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Minneapolis NAACP removes Don Allen from the board

Don't be fooled by some clown wanting to use your financial aid money.

Don’t be fooled by some clown wanting to use your financial aid money.

The politics of the Minneapolis NAACP have become an issue. It seem if you are not in lock-step with the Minnesota DFL you are an unwanted cancer within this group. In my case, the Minneapolis NAACP has violated their own constitution by citing a membership and payment issue with my role as second vice president. Unfortunately for them, the bank statement and a statement from the National NAACP will prove hard for these community hustlers to prove void. 

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I know about Rochester, Minn. and the attempt by members of the Minneapolis NAACP to position themselves as the arm of training to meet goals on the Mayo Clinic project. But we must ask Mayo Clinic CEO John H. Noseworthy, M.D. are these the type of race-baiting, white guilt perpetrators he wants doing business in Rochester?

Furthermore, why is there so much training and so little jobs? Maybe county commissioner Linda Higgins can answer. Higgins, who met secretly with several Minneapolis NAACP board members who were directed on what to say the night before by SAOIC’s Louis King (who did not show up, citing a conflict of interest), was pushing a political agenda of getting Hennepin County to adapt the 32 percent already in place by the state.

I am a member of the Minneapolis NAACP. My membership is paid up for one-year and I am also making payments on my lifetime membership per the NAACP’s rules. On Saturday, March 29, while I was in Washington, DC – the NAACP held their Minnesota State Conference in Minneapolis (with one weeks notice) at Rev. Jerry McAfee’s church New Salem Baptist in north Minneapolis.

There was an agenda, but discussions about me, my and membership was not on the agenda. This move was initiated by Rev. Jerry McAfee, Louis King and state director because of my questioning of what business does the Minneapolis NAACP and SAOIC have in Rochester Minnesota.

The NAACP locally and nationally violated their own rules by removing me without just cause, aloof their bylaws and constitution. I am asking for a public hearing within 24 hours to deal with the crooks and bandits locally and nationally.

 

 

 

Louis King to IBNN: “Fuck off!” A forensic audit of Summit Academy OIC needed immediately!

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Minneapolis, Minn. – This is a situation long overdue. A study on what has happened in the last ten years and why trainees from Summit Academy might not be working in 2014. Below is the text message I received from Summit Academy OIC’s president Louis King. Could this be the same person doing business with taxpayer’s money with his service contract (EAF) with the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority (MSFA).

Below is  a photocopy of the response sent to IBNN from SAOIC’s Louis King.

How SAOIC's King answers questions.

How SAOIC’s King answers questions.

Obama has ignored the fundamental collapse of the black American family

 

Knock-knock; who's there? "Not Black America!"

Knock-knock; who’s there? “Not Black America!”


*Originally published in the Guardian March 3, 2014  -
Re-posted from Conservative Black Chick

On Thursday at the White House, President Barack Obama unveiled a new initiative, created through executive order and partnering with businesses and foundations to spend $200m (maybe) over five years, “to help young men of color stay out of prison, stay out of jail”.

What an aspiration!

“This is an issue of national importance,” Obama said of his My Brother’s Keeper program, aimed at black and Hispanic men. “It’s as important as any issue that I work on.”

What a wonderful realization for the nation’s first black President to acknowledge! And with the parents of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis behind him, no less!

Sadly, the message to minorities – and blacks in particular – is that we blacks can’t be expected to take individual responsibility for our lives like our white counterparts … so the government has to do it for us. Blacks should find Obama’s assumptions more than disturbing. Young black men wouldn’t be wrong to find My Brother’s Keeper downright offensive. And everyone should realize that the first black president is not holding blacks accountable to the same standards as whites when it comes to parenting.

And parenting is the real problem here – not the often repeated media narrative of The Troubled Black Teenager upon which society inflicts so many ills , but the long overlooked and systemic problem of the broken black family.

The president knows the grim facts. “If you’re African American, there’s about a one in two chance you grow up without a father in your house – one in two,” he said in his announcement. “We know that boys who grow up without a father are more likely to be poor, more likely to under-perform in school.” He went on:

As a black student, you are far less likely than a white student to be able to read proficiently by the time you are in fourth grade. By the time you reach high school, you’re far more likely to have been suspended or expelled. There’s a higher chance you end up in the criminal justice system, and a far higher chance that you are the victim of a violent crime. … And all of this translates into higher unemployment rates and poverty rates as adults.

What Obama conveniently left out of his narrow narrative is the root cause of the problems facing not just young black men but the American black family today: 72% of all black babies are born out of wedlock. Think about that: it’s an anomaly for black children to be born to parents who are married. And that’s where the overwhelming crime and economic malaise begins, among the 13% of the US population that is black.

Worse still, there is a direct correlation between kids born out of wedlock and higher rates of crime. According to a 2010 study in the Journal of Law and Economics, kids grow into adults who turn to crime precisely because of a lack of educational opportunities and parenting. And that is exactly the pathology being born out in the black race.

Over 50% of homicide victims are black, according to a 2014 study conducted by the Violence Policy Center, which characterizes the rate as epidemic. According to Justice Department data from 1980-2008, “blacks were six times more likely than whites to be homicide victims and seven times more likely than whites to commit homicides”. More than half of all federal prisoners are black.

More blacks go through “stop and frisk” in New York City because more blacks are committing more crimes in the city – last year, blacks made up 74% of shooting victims, 74% of shooting suspects and 70% of shooting arrestees.

This is not a new problem. Back in 1965, when the illegitimate birth rate among blacks was 23.6% and counting, then-Assistant Secretary of Labor Daniel Patrick Moynihan presented a policy analysis to President Lyndon Johnson. He warned that the black family “is highly unstable, and in many urban centers approaching complete breakdown”, concluding that the federal government must enact policies that “bring the Negro American to full and equal sharing of responsibilities and rewards of citizenship.”

Nearly 50 years later, the black family has all but collapsed, while the federal government continues to reward irresponsible citizensip. And what of “equal sharing of responsibilities”? With less than three years left in his landmark presidency, Obama’s new plan still does the opposite of that, instead continuing to feed a mindset that blacks are blameless victims for problems of their own creation, yet owed America’s collective social justice as a remedy.

In his book of essays, A Dream Deferred – more relevant during the last week than perhaps any other since its publication at the same fading moment of the Clinton administration – the race scholar Shelby Steele writes how this double standard prevents blacks from gaining true equality in America:

In redemptive liberalism, others are responsible for the problems blacks suffer, and blacks are, in an odd way, responsible for preserving the weaknesses that keep others responsible.

Why won’t America ever see a government program that teaches white men how to live responsibly? Because society expects whites to take responsibility for their lives. Even the progressive black politics of a progressive black president seem to hold whites to a standard of excellence – and blacks to an all too familiar standard of inferiority. That kind of underlying assumption, Steele writes, inevitably leads blacks toward feeling “entitled to irresponsibility”.

“We all have a job to do,” Obama said on Thursday. “And we can do it together – black and white, urban rural, Democrat and Republican.” He should have told black Americans – directly – what Steele prescribes: that they “must be agents of their own fate”.

It’s not everyone else’s problem to ensure black and Hispanic kids go to school, stay out of trouble and finish high school. That’s the job of parents. And if Obama was really serious about fixing the troubles facing black men, from childhood all the way through to a crime crisis later in life, he would advance policies that reward responsible behavior, not more out-of-wedlock births.

Potential solutions could include making long-needed changes to Clinton’s 1996 welfare-to-work reforms by cutting off aid to mothers who have more than two children out of wedlock. And by punishing black men by putting them on probation for fathering babies out of wedlock and forcing them to do community service or other government work.

Obama could also work to establish so-called Enterprise Zones, long championed by Republican Jack Kemp, which give tax credits to businesses operating in inner cities and hiring people who live there as a way to reduce crime and poverty. Most importantly, Obama could start supporting – rather than fighting – school voucher programs, which undeniably help blacks escape poverty and crime.

“The worst part,” Obama said before those families of victims and business leaders and philanthropists, “is we’ve become numb to these statistics” because “we take them as the norm”. Well, they’ve been the norm for going on a half-century, and it’s about time the one man most compelled to lead compels blacks to act for themselves, to be keepers of our own individual destinies.

Senator Al Franken (D-MN) meets with a”few” black community members; rejects the rest

This is designer poverty at its peak. A white elected official gathers a room full of black non-profit leaders and gives marching orders. 

Minnesota senator Al Franken (D). "I want to make sure all my Negroes are on the plantation."

Minnesota senator Al Franken (D). “I want to make sure all my Negroes are on the plantation.”

by Don Allen, Founder – IBNN NEWS

Two Sunday’s ago (March 9), Minnesota senator Al Franken decided to call together a bunch of black Minnesotans (mostly non-profit leaders) to talk about “where they are” in the game of assisting black Minnesotans to success. The first complaint is the obvious; it took a white man to gather these black folks in one room.

The other problem with Senator Franken’s approach is that he called those to the table who have benefited from grants (federal, state and local), who have no business talking about “helping the poor and minorities” in their areas because those folks are the cash crop that keep these non-profits open.

There is something to be said about organizations, politicians and community spokespersons who become ingrained in a process of using humans as a way to gain access for funding and dismissing the notion of helping their cash crop to become stable and acquire some type of standardized normalcy.

Author Ralph Ellison wrote, “All my lifeI had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried telling me what it was. I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory” (InvisibleMan).

In the Twin Cities some are “told” what they are, where to go and who they can be. This is a sad documentary on defining humanity, culture and identity in 2014, or any year. The status quo of poverty in the Twin Cities is to let those in poverty stay lost within their environments, undeveloped, misinformed and of course misguided.Residents of the Twin Cities, especially those residing in areas with large populations of blacks, Asians, Hispanics, Somali, and the poor have seen a downtick in proactive engagement and services. In most cases the right process would lift service-dependent clients up from current norms into an abnormal hemisphere of self-sufficiency while stabilizing their foundations into a station of strength,solidarity and forward progress. For that to happen, poverty in the Twin Cities would need to have an expiration date - an elimination of life-disrupting incidents brought on by circumstance, environments and the political infrastructure.The protagonist blocking the success of the lower one-third and middle-class in the Twin Cities are those who operated in the areas of non-profit organizations whose life’s-blood depends on the next grant; number of poor, homeless, unhealthy,unemployed, untrained, uneducated and of course poor children. I need to make it very clear; there is a need for these agencies, but not at the current levels. A consolidation of repeat programing could form a cohesive tracking of those in need of the next level of personal success versus the multi-facetted referral system, which in most cases has too many interconnected loopholes that leads to missing those who really need the assistance.

The “Designer Poverty” in the Twin Cities has given DFL politicians a way into the black community by making hollow promises and controlling a few who believe in their self-appointed positions. Its time for all people of color to stop, look and listen – making decisions based on your families needs. Don’t be bullied by Senator Franken, his staff or any other DFL politician – remember, they work for us; they are not celebrities.

When Senator Franken decides to do the right thing and meet with the “real” people and stakeholders, only then he will learn another choice than him would be better suited to represent Minnesota.

Designer Poverty in the Twin Cities is a multi-billion dollar business. The people who benefit, for the most part don’t live within the boarders of the Twin Cities. To stay in business, successful measurable outcomes must be limited; focus must be narrow and the usual suspects must develop a secret agenda absent of the mainstream.The ideology of non-profit social service agencies have been replaced with a “bank -like” operation that in most cases only helps itself.

Study: Both Public, Police View Black Kids As Older, Less Innocent Than Whites

It's true, 911 can be a joke. (photo: Edited by IBNN NEWS) - Fair Use

It’s true, 911 can be a joke; our education system is even funnier. (photo: Edited by IBNN NEWS) – Fair Use

 By  from NEWSONE

If I were to tell anyone of color with a clue that White children are given the benefit of the doubt and Black kids are not, I imagine the response would be, “And water is wet.”

Indeed it is, but it’s always good to know something you know to be true anecdotally confirmed and conflated with analysis. According to new research published by the American Psychological Association, Black boys as young as 10 are proven to not be given the same presumption of childhood innocence as their White peers. Instead, they’re considered to be much older than what they are, perceived to be guilty, and face police violence if accused of a crime.

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The study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, sought to examine the extent to which the racial bias exists and how significant the consequences are.  Speaking on the report, Phillip Atiba Goff, PhD, explained, “Children in most societies are considered to be in a distinct group with characteristics, such as innocence and the need for protection. Our research found that Black boys can be seen as responsible for their actions at an age when White boys still benefit from the assumption that children are essentially innocent.”

Some of the findings include:

- Researchers reviewed police officers’ personnel records to determine use of force while on duty and found that those who dehumanized Blacks were more likely to have used force against a Black child in custody than officers who did not dehumanize Blacks. The study described use of force as takedown or wrist lock; kicking or punching; striking with a blunt object; using a police dog, restraints or hobbling; or using tear gas, electric shock or killing. Only dehumanization and not police officers’ prejudice against Blacks — conscious or not — was linked to violent encounters with Black children in custody, according to the study.

- In one experiment, students rated the innocence of people ranging from infants to 25 year olds who were Black, White, or an unidentified race. The students judged children up to 9 years old as equally innocent regardless of race, but considered Black children significantly less innocent than other children in every age group beginning at age 10, the researchers found.

- In another experiment, students first viewed either a photo of an ape or a large cat and then rated Black and White youngsters in terms of perceived innocence and need for protection as children. Those who looked at the ape photo gave Black children lower ratings and estimated that Black children were significantly older than their actual ages, particularly if the child had been accused of a felony rather than a misdemeanor.

- ‘The evidence shows that perceptions of the essential nature of children can be affected by race, and for black children, this can mean they lose the protection afforded by assumed childhood innocence well before they become adults,’ said co-author Matthew Jackson, PhD, also of UCLA. ‘With the average age overestimation for black boys exceeding four-and-a-half years, in some cases, black children may be viewed as adults when they are just 13 years old.’

Only a year ago, a separate study highlighted that Black students are suspended at a rate three more times than that of their White classmates, twice as often as their Latino classmates, and more than 10 students than their Asian classmates in middle and high schools nationwide.

When interviewed about this study, Daniel Losen, a former Boston-area teacher and one of the authors of “Out of School & Off Track: The Overuse of Suspensions in American Middle and High Schools,” told USA Today, ”Pointing fingers and using the ‘racism’ word isn’t going to get us where we need to go. But I think we need to acknowledge that there may be general bias against Black students.”

Well, in both studies, there is a clear bias against Black youth.

The likes of the clearly White Daniel Losen may be more comfortable with us not using the term “racism” to describe the root of the bias, but who does he think he’s fooling? The root of the issue is obvious so excuse me as I lift my index finger and get to aiming.

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Michael Arceneaux is from the land of Beyoncé, but now lives in the city of Master Splinters. Follow him at @youngsinick.

 

Minneapolis Public Schools unresponsive to mother of abused daughter

With little to no community outcry, the mother of a fifth grader, sexually attacked on an elementary school playground is still seeking remedy from the Minneapolis Public Schools. With the recent MPS budget SNAFU, one could argue if our babies and children do not count; what makes you think the Minneapolis Public Schools administration can count?

Our system is messed up.

Our system is messed up.

by Donald Allen, Founder – IBNN

Minneapolis, Minn. – Reported here first in the story, “Fifth grade girls allege sexual assault at Anderson Elementary School in Minneapolis,” has a new twist. The mother of one of the fifth graders is getting no response from district officials.

“I don’t want my daughter back at Anderson. I wanted her to attend Bancroft and they tell me the school is full. My daughter needs to be in school. This is very upsetting,” said Joleana Williams of Minneapolis.

Joleana Williams, a single mother who will not be bullied by the MPS contacted IBNN to update us about what happened to her daughter and a friend on March 5 during recess on the playground at Anderson Elementary School in Minneapolis.

If you recall, at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 5, three 5th grade boys and two girls were playing chase during recess. The first young girl fell, per the statement given to IBNN from the mother. What happened next is out of a made-for-television horror movie.

One of the boys, (estimated 10 or 11 years old), climbed on top of the girl, while the other boy stood in front of the girl unzipped his pants and exposed his genitals according to Ms. Williams statement to IBNN. Ms. Williams told IBNN, the girl was terrified when the boy “told” her what she was going “suck and lick” according to Williams daughter.

The other fifth grader, who was also playing with the group had also fell in the snow. According to the story told by Williams’s daughter, a third boy began to climb on top of her while choking her until she passed out.

Ms. Williams said the school notified her around 12-noon her daughter was sent to the “behavioral room” for talking loud during lunch. The daughter was crying on the phone, but direct supervisors and teachers never once mentioned the assault to the girl’s mother.

Still, the Minneapolis Public School failed to respond to a mother about her child in the Minneapolis Public Schools-District 1.

 

 

 

Signing up for MNsure: Digital Divide will delay many (Update)

Within a span of six decades, there have been four revolutionary advancements in computer-based technology. Since World War II, computer technology has advanced from automation, to information technology, to the personal computer, and now to digital technologies. In each succeeding wave, companies were created, lifestyles changed, and fortunes made and lost. Ironically, when these windows of opportunity opened, African Americans could not exploit them. Blacks were shut out at the birth of digital technologies, when the most wealth was created. When they came in, they participated mainly as consumers.

Video: Appropriate or Inappropriate?

By Don Allen – Founder, IBNN NEWS and OurBlackNews.com

Lack of computer knowledge and very little community connectivity makes MNsure a bad sale.

Lack of computer knowledge and very little community connectivity makes MNsure a bad sale.

Minneapolis, Minn. – The growth of the Internet in the past 10-years has been staggering. In 2002 (9.1% of the world population-569 million), worldwide we only spent an average of 46 minutes each day on the Internet. In 2012 (33% of the world population-2.27 billion) the average is 4 hours, and in the geek community, it’s easily double that.  It’s mind-blowing to think that in 2002 there were only 3 million websites. Ion 20143, Americans spend an average of six hour per day on the web, via cell phones, laptops and home computers. (Source: The Internet: A Decade Later by BestEdSites.com)

The Minneapolis Foundation’s Digital Inclusion Fund grants were a practice of delinquent and inefficient knowledge of what closing the digital divide meant. The purpose of the Digital Inclusion Fund was to bridge the digital divide in Minneapolis by providing financial resources to organizations that work with low-income people, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants and refugees, displaced workers, seniors and other new users of technology.

On December 18, 2008 – the city of Minneapolis’ communications department announced the over $200,000.00 in grants routed through the Minneapolis Foundation from the Community Benefits Agreement with the Wireless Minneapolis contract. The problem was, in 2008 – the Internet was growing fast, and those who governed over “technology funding” only came up with ideas that barely scratched the surface of closing the digital divide. The purpose of the Digital Inclusion Fund was to bridge the digital divide in Minneapolis by providing financial resources to organizations that work with low-income people, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants and refugees, displaced workers, seniors and other new users of technology. In hindsight, someone should of known; just opening computer labs across the city was like ordering dinner and only getting water and salad.

2014: Enter MNsure

Kaiser Health News reported behind MNsure’s upbeat façade was a swamp of management failures and technical glitches that crippled the more-than $100 million website. MNsure leaders blamed tight deadlines and evolving federal requirements for the website’s malfunctions. However, internal MNsure documents and interviews with insurance company officials, county workers and other stakeholders reveal a more complicated story.

People interviewed by MPR News say MNsure’s top officials, including former executive director April Todd-Malmlov, were insular and stingy with information and that they ignored advice for improvement. They say MNsure staff was disorganized and often didn’t have answers to their questions. And an early decision by the state to buy software that was still under development compounded the problems, adding to what one recent report called a “crisis mode” inside MNsure.

Now, lets look at the “big picture” to determine how the Digital Inclusion Fund slept on the poor, displace workers and people of color in Minneapolis. Secondly, lets take into account that MNsure did little to nothing by ignoring the obvious technology gap between the young and the old; white and black, urban and rural; rich and poor. Some people will not sign up for MNsure simply because they don’t know how.

MNsure was “tricked” into granting a local African American agency funds for messaging. Unfortunately, the community does not attend these churches, nor do they fall for the buffoonery.

The report, “Community Technology Survey – Overcoming the Digital Divide-2012,” almost replicated the 2006 report, “Wireless Minneapolis Digital Inclusion Task Force FINAL REPORT – Monday, July 17, 2006,” by pointing out in the city of Minneapolis, and dots on the map still showed areas of large concentrations of Blacks, Somali’s, Native Americans and poor non-ethnic communities didn’t have access to Wi-Fi, the internet or any type of cognitive broadband access or training whatsoever.

Isn’t this always the story in Minneapolis when dollars are to be put aside for the poor, displaced workers and people of color – something always comes up gone, undone or sent back to the drawing board. There’s a solution to closing the digital divide and it’s not located in downtown Minneapolis. There is also a solution to get people signed up for MNsure – and certainly, the answer is not at MNsure, or faith-based organizations.

 

 

 

You can’t be what you don’t see: Minneapolis Public Schools dismisses the future

Who represents education for children of color in the Minneapolis Public Schools? Is it Alfred Flowers and his Community Standards Initiatives (CSI) program? If this is the case, our children will continue to head down the rabbit hole making the pipeline to nothingness the only obtainable goal. 

"The future can be lost for children of color today, because of yesterday,"  ~Don Allen

“The future can be lost for children of color today, because of yesterday,” ~Don Allen

by Don Allen, Founder – IBNN NEWS and OurBlackNews.com 

In 2008, the Minneapolis Public Schools asked community placeholders to lobby in the inner city to solidify passing of school referendum in 2008.  The Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) 2008 Strong Schools Strong City referendum passed on Election Day when a majority of Minneapolis voters chose to approve the measure, which will fund education essentials and drive achievement results for all students. The official vote tally: 131,390 yes (71%) and 53,939 no (29%).

Another ballot measure [2008] regarding the Establishment of Election Districts for Minneapolis Board of Education directors was also passed. The official vote tally: 104,283 yes (66%) and 54,042 no (34%). The measure will convert the school board from a body of seven members elected at large to a nine-member body comprised of three members elected at large and six members elected from geographic districts. Still today, the MPS board cannot overcome its weak position to demand current superintendent Bernadeia Johnson and school officials to fix one broken school in the district.

The Strong Schools Strong City referendum is providing MPS with $60 million per year for eight years, which supposedly beginning in the 2009-2010 school year. The funds, said to be dedicated to education essentials such as early literacy, math, science, textbooks, technology and class size management, have made  to no change in the MPS student academic advancement, including those castes of Black Native American, Asian, Somali and homeless teens.

In 2014, the MPS continues to see catastrophic failures for students of color in math, reading, science and comprehension.  With an additional $60 million per year – over eight academic school years, it would seem the MPS would not have to shutdown programs and displace students; but that’s what happening. A parent interested in a music or band program, especially in north Minneapolis would be hard pressed to find a flute in MPS. While superintendent Bernadeia Johnson distributes hundreds-of-thousands of dollars to her top administrators, it seems the MPS student is at the bottom of the food chain being the last item considered when it comes to the wellbeing of a well-rounded public school student.

The Minneapolis Public Schools fails to see the value in Strong Schools being a significant part of a Strong City. The politically correct term, “Achievement Gap,” is being used to define a horrible racial divide in education where in the same classroom, yellow, black, red and white children participate in alternative levels of education that only benefit non-minority children. Let me make this perfectly clear, this is not a teacher problem, although cultural competency is one of the challenging issues that should be addressed in poor neighborhoods where poor children attend schools in classrooms where expectations are poor and lowered by design.

The future happens every second of the day as we move forward. The past has shown us failures have continued in spite of a passed referendum, more administrative management and cash incentives at the district level. If MPS students do not see doctors, lawyers, professors, teachers and other corporate professionals who benefited from a public school education, than our children will not see the future. If the MPS administration thinks local and national communities are not watching their failures, they are dead wrong.

In short: You can’t be what you don’t see. #someonehastogo

Clarence Hightower and MnSCU: Are there no qualified Negroes to work in areas of critical decision-making on MnSCU campuses?

This article has nothing to do with race baiting or me once again playing the race card. There are many black academics in Minnesota who are more than qualified to be presidents of colleges and universities in Minnesota. Their qualifications are not based on telling lies like the one we heard recently where a Minneapolis city official’s husband talked about how he worked for the civil rights department for the City of Boston. #bustedfishlips 

Yes, I know. Women are minorities too. (photo: Fair Use - redesign by IBNN)

Yes, I know. Women are minorities too. (photo: Fair Use – redesign by IBNN)

By Don Allen, Founder – IBNN NEWS and OurBlackNews.com 

St. Paul, Minn. – While white culture festers at local community colleges like Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) and suburban outlets like Dakota Community and Technical College (DCTC), other cultures inside these two outlets have become extinct due to a hiring practice absent of logic and common sense. At MCTC, lower to middle-class white students can complain about an English teacher using academic references to race in literature and be successful in filing a complaint against the professor; something that one might argue should happen in the southern states. Although MCTC claims academic freedom, it is now evident that all freedoms cease to exist when the differences in white and black through the literature of Booker T. Washington, Malcolm X or Ronald Takaki hit the syllabus.

Now enter, a black man and a decision-maker within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU).

Clarence Hightower is the Executive Director of the Community Action Partnership (CAP) of Ramsey and Washington Counties, part of a nationwide partnership organization of over 1,000 agencies, and the largest partnership agency serving Minnesota. In this role, Mr. Hightower guides the work of an agency first established in 1964 as a program of the War on Poverty, and is involved in grassroots public policy and community engagement activities. His responsibilities include management of a $20 million budget, a staff of 300, and oversight of more than 30 sites.

Hightower is also the current the chair of the Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU), an elected position that he has held since July of 2012. From July 2010 to June 2012, he was elected the vice chair of the Board of Trustees. Other leadership positions include serving as chair of the Finance and Facilities Committee and the Human Resources Committee. Besides these many responsibilities, Hightower’s faith-based organization is home for the fiscal agency of Alfred D. Flowers Community Standards Initiatives (CSI) in collaboration with the Minneapolis Public Schools (no wonder our black children are at a total standstill).

On Thursday, the Star Tribune reported (via press release from MnSCU), three Minnesota state colleges will be welcoming new presidents this summer. Unfortunately, Hightower and the board of trustees continue to ignore the need for an immediate replacement at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC).

IBNN NEWS and it’s affiliates worldwide would like to take the opportunity to congratulate incoming presidents Dorothy Duran, to Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical; Laura Urban, Alexandria Technical and Community College. Urban, who is from Gateway Community and Technical College in Kentucky; and Barbara McDonald, who will be interim president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College – All three women are scheduled to take office on the same day on July 1.

I look to Hightower in this missive per his role inside of the MnSCU Finance and Facilities Committee and the Human Resources Committee, but more importantly his broader responsibility as the chairman of the MNSCU board of trustees to answer the question: “Are there no qualified Negroes to work in areas of critical decision-making on MnSCU campuses?”

It concerns me the broader community of the bourgeoisie in the black community; some friends of Hightower must not have the necessary credentials to take on the mighty task of leading a community college campus. Or it could be Hightower himself does not want to disrupt the status quo. Whatever the case, Minneapolis still has a professor of English who I attest was attacked by the MnSCU system of white privilege with no official statement from the chair of the board of trustees – a black man on a mission involved in grassroots public policy and community engagement activities.

In a time when Minnesota professionals of color are being marginalized and overlooked in areas of education, you would think at some point someone would speak up above the whispers and state solidly this is just wrong.

Again, for those of you who think this is an issue of playing the race card, you’re dead wrong. This is about people of color from and in Minnesota who have the credentials to be principles, teachers, counselors, school administrators and college/university presidents that are qualified for the job.  Is there a rule that says MnSCU can disregard the future of things to be?

 

Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights: Nine hundred complaints disappear

Only 16 cases under investigation.”

 By Ronald A. Edwards, The Minneapolis Story – Guest Columnist 

Velma Korbel must not be re-appointed.

Velma Korbel must not be re-appointed.

Minneapolis, Minn. – The Police Misconduct Board operates under the custody and control of the Minneapolis Civil Rights Department. The Police Misconduct Board has hired a significant number of attorneys over the last year. They receive a nice stipend to review and make determinations regarding allegations of police misconduct.

Observers as well as workers in City Hall want to know why, under Michael Brown, 900 police complaints, going back several years, have now been jettisoned with no more than 16 active investigations. Police officers call this “bait and switch” and unidentified “Xs and Os.”

Nine hundred complaints have been passed through a shredder. This is not public service; it is sabotage of public service.

The taxpayers of Minneapolis are being assessed a significant dollar amount to hire more case reviewers even as the number of cases is reduced. It is clear that, once again, City Hall has adopted its own version of “have a pen and phone” to bypass its own laws, using a shredder and a dumpster for cases, rather than properly reviewing them so that determinations can be made relevant to the statutory importance of these cases to be reviewed.

I am reminded of the cases that came out of the Civil Rights Department itself due to its patterns and practices of dumping cases, as I have reported in this column about how the department sent letters to citizens about their complaints, indicating that their cases had been investigated when they had not been investigated.

Nine hundred complaints represent a lot of citizen expectation that concerns would be taken seriously by government officials, and that the integrity of investigations would be maintained and honored. This is clearly not the case with the Department of Civil Right’s Office of Police Misconduct.

Given the failure of the Department of Civil Rights to stand up for civil rights and to honor and investigate complaints of violation of civil rights, it would be more accurate to change the name to the Office of Civil Rights Misconduct, as that is too often the prevailing action within the Minneapolis Civil Rights Department, which has made its business not the investigation of civil rights complaints but dismissing the complaints without review or investigation.

How far is too far? An indicator of the answer is when even police officers, who are members of the tribunal, shake their heads in disbelief at such patterns and practices in the City of Minneapolis. These are signs that the tax-paying citizens of our city are in big trouble, and should feel very concerned regarding the application of good government.

We are not watching the breakdown of our government system. “Breakdown” implies natural degrading, as with an old car, an old roof, an old furnace, etc. Rather it is deliberate, premeditated, and purposeful.

Different leadership groups are given to “getting theirs” at the expense of others who do not get theirs. Remember how the newly elected council person of the 5th ward in 2002 came to her office only to find most of the files missing? This paper included a picture on its front page. The Star Tribune tried to avoid the story.

There are enough laws and statutes on the books. What we have is system sabotage — unnatural, on purpose. Too many Black officials no longer mimic the great civil rights leaders of the first half of the 20th century. They now, as Whites, mimic the sabotage of the Black community in order to better facilitate their being able to say, “We got ours.”

In other words, self-sabotage of today and, thus, sabotage of the education and jobs of future generations.

Stay tuned.

 

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