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While Blacks are just 12.6% of the nation’s population, they’re roughly half of people murdered in this country each year. The vast majority of these killings are at the hands of other Blacks. If that doesn’t shock you, maybe this will: More Blacks were murdered in the United States in 2009 alone than all the U.S. troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan wars to date. ~USA Today
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by Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/The Independent Business News Network and Black Politics in Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN (IBNN NEWS/Op-ed/July 17, 2012 – Updated 2/11/13)…It’s a sad day in a liberal, DFL controlled city when Black children can be murdered like picking a flower off a stem. I was sad to hear community activist and all-around nice guy K.G. Wilson had retired from his tireless effort to stop the violence in north Minneapolis and other areas of the city. Of course, Mr. Wilson wasn’t funded by anyone – an to make matters worse, the people who did get money for the work Mr. Wilson did were so greedy they never shared a penny with him. I’ve come to the conclusion, “If you’re a poverty pimp and serving yourself in Minneapolis, you don’t have to do right by the people – it’s predetermined that you’ve been conditioned to do what’s best for you, and only you – the people who need the help only become a factor when showing a large, seeable disparity which some don’t have any intentions on addressing – but use Black plight to line their pockets with “green.” This has made me a “Dad, Mad!”
For more than 5-years, IBNN has written about local organizations, people and places that have done little more than get a paycheck – with no change in or with the people they serve. I am shocked that residents of Minneapolis don’t stand up and be a little more vocal on what has become what I call a “Divine Epidemic” of getting money and serving no one.
Having my first child as made me realize, nobody cares about our Black children in Minneapolis. That becomes problematic in the vision of a future that is expected to have more children of color then ever before in the history of the United States.
Where are the strong children being developed? What members of the communities leadership is ready to teach, train and pass the torch to the next generation?
In Minneapolis, we already know the public schools are off the grid. The focus now is moving into the crystal palace on West Broadway Avenue. There hasn’t be so much as a peep about how the public school system will develop an aggressive curriculum meant to serve all students successfully into college.
We already know public schools are not meant to teach Black children. This is not only a fact in Minneapolis – but around the United States. The unfortunately thing, Minneapolis has the worse education (learning) gap between White students and Black students then states deep in the south.
This is not news to some, and I don’t want to insult anyone’s intelligence – but if we (Black People that care) don’t step in and demand accountability from organizations meant to assist families, children and communities understand their positive roles, we are doomed without hope.
Expect more Black children to be killed in Minneapolis. Expect local political leaders to talk a good game but act on nothing. Expect those of us who want to do right be marginalized, ignored and discredited. Expect the poverty pimps to pimp the community with no change.
Expect a fear of strong children so tomorrow’s leaders are weak, dismissible and become part of the Second Lost Generation of Minneapolis, Minnesota.