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Gypsies, Jews, Hmong and Blacks — diasporas of the unwanted

Gypsies, Jews, Hmong and Blacks — diasporas of the unwanted

Jan. 9 |   When I was a little girl, people would ask, “What nationality are you?” That is to say, to what tribe do I belong? What is my country of origin? Belonging is tribe, blood and culture, not necessarily territory and certainly not based on...

HealthPartners’ new diversity leader

HealthPartners’ new diversity leader

Nov. 21 |   Tonya Jackman Hampton faces racism, promotes inclusiveness   By Elizabeth Ellis Contributing Writer     This past September, HealthPartners appointed Tonya Jackman Hampton the organization’s new senior director of diversity,...

Mistreatment does not excuse irresponsibility

Mistreatment does not excuse irresponsibility

Nov. 7 | My Black former husband claimed that his rage was the effect of the hostile conditions of his environment and was, therefore, qualified; bona fide. He said, “Blacks are born victims!” In trying to comprehend his world, I read and I pondered: Will...

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie  discusses the voter ID amendment

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie discusses the voter ID amendment

Oct. 24 |     By Elizabeth Ellis Contributing Writer   On October 19, from 7:30-9 am at Turtle Bread, 4762 Chicago Ave. South, Minneapolis, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, by invitation of City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, discussed the...

On crime, racism, and distrust of police

On crime, racism, and distrust of police

Aug. 29 |   “When you shoot somebody, that’s not the only person that you’re killing.”   — Nona Gaye, Marvin Gaye’s daughter, testifying after his death   I attended a neighborhood meeting on racism. Afterward I mentioned the comments...

A fistic dictum: Letting your guard down creates regretful ‘after’ moments

A fistic dictum: Letting your guard down creates regretful ‘after’ moments

Jun. 27 |             There are definite before/after moments in life. Before that flat tire you should’ve checked your air pressure; after, you wish were on your way without this setback. Before the car died you could’ve...

Defense Dept. attorney on service, military reforms, counter-terrorism

Defense Dept. attorney on service, military reforms, counter-terrorism

Jun. 4 |       By Elizabeth Ellis Contributing Writer   Attorney Jeh Johnson has worked as a prosecutor and as a defense lawyer, and in a speech he gave in St. Paul, he gave a comical anecdote of how his first trial as a defense attorney...

Acclaimed journalist on civil rights and politics,  past and present

Acclaimed journalist on civil rights and politics, past and present

Feb. 29 |       By Elizabeth Ellis Contributing Writer   Eugene Robinson, a Pulitzer Prize winner for his Washington Post newspaper election coverage of President Obama and a National Association of Black Journalists member, spoke at House...

Denial, delusion run deep in political and  personal matters

Denial, delusion run deep in political and personal matters

Feb. 1 |     What Republican Herman Cain’s presidential hopeful bid, former President Clinton’s Lewinsky affair, O.J. Simpson, and Clarence Thomas have in common is you asking, “What were they thinking?!” The French call it Mauvaise foi —...

On civility: Our shared space requires respectful  speech, behavior

On civility: Our shared space requires respectful speech, behavior

Dec. 7 |     While walking down the street last week, I heard a young man behind me on his cell phone using sexually explicit language. I turned and looked at him. “Wha’?” he said. I tried to explain that in my opinion this is a public place...