wandering in the wilderness, pushed out of their homes, pushed off their and every day by western powers.
At that 1919 conference was Chaim Weizmann, who along with fellow secular Zionist Jews, sought a piece of the region called Palestine. After World War II, the Zionists lobbied for a Jewish state, seeking a place to protect the migration of millions of Jews from the Ukraine, East Poland and Bella Ruse. It is all documented in the archives of history.
In 1947, the Mandate areas were given full statehood, including the UN adopting a two-state solution for two new states from the British Mandate: Israel and Palestine (see UN resolutions 181 and 182). Here, as in America, “leadership” interrupted. The Jewish and Palestinian people wanted it. The Jewish leaders reluctantly accepted it. The Palestinian leaders refused. Palestinian leaders, claimed Israel had no right to exist as a state, despite some land bought and owned by the secular Zionist movement for that purpose.
The parallel with the Palestinians and Arabs in the Middle East and to the African Americans in the USA: so-called “leadership” enriches themselves by blocking the freedom the majority of the people want (witness the lack of progress in our American inner cities and the Palestinian enclaves of the Middle East). South Africa made it work. It can be so with Black Americans and Middle East Palestinians. Peace will not come until a formula for peace is both generated (and many have been), and implemented (so far leaders have refused).
Much continues to be been written that twists and distorts history at the expense of the Palestinian people. The Palestinian people continue to be told that the Two State Solution would occur and there would be peace in their time. They still wait. Our inner cities still wait.
It is unfortunate that President Obama’s recent choice not to veto a UN resolution about Israel and Palestine is being interpreted as stabbing Israel in the back.
At the Peace Conference in Paris, France in 1919, the decision makers, with the exception of the Japanese who were an ally to US, France, and Britain in the 1st world war, were white Christian nations. Leadership on both sides knows what they are doing, as they continue to betray the doctrines of trust and integrity. We need to be concerned in America and the black community, as promises about greater opportunity, and greater respect appear and then are again withdrawn.
Many activities, many conferences, many conflicts and many lives have been lost over the past nearly 60 years, all in the name of peace.
No due process is business as usual at University of Minnesota.
December 29, 2016
Pull quote: It is a sad commentary that Black leadership, on campus and off, have not, as of the writing of this column, raised their voices above a whisper.
The University of Minnesota and Hennepin County have once again demonstrated their racist and sexist sides by causing social injustice in their handling of the U of M football team’s threat to boycott the December 27 Holiday Bowl in San Diego until charges of sexual assault are dropped against fellow players. The original findings by the Minneapolis Police Department and the county attorney’s office was that the incident was consenting and there was no cause for arrest. The woman and the men even agreed not to sue each other.
Then bias and ugly took over. An “80-page sexual-assault investigation report” was accepted without being fact-checked. The 80-page report changed “the narrative” of the boycott, as prejudice and bias replaced the truth in terms of Black men (obviously guilty) and a White woman (obviously innocent).
As the old warning goes, if they can deny due process to “them” they can do it to “us.” Do we really give up our vigilance?
The later announcement by the county attorney of re-opening the case further reflects the pressure applied by White feminists and others who see this as an opportunity to severely wound the future presence of African American athletes at the University of Minnesota, attesting to Black men’s lives don’t matter, only those of White women.
The lies of that 80-page report will eventually come out, but not before young lives have been ruined because of the denial of due process, just arbitrary expulsion, suspension and probation. We are reminded of the U of M campus carnage of 1985, when African Americans were shown there is no place for Black student athletes at the U of M.
In the award-winning book Under the Tarnished Dome, regarding University of Notre Dame football and its football department, the same thing occurred as Whites piled on Black players. Two chapters in the book are about Lou Holtz’s two years at the University of Minnesota. I was quoted as indicating that there was a clear pattern and practice of racism at the U of M, which I covered in Chapter 10 of my 2002 book, about the university: Burying the Truth and Losing Its Soul.
Thus this 2026 boycott and aftermath is not the most devastating event in the history of Minnesota athletics as the Star Tribune claims. Once again we are burdened with the ignorance of an angry White newspaper that chose to ignore earlier research and ignore earlier facts despite being archived in the records of Hennepin County District Court, the NCAA, the book Under the Tarnished Dome, and my book.
It took great courage for Anton Winfield, Sr., on behalf of his son and the other nine African American student athletes, and Tyrone Carter, one of the most distinguished and respected African American alumni and a football great, to stand tall and ask for justice for these young men. It is a sad commentary that Black leadership, on campus and off, have not, as of the writing of this column, raised their voices above a whisper.
Think of this: The county attorney, who refused to charge a gunman in the shooting death of a two-year-old African American child in the summer of 2016, is now the same chief prosecutor preparing to charge, indict and try 10 young African Americans for whom there is “no cause for arrest.”
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For Ron’s hosted radio and TV show’s broadcast times, solutions papers, books and archives, go to www.TheMinneapolisStory.com.
A challenge for the Black media
December 22, 2016
Black Media faces many challenges in 2017. Success or failure in Black America will depend on the following:
The victory by Donald Trump provides a great challenge for the next four years. Black journalism has to decide whether to hide with the White mainstream as it establishes its Kremlin of White journalism, advocating for one political party, leaving unanswered the question of Black journalism: will it advocate for education, jobs, housing, public safety and economic development in our inner cities and suburban communities?
We know some will not like the word Kremlin in this narrative, but mainstream journalism has become like a Kremlin in America (a Kremlin is a major fortified central complex in historic Russian cities, the most famous Kremlin being in Moscow).
Will writers understand their mission and resist the offers of career bribes, and restore the rich and long history of Black journalism, which is the history of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder? This will truly be a test for the Black Fourth Estate in America. Let’s have no more lazy or yellow journalism. Fake news cannot be the order of the day within the Black Fourth Estate, including the fake news panels on mainstream television.
Let’s not replace hard work in the Black Fourth Estate with backsliding, slanting, and excuses. As 2016 comes to an end, an assessment must be made to develop a workable news gathering/reporting strategy for the next four years. We have heard of no discussions of this.
Many White and Black news media seem to have joined with the Clinton Camp, still reeling at being stunned by the greatest electoral upset since Truman beat Dewey in 1948. We were not (see our blog of November 8, 2016 that lists our 8 columns that help in Understanding Election 2016).
The new administration will take the mantel of power at noon on the 20th of January. Let us not forget Article 2 of the constitution, as Black America’s Fourth Estate must be ready and dug in to keep the masses of Black America accurately informed about how the political landscape impacts their communities.
The threats to America’s democratic institutions are real. Vladimir Putin has long had friends in the Western Kremlin, as do other countries intelligence services that hacked into both party’s servers in the hope of interfering in the American election. Some say Putin is not a friend of the West, but on January 20, 2017 we will see how cemented or not he is with the new administration, as suggested even by two Republican Senators, John McCain of Arizona and Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, as they call the Trump administration to stand in the well of the Senate to explain. All Americans are owed an explanation of all long-term foreign relationships.
The president-elect said he would do much for America's inner cities. We will hold him to that, and by development we don’t mean White gentrification and construction through Black displacement.
The Black Fourth Estate must be in the forefront of defending America’s future, as it must put its journalistic examination at the forefront in reporting on the future of the least of our citizens. Black America cannot afford journalistic laziness, pretense and fear in 2017. We must stand tall. We must be vigilant. We must be prepared to defend the Constitution of the United States of America.
God bless you and protect you this Holiday Season, including Christmas, New Years, and throughout 2017.
For Ron’s hosted radio and TV show’s broadcast times, solutions papers, books and archives, go to www.TheMinneapolisStory.com.
North High School: a job well done
December 8, 2016
Pull quote: All the players in this historic championship run all live within the boundaries of North High School. This is important because for a decade there has been a talent drain of African American talent to schools outside the city of Minneapolis
Congratulations to North High School for winning the state Class 1A championship in football. They have not only done North Minneapolis proud, but also the entire city of Minneapolis, as this is the first championship for the city since 1977.
North is now the only high school that has won a Minnesota championship in all six sports categories: 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, and 6A. Head coach Charles Adams III is now the first African American head football coach in the state of Minnesota to win a state title. North is making history.
Just five years ago, the Board of Education and certain political figures were ready to lock North’s doors. North was left to find students. They did: 62 of them, starting with one grade, ninth grade. Today North has over 400 students. That puts them in Class 1A.
North is now one of the few Minnesota high schools in any classification to hold state championships in both football and basketball the same year. North won the Class 1A state basketball championship for the 2015-16 basketball season.
There is tremendous pride being felt in the North High family and, by extension, the Northside community. Coach Charles Adams III, is being recognized as one of the top high school football coaches in the state of Minnesota. The job he did along with his coaching staff, which included his father, Charles Adams II, was almost a miracle in and of itself.
In Coach Adams’ first season he was lucky to be able to suit up 16 players for a game. But as North began to improve and show its ability on the field of competition there began to be grumblings. Some in the Minnesota State High School League (MSHL), the governing body, attempted to pressure North to accept re-classification in one of 4A or 5A or 6A, where they would be in competition against school three-six times the size of North high school.
Another historic market: all the players in this historic championship run all live within the boundaries of North High School. This is important because for a decade there has been a drain of African American talent to schools outside the city of Minneapolis, particularly in the sports of football and basketball. White communities particularly don’t like to talk about that.
Head Coach Adams, a 1999 graduate of North High School, began with a commitment to the development of the tremendous talent that exists within North’s school boundaries. And so it was with great pride two weeks ago that thousands were able to watch the North High Polars’ march to the state championship on statewide television. Rest assured not everyone was pulling for them but their community certainly was.
I’m reminded of some of the great athletes that came out of North High after it was allowed to be integrated in the 1930s: great names, great athletes, all of whom would be proud of the tenaciousness and spirit and the commitment of North’s current leadership, starting with the Principal Shaun Harris-Barry, Athletic Director Leo Lewis, and the parents and friends of North High school.
This is a cherished moment for an important neighborhood institution of Minneapolis. North did not give up. The community persevered and proved what I often write in these columns: given opportunity, we can use our genius to develop action plans to achieve success. May more community organizations do so.
Again, we offer our heartfelt congratulations to North High School for being state champions in both football and basketball. These young people, our future, have given strength to our community that too often has been nonexistent.
For Ron’s hosted radio and TV show’s broadcast times, solutions papers, books and archives, go to www.TheMinneapolisStory.com.
Election 2016: a challenger to the mayor.
Pull quote: The City of Minneapolis must determine whether it will work with the Minnesota Board of Education regarding increasing meaningful education opportunities for students of color.
The next election for Minneapolis mayor is November 2017. An early candidate to announce for the office of mayor is a former NAACP President, who has indicated her platform’s vision for Minneapolis.
There will, of course, be other candidates for mayor as well as candidates for the 13 seats of the Minneapolis City Council. All of them should guarantee a very spirited campaign season. The newly announced candidate is a former professor of law at prestigious University of St. Thomas. We expect from her a deep and probing analysis of the problems facing the institutions of government in Minneapolis.
This comes at an important time in the history of liberalism in the city of Minneapolis. The vision of liberalism in the time of Nellie Stone Johnson and Hubert Humphrey, co-founders of the Democratic Farmer Labor Party, is changing from “nonviolence matters” to a divisive, self-defeating liberalism that accepts the violence of today’s progressives.
But marching and rioting is not enough. Action must support what is important: helping our community improve education, jobs, housing, and public safety, instead of disrupting them. What’s needed is a strategy that works. What is needed, again, is that work to improve education, jobs, housing, and public safety.
An example is the massive construction going on. Leadership wants us to fall for the false narrative of the myth that we are enjoying greater prosperity for African Americans and others of color. In fact, this paper ran a four-part series on the economic prosperity driven by the construction of the Vikings U.S. Bank Stadium (the “Peoples’ Stadium”).
There will clearly be debates over whose narrative is correct. That should in itself be spirited, as documentation by both sides is presented and then previewed and analyzed by the voters for the election of November 2017. Documentation is an important part of the debate over prosperity or no prosperity. Documentation authenticates who is or is not telling the truth and who really understands the issues.
This is extremely important in determining who is knowledgeable or not, regarding one of the most dangerous threats to communities of color: illegal drug use and abuse. Addiction and death is sky rocketing. African American communities are devastated by the impact of drugs. The issue of addiction and illegal drugs must have a platform of unquestionable debate and clarification of how it destroys our communities.
Clearly Trump knew Washington would initiate the narrative that calls for stiffer sentences, greater intrusion on constitutional protection among communities of color, and the development of quarantine zones being developed and assigned in African American communities on the issue of education. The City of Minneapolis must determine whether it will work with the Minnesota Board of Education regarding increasing meaningful education opportunities for students of color, or if the city will possibly take an adversarial role and commit itself to attempting to take over the Minneapolis Public School System.
These are important issues for reflection in 2017, which point out the purpose and importance of the new political order. We leave you with some of the spirited reflections of those who have come before the current candidate for 2017.
As Nellie Stone Johnson said “true equality through quality education.” She said “the basic philosophy is to feed people, put a roof over [their heads] and provide a quality education.”
Thurgood Marshall said “that human rights must be satisfied through the orderly processes of law.”
Ed note: DEA on Wednesday, nation wide announcement, 16th, drug addicdtyion and violemce out of control
Murder in the streets of Minneapolis continue.
November 10, 2016
I write this column Halloween night, following more tricks in the form of murders, violence and misleading statistical reporting, and fewer treats of honesty. There has been three murders over the three-day Halloween weekend of October 28-30.
Will they finally look at our over 50 solution papers for good ideas?
Trump: The Fire Now
Tensions rise in the U.S.A.
October 27, 2016
Pull quote: For 30 pieces of silver some will do anything, even after realizing the 30 pieces of silver are worthless to our community as a whole.
The fire-bombing of Republican headquarters in Orange County, North Carolina, is clearly a dangerous and intimidating signal that is being sent to America. As North Carolina Governor McCrory said, it is an assault on the democratic system. But by who?
Donald trump has said the Orange County incident was carried out by animals of the Democratic Party or those who are persons of interest to the police: White supremacists?
So let’s replace the old saying of “the fire next time” with “the fire now” to describe Donald Trump’s claim. The inferno he has created to challenge historical reflections on the history of voter denial and contemporary voter fraud in America is different for us, as we have long experienced voter suppression and voter fraud, as imposed by both parties, despite the Civil War and the “freedom” of 1865.
Trump raises seriously real issues about the integrity of voter protection, and about voter fraud. This column was written October 17, and this columnist expects additional violent responses by the time this column is published October 27. And yet all of this is no less harmful than the rhetoric that African Americans are enjoying unprecedented economic advancement across the country, including the overboard reporting of economic opportunity on one of the largest public works projects in the history of the state of Minnesota.
Supporters of these falsehoods represent a very dangerous element of American society, talking revolution and speaking in the dark terms of violence if their candidate for the president of the United States does not win in November. We know many will dismiss such allegations, but Black Americans know the pain that accompanies the denial of being excluded.
As we have long written, it is troubling that some of our own community participate in twisting the factual information to support the great lie that we are doing better now than at any time in the history of the State of Minnesota and its various municipalities. Tensions rise each and every day among young African Americans when they are told great economic opportunity has arrived even though statistical data and their own experience does not support that claim.
It is disturbing that after the Bureau of Census exposed the economic collapse of Black Minnesota, only this column and this newspaper has reported the truth. It is especially disturbing when the betrayal comes from so-called African American leaders as well. Payoffs buy silence.
There are those in both parties committed to tearing this country apart if their side is not victorious in November. Will the African American community support true civil rights? Will the African American community continue to be fed the great lie of economic opportunities achieved and present for Black America in Minnesota?
It is hogwash. It is betrayal. It is misrepresentation of actual facts. For 30 pieces of silver some will do anything, even after realizing the 30 pieces of silver are worthless to our community as a whole.
The reason I spoke of Orange County, North Carolina is because this is one of those topics about which the American public doesn’t understand due to their belief in light when in reality what we have is darkness. The persons of interest have turned out to be White supremacists who took a page out of the old German playbook when Germans dressed up the dead in Polish uniforms at a German outpost on the Polish border after burning it themselves and then blaming the Poles, using that as an excuse to invade Poland. To learn more just google the 1939 attack on that radio station and see the parallel with North Carolina.
For Ron’s hosted radio and TV show’s broadcast times, solutions papers, books and archives, go to www.TheMinneapolisStory.com.
Why the violence in the face of prosperity?
October 13, 2016
Pull quote: We await the August 1, 2016 report that will finalize the stadium numbers.
There is a serious question tonight in the Twin Cities: Wiith all the supposed prosperity we are told we hav,l in print and broadcast media, not to mention in election campaign statements, why is there violence protesting a lack of prosperity? We’ve all seen the sudden emergence of periodicals and news stories about prosperity in the Black community. We were even told a specific number: $70 million poured into the African American community. Really? Who got it?
We assume those proclaiming prosperity have the necessary documentation to verify their claim. We request such documentation be made public. Clearly, too often, people don’t do what is expected, only what is inspected. Who is inspecting the real employment and prosperity numbers?
US Bank Stadium has realized its goal: a sellout of Vikings home games. Does that indicate more prosperity for all? If so, wouldn’t 15 percent of season ticket holders be African American and 32 percent of the workforce during the three years it took to buld US Bank Stadium be African Americans and people of color as foretold, as well as exceeding requisite minority subcontractor participation, as claimed? i
Where is the confirming documentation, including by ZIP code as legislatively mandated?
Were 15 percent of workers on the Vikings stadium really African American as also mandated in the stadium authorizing legislation for the construction of the stadium? Again, with all this prosperity, why is there violence on our streets?
Six were shot and wounded in Minneapolis, Sunday evening, October 2, 2016. With all of the prosperity hype, one wonders how, with all of the economic opportunities and success going on, do young African Americans have time for acts of violence? Will our African American leadership give us the answer to the puzzling question of why the levels of violence, or are they covering up something?
Prosperous communities surround the Twin Cities. They have significant safety. They take significant advantage of educational and economic opportunities. So the mystery remains: Why is there violence in the midst of all this prosperity, especially in communities of color? When will we receive an answer? Don’t mass shootings, particularly in downtown Minneapolis and the surrounding communities, indicate a lack of prosperity?
As noted, we heard there was an infusion of $70 million into our community, with better than $3 million in salaries for African Americans working stadium construction? Where is the documentation of proof? Without proof serious questions and doubt remain.
Documentation is what authenticates and verifies jobs and prosperity claims. So in preparing for this column we did the following: We went back and reviewed House File 2958, and then we reviewed Minnesota State Facilities Authority’s report dated January 15, 2015.
We await the August 1, 2016 report that will finalize the stadium numbers. Given the amount of tax money paid and amounts transferred from community to stadium, we have “bought” the right to see the numbers supporting the claims of tremendous community economic success from the construction of the Vikings’ US Bank Stadium.
We invite all to review Subsection 9, under “research”, in the stadium authorizing legislation, as we did of the legislative language reflected in House File 2958. Why hasn’t the final “compliance” report been filed by the joint legislative commission, as mandated, by statute, to occur within 60 days after the formal completion of all contractual obligations pertaining to Section 15, Section 473j, point 11, “Stadium Design and Construction.”
Why has the document showing this great prosperity for the African American communities’ renewal not been filed, let alone reported and fully published in all legal and relevant publications?
Our interest particularly focuses on the “In Conclusion” section: “Employment.”
For Ron’s hosted radio and TV show’s broadcast times, solutions papers, books and archives, go to www.TheMinneapolisStory.com.
Somali community under scrutiny.
September 29, 2016
Hostility and uneasiness between Muslims and the Christian population of St. Cloud, Minnesota, are well known and documented. In fact, Ethiopian students at St. Cloud State University were the first to bring attention to the problems of religion and race in St. Cloud. As its Somali community grew, tensions increased dangerously, leading to a young Somali citizen committing a terrorist attack at a mall in St. Cloud, September 17, 2016.
Security experts should have seen this coming given the pitched battles on September 11, 2016, at an outdoor concert at 5th and Cedar, and given the violent confrontations between Somali youth and Security Forces at the Mall of America on Septeember 12, 20126. Clearly these were practice runs. The violence on September 17th should have been anticipated.
As the Somali stabbed ten people he shouted “Allahu Akbar” ("God is greatest”), until he was shot and killed by an off duty police officer, raising questions: Was this Somali youth a radicalized Muslim? Was he among those demanding judgment by Sharia law, not American common law?
Law enforcement officials are asking if these terror incidents in these three states of New Jersey, New York and Minnesotas on the same day of September17, 2016, were connected.
Does this portend more such incidents? We have written before of plans to have “round-ups” of young blacks. Will this plan now be applied to young Somalis?
History: after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the executive order in 1942, that created internment camps, officially called “relocation centers” for Japanese in this country, despite three quarters being born here.
One of the key individuals who carried out that executive order was California US Attorney General Earl Warren, who was later Governor of California and future Supreme Court Chief Justice.
That still leaves the question of what should be done with groups who want their own legal system, such as Muslims in America who want to be ruled by Sharia Law.
[Ed note: [ED note: the question has been asked if slavery wasn’t the first: no, because that was not the US government doing it; it was done by the individual Southern States of what was later called the Confederacy. Also: with the Japanese all their property was taken from them. During slavery, slaves were the property.]
In his memoirs, Warren regretted the roundups for relocation, as it was “not in keeping with our American concept of freedom and the rights of citizens,” that it was wrong “to react so impulsively, without positive evidence of disloyalty. . . .” He learned a lesson about racial harmony, equality, and civil liberties that led him later to strike down the “separate but equal” clause in the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education case.
The confrontations on September 11 and 12, 2016, had no news coverage in Minnesota. Other than my radio broadcast of September 14, 2016, there was no detailed report whatsoever of the confrontation involving Somalis and the police, nor with Bloomington Police and other security forces on the 12th of September.
With the long running hostility between Muslims and Christian whites in St. Cloud, is retaliation not far behind?
Do the leaders of these cities have the leadership skills to help repair the damage? There are calls for serious restrictions against the Muslim population. Because the fourth estate chose to suppress the events of Sept 11th and 12th, the opportunity for meaningful discussion and reconciliation has been lost. Will the winner of the presidency be tempted to sign such an executive order for such demonstrations and internments?
Will whoever wins the presidency order such draconian marshall law measures? Rest assured that even as this column is being written, discussions about these types of draconian internment are taking place.
Will Minnesota heal in time? Only time will tell. There is not much time left. Who will take the initiative?
Betrayal: will we fight it or feed it?
September 15, 2016
Pull quote: From the Great Society forward, the number of Blacks incarcerated grew from 350,000 in the 1960s to over two million today.
Betrayal is as much a part of the human race as the color of the sky and the shape of clouds. Betrayal is a characteristic that does not serve the human race. It harms the human race.
Betrayal for profit highlights some institutions that serve themselves and betray the people they claim to serve. Betrayal of the African American community is a highlight of Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians and Greens.
Betrayal of the African American goes to the beginning of this republic, first by the English colonists, then by the Federalists, the Democratic Party, the Whigs, and the Republican Party. Center cities, rural poverty, education, unemployment, and incarceration numbers offer irrefutable proof.
Betrayal is killing African American dreams of a better future, of a better tomorrow, of better choices, as I have outlined in this column and in my books. Betrayal by both parties has long kept African Americans out of key roles in congress. Betrayal has accosted all minority populations, red, yellow, and brown, not just black.
Betrayal has been made easy by using the language and liberty of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, claiming them changeable by whoever is in charge. Betrayal of Black law enforcement officers has long been the order of the day, including a White officer who stood up for them, for justice, for the Constitution, and, thus, for the future of African Americans in the Minneapolis Police Department. This courageous White officer was betrayed by a system that placed greater value on betrayal of Black officers.
Betrayal by not remembering is becoming more common. In one of Bill Clinton’s state of the union speeches, his stance on immigration was the same as Donald Trump’s today. Bill referred to Blacks as thugs, calling for “three strikes and you’re out.” From the Great Society forward, the number of Blacks incarcerated grew from 350,000 in the 1960s to over two million today.
Betrayal of social science has also hurt Blacks, as science is used in justifying poverty and dependency, justifying them “scientifically” by claiming it reveals what programs all should live by rather than using social science to explain why certain programs don’t work. Instead, social science is too often used to justify programs rather than explain why programs of officials fail.
Social science has been used to avoid the four negative cornerstone progressions I share with Nellie Stone Johnson: without education, no jobs; without jobs, no housing; without housing, no public safety. Betrayal to come was outlined in the 1960s by Daniel Patrick Moynihan and James Coleman, exposing social science being used as a false recipe book rather than a tool of analysis to show why certain recipes don’t work.
Progressives claimed families were not as important as individual pleasures, too often resulting in more inner city and rural poverty.
Betrayal is how Sean “P. Diddy” Combs recently described the current administration. Betrayal poisons all that it touches. Betrayal causes a society and its people and institutions never to be able to reach their fullest potential.
Betrayal is seen in Black and White institutions failing to speak up while denying others their right to speak out. Such silence endangers us every day.
Betrayal, as part of freedom of choice, is as tied to the human race as the blue skies and the shapes of clouds.
September 1, 2016
Pull quote: It appears as if Donald Trump is reflecting on this dynamic in our history while Democrats deny it
Donald Trump spoke truth when he asked Blacks in Milwaukee, Friday, August 19, 2016, what has the Democratic Party done for Blacks, and then appealed to the Black vote by asking, “What the hell have you got to lose?” These are great questions offering a challenge to Black America. The answer to “lose” for both sides is the same: the decisions of the new nominees for the Supreme Court.
This is not new. Blacks have been appealing for ending obstacles to prosperity opportunities for far longer than Donald Trump. Yet Trump is correct when he implies we should not vote for any party that leaves us in the back of the bus.
During the six days from when he asked his questions and this column was submitted, Hilary Clinton and liberal Democrats were slow to provide a response to Trump’s very interesting reflections, especially about key realities regarding inner-city Black communities: second-class schools and teachers, second-class jobs and higher unemployment among 17-34 year old Black men, second-class housing and economic neighborhood development, and second-class efforts dealing with higher incarceration rates for crime and gun violence in our neighborhoods.
Donald Trump echoes what has long been known and long eloquently expressed, before, during, and since the Jim Crow period, although too many chose to ignore it. Trump echoes what Black historians and community and civil rights activists have long said. In 1932, enlightened Negroes were saying the same thing to the Republican Party regarding Black America’s support for Franklin Delano Roosevelt as Donald Trump is doing regarding Democrats in 2016.
Those who research history archives regarding the first third of the 20th century discover that by 1901, both the Democrats and Republicans had sold out the African American and the African American future in the United States of America, a sell out that continues in the 21st century, regardless of who is president.
President Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat, was so comfortable abandoning the Negro that in 1914, he segregated, by executive order, the entire city of Washington, D.C., the supposed city that was to be a beacon on the hill shining its light of freedom, liberty, and justice. It appears as if Donald Trump is reflecting on this dynamic in our history while Democrats deny it.
Too often Black reflections are not accepted until the same facts are seen as relevant when a White person makes them. What Donald Trump said must not be dismissed. The Harlem Renaissance and driving forces for deep discussions and calls to arms became a movement that would not be denied, even as the country moved into the Great Depression.
The discussions of the early 1920s through the late 1930s created a challenging mindset expressed by African Americans after doing battle for this country and for democracy during World War II. It is important, regardless of who said it in White America that Donald Trump merely echoed what was said by African Americans at the end of the First World War, at the end of the Second World War, and at the end of the uprisings and conflicts of the 1960s.
We welcome The Donald to the painful, slow, and sad history of Black America, as the sons and daughters of the African see far too little change and improvement, irrespective of the election of Barack Obama, and the tireless and committed commitment to provide for better opportunities and access for the sons and daughters of the African.
Again, thank you, Donald Trump, for supporting what Blacks have been saying since 1863. A lesson for everyone: know your history — and vote.
Mike Baker out after 2016 season
Pull Quote: They tried to get Mr. Baker to write a letter to the MSR and state that my columns were wrong. Mike Baker refused because the columns were not wrong
In the Park Board’s latest letter to the editor of this paper, July 28, 2016, it again purposefully misleads. Ironically, in so doing, it affirms the accurateness of my June 2, July 7 and August 25 columns about Mike Baker and his departure from the Theodore Wirth golf complex. Let’s review the time line:
· July 7, 2016, my second MSR Baker column: “Michael Baker is out at Theodore Wirth golf course.”
August 25, 2016: this third MSR Baker column, “Mike Baker out after 2016 season.” To the city’s forensic auditors and to the quislings who sit like Black crows on the fence of nullification and reversal. Compare the employment records of the golf courses under Mr. Baker’s supervision against the lack of diversity in golf courses not under his supervision.
What is a confidential informant?
August 11, 2016
Notice, we did not ask who is an informant. We all know that informants can be helpful to law enforcement. Our complaint is when they are harmful to the community or are allowed to commit crimes with impunity. There are average informants and those that are card carrying, official CCI’s (Certified Confidential Informants). They are usually neighbors. They come in all colors, races, genders, religions, creeds, and orientations.
The role of an informant is as old as civilizations from ancient times, whether Western, Eastern, or a mix. Informants are recruited to spy on fellow citizens, report activities, and, too often, set up negative incidents. For their work they get favors, pay, or reduced sentences. But when county and city prosecutors allow them to be above the law they are using and fooling the law. This suggests there may be a need for citizen oversight like the former PCRC.
The Black Community is too often targeted for the use of informants in dealing with race and crime problems, especially since J Edgar Hoover and the FBI turned to them during the 1960s. Federal, state, city and town agencies all have a history of stepping over the line to utilize informants to block or slow the civil rights movement.
The siege of Black America due to illegal drugs such as crack cocaine, allowed to be brought in by outsiders, has torn the heart and soul out of many African American neighborhoods. Informants have been a significant part of providing chaos, suspicion, manipulation, physical violence, and, yes, murders, while Black and white leadership benefit by standing by quietly.
We are not surprised by how many informants are being used (federal, state, and city) that are allowed to commit mayhem in our neighborhoods to, create obstacles to prevent or slow civil rights progress and prosperity.
U.S. Representative Maxine Waters, D-CA, first signaled the dangers of confidential informants when she warned her constituents in South Central Los Angeles of the pending threat that began back in the 1960s.
In the Twin Cities, over the past year, I’ve seen a frightening patternof African Americans used as confidential informants. For instance, September 15, 2015: a young African American was shot six times. He survived but will remains partially paralyzed. His mother has fought valiantly to have her son’s shooter, an informant, arrested. Her request for justice is continually denied.
Recently, the Hennepin County Attorney declined to charge the prime suspect in the death of a two year old child in North Minneapolis (see my columns of July 21 and 28, 2016), creating polarization between the MPD (that wants to charge) and the Hennepin County Attorney’s office (that doesn’t). As of the writing of this column, ago, the suspect was released and has disappeared. We have learned the informant is considered too valuable as a confidential informant to be charged in the two-year old Black child’s death. This has become quite common in America today: confidential informants, some paid, creating chaos and maintaining confusion and conflict within the African American neighborhoods.
We understand informants are important in the war against crime. It crosses the line when they become part of the war against Black America. There are some who will gasp at that statement, that it is impossible, that institutions of law and order would never carry out actions contrary to justice. But, it happens. It is a part of the conscious devaluing of the rights of equality of opportunity during the fight for justice and equal protection under the law, ironically making it also more dangerous for informants as well as for justice
A great friend! A great coach!
August 4. 2016
Pull quote: He raised the Vikings from the ashes, giving them respectability and a winning foundation, as he did at Northwestern, Stanford, and the Arizona Cardinals.
Football and the nation lost a great man, my good friend Denny Green, July 22,, 2016, a giant on and off the field. He was one of the most successful head coaches in the history of both college and NFL football. Many players acknowledge his role as mentor, impressing on them to have a plan to enable sustaining success throughout life.
He was a lifelong supporter of community organizations, including Boys and Girls Clubs, community charities, the Minneapolis Bakers, and summer camps for inner city kids. Read more in his book, No Room for Crybabies, and, on his website, with archives, www.dennisgreen.com.
His book and website provide us with guides for personal, community, family, team, and organizational success. He was the first to receive The World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame award as an individual. He urges us to commit to “Living on the High Road …, doing so with desire, dedication, and determination.” His five Fs were Faith, Family, Friends, Football, and Fishing. He invites us to take the C.O.A.C.H. pledge and personally adopt:
When introduced as Minnesota Vikings Head Coach, he announced “there is a new sheriff in town.” He raised the Vikings from the ashes, giving them respectability and a winning foundation, as he did at Northwestern, Stanford, and the Arizona Cardinals.
Denny was committed to justice and civil rights, to inclusion and opportunity for all. Behind the scenes he supported our Minneapolis community and stadium plans. I am proud of his support of my community work, calling me “the last man standing” in Minneapolis. Believing my story too important not to be in print, he encouraged me to write my two books, helped edit them, and financed their printing.
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The suspect in the murder of two-year-old Le’Vonte King Jason Jones was released by county attorney Mike Freeman, stating: not enough evidence to charge.
It’s one of the most ridiculous excuses for not protecting Le’Vonte’s rights. The Hennepin County Attorney’s office would have us believe the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) did not conduct a thorough investigation. I cannot, in good conscience, allow that false premise to stand.
We see again how the attitude that the life of an African American, irrespective of age or gender, is irrelevant to this prosecutor and many of his staff in dismissing justice for African Americans. Freeman’s decision not to prosecute the suspect after the work done by the MPD to track this individual back and forth across the country in order to finally arrest him in St. Cloud, after his return from Southern Florida, is clearly disrespectful of the African American community, essentially highlighting again “no justice.”
The leadership of our community is not prepared to stand up to this act. Who would have thought that he could so easily deny a two-year-old baby the right to be provided with justice? Is this the beginning of a return to an older America of Black Codes, when we were told there were no rights, and that there was no obligation to provide us with safety?
No justice, no peace, no cooperation. Mike, your answers are the wrong answers in the universal game of justice.
Consider not just “who” matters, but also “what” matters
July 28. 2016
Shooting events during this bloody summer of 2016, here and across the country, have long been pred. So why haven’t plans been devised and implemented to stop, hinder, or slow it? And why, given a half century and more of studies showing the link between violence and poor education, poor jobs, poor housing and poor communities, hasn’t this knowledge been applied?
This is another dangerous period for African Americans and their public spaces and accommodations. Such danger is not new. Recall slavery; recall the “Jim Crow” period; recall the Black Codes instituted after World War I ended in November 1918; recall the conspiracies, in and out of government, to destroy the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and the violent introduction of drugs into Black America in the 1980s.
History’s patterns predict it. So, again, why isn’t that knowledge followed with plans and their implementation? Do the various establishments, including the Black establishment, fear change will end their privileged status quo?
We saw it coming long before the current series of events began in Ferguson, MO, with Michael Brown in August2014. It continued in Cleveland, Ohio and New York City. In 2015, media attention focused on events in Hempstead, TX; North Charleston, SC; Baltimore, MD; Arlington, TX; and Chicago, Ill. And now, July2016: Baton Rouge, LA; Falcon Heights, MN; Dallas, TX; Kansas City, MO; and, again, in Minneapolis.
Today we are experiencing a new version of the age-old debate over “who” matters (Black, White, Brown, Yellow, Blue, etc.). My concern is the lack of attention to “what” matters: failed policies leading to poor education, poor jobs and poor housing contributing to the underlying causes of violence, not to mention families without fathers and returning Black veterans being treated badly upon return.
In recent columns, we wrote about Minneapolis again being like a Little Chicago, about the death of a two-year-old child, and now about another young woman gunned down in the street last week. Too many accept this as so-called “collateral damage.”
The hostility and hatred behind such violence raise key questions: “Do we have the capacity to deal with it? Yes, but will we deal with the key causes: poor education that doesn’t prepare for the jobs needed to earn wages to afford stable housing and support a family?
History reminds us we must not forget the elephant in the room: 95 percent of Blacks killed by fellow Blacks. Some suggest we call this “community crime,” another example of denial. Nothing will change until the elected and non-elected leaders stop denying and start facing up to problems confronting all of us, Black and White.
The police are not going to go away, as they should not (or else gangbangers would feel free to bang anyone, anywhere, anytime). Hopefully, as Black Americans we will not become extinct at our own hands. There is a significant burden of responsibility on us to continue as a freed people to develop solutions and corrective actions.
Mr. Long, the recent Kansas City shooter, wrote that no revolution has ever been successful without using violence, and thus carrying out his revenge mission required bloodletting. With Dr. King, we believe his choice of violence as the way to achieve his vision is wrong. Many proposed solutions can’t be successful unless they are authorized and implemented (including the suggestions of our 50 solution papers at our “The Minneapolis Story” website).
God bless Black America. We all need to work hard to stay safe and progress.
A Child Is Killed. A City is In Pain
July 21, 2016
As we have warned, without implemented solution plans, summer would bring more violence and death. The latest is a two year old baby, Le’Vonte King Jason Jones, shot and killed, and his 15 month old sister, Mela Queen Melzina Jones, shot in the leg but survived.. What madness when a todler’s life is taken because adults are acting like children playing western style shootouts, but with real guns, real bullets, and real deaths. It is also madness when community leaders also act like those in westerns, unwilling or afraid to to speak up and condemn the vioilence, leaving it all to police (who then get blamed).
Once again, a family is in mourning, with questions but not answers. Why are those eager for violence unable to feel the tragedy of those caught in their cross hairs, cross fires and drive bys? They have become what they hate. We must remember that all life is important, whether one is two or thirty-two, black or white, brown or yellow, male or female, and yes, even blue.
Why must it be left to a journalist to warn of vioilence as the outcome of this madness and neglect? Where is leadership besides seeking money for their organizations internal activities? These shootings bring us the kind of international attention no city wants.
On Monday, July 11, 2016, a group of young children from Lucy Lanie Elementary School demonstrated unity and respect, as they marched from their school, two blocks from the scene of the tragedy, to lay flowers and to memorialize this tragic end of a child and his future.
Questions asked in our community include “Mommy, daddy, why did Le’Vante die?” “Why did they shoot him?” “Were they mad at him?” There is a significant level of embarrassment in Black America, as we try to explain our pattern and practice of violence, death, and mayhem in our owncommunities.
These are tough questions, expecially in a community whose leadership has not yet found the time, as of the writng of this column, to ask these questions themselves. The Good Book says, and the little children shall lead you, as the Luch Lanie school kids. It is sad when we need children to help us understand the answers to our questions.
Although I am a grandfather, I was at a loss for words when my grandchildren called from Houston, Texas, to ask why these shootings are happening. I felt their pain as they struggled to understand.
Leadership has talking points but no real solutions. They let people vent their feelings but do nothing in areas of greatest need: education, jobs, housing. I still cannot dismiss from my mind how a two year-old baby’s life was cut short because of an individual who will burn in hell for taking his life and wounding his sister. When will thugs think positively of their own communitries instead of bringing pain?
The good news is that the MPD’s Community Response Team and Federal Oversight group (I serve on both), will be issuing a report with recommended action solutions for our communities.
It was not a good week for America, for Dallas, Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and in Tennesee and Missouri. But it was the worst time possible for the Jones family and their two year old child. They should be enjoing the beauties and pleasures of summer. Pray for peace. Pray for people of all colors. Pray for the killed and their killers. Pray for self and family. May peace reign.
Are we becoming little Chicago?
July 14, 2016
Pull quote: Most shootings remain unsolved, becoming “cold cases,” another significant term within Black America.
Are we heading for a self-imposed crown for again becoming “Murderopolis,” as Minneapolis was called in 1992-93, when we averaged nearly 70 homicides per year? It was two homicides per year in the 1950s, five in the 1960s, 11 in the 1970s. Then, nearly 30 per year in the first decade of 21st century, approaching 40 per year for this decade.
Michael Baker is out at Theodore Wirth Golf Course
July 7, 2016
Pull quote: Demotion as of October 1, 2016
In my column of June 2, 2016, I reported serious issues of racism inside the Theodore Wirth Golf Course, using as an example the courageous stand taken by Mike Baker, a manager, to hire African Americans at the golf course. For doing so, he is being let go.
Then came the cover up. This column uncovers the cover up.
The cover up began with the letter to the editor in the MSR June 16-22, 2016 edition. The director of golf, expressed his concern with what he called the “misinformation and inaccuracies of my column” and that “it is unfortunate that Mr. Edwards did not verify the information in his opinion column.” He called Mr. Baker “a valued employee [who] is not being fired.” We are used to people challenging the authenticity and accurateness of this column who have something to hide.
The cover up continued with the article in the MSR’s June 23-29, 2016 edition. The Minnesota Park and Recreation Board Superintendent said, “People are raising issues who don’t have the facts and [they aren’t] speaking from factual information.” This reminds me of when the NAACP national (and thus local, too) expelled me. At the hearing the question was raised of those in attendance whether I wrote anything false in my The Minneapolis Story, Through My Eyes.” The answer: No, but he shouldn’t have written it. As we see today, some only want written what supports their desired status quo.
One of the elements of both honest government and journalism is telling the truth. Let’s pull back the covers: When I wrote my June 2 column, I knew Mr. Baker’s future: he was being drummed out effective October 1, 2016, despite 25 years of stellar service, punished for believing in and implementing diversity in his area of responsibility, to improve opportunities for African Americans.
These two park officials were ill-advised in their words to the MSR. We all know about Operation Harlem Nights, a covert operation put in place to begin the reduction of African Americans working within the Minneapolis park system. They knew they had already initiated the dismissal of Mr. Baker from any position of responsibility, and then quietly hired from within the park system. Park and recreation, with malice aforethought, punished and dismissed Mr. Baker because he both believed and attempted to implement a policy of inclusion and diversity.
Operation Project Harlem Nights, a clandestine undertaking by the forces of nullification and reversal inside park and recreation, had clearly targeted Mr. Baker to make him an example. I said in this column, “Michael, you attempted to do justice to the doctrine and philosophy of equal opportunity and diversity within the park system.”
In her interview with the MSR, the park superintendent let the cat out of the bag when she said park and recreation is “almost 20 years behind in our backlog of work. It is my estimation that it will take 20 years to get it completed.” The commitment game is “to do better,” but in the future.
So wait, Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote Why We Can’t Wait any longer. We submit and maintain that the area of racial opportunity will never happen at that pace. It was/is all a game, all propaganda.
Michael Baker was made an example. He paid the price. We the citizens and tax payers of the city should be ashamed of the games by which park and recreation play. They thought they could push the envelope of truth. It didn’t work.
Mike Baker has lost his positon of responsibility, and the liberal reputation of a Minnesota institution has been shattered once again.
About my new book: A Seat for Everyone
We are all part of a great country that still has what Lincoln called "unfinished business," about which Martin Luther King, Jr. said we can no longer wait to have it completed.
Thanks to all who have offered congratulations and asked questions. You can order the book on my publisher's website, www.beacononthehill.com. It is subtitled "The Freedom Guide that Explores a Vision for America."
The sad part is that this is a book that should have been written by the NAACP, the Urban League, the leadership forum, or the ministers association. They have remained silent. Worse: acquiescent silence.
The Urban League tossed Nellie Stone Johnson and me out a while back, and five years ago the NAACP national expelled me for writing my first book. So much for the First Amendment.
I will not be silent. I will not lie down. Sadly, our once young and energetic civil rights leaders have atrophied and become keepers of the status quo they once fought against. They have brought the Civil Rights Movement to a standstill in the inner city.
My hope is that, win or lose, the candidacy of Barack Obama rejuvenates the Civil Rights Movement with its lost energy and enables it to again refocus its eye on the prize, a seat for everyone, not just for the self-appointed leaders who now serve the mastuh. They have their seats at the table. I say there must be a seat for everyone.
You won't read about what is in my book in the Star Tribune and mainstream media. They don't want you to read all the news, only the news they want you to read. Only the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder provides you with the news they won't.
A Seat for Everyone: The Freedom Guide that Explores a Vision for America discusses the major status quo areas that have shown little or no progress: inner-city education, jobs, housing and public safety. I also reference key past columns and where to find them on my Minneapolis Story website.
Also discussed in detail are the two historic lawsuits against the Minneapolis Police Department brought by Black officers. The conditions resulting in this litigation have had a profound impact on public safety in our city and in the City/MPD's treatment of its Black officers. The outcome will also have significant impacts.
Minneapolis is so delusional that it has defined "minorities" to include so many "diverse" groups that it proudly boasts it can now comply with minority hiring without having to hire Blacks. My book discusses this insult as well. Why is everyone else silent about this?
A unique feature is that the book "marries" the online world with that of traditional book publishing. I present my argument in less than 100 pages. This slim volume (literally, as it is easy to put it in your pocket and carry around for easy reference) includes five columns and one blog essay and lists additional columns that can easily be found at: www.TheMinneapolisStory.com/tocarchives.htm.
The book presents a beacon of hope for the current lows in inner-city education, jobs, housing, and public safety. We need to work together to stand up for Black youth and stop waiting for the city government and its teachers unions as they continue to lie down also, rather than stand up for our kids in our schools.
It all starts with education. As Nellie always stated, "No education, no jobs, no housing." Senator Obama would add, "No hope." My book brings hope back to the discussion.
A note from my publisher
From Beacon on the Hill: "Thank you, Mr. Edwards, for allowing us space to announce more details about the publication last week of your new book, A Seat for Everyone: The Freedom Guide that Explores a Vision for America. We want your readers know that they can not only learn more about it on our website, www.BeaconOnTheHill.com, they can also order the book on that site.
"Mr. Edwards presents his arguments and vision in just 55 pages. The rest of this slim volume (easy to put it in your pocket and carry around for easy reference) lists specific columns that can be found in the archive at: www.TheMinneapolisStory.com/tocarchives.htm. He combines the printed word with the new online world of the Internet in a small package that packs a giant wallop.
"In addition to covering major Minneapolis civil rights events, Mr. Edwards shares with his readers the background to the historical lawsuit by the Black police officers of Dec. 3, 2007, against the city and the department."
Formerly head of the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission and the Urban League, he continues his “watchdog” role for Minneapolis. Order Ron's books at Beacon on the Hill Press. Hear his voice, read his solution papers, and read his between columns “web log” on this site, www.TheMinneapolisStory.com.
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Will the 20 – 20 Plan at Theodore Wirth GC become the 30 year plan?
Wednesday, April 27, 2017
Theodore Wirth the Golf Course:
Theodore Wirth the man:
It is worth repeating: Wirth’s policies included “equal access for all people regardless of race or economic status” (again, no longer on its “Mission, Vision & Values page”).
Wirth’s legacy has been violated, given the consistent racism of the current board, as described in our three columns of 2016:
Two letters to the Spokesman-Recorder in 2016, from the Director of Golf, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, June 16, 2016 and July 28, 2106, said we lied in our three columns. To disprove this, we provided an affidavit from Mike Baker, stating that in early July 2016, the Park Board attempted to pressure him to write a false declaration that his employment was not being tampered with. Mr. Baker said our three columns of 2016 were accurate. The August column has a time line of 8 key actions, March 2016 to August 25, 2016, by the Park Board, Mr. Baker, and this column.
“Matters” has become a big word for many. Much matters. In this case, words matter. Note that after making his denials, the Director of Golf cleverly hides how it still exists. He states, falsely, “no hiring manager at the golf courses or throughout the organization has ever, nor will ever, be fired for hiring African Americans,” and this is what happened to Mike. He then again falsely states, “Mike will eventually return to his regular, permanent position as an assistant golf manager, a position which retains responsibility for hiring employees,” and yet Mike was not brought back.
Despite saying “work hard to provide accurate information about our organization and our practices,” they don’t. When the Director of Golf states, “The organization has also been candid in acknowledging there is still much more work to do to address racial equity within the park system and the workforce. For details about the MPRB’s workforce, racial equity efforts over the past five years, and current efforts to develop and use racial equity tools,” we see the typical “acknowledging” after which they right back to it. How does it take “efforts over the past five years,” and yet are still working at “current efforts to develop and use racial equity tools.”
This is not about building a building and carving out a green. It is about hiring and training. Period. So if there are none qualified, remember what Martin Luther King said: “Yes, but we are qualifyable.” All Theodore Wirth needs to do is establish a training program (what used to be called apprentices, including sending some to technical, professional, or collegiate school, if need be). We sadly recognize the white statement “wait,” but stand with Martin Luther King and repeat again the title of his book “Why we can’t wait.”
Mike Baker’s termination, as well as others purged from TWGC, were in violation of the Land and Trust provisions contained in the will of the late Theodore Wirth. The clubhouse, which has served Par 3 at Theodore Wirth since 1961, was given to the Nordic Ski Group, in violation of Mr. Wirth’s last will and testament, a violation of the Land Trust provision, and a clear violation of compensation policy under Minnesota law.
The clubhouse at the Par 3 is no longer operational. To play there you have to purchase a ticket to play on it at the Par 18, which is approximately two blocks from the Par 3 course and its first tee. African American employees formerly assigned to the Par 3 now have the title of “Shuttleboys” and spend their working hours shuttling players from the Chalet at Par 18 to the first tee of Par 3.
In the meantime, there is a very large bill board still standing where the 17th hole at Par 3 used to be located, showing the architect’s design of what was to be a very large building including cafes, locker room, sports shop, and other amenities that were due to be completed by the early part of 2017. Of course that is not going to happen. The sign is an indictment of the Park Board, reflective of their practices of falsehood.
In an election year for seats on the Minneapolis Park Board of Directors, there needs to be an investigation by the Attorney General of the State of Minnesota. The Theodore Wirth GC should be placed in Minnesota State receivership, in order to protect the rights of the tax payers of the City of Minneapolis and the State of Minnesota. To do anything less is to continue the criminal culpability with individuals who have taken the tax payers to the financial cleaners.
Posted Wednesday, April 27, 2017, 1:24 a.m.
The Payoff in Minneapolis
Sources tell us Tracy Clayes will be fired tomorrow, Jan 3
January 2, 2017, 10:18 p.m.
Negotiations have been going on with Western Michigan University Head Football Coach, P.J. Fleck, since early Nov or earlier, which is in violation of NCAA rules. It also indicates that despite Coach Clayes winning the Decembe 31, 2016 Holiday Bowl and having the best UM win-loss recordd in a decade, he was targeted some time ago for replacement because (1) UM wanted a fund raiigng coach and (2) Clayhes supposedly had no plan for dealing with the Negro players.
The cover up excuse for firing him was his comment when rape charges were made against ten of his players, all of whom claimed they were innocent. Coach Clayes said he supported his players. They were judged without due process
So, despite the facg that police said there were no charges to make, as the sex clearly was consensual, the UM allowed the charges anyway.
Why did the University’s rush to judgement after the police said there was nothing to charge? Because they wanted a new coach who was good at winning and fund raising. How did they do it? They had a feminist campus office write a false and misleading report. It is the equivalent of fake news. They knew few if any would stand up for the players (an exception being our column of December 29, 2916:
No due process is business as usual at U of M.
So why the University’s rush to judgement after the police said nothing to charge?
Because the UM knew it would be easy to charge the 10, as “all” know that young Black men are “obviously” guilty, and because the one bringing the charge, a white woman, who would be seen as “obviously” innocent.
The shock was when the Hennepin County Attorney, Mike Freeman, again refused to press charges as the incident was consensual.
So what next? How will the NCAA deal with the under the table dealing with P.J. Fleck?
The UM is still racist, as the book Under the Golden Dome demonstrates, and as as I demonstrate in Chapter 10 of my book, The Minneapolis Story.
So what is next: 10 hearings, one for each player must be held, according to the UM’s own rules and regulations. How will it go for the UM holding hearings for innocent men caught in the UM’s rush to judgement without due process in order to hire another coach of their choice.
Remaining question: will the University’s desire to obtain P.J. Fleck as a Head Coach and chef fund raiser still happen?
Dictated Monday, January 2, 2016, 11:45p.m.
================================WEBMASTER's NOTE: due to computer and Internet technical difficulties, this January 2, 2016 piece could not be posted until Januaruy 5, 2016. We post the hour of post dictation and the hour of their posting, but when it is missed, we post both the dictation time and the posting time. Our apologies to The Minneapolis Story for being unable to make the corrections earlier. This web site is the voluntary work of unpaid community advocates, originally inspired by legendary Vikings Coach Dennis Green, another community advocate supportive of civil rights in Minneapolis.
LAST BLACK CONTROLLED RADIO STATION
WHY NOT SELL TO BLACK CAPITAL
KMOJ is the only African American radio station In the Twin Cities of Minneapolis – St Paul area. The final Plan is to be finalized by February 1st, 2017.
$2.1 million should be considered an insult, or from a business standpoint, illadvised. The Black owners should have stepped up to offer the sale to Black capital. A Black media platform could have been built centered on Blacks. KMOJ is one of the last of the commercial non-profit radio stations in the United States. Minneapolis Blacks have a network of Black athletes and Black entertainers? Many are recognnizing taht sustaned revenue is best, and even better is sustaining revenue through profitable job creationg
But once again, so-called Black leaders act to enrich themselves as the expense ofte community, just as the NAACP did with the Holman Project and the Urban League did with its property. Lots of talk about black economic development while steps are taken to block it or reduce it, with “leaders” enriced at the expense of the Community, as we outlined in our 2002 book, The Minneapolis Story, and in many columns and blogs since 2003.
It is our urgent wish that we would be contacted before Black enterprises are sold to white buyers. How do we build up Black wealth if we keep selling assets to whites for their wealth building?
COMING SOON: a list of our columns, blogs and book chapters that have dealt with this since 2002, will be compiled and posted in the Solutions section of this web site. May they inspire future dealings to be in the best interest of our community.
Written Monday, December 26, 2016, 11:00 a.m.
November 22, 2016
It is a sad commentary that the African American communities in Minneapolis and in St. Paul refuse to address one of the tragic cancers that is suffocating the legal drugs.
When we mentioned that a plan is afoot to implement quarantine zones under the guise of fighting drug addiction in the black community, we were not whistling in the dark.
Three days after our expression of concern, the drug enforcement administration (DEA) issued a report which clearly coincided with my observations, as a long time black activist and journalist: drug addiction is out of control in black America. The far right appears to be considering the extreme, given the way they are talking, of quietly and very cleverly, advocating putting in place quarantine zones. Readers would be well advised to watch very closely the appointment of the next Attorney General, his or her agenda, and the statement of Mr. Trump in a speech in which he stated that it is just a “coincidence” that the enthusiasm of neo-Nazi fanatics parallels those who are already identify with the President-elect.
What kind of leader or guide will Donald Trump be, a tyrannical der Führer or as a constitutional democrat, or something in-between? My concerns and suspicions are not something you can make up, given what we are hearing, seeing and reading. It is an outgrowth of meetings in which there are those seeming to come out of the closet of some of the most dangerous, extreme, far right fanatics this country has ever known, especially in light of the use by Trumps’ new Senior Advisor, Stephen Bannon, of such terms as nationalist, economic nationalist vs. ethno-nationalist, as if catering to whites was not just political but real. Can you be anti-globalist and not also be anti-diversity? Can you be for inner city development by inner city residents when “importing” white and other educated minorities to achieve gentrification, development by displacement of African Americans.
Which brings us back to our question? How will Trump deal with drugs, especially in the inner city, when our leadership doesn’t doesn’ seem to want Trump to engage in inner city economic development, which Trump said was the first item in one of his 100 days agenda speeches.
Are they afraid if the people once they get a chance to have a say in their community? Do they fear losing their “kingdoms”? A recent headline by a Black columnist stated “Harlem gives President Trump a Chance,” because, in the word of a Black Bishop in Harlem, Bishop Gibson, Trump’s “law and order” message “resonated with Harlemites.” But solving crime, the Bishop stated, “has to start with the communities’—churches, families and fathers in particular.”
Many say this in black neighborhoods, but who in city and community leadership, black or white, is listening? Given how leaders, black and white, have ignored the over 50 solution papers on our web site, we are not convinced it will be applied in Minneapolis. Will Donald Trump be different? We hope for the best while being concerned by the potential worst.
Which will it be Donald?
Written November 22, 2016
The Decision has been made: 2nd degree manslaughter charge for Cop who shot Philando Castile, July 6, 2016.
November 16, 2016
So how will this be balanced in America's melting pot, as the case again draws national attention:
Asian prosecutior. Black victim. Hispanic police officer-suspect. To be judged by an all white jury.
Posted Wednesday, Novembver 16, 2016, 11:45 am
November 8, 2016
Had the Democrats heeded my warnings as well as also followed the over 50 Solution Papers papers on this site, they would have won.
Trump won for many reasons, but a big one was that he spoke the truth, especially about Black America. He asked, "what do you have to lose voting for me?" The two parties had become so joined at the hip, that Trump beat the “regulars” in the Republican Party, as Sanders almost beat the "regulars" in the Democratic Party. Indeed, had Sanders not been sandbagged by his own party at Hillary's request, Sanders would have beaten the “regulars” in the Democratic party, including Hillary.
That raises this question: why did Blacks vote for her, knowing she had cheated Sanders, had proven to be a liar on much, betrayed Blacks on many issues, and used, as her people did, much of the language they found offensive in Trump? The Democrtatic Party and some Black leaders have long played us for fools (see our inner cities and our rates of education, jobs and housing).
As we stated in our November 10, 2016 column (written October 31, 2016):
We put our faith in Barach Obama, and Barach Obama also played us for fools. Thus, many people of color stayed home for Election 2016, despite President Obama’s request to turn out to vote for HJillary, in order to save his legacy. Black America would have had he not played us for fools.
We have long memories. Many remember that in the 90’s, Bill and Hillary referred to us as predators and thugs. They passed the most onerous "justice" bill that led to the jailing/incarceration of many more Blacks than Whites. There is so msuch anger at Hilleriy's loss among white voters and millenials. It is becaue they wer enot paying attention, and especialliy not paying attention to Black America. Cldar evidence was when everyone fell all over themselves to call Clinton "the firsrt Black President." There was a lack of enthusiasm for Hillary becaues we rememered what she and Bill did to Black America in the 1990s and contributed to the same during the 2010s.
We will soon convert this list of colimns to a "solution paper" and keep gathered together columns and blog entries focussed on the Trump - Black interactions regarding who is paying attention to and who is telling the truth abougt Black America, especially in the key areas Nellie Stone Johnson never forgot: education, jobs and housing: bad education means bad jobs; bad jobs means bad housing. And these three failures have led to failed families and failed communities.
Martin Luther King pointed the way: non-violence. The best path: cooperate while working to make progress on achieving the 4 great prizes: (1) winning the congressional elections in 2018, (2) working with whoever, Democrat, Republican, and/or Independents, who focus on fixing education, jobs, housing, and public safety in our neigbhoroods, so if we come up short in the 2018 elections,, we still win for our neighborhoods, (3) pursue real economic developments in our neigthborhoods, especially in partnership with major companies as well as with the sports stadiums and their occupants, and (4) encourage leaders, Black and White, to pay attention to, learn from, and utilize what will work best from our over 50 Solution papers and their good ideas for solving the our neighborhod problems of education, jobs, housing, public safety, and economic development.
Written November 8, 2016, posted November 10, 2016, 1:39 p.m., 6:00 a.m.
Beacon on the Hill Press Congratulations one of its authors,
RONALD A. EDWARDS, who will receive a Chief’s Award of Merit, November 16, 2016
Mr.. Edwards is one of nine recipients to be honored with a Chief’s Award of Merit for the 18 months of work on the Office of Justice Program Steering Committee of the Minneapolis Police Department, which oversaw the work of six sub-committees that assessed the department and submitted recommendations for improvement in the department at the request of the Chief to meet the Chief’s directive to provide guidance and feedback for developing recommendations for moving the MPD forward in protecting and serving during these new times of new and changing social and political protests and demonstrations.
The award ceremony will take place at the Minneapolis Police Department Award Ceremony, November 16, 2016, at 1 p.m., at St. Mary Greek Orthodox Church in South Minneapolis.
Submitted by Beacon on the Hill Press, October 25, 2016
Oregon's constitution, 1857, (admitted to statenood in 1959).prohibited Blacks from living in Oregon, until until 1927, (and was not repealed until 1927).
Posted Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 6:17 p.m.
-- "Oregon's original constitution ... completely conflicts with its progressive image."
--- Portland, African-Americans "continue to live with the effects of racialized policies, practices and decision-making," a 2014 report said, citing "discrimination in housing, school discipline and the justice system, and racial profiling by police.
--- "The exclusionary clause ... was repealed in 1927. That history reverberates even now. Oregon's population is only 2.1 percent black, compared with 13.3 percent for all of America, according to the 2015 U.S. census.
--- "We have to remember it's our history, and we have to learn from our mistakes," said Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins.
Excerpts posted Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 5:21 p.m.
Comments on its significance for people in MN..
--- When whites has a 75 year head start, its difficut for many to catch up.
--- Still others might say whites had a 150 year head start, counting from the surrenderat Appomatix in(using 1857 as the starting point).
--- When critics of "they are free why doh't they achieve" school of thought, this contributes to our understanding of why many remain behind.
--- When obstacles are purposefully and continually put in place in terms of
--- Why else? the continued disintegration of the Black family due to national laws, rules and regulations, as Daniel Patrick Moynihan predicted in the 1960s.
--- So, understanding how this can lead to a new round of urban riots, as the staus quo is encouraged not only by both political parties, but also by many churches and non-profits, as well as federal policy and steps over the past eight years
--- Martin Luther King, Jr. explained it well when he wrote his book, "Why We Can't Wait."
Comments on significance posted Thursday, October 27, 2016, 3:48 a.m.
The Jamar Clark case is closed, and. after October 21st, the case is sealed, with no more public utterances to be made.
October 21, 2016, 12:25 p.m.
List of Columns on the Jamar Clark case
Questionable conduct by county attorney in prosecution of Jerome Copeland
Federal Grand Jury begins to prepare for Clark Case
In the matter of Jamar Clark and Jerome C. Copeland.
In the matter of Jamar Clarks’ death.
In the matter of Jamar Clark. Preparing for the Grand Jury, March 2, 2016
See also: 2015: A Year Of Terror And Indecision.
Breaking the heart of a community in response to the death of Jamar Clark: Both BLM & NAACP Protestors Attack Black fire fighters and Black police officers.
An open letter: To Black Lives Matter, NAACP, and out of town demonstrators.
White supremacists shoot and wound protestors in North Minneapolis.
Listen and Understand. City Tense After African American Youth, Jamar Clar, Shot and Killed in Police Involved Shooting. Anger builds after shooting.
EDITOR's note: on, Sunday, March 29, 2016. The Minneapolis Star Tribune published these 3 summaries of the Jamar Clark case so far:
1. What we know about the death of Jamar Clark: 29 point Star Tribune list.
Compiled April 2016
If future columns or blog entries, they will also be posted here.
The drama continues regarding the investigation of police conduct
Written Friday, October 14, 2016
Some of the most intense discussions amongst Republicans in the United States Senate was the decision assign attorneys to Minnesota's two Senators, Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to legal represent them during the criminal investigation that is moving forwardregarding the Minneapolis Police Department and the circumstances surrounding the Constitutional and Civil Rights violations of African American police officers and MPD Sgt Michael Keefe ten years ago. Our senators have had more than one meeting with the office of Committee Chairman, Senator Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, as previously reported.
Ms. Elizabeth Anne Farrar and Mr. Wonder are the attorneys assigned to represent Minnesota’s two Senators, Klobuchar and Franken respectively. We wonder why Mrs. Farrar called Keefe about the case when she is on the other side of the table representing someone of interest in this criminal investigation into what was done to Keefe, who is white, and his fellow officers, who are black.
This blog broke this explosive story of this investigation in a letter published on this blog, a letter from the Department of Justice to Keefe, dated August 9, 2016. We join with Wikileaks in exposing the criminal investigation, which has been suppressed by all the major media in the State of Minnesota, and certainly suppressed by the two Senators from Minnesota.
What will the Wikileaks turn up regarding this investigation? Why has Minnesota’s two U.S. Senators lawyered up? How is that being transparent and honest with those who elected them?
This blog will ontinue to follow this criimimal investigation provide additional information over the coming weeks.
Written Friday, October 14, 2016
The drama continues regarding the investigation of police conduct
Written Friday, October 14, 2016
A key question we have is why was the MWPA (Minnesota Women Police Association) is not provided with a seat on the committee of the Big 32 / 15? Are Minnesota female police officers considered irrelevant or of beiong the “weaker” sex, not worthy of their input? This is particularly strange in light of the increase of domestic violence in the State of Minnesota. Another question: why has the Black Lives Matter person from the St. Paul I.S.A.I.A.H organization been granted a seat but not the Minneapolis NAACP nor the Minneapolis Urban League denied participation. There are too many unanswered questions here to expect anything but failure. One way to assure success is to study and incorporate the work of the Police Community Relations Council of 2004 – 2008, of which I was co-chair What other studies will the base from which they start, or this a “new world forgetting the past”?
Finally, what was the rational for St. Paul's BLM to have a possible 3 seats on the Tsk Force and the Minneaolis NAACP and Minneapolis Urban Leabue not a seat at all?
Written Friday, October 14, 2016
LETTER FROM US DEPT OF JUSTICE to Michael Kkeefe.
U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Washington, D.C. 20535-0001
Mr. Michael P. Keefe
Dear Mr. Keefe:
Your complaint directed to the Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General (OIG), was referred to the Initial Processing Unit (IPU), Internal Investigations Section (IIS), (Inspection Division), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The IIS/INSD is the FBI entity responsible for investigating allegations of misconduct or criminal activity on the part of FBI employees.
In your complaint, you reported corruption involving members of the Violent Offenders Task Force, along with Assistant US Attorney's and Assistant Minneapolis City Attorneys. You claimed you filed a lawsuit against the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) and the Department of Justice refused to help you expose any wrongdoing./
The purpose of this letter is to advise you the IIS/ISD has review this matter and determined it does not warrant the opening of an aministration inquiry. This matter was forwarded to the Criminal Investigative Division, Public Corruption/Civil Rights Section for appropriate attention. IPU will take no further action in this matter.
Posted Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 5:05 p.m.
Responsibility and accountability matter,
September 23, 2016
Charlotte reminds us of four key questions being debated today that repeat the 60s:
Charlotte officials, family and friends of any victim, and demonstrators, must make sure they speak with provable “truths.” When they don’t they lose credibility, and the movement loses credibility we all lose credibility. But that is a two way street, for when the Mayor, police and other officials don’t speak with provable “truths,” they lose credibility, for when both sides become what they hate in the other, hope and peaceful change become impossible.
President Obama said it exactly right in 2004: “There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America — there’s the United States of America.” History tells us that down through history, those societies that tried to function while purposefully separating themselves by race and religion, didn’t last long, especially as they fought to force others to accept their views of reality. Those that forged a unity culture with many parts, all subordinate to the whole, survived.
People seem to be gravitating to the time of Malcolm X they like the most: when he accepted violence if necessary. But he changed. He and Martin Luther King were converging, Dr. King having emphasized political rights and X economic rights, to where they both emphasized socioecomnoic rights and opportunities, not just political ones.
Those of us old enough to remember “the” poster, understand this change. Recall the poster of Malcolm X standing at a window with a machine gun, under the heading, “Liberate Our Minds By Any Means Necessary.”
There are those today who would resurrect “by any means necessary,” again opening the door for “justified” violence. They purposefully ignore the movement of X to be closer to Dr. King, and no longer advocating violence. He did originally say, in the mid-1960s,“We declare our right on this earth to be a man, to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary.” We share the goal but not the “any means necessary.” Recall the end of the major motion picture on the life of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela. The movie ends with Mandela uttering those words of Malcolm X. But he told the director he would not utter the last 4 words, for he feared it would incite violence and undo all they were working to achieve. So those 4 words were dropped, just as Malcolm X himself had dropped them.
President Obama’s drops them too in his statement about one America, “The United States of America,” with the emphasis on “united.” There is There is along held reality that “order” is the “fundamental mandate of any society”. The fight then becomes over whose definition of “rule of law.” Our continued breaking into conflicting groups try8ing to get others to accept our mandate for order ic causeing the rule of law to be dropped in favor of the executive orders of whoever is in the chief’s chair. As one person has written, over the past~100 years, “we've allowed the rule of law to be nibbled away by bootstrapping lawyers and politicians to enable the whims of men seeking favors from one another, while robbing the general public of their money and freedom.”
This weakening of a sense of community trust is causing people to believe it why they believe they won’t be treated fairly. This loss of confidence and trust in one another can become unstoppable. When people begin to treat others fairly, the result is that impartiality and equality dies, leading to the Balkanization of the body politic, and right behind that, the death of local democracy and local governance, and the beginning of an even wider authoritarian rule.
Claiming to be on the "right side of history," they feel their end justifies their means. We must bring an end to
Written September 23, 2016
The Scott Gerlicher testimony: Another Red Flag
Septembert 16, 2016
Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) Officer Scott Gerlicher’s testimony in a Hennepin County District Court in 2009 caught the attention of investigators for the US Senate Judiciary Committee regarding constitutional and civil rights violations here in the City of Minneapolis.
In 2009, Scott Gerlicher was Deputy Chief in charge of the Office of Professional Standards. Today he is MPD Commander of the MPD's Strategic Information and Crime Analysis Division. Commander Gerlicher is also the lead Public Safety Planner for Super Bowl LII in 2018 and NCAA Final Four in 2019, both to occur in what we call our new Vikings stadium, although the offical names are US Bank Stadium in the NFL world, and Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium in the public sector-public use sector.
His testimony was extremely damaging to the law suit of Lt. Andy Smith and Sgt King, now serving as deputy sheriffs in the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department. Gerlicher’s testimony was dramatic, as it went into depth about a sting operation run by white law enforcement officers Lt. Andy Smith and King. The used the complex multi-level multi-agency VOTSF complications to rip off the Drug Enforcement Administration through its transactions in Chicago.
The rip off worked this way: the VOTF (Violent Offenders Task Force) indicated they had two black informants who had penetrated a very large illegal drug ring in Chicago, Illinois. The MPD narrative, or in this case, the narrative of the VOTF (Violent Offenders Task Force) unit, was that the informants would purchase $100,000 in illegal drugs, and that would lead to the break up of the black drug gang in Chicago.
It is this particular issue that became the genesis of the US Senate Judiciary Committee to earlier this year invoke Rule 18 of the Federal statues. Commander of the MPD’s Strategic Information and Crime Analysis Division
In conclusion, Gerlicher’s testimony was so compelling that that the presiding judge found in favor of the City of Minneapolis and against plaintiffs Smith and King. The money, not a small amount, was never recovered, which is part of the fraud committed by the VOTF (Violent Offenders Task Force) unit against the DEA at the same time. The Senate Judicial committee has determined that a criminal investigation against all parties involved is in order.
For those interested in more information, look at the court transcript in this particular case, our columns and blog enries specific to the case as listed below, and the columns listed, with UFLs, in the Keefe Case Thread.
Relevant columns and blog entries:
Keefe Case Thread, links from 2007 - present:
October 8, 2008: Is The Strib Only Interested In Black Corruption?Why Did It Drop Its MPD Investigation When White Officers Were Implicated?
December 31, 2008: A most historic year for our nation. And a busy year for local discrimination as well.
Written Sept 16, 2016
Viking Stadium Congratulations
Pitched battles with Somali Activists in the streets of Minneapolists
Written Tuesday evening, September 12, 2016
RED FLAG ALERT REGARDING MINNESOTA’S TWO SENATORS
Why has Minnesota’s two senators asked for meetings behind closed doors with U.S. Senate Judiciary Chairman Glassley. Is it because they want to keep the discussions that took place behind closed doors suppressed? Regardless, it will take some tall explaining as to why they were not able to defend the Democrat machine from some very embarrassing revelations about racism and retaliation against a Minneapolis white police lieutenant and the conspiracy by white officers to effectively destroy the Minneapolis Black Police Officers Association. And what was the narrative in the appointment of the two federal prosecutors to district court appointments here in Minnesota, in Hennepin County and in Scott County? And what type of questions were raised by Republican Senators Lindsay Graham, Jeff Sessions, Ted Cruz and others, that caused some very heated exchanges behind the closed door of the very powerful US Senate Judiciary Committee. Continue to follow postings regarding future developments here.
Written Tuesday afternoon, September 12, 2-016
The Quest for Truth continues. When will Minnesota’s Senators on the Judiciary Committee stop blocking the truth?
It is not surprizing that the Republicans on the US Senate Judiciary Committee were disgusted by the resistance of Minnesota’s two Senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee to show an interest in and deal honestly and fairly with their investigation into civil rights violations of African Americans in Minneapolis. This included violations committed against the Black Police Officers Association and a white officer who stood up for them.
The Republican senators were particularly disturbed at the lack of interest in and comfort level displayed by the Minnesota Democrat Senators on the committee, as they looked the other way when the investigation revealed a victim who was an African American. The story appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune edition of April 19, 2009. The widow’s husband was murdered by a federal informant. The widow’s street name used in the Star Tribune story was “she baby.”
Was their lack of interest because of her name and that these were blacks?
The Republican senators were also disturbed by how easily the Democratic senators remained silent during the year of discussions about this investigation, including how the Minneapolis Star Tribune refused to respond to pertinent information for the investigagion sent by the attorney for Sgt Michael Keefe in early May of 2016.
Tomorrow in this blog, we will discuss the rewards that were given out to liberal democrats who carried out this miscarriage of justice.
Written September 6, 2016
MICHAEL KEEFE INVESTIGATION ESCALATES.
September 2, 2012
It has been made clear to this colunist that it was the purjered testimony given in the presence of at least two federal judges, that caused the US Senate Judiciary Committee to vote along party lines to recommend an investigation by their own investigators. Upon their completion a year later, the Committee recommended to the criminal division of the Department of Justice that an immediate investigation and formal action be taken, under Rule 18 of the Federal Criminal Code, that deals with conspiracy (see our blog entry of August 31, 2016).
We have also been made aware of the testimony of two former white MPD officrs (who are now working for the Hennepin County Sheriffs Office), testimony that became extremely crucial in the decision to recomomend the implimentation of Rule 18 of the Criminal Code. We call your attention to an article in the Wednesday, April 6, 2011 edition of the Minnealis Star Tribune, by reporter Randy Furst. It set in motion a deeper examinastion of the level of purjery by Minneapolis police officrs and government officials in an effort to destroy Keefe (then a Lt and now a Sgt). They also attempted to indict African American police officers. They were not successful, other than in the case of one senior African American officer.
The Senate Judiciary Committee was further puzzeled by the role of the police federation‘s silence in proteing the rights of then Lt. Keefe and at least 8 African Amer ican police officers.
Over the next couple of days we will report in this blog testimonies of two white officers, King and Smith in their law suit against the city of Minneapllis, a law suit that was not, at that time, against then Chief Tim Dolan. (Star Tribune story, “Two officers sue alledging retaliatory demotions; officers transferred to less lucrative positons for their roles in department corruptions.
We will also report the anger that permeated the Senate Judiciary Committee’s closed door hearings on the purjery and on the violation of constituionl protections that ultimately swept across the Capital building to put pressure on the Minnesota delegation in the US House of Representatives in regards to the violagtions
There are questions today, as this post is being written, as to why the two votes taken by Federation since May to support Sgt Keefe and the African Americans under the protection of the law both failed to vote to provide the protection.
As this case continues to break, we will report the breaks in this blog.
Posted Friday,, September 2, 2016, 3:05 p.m.
Rule 18 Key for Keefe, calamity for Minneapolis.
August 31, 2016
Reference: previous blog entry below, The continued battle by Michael Keefe for Justice, 8-29-16.
Authoritative sources have told this columnist/blogger/author/broadcaster, that the legal premise that is being used now in the investigation of the constitutional violations of Sgt Michael Keefe’s rights, is Rule 18 of the Criminal code.
Federal authorities have directed their investigative agency to investigate, using Rule 18, which gives broad and sweeping authority and power to examine the depth of conspiracy to violate the rghts of individuals, under color of law, which means in this case, of Sgt. Keefe.
Specifically, evidence gathered by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, identifies a Hennepin County Judge, Postin, as the final link in the conspiracy. Her decision (made on her last day as a sitting judge -- she continues to do legal work for Hennepin County) enabled the carrying out of action that was in violation of the constitutional rights of Sgt. Keefe.
Other judicial individuals have also been identified in filings made by the attorneys for Sgt. Keefe, when they filed many months ago.
One of the entities formerly notified was the Star Tribune.
There will be further updates on this blog site over the coming weeks.
Written August 31, 2016
The continued battle by Michael Keefe for Justice
We have just learned from sources in Washington, D.C., that the Department of Justice will open an investigation into the matter of Michael Keefe and move against the city of Minneapolis with indictments of criminal charges against current and former Minneapolis officials. The stunning aspect of this ten year old case is that what we write here is not a “scoop” in the traditional sense of that term, as we have just found out. What is stunning is that the Star Tribune and the major city newspapers in St. Paul, Rochester, and Duluth, have all known about this since May 2016, and yet, due to their involvement and potential indictment, have remained silent.
This comes as an outgrowth of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee investigation, compelled by constitutional law due to the violation of constitutional rights and violation of equal protection of Minneapolis citizens. They refered it tt the Department of Justice that then sent it to the FBI to investigate.
We await eagerly to see how this case unfolds and to what level the press will now finally cover it, and to what degree with they be honest about their involvedent in the coverups regarding this casel and in the violation of constitutional rights of fellow offieers and citizens.
• August 29, 2007 Column: A profile in courage and integrity—the saga of Lt. Michael Keefe
Written Monday, August 29, 2016
Editor's note, See Solution paper #51, 9-4-16: 29 additional links to columns related as background to the Michael Keefe Case.
Minneaplis reeling from white supremacist attack and murder of Black African in Dinky town on UM camputs
August 26, 2016
This was the fourth act of violence of a white supremacist since the first of the year. Savage murder of an African American on 1300 block of University Ave. The white supremacist was apprehended at the scene, The question becomes why the Star Tribune either doesn't or or only to idnetify a perpetrator when the perpetrator is white.
Some wonder if this is an indication of the conflicts sweeping the country between Clinton and Trump camps, he calling her a bigot and racist and she calling him a disciple and follower of white supremacists.
Written August 26, 2016
What does Trump’s Challenge to consider voting for him for President say about us and our ideologies about race?
August 24, 2016
On August 19, 2016, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Donald Trump asked for Blacks to vote for him, for, he said, given how little the Democrats have done for them, he asked what have you got to lose taking a chance on voting for him? He has laid down the gauntlet. The real challenge is elite Blacks trying to maintain the status quo at the expense of inner city Blacks in order for them to maintain their elite and prestigious positions.
Trump challenges. How will Democrats respond? How will Republicans respond, especially the other 16 he beat in the debates and primaries. We have heard from Ben Carson, who approves. What do the others say, especially those who are not supporting the Mr. Trump?
I will address this challenge in my published column for next week, September 1, 2016, already submitted and awating publication. But the challenge is not just to Blacks. It is also to whites. And it is not just to Democrats. It is also to Republicans and to the other two parties claiming also to have answers and solutions, Johnson’s Independents and Steins Greens. A more interesting question is why Mr. Blow and others don’t advocate full democracy and demand that the other two parties be included in the up-coming debates.
Some say what Trump says is new. It is not. Nonetheless we thank Donald Trump for supporting what Blacks have been saying since 1863. A lesson for everyone: know your history. And vote.
I take him seriously.
Blows says Trump is about racism, that Trump is actually ‘urinating’ on black voters and telling them to ‘dance in the rain’. Blow further asserts that Trump’s “outreach” is “the most insidious form of bigotry”. When Blow says to a Black Trump Supporter: You Are "Part Of The Bigotry That Is Donald Trump," he is issuing the worst form of bigotry, that Blacks who don’t buy his view are worse that whites. This is always the view of authoritarians, regardless of race, creed, color, ideology, orientation, etc. We all know that is not true.
But Blow’s whopper is his assertion that “He has scoured the web and his personal acquaintances to find one black person who earnestly believes Trump’s message and supports this so-called “outreach.” The Black Trump supporter he castigated obviously is a Black who accepts what Trump asserts. Ben Carson accepts it. Let me add my position: there is truth in much of Trump’s challenge, which I have in my 2000 book and in my web page that has focused on this since 2003..
Today Ben Carson was asked on CNN about Blow’s comments, and said he agreed with Donald Trump, commenting on Trump’s statement, affirming his opposition also to the public policies that continue to harm the Black communities, especially those in the inner cities.
As a long time community advocate for civil rights fighting discrimination and the racism of Democratic spawned racist public policy and often supported by Republicans, the fight is not yet over. The worst or those who claim to be for civil rights and racial equality but who are also the same ones favoring and executing policies that block opportunity for most of the Black Americans in inner cities.
In my books, my columns, my radio and access TV programs, I have continued the same outreach as Mr. Trump, reaching out to BOTH whites AND blacks and their leadership, leadership that joins in maintaining the status quo that sustains their jobs and prosperity but does nothing for non-elite Blacks and non-elite Whites.
Uncovering and exposing racism, injustice, and discrimination have been my hall marks for decades. I have reached out to the Black community to stand up as Mr. Trump suggests, and have outlined and listed many solution papers for resolving the issues of the inner cities, especially in terms of education, jobs and housing, and closing the Black – White gaps.
I suggest Mr. Blow stop concentrating on the speck in Mr. Trump’s eyes when he has logs in his. When I wrote my book in 2000, the The Minneapolis Story Through my Eyes, the national NAACP had me expelled “for writing it” (bye bye second amendment), even while admitting nothing in the book was false or incorrect. My chapter 14 offers the logs used by modern status quo Blacks to build their Lincoln cabins, as expressed in this long but highly descriptive title for Chapter 14: THE ROLE OF MINNEAPOLIS BLACK ORGANIZATIONS IN THE MINNEAPOLIS STORY: Civil Rights Commission, Urban League, NAACP, Churches/Synagogues/Mosques Being Part of the Problem Rather than the Solution, As They Move Toward White-Like Black-Elite Rule, For Spoils Not Principles And Sell Out Inner city Black Community Interests: Education, Housing, and Jobs, Dignity and Recognition.
This is but one of 50 Solution papers ignored by both Blacks and Whites. See also recent solution papers # 48 (11-19-15: THE “HOW TO” To EXPAND THE MINNEAPOLIS TABLE TO PROVIDE “A SEAT FOR EVERYONE.
Here is the potential good news: even if Trump is not elected, if his effort finally awaken the sleeping giant that are the poor people of Martin Luther King’s poor peoples march, and his efforts finally halt the Black elite’s purposeful racism in public policy related to education, jobs and housing, he will have have done more for Blacks than all the elite commentators.
Trump is correct when he implies we should not vote for any party that leaves us in the back of the bus.
When will Democrats, Republicans, and all who follow or lean toward the progressive programs that have led to these key disastrous realities regarding inner city Black communities: second class schools and teachers, second class jobs and higher unemployment among 17 – 34 year old Black men, second class housing and economic neighborhood development, and second class efforts dealing with higher incarceration rates for crime and gun violence neighborhoods.
Donald Trump echoes what has long been known and long eloquently expressed, before, during, and since the Jim Crow period, although too many choose to ignore it.
Trump echoes what Black historians and community and civil rights activists have long criticized.
In 1932, enlightened Negroes were saying the same thing to the Republican party regarding Black America’s support for Franklin Delano Roosevelt as Donald Trump is doing regarding Democrats in 2016.
1901: Those who research history archives regarding the first third of the 20th century, discover that by 1901, both the Democrats and Republicans had sold out the African American and the African American future in the United States of America, a sell out that continues in the 21st century, regardless of who is President.
President Woodrow Wilson (served as President 1913-1921), a Democrat and leading progressive, was so comfortable abandoning the Negro, that he allowed and supported segregation, as it was “in their interest.” As a result, most of the city’s public facilities, schools, and housing were segregated by law or practice, meaning the entire city of Washington, D.C., the cty that was supposed to be a beacon on the hill shining its light of freedom, liberty, and justice for all. It appears as if Donald Trump is reflecting on this dynamic in our history while Democrats continue to deny it.
Too often black reflections are not accepted until the same facts are seen as relevant only when a white person makes them. Trump is now a white person affirming what Blacks have said since 1863.
What Donald Trump said must not be dismissed. The Harlem Rennaisance and driving forces for deep discussions and calls to action, became a movement that would not be denied, even as the country moved into the Great Depression, and even as the country continues to deny it.
The discussions of the early 1920s - late 1930s, created a challenging mindset expressed by African Americans after doing battle for this country and for democracy during World War II. It is important, regardless of who said it in white America, that Donald Trump merely echoed what was said by African Americans at the end of the 1st world war, at the end of the 2nd world war, and at the end of the uprisings and conflicts of the 1960s.
We welcome The Donald for also exposing the painful and sad history of Black America. As the sons and daughters of the African, we see far too little change and improvement, irrespective of the election of Barack Obama, and the tireless and committed commitment of those claiming to establish better opportunities and access for the sons and daughters of the African as they continually talk the walk.
The key question remains: when when will they walk their talk?
Written Wednesday, August 24, 2016, in the afternoon.
Historic Black Church, Zion Baptist, Turns White.
ALERT: 8-2-16, 3:41 pm: the meeting for the merger of Zion Baptist with United Methodist has been postponed from August 7th to August 14th.
Sunday, July 31, 2016
It is with great sorrow that we were informed late this afternoon, July 31, 2016, that the leadership of the historic Black church, Zion Baptist, was called into a Business Meeting at the end of today's services by its head pastor, The Rev. Brian Herron, after he received a $2,000 gift from a man from LaSeur, MN, the $2,000 being a contribution toward that journey of merger. Rev Brian Herron told the congregation that he had a revelation from God to take the church in a new direction, to walk the journey of merger with a white church.
Rev Brian Herron went on to announce that this coming Sunday he will officially announce the formal merger and business relationship. As one who began to attend Zion Baptist Chirch in 1947, I am so saddened to see Zion emerge as a white religious facility. One wonders, what else is going on?
My suspicion is that this is a political decision, not a theological/religious decision. I look forward to seeing the result of the merger, and what the spirit of such change will create in terms of a new direction for this historic Black congregation known as Zion Baptist Church. I will continue to follow this breaking story carefully. Follow with us on this blog side of this The Minneapolis Story web site.
Written Sunday July 31, 2016
Which lives matter: us, them, some, or all?
Monday, July 11, 2016
Of course, Black Lives Matter. But as I have said in my column and on my radio and TV shows, all lives matter. I understand the emotional puill of "Blacik Lives Matter." But we become what we hate. The BLM Movement is caught in its own trap. How can we promote integration and inclusion when we exclude others and segregate ourselves?" United we stand, divided we fall," was the old cry.
The "who" and "what" are easy:
Col of July 21 and 28, 2016
See also these columns:
Written Monday July 11, 20-16
Story breaks regarding the split regarding how to approach minority development, as discussed in Minneapolis this evening on the Don and Ron program on Blog Radio.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016.
Stay tuned as we follow this breaking story on this blog, in our columsn, and on our TV and radio shows.
Posted April 13, 2016, 11:59 p.m.
4th PRECINCT to be RE-OCCUPIED
Posted Wednesday April 13, 2016, 12:48 p.m.
WITNESS TO JAMAR CLARK SHOOTING IDENTIFIED: Jerome Copeland
In our column of January 28, 2016, Jamar Clark Investigation Compromised. Investigator sabotages Integrity of Witness, we purposefully did not give the witness' name. We are now, with his permission, able to do so. The witness in question is Jerome Copeland.
The county attorney's office called today. They wanted me to verify the witness. They asked if it was Jerome Copeland. I said yes. I then called Mr. Copeland after that to ask if he was ready for the next step, dto have his name stated publicly as the witness to Mr. Clark's shooting. He said yes.
Posted Friday, March 25, 2016, 4:05 p.m.
EDITOR's note: on, Sunday, March 29, 2016. The Minneapolis Star Tribune published today these 3 summaries of the Jamar Clark case so far:
1. What we know about the death of Jamar Clark: 29 point Star Tribune list.
Earlier columns on the shooting of Jamar Clark and its aftermath in the community:
BEGIN BLOG ENTRIES
LATEST BLOG ENTRY:
WITNESS TO JAMAR CLARK SHOOTING IDENTIFIED: Jerome Copeland
In our column of January 28, 2016, Jamar Clark Investigation Compromised. Investigator sabotages Integrity of Witness, we purposefully did not give the witness' name. We are now able to do so. The witness in question is Jerome Copeland.
The county attorney's office called today. They wanted me to verify the witness. They asked if was Jerome Copeland. I said yes. I then called Mr. Copeland after that to ask if was ready have his name stated publicl as he witness to Mr. Clark's shooting. He said yes.
Posted Friday, March 25, 2016, 4:05 p.m.
EDITOR's note, Sunday, March 29, 2016. The Minneapolis Star Tribune published today these 3 summaries of the as so far:
1. What we know about the death of Jamar Clark, a 29 point Start Tribune list.
February 25, 2016, 4:02 p.m. Letter to US Department of Justice: it is now neceary to reveal this letter now that the case has been returned to the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension:
Ronald A. Edwards
Leslie R. Caldwell
Dear Ms. Caldwell,
I am a member of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Minneapolis Steering committee, as well as being a journalist, investigative reporter, and concerned citizen. This letter is sent to you about the compromised investigation discussed below of the Jamar Clark shooting death, and is sent in the tradition of our shared quest for Fairness and Justice.
We, as a city and a people, bring this matter to your attention and await your response with an investigation that unfortunately has been tainted by the state of Minnesota’s representative. I provide more information in my recent column, Jamar Clark investigation compromised: Investigator sabotages integrity of witness (attached), in the January 28, 2016 Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, the state’s largest African American weekly newspaper (at http://spokesman-recorder.com/2016/01/28/jamar-clark-investigation-compromised). The column is also archived on my The Minneapolis Story website: http://www.theminneapolisstory.com/2016/columns/16q1.htm#c164d012.
Jamar Clark, a 24 year-old African American, was shot to death November 15, 2015. The Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) announced it was turning over the investigation of the circumstances surrounding Jamar Clark’s shooting death to a joint investigation by the FBI and Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).
During the turbulent days since then, including 18 days of the occupation of the grounds of the Fourth Precinct head-quarters building of the City of Minneapolis, great anticipation developed regarding the investigation bringing justice.
During this period, witnesses to the shooting death of Mr. Clark approached me. A specific witness, who has significant evidence, asked me to accompany him while he gave his statement to the joint investigative team of the FBI and of the MN BCA. I agreed, and was present when this witness gave his testimony to the investigative team. A little over a month later, I became aware that the investigator representing the MN BCA was undermining and suppressing this witness and, unfortunately, corrupting the integrity of the joint investigation.
I made this known to the MPD for the purpose of establishing a record of this misconduct, which jeopardizes the reputation and image of the FBI, the DOJ, the MPD, and the USA. Working closely with the witness and his attorney of record, I have become aware of the depth of the sabotage of this investigation.
Given the violation of the law and the potential damage to the case, I’m suggesting DOJ appoint a Special Prosecutor from outside the jurisdiction of Minnesota, with the power to empanel a Federal Grand Jury to take testimony from those who have knowledge and information relative to the undermining of the DOJ’s role in what has become two separate investigations, one by the DOJ and the second a joint investigation by the MN BCA and the FBI. After the occupation and after allegations of other police situations in Minnesota, and after the DOJ opened up a separate investigation, I was told that the MN BCA didn’t want the African American Assistant District Attorney from the DOJ involved in the investigation. The MN BCA asked him to leave.
Thank you for your attention to this matter; I stand prepared to answer any questions, inquiries and/or communications.
/s/ Ronald A. Edwards
LOCAL NAACP CALLS FOR BOYCOTT OF MALL OF AMERICA, RISKING NON-PROFIT STATUS. WHY?
--- LEGACY RECAPS FROM 2011 ---
1. Record of city's purposeful and intentional practice in list of 20 columns posted 11-22-11: Disparity and Non-Compliance: how Minneapolis purposefully avoids compliance and sets barriers to diversity. Background to the serious violations is reported in the Disparity Study that found Minneapolis, current and past, is not and has not been in compliance. See columns on the Disparity Study, Part I November 17, 2010, and Part II November 25, 2010. See also the list of 12 additional columns written since 2005 on the disparities (web log entry of August 28, 2009).
2. Re Planning for education, jobs, housing, and economic development: Lists of columns and book chapters regarding plans and planning for all citizens in all of our communities, Black and white, at this link, Solution Paper #42: Planning, with suggestions for use in resolving the issues of unequal access and unequal opportunity in education, jobs, and housing. Also see here and here and here, and here: "Disaster accelerates gentrification of North Minneapolis. Reconstruction proceeds without Black workers." Another list of columns, blog entries, solution papers."
Sid Hartman and Star Tribune confirm our stadium analysis, April 25, 2012.
Will the Vikings stadium be in Minnesota or L.A.?, April 11, 2012.
Vikings stadium plan in place??? March 14, 2012
Black jobs promised on Vikings stadium construction. Who will ensure the promises are kept? February 15, 2012 Column.
May 25, 2011 Column: Budget battle threatens Vikings’ future. Lists columns on leave/stay since 2005.
April 13, 2011 Column #15: Can Minnesota afford another stadium? Difficult times force difficult choices
GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS OPPOSED TO THE VIKINGS STAYING:
4.Key Minnesota leaders' "The Plan": have the Vikings leave town, 2002.
5. Stadium and arena promises were broken to Bob Short, Norm Green, and Red McCombs. Are theWilfs next.
Original set of 3 posted January 19, 2011 column.
3. Re Black Leadership:
Still open for consideration: local NAACP December 12, 2010 assertion in this paper that “Its time for leaders [who] put personal agendas ahead of community interests to go." In othert words, there are too many ministerial, government, corporate, foundation and other non-profits) not leading. See here for what, who, when, where, why. List of columns coming soon.
4. “Minneapolis POLICE Department Racism and Discrimination.” See list of July 10, 2008, updated through September 14, 2011 column (lists 60 columns, 31 blog entries, and 12 “solution” papers. The subhead, “Speaking over the silence of the major Twin Cities Dailies,” speaks to the scooping by this newspaper of the major dailies that often refuse to thoroughly report on this topic.
5. Ending the Journalism SILENCE by the Star Tribune about discrimination will help end discrimination. Lists columns and blog entries posted since 2003.
6. Re Planning for education, jobs, housing, and economic development: Lists of columns and book chapters regarding plans and planning for all citizens in all of our communities, Black and white, at this link, Solution Paper #42: Planning, with suggestions for use in resolving the issues of unequal access and unequal opportunity in education, jobs, and housing. Also see here and here and here, and June 01, 2011 Column:"Disaster accelerates gentrification of North Minneapolis. Reconstruction proceeds without Black workers." Another list of columns, blog entries, solution papers."
Ron hosts “Black Focus” on Channel 17, MTN-TV, Sundays, 5-6 pm. Formerly head of the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission and the Urban League, he continues his “watchdog” role for Minneapolis. Order his book, hear his voice, read his solution papers, and read his between columns “web log” at www.TheMinneapolisStory.com.