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2015 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, 2015 #53: 2015:  A Year Of Terror And Indecision
                                              2016:  A Year Of…?

December, 24, 2015 #52: Breaking the heart of a community. BLM & NAACP  Protestors Attack Black fire fighters and police officers.

December, 17, 2015 #51: Whose voice will be heard? And when? The struggle for control.   

December, 10, 2015 #50: An open letter:  To Black Lives Matter, NAACP, and out of town demonstrators:

                                              Subject:  Devisive tension runs high within our Black Community.

                                              Question:  Whose community?  Ours or out of towners?

December, 03, 2015 #49: White supremacists shoot and wound protestors in North Minneapolis

November, 26, 2015 #48: Listen and Understand. City Tense After African American Youth Shot and Killed in Police Involved Shooting. Anger builds after shooting.

November, 19, 2015 #47: Race, Money and the University of Missouri. Black students figure it out. Good for them.

November, 12, 2015 #46: When will diversity numbers for Vikings stadium construction be available?
                                              [Includes links to 10 columns, by date and title, about minority hiring after the MN legislative passage of December 20, 2012.]

November, 05, 2015 #45: IN MEMORIUM: Philip “Flip” Saunders, 1955-2015

October, 29, 2015 #44: Silence breeds violence. A dangerous pattern in public safety.

October, 22, 2015 #43: Violence in Minneapolis high schools. Are there any answers?"

October, 15, 2015 #42: U.S. miscalculates about Russia and Syria. Who is next?

October, 08, 2015 #41: Mayor Makes Right Decision in Reappointing MPD Chief Now work to Restore MPD to handling Viking Stadium security.

October, 01, 2015 #40: Strange sounds from city hall. Test of leadership.

Quarter 3: July thru September

September, 24, 2015 #39: Violence in downtown continues unabated

September, 17, 2015 #38: Assassin of nine faces the Charlotte SC court. Prosecutor and solicitor general seeks death penalty.

September, 10, 2015 #37: Will the stadium come in on time? Accidents, mistrust, and internal fighting.

September, 03, 2015 #36: North and South Korea not being paid attention too!

August, 27, 2015 #35: North and South Korea not being paid attention too! [missing article]

August, 20, 2015 #34: Hey Tubby, Norwood is gone! Hey Amelia, why Now? Why so much left out? [with links to 4 like columns]

August, 13, 2015 #33: Remember The Boys of Summer: The 1960s Twins: A Period of Sports and Civil Rights Success.

August, 06, 2015 #32: Justice Alan Page: a man of vision and success. Associate Supreme Court justice retires August 7, 2015.

July, 30, 2015 #31: Shootings in Charleston, South Carolina and Chattanooga, Tennessee. What was the difference?

July, 23, 2015 #30: Sheriff and Black clergy come together. 2015: Already a bloody, heartbreaking year of shootings in Minneapolis.

July, 16, 2015 #29: When is enough enough? Eight shot within one hour on 4th of July.

July, 09, 2015 #28: Unanswered questions in Charleston, SC. Dylan Roof: the disappearing person of interest.

July, 02, 2015 #27: Well Planned Execution in Charleston, South Carolina. One of America’s Most Respected Black Leaders: target?

Quarter 2: April thru June

June, 25, 2015 #26: Did they get it right in Spokane regarding Rachel Dolezal? The questionable and jaundiced role of CNN (Part 2)

June, 18, 2015 #25: Did they get it right in Spokane regarding Rachel Dolezal? The questionable and jaundiced role of CNN (Part 1) | The U. S. Commission on Civil Rights’ benign neglect of Black communities continues

June, 11, 2015 #24: The U. S. Commission on Civil Rights’ benign neglect of Black communities continues.

June, 04, 2015 #23: A violent Memorial Day in Minneapolis. Gunfire echoes across the city

May, 28, 2015 #22: The Lynx have earned world respect!. Most successful MN sports franchise in last 10 years!

May, 21, 2015 #21: Keefe case thrown out by 8th Circuit eight years after filed.

May, 14, 2015 #20: Mariln Mosby Does Her Job. Other States's Attorneys across the country need to catch up.

May, 07, 2015 #19: Where is the minority hiring equity audit? Legislative auditor fails to file equity part of Stadium Equity report.

April, 30, 2015 #18: Terrorism in the Homeland US Attorney says danger is present in the Twin Cities

April, 23, 2015 #17: The Minneapolis Urban League in Trouble.Where are the Successes of its rich History?

April, 16, 2015 #16: Crises in Black leadership Changes in the Minneapolis Urban League and local NAACP

April, 09, 2015 #15: Twin City Media Destroys Father’s Reputation

April, 02, 2015 #14: Dangerous signs of trouble St. Patrick’s Day disturbances create concerns

Quarter 1: January thru March

March, 26, 2015 #13: Its Tubby Smith’s fault, or is it? Gopher season is over.

March, 19, 2015 #12: Pattern and Practice with Numbers.Stadium Update.  What are the true numbers?

March, 12, 2015 #11: Council on Black Minnesotans being weakened. House File 1353: The Liberals’ instrument of destruction

March, 05, 2015 #10: Police Officer Shot in North Minneapolis. Police and Community Work to Hold Down Tension

February, 26, 2015 #9: Alonzo L. Lucas, III, 1954 — 2015.A Minnesota icon and a man who will be missed

February, 19, 2015 #8: Preparation for a ‘safe’ summer. Black ‘leaders’ work on a plan to reduce crime. Will the community be left out again?

February, 12, 2015 #7: The Super Bowl as plantation bowl.Even bigger money for Whites

February, 05, 2015 #6: Chaos once again at Green Central.Principal Lorraine Cruz ousted

January, 29, 2015 #5: Albert Lea and Duluth, MN:  Deserted Islands Unto Themselves. NAACP organizations refuse assistance or corrective action.

January, 22, 2015 #4: The Plantation Bowl.White profit, Black poverty in college sports

January, 15, 2015 #3: Judge Davis: a great legal mind.Black leadership: What’s the plan?

January, 08, 2015 #2: A Year of Preparation

January, 01, 2015 #1: Year-end reflections of 2014: a year of confusion and expectations

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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