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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.

Council on Black Minnesotans being weakened

By Mr. Ronald A. Edwards, co-host of The Ron and Don Show on #BlogTalkRadio

Stand with the COBM today. (photo: Fair Use)

Stand with the COBM today. (photo: Fair Use)

Saint Paul, Minn. – In the new movie Selma, Martin Luther King, Jr. works tirelessly to integrate Black Americans socially (education, opportunity), economically (jobs, housing), and politically (voting, holding office). He understood “American” refers not to race, religion or country of origin, but to the ideal of “truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…with certain unalienable rights.”

Our leaders have taken their eyes off this prize, turning the Civil Rights Movement into a rewards program for Black “leaders,” not Black communities. On March 8, 2015, this genie of truth was exposed when an “alert” message was sent by Council on Black Minnesotans (COBM) Executive Director Ed McDonald, identifying House and Senate bills calling for gutting the COBM’s power to look into the issues of diversity, affirmative action, or complaints of violations of the rights of Black Americans in Minnesota.

Mr. McDonald identified the legislation and the sponsors and asked his board to authorize him to file suit in the federal district court in St. Paul. The COBM Board, with the exception of two members, refuses to endorse this legal action.

Do not these actions reflect how Black American leaders and White Liberal leaders (Democrat Farm Labor/DFL Party) contributed to our Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America, and how The Dream [became] the Nightmare, as they try to shift blame in their finger-pointing at White Republicans?

For a decade I have written on the failure to integrate Black Americans with White Americans in stadium and arena construction (Twins, Gophers and Vikings). Is not H.F. 1353 and COBM’s refusal to file suit nothing more than an attempt to escape accountability regarding the lack of employment of Blacks on the stadium? Next week we will show in this column that a total commitment has been made by State officials to provide false information regarding the 32 percent participation doctrine. The Human Rights Commission of Kevin Lindsay supports this and is “coincidentally” being rewarded with $2 million in additional dollars for the Commission.

House File 1353 will block COBM’s right to review or retrieve all statistical data and other documentation pertaining to both the construction and procurement of services, goods and supplies, relevant to the construction of the Vikings stadium, whose cost has risen from its original projection of under a billion to $1.4 billion. (How much more and who pays?)

This comes three weeks after I asked COBM Chairman Laurence, on my radio program, to provide the actual figures by April 1, 2015. We heard rumors of retaliation against Chairman Laurence and Executive Director McDonald for stating they would retrieve the true numbers.

This comes on the heels of the Star Tribune retrieving documents and information from a civil rights violation complaint filed by this columnist in 2007 exposing the gross misdemeanor committed by State and City officials. (As of this writing, its findings have not been reported.)

As we have written since 2007, the investigative report is in the archives of the Minneapolis City Attorney. We encourage those interested in justice and fairness to request copies of the complaint and the executive summary issued in early 2008 and referred to in this column on a number of occasions since then.

H.F. 1353, if passed, will bring to an end the investigative powers of COBM as a functioning body within state government. It reminds us of the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor and the assassinations of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., as this legislation, if passed, will dismantle the ability to account for promised labor inclusion of Black Americans.

I will continue my efforts to get accurate and correct information released, so help me God.

Stay tuned.

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Open Letter to the City of Bloomington, Minnesota: White People can time travel, Black People cannot – A short Memoir

City of Bloomington and Mall of America officials must re-think their racist positions to get the black person(s) that organized the #blacklivesmatter rally and show them who is the boss. This racist legacy has traveled over space and time from slavery. Just put a sign on all the doors that says, “People a shade darker than khaki not welcomed.” Hey, we can always shop online…the Internet is truly colorblind.

By Don Allen, Publisher – The Independent Business News Network

It's 2015..stop with the racist Jim Crow crap. (photo: Don Allen, Founder IBNN NEWS.)

It’s 2015..stop with the racist Jim Crow crap. (photo: Don Allen, Founder IBNN NEWS.)

Bloomington, Minn. – I remember driving to work down highway 77 heading to Eagan, Minnesota in 1985. Every morning before six o’clock I passed by the Met Center and wondering what this plan for a new mega-mall was all about. The radio station I worked for, WAYL-FM thought the new mall was a great opportunity to have events for its listeners…of course I agreed. I watched the turn of events from 1985 to 1989 as the Met Center was demolished and the new mega-mall started to change the city of Bloomington, its people and the state of Minnesota.

Bloomington grew. Hotels, gas stations, small businesses and corporate headquarters seated themselves close to this mecca of shopping, entertainment and great food. A place for international travelers to stop and see this amazing retail wonder, right here in the back yard of Minnesota Nice.

For years the city of Bloomington enjoyed the social capital of people, events and money that came from the Mega-Mall and all it had to offer; Camp Snoopy for the children who I swear in Minnesota, it became a ritual for families to go there every weekend rain or shine; and the entertainment from movies to superstar appearances. The Mall of America brought a piece of international show business to Minnesota’s land of ten thousand lakes. The Mega-Mall was a place where Minnesota’s harsh winters stayed on the outside while those inside the mall could be treated to a hot, tropical, carefree experience of people watching that almost rivaled Times Square in New York City.

Then something happened…

When the light rail was completed – supplying a direct route from the inner city and residents who did not fit the profile of a mega-shopper, things turned to the absurd. Many bus routes already brought teenagers of color to the mall. Mall officials did not brace well for what would happen when the light rail finished. Black and Native American youth flocked to the mall in huge numbers. In my many visits to the mall, I watched as mall security and local police dealt harshly and disrespectful towards these people of Minnesota roots and heritage. It sadden me to come to the realization the Mall of America was for Americans, just not the ones who did not look like those who sat in the boardrooms, planned events or hired the help. Although the mall did have many people of color working, it became obvious that it was okay for a youth of color to be a janitor, punch a ticket for a ride or be hidden somewhere in the depths of this metropolis unseen by the visiting public.

Enter #blacklivesmatter. After the multiple killings of black men all across the United States and what the Mall of America represented as the global retail hub of the world, someone came up with an idea to hold a rally on this property. Once thought of as the pride of Minnesotans, now the MOA, labeled as “private property,” have exposed the hand of big business, racism and continuation of Jim Crow an operant in 2015.

I attest the challenge of MOA is their multi-faceted hatred of people of color. In 2015, there are still places where blacks and those who support blackness should not shop, eat, rally or live. The MOA is one of those places. The delicate white infrastructure, available to only those who comply with the whiteness of the time can fully access the MOA’s virtue. Those of us, driven by the hues of brown, black and red only need but to stop in and leave in wonderment and amazement of this world wonder called the Mall of America.

I know MOA officials in the public relations office are really pissed off at organizers of #blacklivesmatter simply because they got more people to the MOA in one day for a local hometown event than MOA staff have ever done in the lifetime of the MOA. From a business perspective, you should not be trying to prosecute these people…you should be hiring them to build the MOA’s brand, even if it is really for white people only – white here, white now!

Approximately 62 billion of the taxpayers’ dollars is being spent annually on Title IV funding. This same amount could provide for no-costs education for all students of 4-year, technical, and community colleges

Hope and Change needed for the black community. (Photo: Fair Use)

Hope and Change needed for the black community. (Photo: Fair Use)

I hope that you and yours are all doing well.  Please feel free to share this e-mail as you liberally see fit.  About a month ago, I helped a friend of mine who runs her own business simply to support her.  I did not get paid for it.  I did it out of my heart.  I told a different friend of mine and she responded by asking, “why did you do that?”.  Some of us just don’t get it. The difference between the Civil Rights era and modern times, is the people used to support each other – Support is a luxury.  After reading this attached information, would you kindly call the Congressional Black Caucus at 202-263-2800 or access and ask them to “End Title Four funding” and convince a bi-patrician Congress to end this practice that harms hard-working families.  Feel free to call me if you receive any objections from them.


By Eli El – Guest Contributor – IBNN NEWS

The Title IV incentive program should be repealed, ended, enacted as a senate authorized budget. The state allotment of the budget should be based on state populations. There are no reasonable critical success factors established or effective means of ensuring that the efforts are effective. This simply amounts to billions of taxpayers’ dollars going to waste.

Single parenting is a crisis among marginalized families in America. Expenditures of Title IV funds enables a culture of kickbacks, administrative bonuses, and light corruption. The current performance-based IV program incentivizes state not to reasonably rule on shared parenting custody determinations; thus, the program further incentivizes single parent child rearing. Financial institutions treats child support received by the parent as income. In some instances, the custodial parent are reluctant to pursue shared parent due to the possibly of making less income even when the child’s quality-of-life would be enhanced by instituting a shared parenting agreement.

Some families often need IV-D services for basis child support enforcement. This should be just as important as important as education and healthcare. Our President has removed waste, loopholes, and corruption from healthcare. We need to do the same for with taxpayer funding of Title IV. Only a small portion of the yearly 62 billion dollars of federal incentives is actually used as cash assistance and the child support enforcement. As long as people can profit from the waste, loopholes, and corruption of Title IV, there are people to use talking points to prey on the hearts and emotions of compassionate Americans.

Again, President Obama has removed waste, loopholes, and corruption from formerly fraud riddled Medicare and Medicaid services. Any system provide taxpayer funds for serving the underprivileged can be gamed or profiteered by loopholes. Title IV is the worst ever because it also has a social engineering effect the harms marginalized cultures with members of the dominate financially profits from it like that had for Medicare and Medicaid for many years.

There should be a presumption of shared parenting unless the physical safety of the child would be at risk.

State and local officials have put mothers against fathers, daughters against fathers, and sons against mothers and the wasteful and loophole ridden system of Title IV federal incentives of our elected officials enable it to continue. At some point, it has to end.

In today’s global economy, many parents are relocating for work. Child support should be based on a flat rate of 10% of the after taxed income along with 10% of the annual tax return.

No child support order should be issued unless there is a parenting plan in place; unless both parents agree to temporarily forgo visitation proceedings.

During the Civil Rights era, there were many failures in the system that harmed the well-beings of African-American; However, the Rights to Vote the most important. Based on the generational and financial negative impact on African-American families, child support reform should be our priority.

Categories of people who have typically been blocked from profiting from the system are now given money in the form of Title IV grant funds in order to subdue the opponents’ debates for child support reform. The administrative criminalization of America has grown to horrifying levels. The incarceration of African-American men is even more shocking.

The funding of the Title IV was ended and repealed by the ”Deficit Reduction Act of 2005”. Groups who would benefit from light corruption, back-door deals, waste, and loopholes lobbied Congress to re-instate this funding for selfish reasons. This is the biggest waste of money ever in recorded history. It is not covered by the media because too many insiders are making money and politicians are garnering support from it.

The system was setup to benefit the underserved, but it allows to financial benefit. If you had a daughter or son to commit suicide or be killed by the other parent’s boyfriend or girlfriend, then you would understand the urgency of enacting shared parenting. Bureaucrats are not going to change the system as long as it lines their pockets with yearly bonuses and inflated incomes.

Some people oppose Obamacare, because there are no way to game or exploit loopholes. Republicans who choose to game and/or exploit loopholes are fighting for legislation that allows rich people to unreasonably shelter taxable income. Democrats who choose to game and/or exploit loopholes are fighting for legislation that allows for our taxpayer funds to be wasted with little Return on investment (ROI) and opportunities for kickbacks and campaign contributions.

The bottom line is this – American policy makers treat Blacks as second-rate citizens when there is money to be made. Court decisions against shared parenting promotes single parent child rearing that disproportionately harms Black folks for across generations. This also widens the opportunity gap in America. Even some people who read this document actually may financial benefit from the Title IV program. Too many folks {including other Blacks} got their hands in the Title IV cookie jar and simply don’t care about the effect that it has on Black folks. It’s like Black-on-Black crime, but there is no term that I know to adequately describe it. Because of programs like Title IV, Black people are going to continue to lead in every negative statistic in America for many generations.

Is ISIS for Real?

ISIS, America’s Middle East promotional stunt

ISIS is not a threat to the MOA. (photo: IBNN - fair use).

ISIS is not a threat to the MOA. (photo: IBNN – fair use).

By Donald Allen, Publisher – The Independent Business News Network

Every weaponized conflict has its casualties. The reason I am not calling the conflict in the Middle East a war is because in war, someone wins – someone loses. Our soldiers are being disfigured and killed, a high level dark operation seeks to continue a conflict that is not for land, water, or the good of the American People but has become clearly a political effort for dope (the poppy fields of the Middle East), money, oil and regime adjustments. America has been at war for 222 years out of 239 since 1776. It is properly called building an empire, not fighting for freedom. Let that sink in for a moment.

It is time for a comprehensive history lesson that many will not be able to stomach and some would dare call unpatriotic. The information I share with you today is about the grand puppeteer and we the people, Americans, and how we are being played in the Marxist theater by the political one percent to create fear and discord in an effort to overlook the killings of women, children and innocent victims in the name of collateral damage in the Middle East. The United States has been very inconsistent over who our allies are. Those who cooperate get billions in U.S. support (Israel); and those who do not are fed into the public relations machine that spews America-hate-rhetoric made especially for Americans to ingest; and we do…without question.

Remember, this very same thing happened in Vietnam…when America woke up, they loathed our young men who fought and died in the name of the conflict. It seems in the best interest of democracy, the political ruling class via the mainstream media could find a reason to put our American troops in Sweden if need be. As American citizens, we must question authority and use our own personal cognitive rationale to figure out something is very wrong when the media feeds us (like animals) Hollywood-style produced videos of beheadings that beg the question: Are they real, and how are they so well distributed? Also the question we need to ask: Did Christians get beheaded, or were these loyalist to ISIS following the dream of multiple virgins for taking one for the team? Again, what does ISIS want?

When the United States political ruling class thought of President Saddam Hussein and Colonel Muammar Gaddafi as allies, there was no room in U.S. vernacular to call them “dictators.”

In 1988, during the waning days of Iraq’s war with Iran, U.S. intelligence officials conveyed the location of the Iranian troops to Iraq, fully aware that Hussein’s military would attack with chemical weapons, including sarin, a lethal nerve agent, according to reports from CIA. They were also the last in a series of chemical strikes stretching back several years that the Reagan administration knew about and did not disclose. U.S. officials have long denied consenting to Iraqi chemical attacks, however, retired Air Force Col. Rick Francona, who was a military attaché in Baghdad during the 1988 strikes, paints a different picture. “The Iraqis never told us that they intended to use nerve gas. They did not have to. We already knew,” he told in an interview report to the investigative website Foreign Policy(dot)com.

Graeme Wood, a contributing editor at The Atlantic posted a story asking,  “What does ISIS really want?” The story generated questions of not only the origin of ISIS, but the political intent of organizations branded by the U. S. and international media as terrorists.  Asking what ISIS really wants could be viewed by many as left-wing propaganda telling only one side (the bad side) of ISIS. Not siding with ISIS – but more concerned about why ISIS has been carefully picked to be branded as terrorists in U.S. polls of public opinion –  sans the beheadings , one could argue that ISIS is only a propaganda-driven designer terrorist organization led by the international hand of the CIA, Interpol and MI5. This leads to the question of non-compliance by United States in their over-regular looking the other way in the Middle East, especially as it concerns Israel. The propaganda generating made-for-social media terrorist darling ISIS has benefited from U.S-Middle East collaborations. Having spent billions on Iraq and war on terror for securing its own interests in the region, the U.S. and its allies have been unwilling to admit the devastating 2003 invasion was a mistake with disastrous consequences for the whole Middle Eastern region. ISIS, described by global mainstream media outlets as the world’s most committed and fanatical radical organization has only recently gone by its current name, after the unrecognized Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) was recently proclaimed.

The mainstream media and social media have made ISIS relevant. The New York Times reported on a study done in collaboration with the state department about the use of social media and terrorism has concluded, “Despite repeated attempts by Twitter to thwart the Islamic State’s threats, propaganda and online recruiting by suspending accounts associated with the group, sympathizers have maintained thousands of active accounts on the social network,”  the study said. “The users include a disciplined core group that sends messages frequently and understands how to maximize its impact.”

Yes, ISIS is real, but the origin of ISIS has not been fully explained by the U.S. or ISIS itself. American thinkers must ask if  ISIS was ever a friend to the United States?  Is there clear and present danger to Americans in the Middle East with European roots? Yes. Is Minnesota’s lowly Mall of America an ISIS target? The answer is simply no…the hype the mainstream media has made about MOA and ISIS makes it another great global ‘tourist’ shopping destination.

Let that sink in for a moment.


Auditing for Compliance: Opening Minnesota’s assortment of problems

Tune in Wednesday at 8:30 pm to The Ron and Don Show on #blogtalkradio as we welcome special guest state representatives Rena Moran (St. Paul), and Carolyn Laine (Columbia Heights). Also joining the conversation will be Council of Black Minnesotans chairman of the board Mr. Patwin Lawrence. To listen, click here.

Equal opportunity employer...really?

Equal opportunity employer…really?

 By Don Allen, Founder –


Ms. Rebecca Otto – Minnesota State Auditor could reset the generational blight in Minnesota with one wave of her official pen. This would put Minnesota’s poor and minority-ethnic people back in play. Of course she would make a great Minnesota governor. (photo: fair use)

St. Paul, Minn. – There are a couple of important meanings when we talk about auditing for compliance. The first: A compliance audit is a comprehensive review of an organization’s adherence to regulatory guidelines. Independent accounting, security or IT consultants evaluate the strength and thoroughness of compliance preparations. Auditors review security polices, user access controls and risk management procedures over the course of a compliance audit.

The second: Inspecting a process to determine if proper procedures are being followed.

The Minnesota Department of Administration, MnDOT, Metropolitan Council, both the city of Minneapolis and St. Paul and more state and local governments we attest are out of compliance to the point of necessary criminal and civil resolutions.

While Minnesotans watch national headlines claiming Minnesota’s economic environment is the envy of the country, Minnesota’s poor whites, blacks, Asians, Native Americans and the middle-class have been victimized by structural violence and the lack of compliance that is obvious in the photo above.

Disparity reports, like the one done for the city of Minneapolis only give an insight to comparisons and percentages. An audit, starting with the Minnesota Department of Administration might possibly show the reality of Minnesota’s casual Jim Crow.

State Representatives Rena Moran (DFL) and Carolyn Laine (DFL) and COBM board chairman Patwin Lawrence answer questions about Minnesota’s ethnic councils and why a bill is on the table and how it got there – The Ron and Don Show – Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. (CST)

Join co-hosts Ronald A. Edwards (Black Focus) and Don Allen (IBNN) for the award-winning BlogTalkRadio Internet program, “The Ron and Don Show.” (To listen to the program, click here)

An informational hearing on HF 1353 has been scheduled for Thursday May 12, 2015 at 8:15 am. HF 1353 (attached) will eliminate the current operational approach of the Council on Black Minnesotans. Representative Laine represents Columbia Heights and is the author of the bill. COBM Board member Representative Moran and former Board member Mullery are signers on the bill. Senator Pappas

An informational hearing on HF 1353 has been scheduled for Thursday May 12, 2015 at 8:15 am. HF 1353 (attached) HF Representative Laine represents Columbia Heights and is the author of the bill. COBM Board member Representative Moran and former Board member Mullery are signers on the bill. Senator Pappas

By Ronald A. Edwards, Co-Host – The Ron and Don Show

I am happy to announce that state representatives Rena Moran and Carolyn Laine have agreed to have this very important conversation. I am also thrilled to announce that board chairman from the Council on Black Minnesotans Mr. Patwin Lawrence will also join us LIVE on the air on Wednesday night.

Black Minnesotans…we have a challenge. The challenge is finding out what is happening to our elected officials both black and non-black and why Minnesota is at a total standstill as it pertains to collaborations with people outside of the usual suspects. Our biggest concern is the Council on Black Minnesotans and the alleged wing-snipping attempt lead by elected officials who will announce by name on Wednesday night.

The Ron and Don Show is a program with journalist integrity. We are not the programs you hear on Sunday’s on a local public station. We have done our research and do not stutter about facts, events or political processes.

On Wednesday’s program, we will not take sides or attack anyone. We want the community to know what is happening at the state capital and what is in the future for the black Minnesotan.

  • We also ask the question: Is Hennepin County really funding a show on KMOJ-FM? If so, why?

The phone lines will be open….Call in to speak with the host at (347) 426-3904.

; tune in at 8:30 p.m. on this Wednesday by clicking here.

Read the bill HF 1353 here:

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