By Willie Johnson
Black People in Minnesota are fed a daily dose of qualms. To steal the character of a people and deform their identities is a burden onto itself. We Black Minnesotans need a new mind set, lost in a wilderness of self-doubt, following the agenda of White Minnesotans whose intentions seem hostile.
White Minnesotans policy is to keep Blacks below the poverty line, not just in economics but also in life. There are two sets of rules in Minnesota, one for its Black citizens and one for its White citizens. It is evident through the judicial system that there is an imbalance between Blacks and Whites in Minnesota and that Lady Justice needs to put her blindfold back on.
We are astute, in spite of what other nationalities think. We are relative; we are just as real as any other nationality in Minnesota. With these dog-eat-dog policies, it puts constraints on our imagination to build and create a positive neighborhood. To hamper a people ability to excel in deeds for self is criminal.
We are told we are Minnesota citizens, but that is a lie to brainwash us. We Black Minnesotans are a noble race. We dare to be great for family, church, neighborhood and Minnesota. Can Minnesota be great for us?
We are tired of being a social guinea pig. Most Minnesotans want to strive for the American Dream, to be an asset to and for a stronger Minnesota. It’s a New Year of 2014. What do we hope to accomplish this year in Minnesota? Hopefully, we can have a true dialogue, a dialogue that will have true meanings toward social and economic improvement for our families in the state of Minnesota.
It seems to me that the White Minnesotans have started camaraderie with these new immigrants and have forgotten that our roots and their roots are intertwined. In this election year of 2014, Governor Dayton is expecting Black Minnesotans to support his campaign. We need bread-and-butter negotiations, to reconstruct a new agenda that has concrete merits without false meritocracies.
We are tired of hearing words that don’t match actions. Political atheists rule the capital, only believing in their own hypocrisy. These political atheists only leave us Black Minnesotans with political crumbs.
Let us stop grunting at each other and let’s have an intellectual conversation on the basis of improving the imbalance between the Black and White people of Minnesota. Let’s put into action one of our State’s mottos, “Minnesota Nice.”
Willie Johnson lives in Minneapolis.