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August, 17, 2017: Terror Attack in Minnesota. Why Was the Media Afraid to Identify the Mosque Attack as an Act of Terror?

Through My Eyes, the Minneapolis Story Continues"
A weekly column by Ron Edwards
featured in the weekly
Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
and Minnesota Spokesman-RecorderNews Online

August 17, 2017.

           PULLQUOTE: Such terroriss are architects of violence; their actions are            intended to reinforce their religious and racial hatred and anger.

An “act of terrorism” is what Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton accurately called the August 5, 2017 bombing attack on the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, the largest Mosque in the state of Minnesota.  Minnesota media did not use the term until after the Governor used it in his press conference. 

As Americans of color, we understand better and more quickly, that terrorist acts, whether lynchings, gunning down a prayer circle, bombing churches, synagogues or mosques, including killing innocent children, are all done by enemies of the state, acting with malice, to drive fear into the hearts of all Americans, and especially into the hearts of the children of Jesus Christ, Abraham, Allah, and Buddha, as well as the children of atheists and anarchists. 

All across America, we see that malice and hate are alive and well.  As of the writing of this column, we are awaiting a statement from the President of the United States, denouncing this act of terror.  He also waited (for three days:  see my June 3 MSR column) after 3 white men in Portland, Oregon defended two Muslim teenage girls, all wounded in saving the girls, two wounded fatally.

Such terrorists, who are architects of violence, reinforce their religious and racial hatred and anger. It is clear that the Iman of the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington was the target of this act of hatred and terrorism, done with seemingly no warning.

Minnesotans should be proud of the quickness, compassion and efficiency of the many Christians who helped and who denounced this cruel and violent act of terrorism.  I know, as an American, that I felt proud of the quick responses by my fellow native Minnesotans, and I felt proud of our country.

The explosive device, containing shrapnel and ball bearings, was clearly designed to kill.  The absence of a warning would imply that the bomber or bombers had done an excellent job of surveillance in order to offer up their warning and send a message to the Muslim community and their supporters for the tragedy that took place in the City of Minneapolis in the loss of the life of an Australian National at the hands of a Muslim police officer.

The citizens of Minnesota have made it clear that such terrorist acts are not acceptable, and we agree.  When people retaliate in kind they risk becoming what they hate.  Let us instead risk making peace.

Thus, we are left with four questions:

           Question #1:  why did Minnesota media wait until the Governor used the term “terrorist” to use the term themselves?  Why the continuous hesitancy to “tell it like it is,” regardless of who does it, of  terrorist attacks?

           Question #2:  will we answer the Governor’s call for “solidarity” and “sympathy” (with the Al Farooq community), and “determination”  (to work together to prevent future terrorist acts), regardless of whether we are Muslims or non-muslims, Blacks or non-Blacks?

           Question #3:  how will we answer the four hundred year old question which was carried forward in the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr.:  will we, regardless of race, religion, or creed, assimilate (become an American), integrate (learning, working, and living together), and yet allow autonomy (liberty and freedom for individuals as well as groups as we  learn, work, and live in community together)?

           Question #4: going forward:  will we divide into “tribal” lands and institutions, be they physical, political, or religious, and be what Lincoln called “a house divided” (and we know what war that led to), or will we work out our differences peacefully, following Lincoln’s “malice toward none”?

Stay tuned.

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To date: 52 Solution Papers.

Written Sunday, August 6, 2017.
Published, MSR, Thursday, August 17, 2017
Posted,TMS, Subday, August 20, 2017, 10:39 p.m.

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Dayton calls Bloomington mosque blast "act of terrorism"

http://www.startribune.com/investigation-continues-into-bloomington-mosque-blast-dayton/438849813/
Governor condemns Islamic center bomb attack; supporters rush in to show solidarity. 
By Rochelle Olson Star Tribune
August 7, 2017 — 10:28 am


August, 03, 2017 A City in Turmoil: The fall-out from the death of an innocent woman.

Through My Eyes, the Minneapolis Story Continues"
A weekly column by Ron Edwards
featured in the weekly
Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
and Minnesota Spokesman-RecorderNews Online

August 3, 2017

July 2017 will live in infamy when future historians review key facts:

The dark cloud denying due process has moved Civil Rights leaders from the non-violent justice movement of Martin Luther King to that of the "Cold Civil War” in America, where opposite sides engage in proclaiming the other guilty of “man’s inhumanity to man.”

The silver lining of this dark cloud of turmoil is that Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo becomes the first African American police chief in Minneapolis.

Stay tuned.

For Ron’s hosted radio and TV show’s broadcast times, solutions papers, books and archives, go to www.TheMinneapolisStory.com.
To order his books, go to www.BeaconOnTheHillPress.com.

To date: 52 Solution Papers.

Written Sunday, July 23, 2017.
Published, MSR, Thursday, August 3, 2017
Posted,TMS, Wednesday, August 9, 2017,4:00 a.m.


 


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