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Pecking orders appear to be a universal human condition

Pecking orders appear to be a universal human condition

Apr. 9 | An unidentified young Black male resident of Frogtown told photographer Wing Young Huie, “It’s not just Black people. I know some Asians, and they got the mentality to kill somebody. It’s like everybody got their own little ‘hood.” Studying...

The Good Wife Works – On race and culture

The Good Wife Works – On race and culture

Feb. 18 |   “There are no ni**ers here. The people here, they still have their self-respect, their pride.” Richard Pryor (1940-2005)    There is only the Human Race; there is no legitimacy to “race” based on adaptations of human hair and skin...

Wilder “conversation” urges us to see the poverty around us

Wilder “conversation” urges us to see the poverty around us

Dec. 4 | In September 2013, a Wilder Foundation conversation,” Community Matters,” was held at the Wilder Center in St. Paul, starting with a bevy of statistics compiled by Wilder Research on the state of poverty in St. Paul, where 67,000 people live in...

The implications of ‘hooking up’

The implications of ‘hooking up’

Nov. 6 | “On the plantation where I grew up in the forties were some tough people and mean people and hardworking people; they could load more cane, plow a better row, control their women — most of them would brag about having more than one woman.”...

On happiness and its enemies

On happiness and its enemies

Oct. 9 |   “Doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness.” (from a Selby Ave. storefront)   We have the keys to happiness within us: our brain. Sex and exercise, learning and curiosity are the keys. Curiosity and novelty alleviate...

The other woman

The other woman

Aug. 14 |       Tonya (not her real name) didn’t think of herself as a jealous woman. In fact, she remembered that while waiting in a long line and talking to the man next to her, when she wrote down on a slip of paper something the man said,...

Like a good neighbor, Rondo is there

Like a good neighbor, Rondo is there

Jul. 17 | When I moved into the Rondo neighborhood, I ground-truthed, i.e., I walked the streets to learn the lay of the land. On one of these walks a woman, Ms. Ellis, was often on her front porch, and I’d say hello, and we’d whine about the weather. After...

On Whitney Young: our Minnesota national treasure

On Whitney Young: our Minnesota national treasure

May. 8 |     We must deal with ourselves, but you must deal with us, too.”  — Eugene Robinson, Washington Post Pulitzer Prize winner   Seeing The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s fight for civil rights, a documentary film by Bonnie Boswell,...

On soul food

On soul food

Apr. 17 |       Filmmaker Byron P. Hurt (born 12/31/69) presented his documentary Soul Food Junkies at Macalester College in St. Paul during Black History Month 2013. The film was also shown at the Merriam Park Branch of the St. Paul Public Library...

America in the Age of Obama

America in the Age of Obama

Jan. 30 | In a recent workshop held on the campus of Macalester College in St. Paul on the state and condition of America in the age of Obama, it was agreed that our president and the symbol that the presidency represents is its highest compliment, the ultimate...