Also below: sections on The War Against Young Black Men, on local journalism, and on suggested solutions.
"The American Dream cannot be a selective one for certain circles or certain interest groups. America cannot be a beacon of light to the world and a model of democratic participation until all of its citizens have equal access and equal opportunity, meaning that there is a seat for everyone."
— Ron Edwards, A Seat for Everyone: The Freedom Guide that Explores A Vision for America, p. 60
The Keefe column A profile in courage and integrity — the saga of Lt. Michael Keefe, August 29, 2007. In this column you will read about a White police officer who took a stand to fight prejudice and discrimination within the MPD, an officer I have never met, but who shares the dream of creating an amalgam of race for a better country. He has met with unjust and unfair retaliation, and has subsequently sued the city and the department." The upshot is that "the FBI agents reported egregious resistance o working with African Americans with the 'point" made using the "N" word and other racially charged and derogatory terms about Black police officers. In addition to that, The Violent Offenders Task Force arrests were 98+% African Americans, with no Black officer in its history, with a disturbing pattern of significant overtime abuse (see pp. 58 and 65).
June 20, 2007 Blog #18: "41 years." Again. City Council answers our famous question of "how long" with 41 years, renewable every 41 years.
June 20, 2007 Blog #17: Answering the question: why is the PCRC involved in civil rights, justice/fairness, and social/government accountability issues?
November 9, 2005 Blog #75: Report of the Compliance and Review Committee (CRC) of the Police Community Relations Council (PCRC) Before the Safety Committee of the City of Minneapolis
June 4, 2005 Blog #61: Dred Scott haunts The Twin Cities: The Ghost of Judge
Tawny watches to see if his ruling will be brought back to life, reminding us
again of the power of the courts. Is the DFL trying to bring back Chief Justice
MISSING ENTRY Police Community Relations Council Sidelined; Wexler & General Mills Foundation Choice Of "Plan" Secrecy Over Transparency Shows Lack Of Judgment And Creates "Internment" Rumors That Need To Be Answered, Especially When Better Solutions Stand At The Ready. Blog #47, April 17, 2005
December 11, 2003 Blog #249: Call to the Mayor and City Council: Be
People of Resolution and Solution to Achieve the Prize of Freedom: equal access
and equal opportunity for all.
Local journalism (or the lack thereof)
A leading problem in Minneapolis is the lack of credible journalism. The pieces listed below are several columns and blog entries that discuss how The Star Tribune censors writers and stories it doesn't agree with it, including my first book in 2002. It hides from the public what is going on in the Police Department, which enables the situation to get worse, not better.
July 2, 2006 Blog #10: Open Letter to Editors of Star Tribune: Solutions for your 7-2-06 editorial, Crime and the 'truly disadvantage.
July 9, 2005 Blog #67: Why is the Pioneer Press Extorting history in
its reporting of the joint FBI - St. Paul Police raid on the facilities, memory,
and history of the St. Paul Inner City Youth League?
November 3, 2003 Blog #213: Doug Grow covers half the stomping, missing
the more interesting half: that just as some of the stomping of citizens by
police is illegal, some of the stomping done by City Hall is illegal yet intentional,
lawless yet purposeful, against its own laws that are ignored and against Federal
laws which the feds won’t long ignore.
Solution suggestions — columns, blog entries and solution papers with suggestions for the future
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.
Permission is granted to reproduce The Minneapolis Story columns, blog entires and solution papers. Please
cite the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder and www.TheMinneapolisStory.com for the columns. Please
cite www.TheMinneapolisStory.com for blog entries and solution papers.