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Tune into MPR, Jim Crow 91.1. There you will hear everything from flooding in Duluth to a story about some cows in northern Minnesota. I guess that would be “safe” reporting for the public radio monster – but listen closely for news in the Black or Native communities other than murder, death and killings. Yes, I know – if it bleeds, it leads. What about the other 99% of Minnesota Blacks – the ones that don’t kill? Is there no room for Black success? I’m not talking about token Negros who bow-down to the overseers.
by Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/The Independent Business News Network and Black Politics in Minneapolis
The only shows I can listen to on MPR are “This American Life” and “Car Talk.” I know they will never get around to talking about the Black community and understanding those people in Minnesota who have fought a good battle for not.
It’s always nice of MPR continue the fine Jim Crow tradition of criminalizing Black Males. I went to the website listed in a post on e-democracy (Minneapolis Forum) and was disgusted to see, again the usual Negro with dreads and a white t-shirt and the White law enforcement officer in the “weapon room.”I wonder how much money Bill Wareham and the crew at MPR got to continue the Jim Crow of Blacks in general. (That Public Insight Network money must be funding pretty good. Still too many damn questions just to leave a comment. )
It’s important to note, Blacks don’t own any gun manufacturing or distribution operations. Guns (weapons) brought into the community can and have been traced back to robberies or White owners who actively participate in Minneapolis’ very heavy drug (Cocaine) distribution network.
The subliminal message MPR and other mainstream media outlet send out is that Blacks are the main offenders, untrustworthy, dark, fearful, drug dealers, pimps and killers. This further criminalizes other Blacks who might work 40 hours or more per week and want to wear jeans and a t-shirt on the weekends and go out on the town.
This becomes a challenge because everything he/she (Black person) does is under tight scrutiny due to the top-of-mind presentation of what a Black man is and does by local and national media.
The criminalization of Black males is normal in Minneapolis based on extenuating circumstances: high-unemployment rates, lack of educational opportunities and a state that is governed by a political infrastructure that promises; and keeps promising with no deliverable item, not even a band aid.
Guns, (weapons) in the hands of Black youth that kill aren’t a public health or a social service issue – the city of Minneapolis is quick to address in this manner. A gun, (weapons) in the hands of Black youth is a law enforcement issue that can be addressed with the assistance of community members and the public schools (if the public schools were up to par).
There’s an easy fix to the challenge, and there are 25 Black/Latino men who can effect a change in the city of Minneapolis. It’s not your usual suspects, but a crew dedicated to solving overlaying issues in violent economic disenfranchisement, racism and educational challenges, which has made Black-on-Black crime in Minneapolis “normal.”
As it stands now, downtown Minneapolis isn’t safe for anyone after 9 pm. Not only do we have to worry about angry Black youth with weapons – we have to worry about R.T. Rybak’s off-the-chain police force that beats irrespective of color.