“The DFL African American Caucus has chosen two candidates for the Mayor’s race with only one thing in common; and a city council candidate that has some explaining to do.”
by Donald Allen, OurBlackNews.com
Minneapolis, MN – IBNN NEWS has not endorsed a candidate for Minneapolis mayor; nor will we let a few of the usual suspects in the community dictate who people should vote for. The black machine within the DFL is weak and without merit. Don’t fall for it.
The press release from the DFL African American Caucus reads like a political satire filled with lies, exaggerations formed with a half-wit explanation on why black people should vote for their Messiah’s. The press release reads: “After consideration of all opposed candidates, the DFL African American Caucus has agreed that the following Candidates represent the issues and concerns of the DFL African American Caucus. We believe they show a strong desire to ensure accountability for the use of city resources, are committed to a sustainable community infrastructure in African American neighborhoods by addressing several disparities, including the economy, housing and transportation. They also showed strong support for the appointment of qualified African American residents to city administrative positions and commissions as well as sharing a strong commitment to ensuring the authority of the Civil Rights Department is elevated and not marginalized.”
For the City of Minneapolis Mayoral Race: Betsy Hodges and Jackie Cherryhomes; this becomes problematic when both Hodges-Cunningham and Cherryhomes were both involved in questionable practices while seated on the Minneapolis City Council. Hodges-Cunningham, the death dealer for the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights (read: Minneapolis City Council rejects Civil Rights Department cuts); and Cherryhomes – all we have to say is Heritage Park (read: The Real Story behind Hollman/Heritage Park – Will a Grand Jury Investigation follow?).
City of Minneapolis City Council Race in Ward 5, the group of nomads have endorsed NAACP agent Brett Buckner. IBNN is still waiting for Buckner to explain the alleged dealings of thousands of dollars of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP (read: Email to Brett Buckner, Mpls NAACP branch president), and why he is the best man for the job.
If this is the best the DFL Black Caucus can do, Minneapolis residents can expect more of nothing.
MN GOP chairman candidate Don Allen mixes it up with Jack and Ben tonight at 9 p.m.
PRLog (Press Release) – Apr. 1, 2013 – MINNEAPOLIS — Tune in tonight at 9 p.m. (CST) for The Late Debate with Jack and Ben on News/Talk AM 1130 (A FOX NEWS affiliate). Jack and Ben will be featuring the candidates running for the chairman of the Minnesota GOP. Tonight’s guest is political activist, media expert Don Allen. No stranger to controversy online and off, Don Allen: veteran, and editor-in-chief of the very popular civil rights political blogs: The Independent Business News Network, Black Politics in Minneapolis and contributor to CNN’s iReport. Allen says, “I have the right stuff with an unwavering commitment to get results and quality out of a much needed revamping of the brand retooling of the Republican Party of Minnesota.
In 2008 Don Allen was the campaign manager for Minnesota GOP endorsed candidate Barb Davis White who ran unsuccessfully against incumbent congressman Keith Ellison (MN5-D). (2008 was the same year the RNC was held in Saint Paul.) Of his experience, Allen made the following comments: “The Republican Party of Minnesota needs a new firing solution. To repeat the process of failed engagement will spell doom and extinction for the party. The past has not been kind to GOP endorsed candidates or Minnesota Republicans. In order for Minnesota’s Republican Party to get back in the game, we need a coach who is also a general manager who understands the significance of all Minnesotans working together under the core values of the Republican Party of Minnesota.”
Join Jack Tomczak and Benjamin Kruse for tonight’s episode of The Late Debate with Jack and Ben. Jack Tomczak and Benjamin Kruse are on air weeknights from 8:00-10:00pm. The call in number is 651-989-5855.
“Don Allen is an official candidate for the chairman of the Minnesota GOP. This Saturday he takes his talking points and unique style of delivery to local media in an effort to explain the importance of his candidacy for the chairman of the Minnesota GOP.” The MN GOP and Minnesota Republicans have been given a gift. Christmas will come again for Minnesota’s Republican Party.
Posted by IBNN’s Media Events Team (iMET)
Minneapolis, MN. – Tune in on Saturday, March 30th at 1:30 p.m. (CST) to the Patriot AM 1280 (WWTC) as veteran Minnesota radio personality Mitch Berg lights up the airwaves via an interview with the first Black Minnesotan to run for the chairman position of the Minnesota GOP: Don Allen.
At 4 p.m. tune in for the first television interview with Don Allen on the “Tony Hernandez Show” broadcast LIVE on Comcast channel 15. Mr. Allen will discuss the many reasons why he is the best choice for chairman of the MN GOP and the future of the party.
Allen says, “Extinction due to bad process is not an option in 2013 for the MN GOP.”
For more information about Don Allen, please click on the links below. Interviews are available by calling (612) 986-0010.
Terra Cole for President: Minneapolis Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP-MN)
by Donald Allen – Editor-in-Chief, OurBlackNews
Minneapolis, MN – Before I layout why Ms. Terra Cole would be the best leader for the NAACP in Minneapolis, I have to thank and congratulate current president Mr. Booker Hodges for all of the fine work he’s done.
2013 represents the year of engagement. Unfortunately, black Minnesotans have not found a voice that will represent them in politics, education and economic development. Violent actions in the style of Jim Crow continue to deny black Minnesotans the one most important item necessary for survival: “Information.”
The Minneapolis NAACP has seen a tainted past; cluttered in melodramatic acting out of a mission that has never taken any action other than words. If something did happen, it only happened for few black Minnesotans.
The Council on Black Minnesotans, African American Leadership Forum and the African American Leadership Council duplicated each other to the point of canceling out…whatever it is their doing?
Black people are not dumb, we see these groups, originally designed to assist the black middle-class. There have turned all their focus on the poor – just because there’s a grant or funding opportunity. Of course, when the money is gone, black people, for many generations in Minnesota end up with nothing.
Terra Cole represents a new deal within the black community. One that listens to all sides, opinions and will not be swayed by rhetoric based on a political standing. We watched strong black women being abandoned in 2012. Wife’s were left; black women running for office denied the support of black men in elected positions and with the help of white women, civil rights almost became non-existent in Minneapolis – only a few black men protested.
The Minneapolis Chapter of the NAACP has been lost for a long time – like the St. Paul Chapter both dysfunctional – both nothing more than social cabals. There was a time it was celebrated to say you’re a member of the Minneapolis NAACP.
Giving Ms. Terra Cole the opportunity to reorganize, build capacity and fill in the blanks misses by silly foolery of the black men who have abandoned the people.
Keith Downey, Bonn Clayton and Bill Paulsen are also candidates for the new chairman of the Minnesota GOP. The challenge remains; the MN GOP has always, with the exception of Bonn Clayton, gone for the “Ken Doll” to lead the party into annihilation. If the Minnesota GOP cannot look past its boilerplate position of “What a chairman looks like,” versus making a radical improvement, we (Minnesotans) will be able to watch the Republican Party of Minnesota become extinct as the dinosaurs.
by Donald Allen, Editor-in-Chief – IBNN NEWS
Saint. Paul, MN…Former US president Ronald Reagan said, “Don’t be afraid to see what you see,” and what I see within the Minnesota GOP is a need for a “new deal” that will solidify the future of Republican candidates, keep current elected officials in office and bring more active participation by Minnesota’s youth.
Columnist Charles Blow wrote in his article titled, The G.O.P.’s Bachmann Problem: “The Republican Party is experiencing an existential crisis, born of its own misguided incongruity with modern American culture and its insistence on choosing intransigence in a dynamic age of fundamental change. Instead of turning away from obsolescence, it is charging headlong into it, becoming more strident and pushing away more voters whom it could otherwise win.”
The crisis within the Minnesota GOP is the innocence of not knowing, and the arrogance of not asking how. Meaning to win new supporters, new money and to win elections, the Republican brand in Minnesota must be a friendly, honorable and a functioning political system. Currently, the make up of the Minnesota GOP is one of “Ken Dolls” as leaders and “Barbie’s” who vouch for anything Ken says. Very few leaders in the Minnesota GOP are looking at the future – a future that has repeated itself throughout history, “The weak fall and die off while being replaced by the new.”
2013 represents an important year for the Minnesota GOP. They must decide what to do about their antiquated brand, restructure the state office and apologize to supporters of the Republican Party for waiting more than six-years to react, having a debt of $1.6 million, and the continuation of recycling a less than successful platform that has only sung to the choir – dismissing any out-of-party engagement.
Some Republicans still wait for the “Jack Kemp” wing of the GOP to come out of hiding and reclaim the mantle of sensible, well-informed, rational conservatism. Unfortunately, those are the types of conservatives have been put out to pasture, proving the Minnesota GOP has not seen the “opportunity” in their self-created “crisis.”
Andrew Kohut, the founding director of the Pew Research Center, pointed out in The Washington Post on Friday that the party’s ratings (Republican) “now stand at a 20-year low,” and that is in part because “the outsize influence of hardline elements in the party base is doing to the G.O.P. what supporters of Gene McCarthy and George McGovern did to the Democratic Party in the late 1960s and early 1970s — radicalizing its image and standing in the way of its revitalization.”
It is my plan to reform, re-brand, and present a user-friendly Minnesota GOP before November 2013.
by Bartholomew Goteborg, Guest Editor for IBNN
Candidates for state GOP chair agree the party’s a mess by Cyndy Brucato
Eagan, MN – It was clear last night at the CD2 MN GOP Candidates Forum held in Eagan, Minnesota that only two of the candidates had somewhat of a clear vision to take the Minnesota GOP and Minnesota Republicans into the future of winning elections, solving the internal debt opportunity and making sense of a process bogged down in political riff-Raff.
Candidate Don Allen spoke with logic about his passion and a sense of problem solving that directly addresses issues within the party. Allen was also was blunt and to the point about the need for new vision leadership. Allen said, “Money, media and motivation are necessary universals the MN GOP will need to climb over obstacles created within the part.” Allen went onto say, “I’m not here to get more minorities in the MN GOP, or the Republican Party. Once we get it functional, attractive new people and supporters will come. The MN GOP’s juggernaut is itself.”
Former politician Keith Downey could only talk about his “plan,” which he will unveil in early April. One thing that Downey is not clear on, the MN GOP chairman position is not a political position – it’s a job. While Downey “looks” the part, he had very little to add to the conversation dominated by Allen’s wit, style, charm and charisma – with plenty of common sense.
Bonn Clayton and Bill Paulsen are both nice guys – but not ready for the finesse needed to change the party’s image and re-branding in time for the 2014 governor race – let’s not forget the congressional races either.
Allen told a crowd of approximately 100 Republican supporters, “My objective is to clear out the debt in 8 months. If I can’t do that, I will resign. I am confident on my abilities to complete that mission.” Allen also told CD2 members; “I’m not here to get more minorities in the party. If we teach one; we reach one.”
Current GOP deputy chair, Kelly Fenton made a short presentation telling the audience she assisted in raising approximately $170,000 to keep the MN GOP office open in 2012. This is a sharp contrast from the $3 million she talked about less than a month ago. GOP deputy chair candidate Corey Sax was solid on his presentation, which should make Fenton very nervous about her future in the state party headquarters.
According the Facebook event page for the candidate forum, Allen was the clear winner last night – but the issue may arise, he doesn’t look the part. When this started, I was leaning towards Keith Downey. After hearing Mr. Allen, the future of the MN GOP rest on his ability to be elected by the Republican delegates across Minnesota – which would be the best thing ever for the Minnesota GOP.
by Bartholomew Goteborg, Guest Editor for IBNN
Minneapolis, MN – Don’t miss one of the most important events in the Minnesota GOP’s history. Tonight, four qualified candidates vying for chairman of the Minnesota GOP will face-off on a panel to discuss the plan, actions and how to bring back a sense of pride for Republicans in Minnesota.
Tonight at 6 p.m. at the Eagan Community Center, located at 1501 Central Parkway, in Eagan, Minnesota – a historic panel discussion will take place about and for the Republican Party of Minnesota.
“It’s important for all of us to use our stations to benefit the greater good of the Minnesota GOP. This mean we as individuals must tear down walls of ignorance, party indifference and practice social acceptance,” say candidate Don Allen, the first black Minnesotan to run for the seat of chairman.
The Second Congressional District Republicans of Minnesota is proud to announce an MNGOP State Chair Candidate Forum to be held on Thursday, March 21, 2013. Declared candidates Keith Downey, Bill Paulsen, Don Allen, and Bonn Clayton have accepted invitations. The format of the event will consist of questions that have been submitted in a multitude of ways, such as Twitter, Facebook, email and moderator generated questions.
The moderators will narrow down the questions after categorizing the submitted questions into a number of categories such as finance/budgeting, experience, vision, messaging.
Minnesota broadcast veterans Walter Hudson and Chris Andryski will co-moderate the event. Second Congressional District Chairman Bill Jungbauer will on hand to take more questions for the event.
“Don’t get caught sleeping. I know all you see is a black man – someone that you were told is less than you and that you were better than. Don’t be fooled by the color of my skin – I just look like this and for my ancestors, I will make everything you took mine; I will right each wrong one-at-a-time, you will not beat me, or lynch me for I am a man, a man just like you – who will multiply an overtake your color of white. Soon, you to will feel like they,” (Don Allen from The Color White).
by Donald Allen, OurBlackNews.com (Scholars Corner)
White privilege is not having to be told that you aren’t making friends at a predominantly white college campus because you are “scary looking”. It’s not having to walk around with a “yes Massa” attitude and a shit-eating grin on your face to be considered approachable.
White privilege is being able to be as ignorant or as educated on racial and social justice issues as you please and never having to feel truly ostracized for it. In a system built to benefit white folks those of us who speak up against injustice are slammed and insulted by racist jokes, most of the time behind our backs. Its never having to be told you’re being too sensitive, that you’re playing into a paradigm of angry black man, that slavery and blah blah, blah happened forever ago so its time to move on, or being accused of always “pulling the race card.”
In October 2007 Fox News reported “DNA Discoverer: Blacks Less Intelligent Than Whites.” James D. Watson, 79, co-discoverer of the DNA helix and winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize in medicine, told the Sunday Times of London that he was “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours — whereas all the testing says not really.” He recognized that the prevailing belief was that all human groups are equal, but that “people who have to deal with black employees find this not true.”
There is a problem within America. It started a very long time ago. European intellectuals who held power, wealth and fame deemed a person with black or a darker pigmentation in their skin was considered less than a human being or a lower form of life. The European mindset can be seen today in American politics, education, economic development and the criminal “just-us” system.
To show definite evidence of racial divide in America – look no future than a cornucopia full of common day facts that seem the affect people with a darker skin color then those with lighter, or white skin. Black Americans are prone to have the highest rates of health disparities, inadequate health care and a lack of knowledge about preventative medicine. Our life expectancies are not even close to being proportionate to whites.
Race also plays a major role in America’s systematic mass incarceration of dark-skinned people. The Salon reports the U.S. imprisons around 730 in every 100,000 people — the highest incarcerated population in the world (mostly people of color), according to the Department of Justice. Once again, the U.S. has beaten any other nation in terms of its number of prisoners and prisons. There are currently around 2.2 million people behind bars, “equal to a city the size of Houston.” There are 4,575 prisons in operation in the U.S. – more than four times the number of second-place Russia at 1,029.
From the times before the Harlem Renaissance to the present day, prominent Negroes can be observed whiten themselves to be accepted in the mainstream. Celebrities purposely lightening their skin tones, mannerisms and language send the wrong message to America’s black youth: To be right, you have to be white.
This cultural-epidermis conflict™ has delayed social-environmental development to a point where the mainstream only sees “black skin” and in most cases, unless they (whites) know you personally, they will identify you, or blacks as bad, untrustworthy and unequal to a lighter shade of skin color.
This is not the first time, nor the last time skin color has conflicted with identity.
African psychiatrist, philosopher and revolutionary Frantz Fanon wrote, “In an attempt to escape the association of blackness with evil, the black man dons a white mask, or thinks of himself as a universal subject equally participating in a society that advocates an equality supposedly abstracted from personal appearance. Cultural values are internalized, or “epidermalized” into consciousness, creating a fundamental disjuncture between the black man’s consciousness and his body. Under these conditions, the black man is necessarily alienated from himself,” (Black Skin, White Masks).
In 2013, white privilege and the black persons escapism from his cultural-epidermis is killing the American black.