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Equity in light rail postponed again

Equity in light rail postponed again

May. 22 | The Star Tribune ran stories last week about light rail in the metro area. The real interpretation: purposeful denial, again, of light rail equity for North Minneapolis. Star Tribune reported, May 12, 2014, that African Americans believe North Minneapolis...

Why is there no Malcolm X Day?

Why is there no Malcolm X Day?

May. 22 | It’s unfortunate that Malcolm X doesn’t have a holiday. He clearly is deserving of a holiday. If anyone should have a holiday, it should be him. I have been trying to think about why he hasn’t gotten one, though he has been honored with a stamp....

Military’s ban on nappy hair

Military’s ban on nappy hair

May. 22 | African American female service members comprise the highest percentage of women in the military. And with these sister servicewomen enlisting in the military at higher rates than their White, Asian and Latina sisters to serve and die for our country,...

What we know now…

What we know now…

May. 19 | We’ve learned that to the State, the families of incarcerated men and women are a source of extra taxes for prison budgets   By Sharon Brooks Guest Commentator   It is no secret that a lot of Black people, particularly young Black men but...

Make Black people more marketable by building our brand

Make Black people more marketable by building our brand

May. 17 | By Marquis Rollins Guest Commentator   During your daily commute today, if you were to stop at any Mom & Pop’s convenience store in the nation, you would find it. To locate it requires a search because it has yet to be considered to have...

Living with White people for 238 years has jinxed us

Living with White people for 238 years has jinxed us

May. 16 | By Willie Johnson Guest Commentator   Black people, guess what — we are still as Black today as we were yesterday. Same story, different page — sleepy, dumb, tired and broke, just hoping for any kind of help. It’s the middle of the month...

This Week’s Cartoon

This Week’s Cartoon

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Safe streets promoted for White baseball

Safe streets promoted for White baseball

May. 14 | Selective reporting keeps the true level of violence concealed   George Orwell’s masterpiece 1984 helps us understand Minneapolis granting temporary “Big Brother” status to Major League Baseball for summer 2014’s All Star Game week:  “temporary…and...

America cleans up its homophobic language

America cleans up its homophobic language

May. 13 | As the country becomes more accepting of the civil rights of its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Americans, it is also beginning to reexamine its language used to demeans us. In last month’s New York Times’ article “The...

Energy companies pass cost increases, not profits, on to the customer

Energy companies pass cost increases, not profits, on to the customer

May. 12 | For those of us living in the real world, when the price of something goes up, we have to factor it into our budget. We have to deal with the stress of it. We cannot just flip a switch and increase our cash flow. When our heating bill goes through...