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Sunday March 29th 2015
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Study investigates high discipline rates among Black girls

Is there a historic reason why black girls are punished. (Photo: Fair use)

By Camden Copeland, Guest Columnist – IBNN

Black girls are disciplined at higher rates and with harsher consequences than their White counterparts, according to a new report from Columbia Law School’s Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies.

The study, called Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underpotected, compares 2011-12 data on out-of-school suspensions, expulsions, and school-related arrests for White and Black girls in New York City and Boston, and explains the adverse consequences of the disparities.

The data showed that in Boston, Black girls are 11 times more likely to be disciplined than White girls and 12 times more likely to be suspended. In New York City, Black girls were 10 times more likely to be disciplined and 10 times more likely to be suspended than White girls.

According to the study, students who are suspended and face harsh disciplinary action are more likely to drop out of school. The report states, “Given the economic dependence of so many black children on a female wage earner, girls dropping out of high school is of huge socioeconomic concern.”

The study also reinforces the connection between punitive disciplinary action in schools and the school-to-prison pipeline, a trend in which students are funneled out of public schools and into the criminal justice system. Read the rest of this entry »

Fantastic Four says: Star Tribune stadium story was off the mark…Please explain “the mark” in black bodies working on the People’s Stadium

If it smells like a fart, maybe is it a fart. Some of the people in this group-write will make you think you have to pay your bar tab if you were a passenger on the Titanic. (photo – The Wrong Stuff on Facebook – Fair Use).

Sources within organized labor confirm the Vikings stadium employment fraud being perpetrated on communities of color. The person inside the Minneapolis Civil Rights Department responsible for cooking the numbers is part of the team of three individuals who provided the same type of bogus information and documentation to the Public Safety Committee of the Minneapolis City Council two weeks ago.” ~TC Daily Planet

By Don Allen, Founder – The Independent Business News Network

Minneapolis, Minn. – After reading the commentary in the Star Tribune this morning, a very familiar joke came to mind: How many black DFLer’s does it take to write a commentary for the Star Tribune? A: Four.

First, I want to make it very clear, Mr. Louis King is not at issue. The issue begins when these same group-writers fail to look at the Minnesota Department of Administration, Human Rights, MnDOT, Met Council and civil rights departments of both Minneapolis and Saint Paul with the same passion they seem to have in their protectionist post in celebration and behalf of King. This “oversight” of accountability, perpetuated forward though a likeness of Samuel L. Jackson’s character in Django Unchained telling the master, “We’s ain’t does-in nof-in wong.”

To analyze the commentary group-write in the Star Tribune that was alike and uncommon, we need to use a psychoanalytic lens. The Fantastic Four must address race related conditions governed by overseers who look like them who lead agencies and departments with egos and a sense of stratification, which they know have not functioned to the fullest for the black body in Minnesota. This is the blind spot missing from Friday’s commentary.

Furthermore, using psychoanalytic lens, according to Freud, the ego operates according to the reality principle that helps it work out realistic ways of satisfying or meeting the Id’s demands, often compromising or postponing satisfaction to avoid negative consequences of the society. The post by the Fantastic Four does not want to deal with the consequences of looking in the mirror in reverse. Society (Twin Cities) would frown on this group if they came to the realization that they knew contract compliance and enforcement lay bare to a group of friends (like-minded, political) they do not want to throw under the bus.

To further analyze, before taking any action, the ego considers social realities and norms, etiquette and rules in deciding how to behave. The action on deciding how to behave, or in this case respond to the Star Tribune story was to have four to respond simply because there is no “one” in the black community who could fulfill the singular task of “representation.”

Without targeting any single person by name in the Fantastic Four group-write, only two of the writers have a relationship with the community and black people. The other two sit with the bougie – aspiring to be a higher class seeking to comply, assimilate and confirm their sense of whiteness – a sense that is impossible for them to achieve. What this group really needs to do is turn towards senators Bobby Joe Champion and Jeff Hayden with inquires of any unethical behavior. This includes children out of wedlock, nonprofit mismanagement, political bullying and attempting actions close to violations of the RICO Act in the black community.

If this group were sincere, they would have asked and answered the one most important question:

  1. How many black bodies are working, or have worked on the Vikings Stadium from zip codes 55405, 55411, 55407, 55408 and 55409?

This friend is the billion-dollar question that none of the Fantastic Four will answer, or seek answers to.

MSFA and Vikings launch legacy Brick Program at new stadium

Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA). (Photo: MSFA - Fair Use)

Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA). (Photo: MSFA – Fair Use)

Fans can etch names in Minnesota history with personalized brick paver on new stadium plaza

Minneapolis, MN (March 26, 2015)- The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) and the Minnesota Vikings have launched a Legacy Bricks program as part of the New Minnesota Stadium set to open in 2016. Expected to be located near the five pivoting glass doors on the nearly three-acre west plaza, the personalized bricks will allow a limited number of stadium users to etch their names in Minnesota history.

“Launching the Legacy Brick program is a unique addition to this world-class stadium and will give Minnesotans a way to be part of the stadium’s history,” said MSFA Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen.

Beginning today, the following three paver styles are available for purchase:

•    4″x8″ Paver – $160 (includes up to three lines of text)
•    8″x8″ Paver – $295 (includes up to six lines of text)
•    8″x8″ Logo Paver – $360 (includes Vikings Norseman logo and up to four lines of text)

Along with the personally engraved brick located on the plaza, fans will receive a complimentary replica and an official certificate of ownership. Additional replicas, as well as custom-engraved display cases, are also available for purchase. Upon installation, brick owners will receive a locator map to easily find their pavers when visiting the stadium.

“This was a perfect opportunity to recognize the passionate fans who have supported this team for more than 50 years,” said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf.

The Legacy Bricks program is officially provided by the MSFA, with net proceeds helping enhance the stadium’s three-acre public plaza. Cold Spring Granite Company, a Minnesota company, will be crafting the pavers with stone quarried from Minnesota. Sales and service support for the program will be provided by Fund Raisers Ltd., a leader in the engraving industry that has fulfilled similar campaigns for multiple teams in both professional and college sports.

Fans can visit or call 844-MN-BRICK (844-662-7425) to purchase a personalized brick or learn more about the program.

Interview with Better Ed president Devin C. Foley on the Ron and Don Show – Wednesday, 8:30 p.m.

“The simple reality is that the education system has failed, particularly for minorities. The Minneapolis school district spends $21,000 per student per year, but currently less than 25% of black students are reading at or above grade level. If the system cannot adequately help large segments of the population, then we need a new system of education.” ~Better Ed

Better Ed - You better listen closely.  (photo: Better Ed logo - Fair Use)

Better Ed – You better listen closely. (photo: Better Ed logo – Fair Use)

Related Story: You will not believe how the public school system is ruining black boys

By The Don and Ron Show on #BlogTalkRadio (click here to listen on Wednesday)

Minneapolis, Minn. – You have seen the billboards pointing worded fingers right at the Minneapolis Public Schools headquarters on Broadway Avenue. We have watched Better Ed run ad campaigns in mailers, social media and literature drops that tell us the Minneapolis Public School system is not educating learners for success.

Some in Minnesota’s minority community and flagship civil rights organizations have turned the other cheek when it comes to assisting minority learners in K-12 to become graduates of that system. Local white and non-white elected politicians continue to route money and resources to organizations and leaders that cannot read the front page of a newspaper, write a report, or for that matter speak a proper sentence on the radio.

Join civil rights activist, journalist and champion of the people Ronald A. Edwards (Black Focus, The Minneapolis Story), and political activist, blogger, theory of constraints activist and MAT candidate Don Allen, (IBNN, Black Politics in Minnesota,, as they welcome for a monumental interview, the president of Better Ed, Mr. Devin C. Foley.

This is special program is dedicated to those concerned about the education of all children in Minnesota. Phone lines will be open.

Why the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) has not closed the Educational Exiled Recessive Gap (EERG) in education

I am fairly proficient at cooperative learning theory… give me $150k salary plus $50k budget and I could pretty much guarantee a cohort of 20 seniors in fall of 2015 from the Minneapolis or St. Paul public schools would go and graduate college. Hard and expensive work cannot be done with a few feel good moments.

If pre-school kids make it to the public schools and graduate, NAZ will only be a pin-point of the equation. (photo: reality - fair use).

If pre-school kids make it to the public schools and graduate, NAZ will only be a pin-point of the equation. (photo: reality – fair use).

By Don Allen, Founder – The Independent Business News Network 

Minneapolis, Minn. – Pre-school children must be ready-to-read before they get to kindergarten. This goes double for children who live in areas of the Twin Cities that have seen an uptick in structural violence. Meaning high unemployment rates of parents, single parent homes, dependency on social service prerequisites and local nonprofit agencies, some who work very hard – but need to develop new ways to keep the electricity on are to stretched to complete their organizational missions. After a critical read of the KSTP-TV NAZ story, there are blind spots the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ), and partners that miss in their assumptions of, “Minn. Nonprofit Sees Big Return on Achievement Gap Investment.”

NAZ president Sondra Samuels told MPR in an interview, “If this program doesn’t work, I will resign.” This is a problematic statement if you take in to account NAZ is hoping for college graduates in 2035. Of course, salaries will be paid – the money will be gone. This kind of boutique engagement has never helped any pre-school child in the “zone.”

The war on poverty and the education gaps did not mobilize the public economic, education, emotions and ethic to the concept of individual literacy is freedom. Every mother in the nation has to really pay attention to the first six years of the child’s life (0-6) or else the child will be behind and at risk. Times have changed. Washington D.C. and states have actually put real solutions for the poor most at risk, because of work that is not first things first (FTF). They also have left enough money in the system to fix individual literacy FTF but it is not attached to the right attitude. The culture and community for at risk mothers has no choice but to oversee a new concept of early reading readiness for mother and child. If she cannot do it, she must be given any choice but compassionate help. Those overseeing or talking reforms know this, but they still fail to react.

Starting 100 percent of our at-risk children ready to read in kindergarten requires the capacity of time and attention at least two-years earlier. That physical capacity exists today if the new money existed.

Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) even with its a five-year, $28 million federal grant – accepted with a pledge to improve life in north Minneapolis, one of the city’s and state’s most depressed neighborhoods, still cannot show, place or guarantee any successes in 2035. Unfortunately for NAZ, when politics get involved with education it creates a “dead end” of sorts. The ideologies that both motivated and justified NAZ’ misstep in pre-K early development to overlook Ms. Montessori’s model shows no real concrete design has been established, tested or executed. Both the public school system (Minneapolis Public Schools) and NAZ have no idea how to geo-target successful parent involvement that can be defined as the active, ongoing participation of a parent or primary caregiver in the education of his or her child. Read the rest of this entry »

Star Tribune, King, Community need a Kumbaya moment

Is there really a debate about the need for training black people for work in Minnesota and the process it uses? I remember getting a $15k contract from the Minneapolis Public Schools and being taken to the whipping shed by the Star Tribune for work completed and delivered per the specifications of the MPS. If the black body is not able to produce in Minnesota, than what is it to do in the post-racial clusterf**k?

The video is my interview on News Talk Radio AM 1130 with Jack and Andrew:

The term, "Shovel Ready," has meaning outside of the words. (Photo: IBNN, fair use)

The term, “Shovel Ready,” has meaning outside of the words. (Photo: IBNN, fair use)

By Don Allen, (Stephen) Founder – The Independent Business News Network

Minneapolis, Minn. – There are expectations and reality. The expectation in every public project started in Minnesota would include people from Minnesota outside of the norm to have an opportunity to work. Looking at MnDOT, Met Council, the Minnesota Department of Administration and both cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, there is something stinking of a bad process that has abandoned the law, sound business practices and more often than not, the people of Minnesota.

If you have been reading the Star Tribune this week, you saw an article referring to the new construction and hiring of minorities to work on the new Vikings stadium. The Star Tribune looked right into a blind spot in the black community and decided to report the salary and benefits the president of Summit Academy OIC received for compensation for his efforts to see poor, black, unemployed people happy.

King, a military returned fired to add his own missive in the Star Tribune. In his defense and protection of his spectacle, King, used a post-postmodern debate about jobs, economic stimuli and equity for some Minnesota’s who are not constructed and defined by the elite class of Minnesota’s white-patriarchal system of checks and balances. These people are sometimes viewed as savage, ignorant, lazy and angry using an identity maker for the black body straight out of Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness,” King screamed a battle cry likened to the 1960s marches for civil rights and equity.

With the tension rising on employment issues in the minority community, there is a certain challenge in play. That challenge stems from millions of dollars poured into a system that has not produced economic agency for anyone but the elite and a system on the other side that has failed its mandate to uphold enforcement of solid business practices. Both sides are guilty in the elaborate game of “Black Man Down.

Still, I stand by my words that “if” there is $800k to assist minorities getting work on any public build out, including the stadium, it should of went to a minority-driven think tank focused on assist small minority construction firms to bid on stadium projects, hopefully unbundled by the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority (MSFA) and the prime contractor. This would have been the only way to engage the stadium and all other multi-million dollar projects happening right now in Minnesota.

Early on, we knew the Minneapolis and St. Paul civil rights departments could not come up with an equity plan to ensure any local hiring. The Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights director said veterans did not get preference, which later we found out, was a lie. This miss-match system of bureaucratic wish-wash has killed any infrastructure the Twin Cities was attempting to build, if any.

What the Star Tribune did for Louis King, President of Summit Academy OIC is position him as a power player, despite what I say or think, King, in command of a $200k yearly salary, health club benefits outshining my $80 per month LifeTime membership and exotic vacations has moved right next to mainstream white-patriarchal Minnesota. Time will tell if this is something they fear from a black man.


Why Teachers Have Low Expectations for Black and Latino Students

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By: Krystle Crossman – Guest Columnist, Originally post on

A teacher is someone that should be a source of support and inspiration for a student. Unfortunately for minority students this is not often the case. Many do poorly in schools simply because their teachers do not believe that they can do well in school and they do not push them as hard as they should. The Center for American Progress published a study that researched whether what the teacher believed about the student in regards to their educational abilities. What they found was that yes, it does influence the student and their progress in school.

During the study CAP found that if a teacher believed in a student and let them know that they thought they were going to graduate college, they were more likely to do just that as opposed to others who had not been told that. They also found that teachers thought that black students were 47% less likely to graduate or even go to college than white students. They feel that students that live in lower class homes were 53% less likely to do well in school as opposed to their wealthier counterparts.

Data was pulled from a study of high school students that ran from 2002-2012. It showed that twice as many white students graduated from college than black students. They interviewed the teachers of sophomore students and asked them whether or not they thought that their students would graduate from college one day. The answers were later compared with the data to see how many graduated. Even though the study is trying to determine whether the teacher’s beliefs had any bearing on a student’s performance they also believed that the teachers knew their students no matter what race they were, and knew what their educational capacities were.

Ulrich Boser, who is with CAP, stated that he was surprised at the results. He said that they expected to see that the students who had the support of the teachers would head to college but they had no idea that the students that were encouraged by their teachers were three times more likely to graduate. In the end the study says that due to these findings, Common Core standards may not be such a bad thing as all of the students will be on a level playing field.

If Minneapolis wants the youth violence to stop, hire K.G. Wilson right away!

K.G. Wilson is the only black leader who can stop youth violence by black people. (photo:  Facebook - Fair  Use)

K.G. Wilson is the only black leader who can stop youth violence by black people in the Twin Cities. (photo: Facebook – Fair Use)

With the bloody St. Patrick’s Day violence in downtown Minneapolis (totally uncalled for), the last hope the city of Minneapolis has is to dump the usual suspects and hire a man of integrity to collaborate with Minneapolis’ youth on their issues.

By Don Allen, Publisher – The Independent Business News Network

The city of Minneapolis, its mayor and police chief have been bombarded with poverty pimps, clergy and people with the social capital of a slug to deal with youth violence. Unfortunately, the city of Minneapolis has not looked to minister K.G. Wilson, a man with more integrity in his toenail than all the north side leadership combined.

It is time for the police chief and mayor Hodges to start doing the right thing by calling Wilson into their office and let him develop the plan for summer 2015. Wilson’s budget will be less than most, some who have asked the governor of the state for more than $10 million have no clue about how to stop youth violence and give our black children the hunger for books, learning and new life-experiences (camping, farming, horseback riding, fishing, rollerblading, etc).

I’ve watched Mr. Wilson over the years and he is a man with integrity. I will give the city of Minneapolis 10 reasons to hire K.G. Wilson:

  1. He is rooted in a moral foundation.
  2. He is optimistic.
  3. He will not compartmentalize our youth’s life.
  4. He is selfless.
  5. He surrounds himself with the right support.
  6. He will collaborate with friends when he needs to make progress.
  7. He believes in sharing everything.
  8. He practices the habit of imagining the presence of someone whose opinion he values.
  9. He will hold your children accountable.
  10. He has always had “principle of the week”.

Minister K.G. Wilson will be an asset to the city of Minneapolis.

It’s your move…


Fighting erupts in Downtown Minneapolis – Bloody St. Patrick’s Day

...but the civil rights leaders said there is no more gang violence in Minneapolis. They fixed it.....

…but the civil rights leaders said there is no more gang violence in Minneapolis. They fixed it…..

So it seem like north Minneapolis’ Rev. Jerry McAfee was not totally truthful on MPR about the “truce” between Twin Cities gangs.

IBNN News Brief

Minneapolis, Minn. – Reports are coming in from several spotters and sources about the unprecedented St. Patrick’s Day violence happening right now in downtown Minneapolis.

Sources tell IBNN News and Black Focus that shots have been heard and the confrontations seem to be in silos with African American youth. Sources report the Government Center and city buildings are being closed and some bars have shut their doors only allowing patrons to exit; the Target Center is on lockdown.

As IBNN News receives more information, we will pass it on.

Homeless Veterans Die in Minnesota

When will Minnesota learn what they are doing is wrong and it has not helped homeless veterans. (photo: The Tomb of Minnesota Engagement).

When will Minnesota learn what they are doing is wrong and it has not helped homeless veterans. (photo: The Tomb of Minnesota Engagement).

“Homeless veterans are more likely to die on the streets than non-veterans, a new study revealed.” ~Huffington Post

By Don Allen, (Veteran) – The Independent Business News Network

How about this…lets do another study…or maybe set aside one hundred million to end homelessness for veterans in Minnesota. Oh wait, we need to hire staff to administer whatever it is we are doing, plus we need partners. We will be just like MnSure and ignore certain groups and castes of veterans who are not represented by our Lilly-light procedures. Meanwhile, we will let Minnesota veterans freeze outside in a box and point the finger to a “mental illness.”

The wrote, “Jerry Jerome Jackson died alone in a park in St. Paul, Minnesota, in the dead of a bitter and cold winter. Jackson was living in a makeshift shelter in a park when he froze to death this February. Family members say the 58-year-old Marine Corps veteran suffered from schizophrenia and had difficulty staying in touch with family or maintaining a permanent residence.”

When Jackson died in February in the midst of a bitter cold snap, it took medical examiners weeks to identify him and locate family members.

This is no way for a man who served as a Marine to die in Minnesota Nice.

It takes money to cure an epidemic. The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs in St. Paul, approached by nonprofit agencies created to focus on housing homeless veterans have turned away because these agencies are operated by African Americans. Structural violence has been the key to suspend funding to agencies of color. A large majority of homeless veterans in Minnesota is non-white. The challenge begins when they say the money is gone and you have to wait until next time. Why is it okay for one group the distribute resources (money) and obstruct another. This is Minnesota’s legacy.

To help Veterans experiencing homelessness access stable housing, MDVA created the Minnesota Homeless Veteran Registry…yes I will stay it again…a registry. Not a home, a roof over a homeless veterans head…but only more paperwork. This is just another way to hire a bunch of folks that barely look like the majority of homeless veterans in Minnesota for a data collection and nothing more.

The only people who really know about the Minnesota Homeless Veteran Registry are the people who created the four-page, eight-and-a-half-by-eleven documents that some homeless veteran is suppose to stop and fill out. There are no promises of housing; no food to eat – just an administrative juggernaut spinning its wheels without the intent to do anything about those who served in the United States military (male and female).

The rabbit hole runs deep.

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