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2014 Columns

“Through My Eyes”

Weekly column of Ron Edwards
From the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Continuing The Minneapolis Story,
Ron’s “Black Focus,” airs Sundays, 5-6 p.m.,
On Channel 17, MTN-TV

Quarter 4: October thru December

December, 31, 2014 #53: Year-end reflections of 2014: a year of confusion and expectations.

December, 24, 2014 #52a: Adrian Peterson vs. the NFL. Shame on the NFL and its Lack of Legality and Fairness

December, 17, 2014 #51: The issue of race will not go away. Protests continue across the nation.

December, 10, 2014 #50: A Nation Reviews Racism. Continued Fallout From Ferguson

December, 3, 2014 #49: Ferguson: Are you surprised by the grand jury verdict?

November, 26, 2014 #48: Channel 11’s Randy Shaver says North High is unworthy.  Randy Shaver is wrong!

November, 19, 2014 #47: Election 2014 — Republicans take control of Congress: How?

November, 12, 2014 #46: German profit, Minnesota failure. Many questions surround Vikings stadium transparent roof

November, 05, 2014 #45: Poor timing, dishonest reporting. Demoted MPD Captains in Star Tribune story of October 28, 2014

October, 29, 2014 #44: Sheriff Richard W. Stanek has earned another term.

October, 22, 2014 #43: Thomas Eric Duncan, a man denied. Another American tragedy of medical apartheid.

October, 15, 2014 #42: Dick Gregory and Clyde Bellecourt continue as great civil rights warriors.
Revisiting 11-6-13 column: Redskins’ controversy heats up again.

October, 8, 2014 #41: Senator Hayden Deserves Due Process.  That is the Fair Way.
Black leaders need to demand he gets due process

October, 1, 2014 #40: Senator Hayden Deserves Due Process.  That is the Fair Way. Black leaders need to demand he gets due process.

Quarter 3: July thru September

September, 24, 2014 #39: Peterson, Rice and the NFL. The controversies continue

September, 17, 2014 #38: New developments in Ferguson, MO. New witnesses come forward.

September, 10, 2014 #37: Ferguson and Homeland Security: Some ask: "Are they intertwined?" We answer by asking: "Why are they being intertwined?", because they are!

September, 3, 2014 #36: Vikings win — again. Wilfs save stadium — again.

August, 27, 2014 #35: 6% Blacks in MPD. When will we get the numbers right?

August, 20, 2014 #34: Ferguson, MO: An American Race Tragedy. Again. Conflicting versions with parallels to Minneapolis

August, 13, 2014 #33: Stadium Update. Is 34% minority participation goal being met?

August, 7, 2014 #32: The real immigration story

July, 30, 2014 #31: MPD and MFD in trouble (Minneapolis Police and Fire Departments). Racial balance is being lost.

July, 23, 2014 #30: The violence just won’t go away. Minneapolis, Indianapolis and Chicago at the Crossroads

July, 16, 2014 #29: We have not waved a white flag!

July, 9, 2014 #28: A Civil Rights and faith leader passes from the American scene

July, 3, 2014 #27: The Need for a New Lillian Anthony 1st Director of Minneapolis Civ Rts Dept

Quarter 2: April thru June

June, 25, 2014 #26: Velma Korbel must go! Resignation must be submitted immediately

June, 18, 2014 #25: The Keefe Report has been released into the open. Yet “they” continue to try to bury what can no longer be buried

June 11, 2014, #24: The tragedy of guns in the streets. Another senseless death.

June, 4, 2014 #23: Keefe file now open to the public. Sgt. Michael Keefe waits his day in court

May, 29, 2014 #22: Returning to an old order after 30 years. A retreat for Black leaders to plan actions to enable Whites to feel safe.

May, 22, 2014 #21: Equity in light rail postponed again.

May, 15, 2014 #20: Safe streets promoted for White baseball. Selective reporting keeps the true level of violence concealed

May, 8, 2014 #19: Donald, Donald, Donald Sterling. A test for the NBA and Adam Silver

May 1, 2014 #18: Gang summit in Minneapolis. Preparing for summer 2014

April, 24, 2014 #17: The continuing battle of Sgt. Michael Keefe, and the disappearance of Black police officers from the MPD

April, 17, 2014 #16: Congratulations Kevin Ollie! Congratulations University of Connecticut!

April, 10, 2014 #15: Toxic and corrupt environment in civil rights department

April, 3, 2014 #14: A Silent Campaign For The Mineapolis Board Of Education Election

Quarter 1: January thru March

March, 27, 2014 #13: Was it Tubby Smith’s Fault? Gophers miss NCAA Basketball Tournament.

March, 20, 2014 #12: Nine hundred complaints disappear. Only 16 cases under investigation.

March, 13, 2014 #11: What happened to the receipts? Revisiting the Tornado Relief Funds.

March, 6, 2014 #10: M.A. Mortenson not up to the task for an NFL stadium. Construction manager track record in construction: Junior Varsity

February, 26, 2014 #9: When bribery and corruption causes death!. In the deaths of five children in North Minneapolis

February, 19, 2014 #8: A reappointment that is a mistake. Velma Korbel to again head the Department of Civil Rights

February, 12, 2014 #7: Significant economic surge for the Black community by Sports Authority? Or manipulation of numbers to conceal few Black workers?

February, 5, 2014 #6: State of Emergency in Minnesota. When corporate and government greed take over America

January, 29, 2014 #5: NAACP activates legal strategy. Local branch joins Doug Mann in law suit against the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority

January, 22, 2014 #4: Financial disaster for Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority

January, 15, 2014 #3: Promises, Promises, Promises. What good is an Equity Plan with no follow through?

January, 08, 2014 #2: The Rooney Rule is dead. Next Vikings coach “must” be White.

January, 1, 2014 #1: Looking back at 2013, Through Real Eyes

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.

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