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Open Letter and some counsel to Minneapolis MAD DADS president V.J. Smith

"Please, speak up; say something; our black youth are dying in the street and nobody wants to tell the white folks in city hall, they need jobs, opportunities and education." (photo: Angry black man - "Say Something? Don't stand they with your hands out, pocket full of cash and black boys get shot all weekend.)

“Please, speak up; say something; our black youth are dying in the street and nobody wants to tell the white folks in city hall, they need jobs, opportunities and education.” (photo: Angry black man – “Say Something? Don’t stand they with your hands out, pocket full of cash and black boys get shot all weekend.”)

Editors note: After several conversations with Mr. Ronald A. Edwards about last weeks surrender and vigil, there are some troubling facts on what took place at North Commons Park last week. The black community suffers from the lack of information; in this case the coordinators knew the important information to start the healing process, but chose to be silent and ramp-up deadly emotions in a community that is in need of opportunities. 

Related story from The Mpls Mirror : What Message Was Sent And Received At Nehemiah Steverson Vigil? Pt. 1 

By Don Allen, Founder – (updated 2:46 p.m. 6.7.14)

Minneapolis, Minn. – Men Against Destruction means to take an approach to problem solving issues that will at some point reset community values while taking the opportunity to address a caste of people that have been considered throwaway since birth. Whatever the motivation was for you to make a public plea at last week’s vigil for the killer to “turn themselves in” or ask a crowd of very upset people, “If you know something, say something and please call the police,” must be addressed because things are not how they were presented in this situation. Someone lied to the black community of north Minneapolis; someone was given marching orders; someone wants another contract with the city…

There are some facts we need to look at very objectively before we deem it necessary to pass a vote of “no confidence” on the mission of Minneapolis’ MADDADS chapter:

  • On Tuesday, June 3, with the guidance of civil rights activist, journalist and Minneapolis historian Ronald A. Edwards, the youth who were playing with the weapon that tragically ended the life of Nehemiah Steverson surrendered; walked into the police station with family and Mr. Edwards.
  • Mr. Smith, you had knowledge the shooter, who was a close friend of Nehemiah had turned himself in. You also knew the families knew each other, and at your request, you allegedly asked one side of the family, (also related to a local black elected official), to stand-down and not come to this vigil for young Steverson.

I contacted you via Facebook and left the following message:

Screen capture of conversation.

Screen capture of conversation. Click to enlarge.

“Mr. Smith: It was very irresponsible of you to shout at those kids yesterday at north commons when you damn well knew the shooter and his friends had turned themselves in. This type of behavior by yourself and your organization will not be tolerated anymore in the black community. Its a shame you play like a puppet for your white handlers.”

Your response (V.J. Smith-MADDADS):

(Unedited)…“It’s a shame but you never know what you’re talking about it’s a shame that all you do is put your brothers down it’s a shame did you have the guts Detroit approach me like that brother you know where my office is you know where I live you know who I am you know coming to me personally don’t talk to me on Facebook talk to me to my face.”

Over the years, Minneapolis MAD DADS has been reactive rather than proactive. I understand that city funding is the life-blood of your organization, but at what point do you tell city officials that young black boys need opportunity, jobs, education and a chance to be successful? At what point do you speak up on behalf of the dead babies and youth who will never see their first prom or experience what its like to really fall in love?

The Twin Cities has a long-standing collaboration with the Donald Sterling doctrine when it comes to the black community; “Do what we say and don’t cause any trouble and you will get that money.

Author Toni Morrison wrote: “Black people are victims of an enormous amount of violence. None of those things can take place without the complicity of the people who run the schools and the city.” I suggest you take this quote to heart and re-exam the practices that keep young black men and women on the Hennepin County coroner’s table trying to figure out the circumstances of some death of another black child.

No, Mr. Smith, It is not me “putting the brothers down,” it stems from a silence to speak up about critical issues that might upset the dominate political party, overseers and puppets.

I will leave you with this: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

Be a friend to the black youth of the Twin Cities, tell your handlers that black youth don’t want hand-outs, they want a hand-up’ opportunities, jobs, education and a chance to change the outcomes for their younger brothers and sisters.

And the Church said, “Amen.”

Minneapolis Urban League, MPS remains silent on 13th Grade initiative

The Minneapolis Urban League 13th grade? Really?

The Minneapolis Urban League 13th grade? Really?

The “13th” grade proposal is problematic because a one-year pilot program is expected to eradicate generations of educational failures in poor minority communities and the parties involved seem not to understand Minnesota’s employability issues and current status of K-12 education in the Minneapolis and St. Paul Public School systems. Secondly, the Minneapolis Urban League and its partners do not have a leg to stand on when using “education-speak.”

By Don Allen, Editor-in-Chief, IBNN NEWS

Minneapolis, Minn. – The Minneapolis Urban League who currently operates the Urban League Academy in Minneapolis has not shown any success in their private educational ventures. The school, according to U.S. News and World Report shows test scores (U.S. News calculates these values based on student performance on state exit exams and internationally available exams on college-level coursework) of 27% reading proficiency with math not reported and college readiness omitted from the report.  It is not educationally sound for an agency like the Minneapolis Urban League to be involved in a venture of this nature when they cannot communicate, represent, or show positive outcomes for the people they currently represent, if any. In 2013, the MUL does not speak for many residents as it pertains to Minnesota’s education system or successes therein.

Just recently, the National Urban League endorsed Common Core State Standards citing an historic opportunity to raise academic standards and better prepare students for college and good jobs. The NUL says, “If implemented effectively, CCSS will help bridge the achievement gap by leveling the playing field so that all students, regardless of race, geography or income, have an equal shot at gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century global economy.” Unfortunately, the NUL might have been persuaded to endorse CCSS by the Donald Sterling doctrine of checks and balances. The promise of cash can bend “The Dream” in any direction as seen by the recent events involving the Los Angeles and National NAACP branches.

The Minnesota House of Representatives have enacted a bill attempting to establish a “13th” grade pilot project based in north Minneapolis. The bill, H.F. 1149 is part of an education and employability solution for young adults who are unemployed, underemployed and not enrolled in post-secondary education. Co-authored by Senators Jeff Hayden (D-SD 62), Bobby Joe Champion (D-SD 59), State Representatives Ray Dehn (D-HD 59B) and Will Morgan (D-SD 56B), the bill is said to potentially impact over 3,000 young adults ages 18-26, placing them on college and career pathways by 2015. It states the commissioner of education shall develop a one-year “13th” grade pilot project, with one site being operated by the Minneapolis Urban League. (Read the bill here.)

There is undeniable evidence the current infrastructure of the MUL cannot handle, nor correct the educational failures in the black community. In March of this year, the Star Tribune reported, “Proposal puts Urban League Academy on short notice to prove itself.” The story is on point: “An alternative school for about 100 students run by the Minneapolis Urban League has flunked a district evaluation of schools for students who struggle in conventional high school.

“Urban League scored at or near the bottom of every outcome, district official Thomas Franta summarized recently. He initially recommended that the district end its contract with the 43-year-old school, which gets more than $700,000 in funding from the district. But the Urban League may have staved off the school closure after its representatives successfully lobbied several board members, and also Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson, who recommended that the district give the Urban League Academy another year to prove itself. The school board is scheduled to vote on new contracts for seven of its alternative schools on April 8” (Brandt/Star Tribune).

It’s time to make sure the Minneapolis Urban League and the Minneapolis Public Schools don’t send our black youth further down the rabbit hole of failure.

Living Openly Black: The Slave Dust Manifesto

Hidden Colors 3: The Rules of Racism | June 26 | 7 pm

Hidden Colors 3: The Rules of Racism | June 26 | 7 pm

Hidden Colors 3: The Rules of Racism will be playing for one-night-only in the Minnesota on June 26. The film will focus on the topic of race, racism, and history within the United States, shown at the Lagoon Theater, located at 1320 Lagoon Avenue, in Minneapolis. The movie starts promptly at 7:00 pm. Purchase your tickets now. Once your tickets are purchased, your name and number of tickets purchased will be added to the guest list. All you have to do is check-in on the night of the event with a valid ID. For more information about Hidden Colors 3 click here.   This event is brought to you by: 4Seen & Perfect Noize Entertainment.

By Don Allen, Founder – IBNN NEWS

Jim Crow troubles Black America with issues that stem from slavery; carried forward; and divisionism outsourced to black leaders in our community who are leading under the Donald Sterling doctrine. We (blacks) have not seemed to escape the stereotypes placed onto our identities by people who do not look like us. Still there exists a middle ground of activists who have taken to many platforms using social media, which in fact builds popularity, but for the most part will never produce a march or rally about an issue, many issues that concern the black Americans have been swept under the rug by blacks.

Under the current black circumstances we might want to take a tip from Stokely Carmichael who said, “It is a call for black people in this country to unite, to recognize their heritage, to build a sense of community. It is a call for black people to define their own goals, to lead their own organizations.

Our card has been called out by every other race that has decided to deal in unity to thwart white privilege. Dr. Farrah Gray wrote, “While he fought to sniff behind the White man, the Black man has had the opportunity and every right in the world to do the same, but he chooses to indict people like me for not hiring him over my own brothers. For me to do this would be foolish and that would not be Asian love. In contrast, the Black man will fight for the right to be up under everyone else other than other Black people who he should feel the most love for. If our indifference to their situation make us racist, then what would you call the Black man’s indifference to his own situation?”

Now, what you going to do?


The Black Church, Money Pastors and a Poor Flock: Using Christianity for Cash…Oh, Lawd!

Am I wrong to ask the questions that others walk away from? If a church member is sick, hungry, in need of a financial lift, why is it the only lifts available are to the church leaders? Is it the church members responsibility to make the car payments on a $100,000.00 vehicle?

Church pews are empty because there is no one to stand up for what is right. (photo: IBNN)

Church pews are empty because there is no one to stand up for what is right. (photo: IBNN)

By Don Allen, Founder IBNN

In the New Testament it is written in John 14:12, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto the Father.” Does this mean because you believe, you must give your last cent to a pastor that drives a $100,000.00 car while members of his/her church cannot pay their rent and unemployed?

It happens.

Money focused churches tend to be run on cultic patterns. One of these cultic patterns is the division of the church into exclusive rings: the all-powerful pastor perched at the center, the inner-ring of sycophants around him consisting of the pastor’s lieutenants and the church’s privileged class (the rich, the famous and the very pretty), and the outer-ring of the ordinary folk who would love to be in the inner-ring, but are not. The power of those in the inner-ring is determined by the amount of favor the pastor bestows upon them.

To get more favor the inner-ring will employ many favor-currying measures, one of which is a scam called “Honoring the Pastor”. It works this way, the inner-ring will figure out what the pastor would like, say for his birthday. Then the inner-ringers will squeeze the outer-ringers for the money to buy this item.

Using this method pastors have been “given”: diamond rings for their wives, cash gifts, jet skis, luxury cruises, motorbikes, cars, holidays, boats, and a myriad of other expensive luxury items.

Are the pastors complicit in this game?

Goat the congregation into giving what they don't have.

Goat the congregation into giving what they don’t have.

Of course they are. They couldn’t demand the gift openly themselves, but seek plausible deniability by having their inner-ring lieutenants do the work. Of course they could refuse the gift when it is presented, and make it clear that they don’t want the Lord’s money spent on such things again, but they never do. These pastors exchange their favor, for cash from their congregation.

Speaking on how the black church and its operatives use Christianity can be exemplified in this story: Financial Juneteenth reported via the Los Angeles Times that Leon Jenkins, former president of the Los Angeles branch of the NAACP, was willing to forgive Sterling for his latest set of racial sins, all for a modest fee. Using God, Christianity and the bible as cover, Jenkins goes back to the foundations of why black people were fed religious beliefs that teach us to bend in fear in the midst of battle, even if others have declared war on us.

During the decades of slavery in America, slave associations were a constant source of concern to slave owners. For many members of white society, Black religious meetings symbolized the ultimate threat to white existence. Nevertheless, African slaves established and relied heavily on their churches. Religion offered a means of catharsis… Africans retained their faith in God and found refuge in their churches. However, white society was not always willing to accept the involvement of slaves in Christianity. As one slave recounted “the white folks would come in when the colored people would have prayer meeting, and whip every one of them. Most of them thought that when colored people were praying it was against them”.

Since the colonization of Africa, Christianity has been used to control, misinterpret and condemn those who would not follow a certain person or path of self-righteousness. At the center of the black church is very prosperous pastor, and a very poor flock, sometimes mistaking the leader as a lord. This following has led to the mass departure of black people from the black church in search for something that has never left.

Derryck Green, M.A. in Theological Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing his doctorate in ministry at Azusa Pacific University wrote in the Rockland County Times, “I’m angry and sad that a community whose heritage and dignity once coalesced around the lordship of Jesus and his church has allowed itself to come to this. This apparent timidity of the black pulpit — in not properly teaching the gospel of truth and not holding congregations to a higher standard of personal and communal morality — has had disastrous effects on the black church.”

Remember, the church is you, not the building.


BUSTED! Black Leaders have marching orders to misdirect concerns from White citizens concerned about losing homes in the proposed light rail route to jobs

The proposed light rail line will destroy many homes in the northern suburbs and north Minneapolis. But the Minneapolis NAACP will talk about jobs. The payoff is great for this puppet show.

The proposed light rail line will destroy many homes in the northern suburbs and north Minneapolis. But the Minneapolis NAACP will talk about jobs. The payoff is great for this puppet show.

A planned strategic misdirect cleverly disguised as a press conference has black leaders showing their true colors…green. The coonery in the Twin Cities has gone to a new level.

 IBNN NEWS Brief (11:23 a.m. 5-29.2014)

Minneapolis, Minn. – The Star Tribune reporting this morning, “Dozens of Brooklyn Park homes could be razed for road expansion, possible light-rail route. In the story, there is a quote that must be dealt with: “Brooklyn Park homeowners — most of whom are low- or middle-income families, a lot of single parents and seniors — get forced from their properties,” said City Council Member John Jordan. “What did my residents do to the Met Council and our county commissioner to deserve to be so disrespected?

Well there’s a new type of “disrespect” headed your way.

In a communication intercepted by IBNN NEWS, the Minneapolis’ NAACP and Summit Academy OIC is set to have representatives down at the Hennepin County Government Center to protest-the-protest citing jobs for the black community. Unfortunately, the puppets involved, don’t see the importance of acting on behalf of the people. This kind of process has been used by members of the black community to keep African American communities unorganized and out of the loop. The light rail meetings held in north Minneapolis by Senator Bobby Joe Champion were nothing more than dog and pony shows to keep protests down to a minimum.

The Minneapolis NAACP’s role should be one of assisting home owners, whatever color to keep their homes – but with the promises from their white handlers on the county board, they will in fact have a press conference in an attempt to overshadow the concerns of residents who might lose their homes.

As the public is now informed on what is really going on, please don’t let these people, operated by a political party with the hopes of funding destroy neighborhoods.



Newswire : New report: Blacks are ‘Beyond Broke’

"A sad woman in a sad place." What she does not know will open her mind. (photo: Facebook post - Fair Use)

“A sad woman in a sad place.” What she does not know will open her mind. (photo: Facebook post – Fair Use)

Editors Note: 2014 and in the Twin Cities two white politicians have already decided what the black community needs. Don’t be fooled by the rhetoric of crap coming out of  the mouth of local politicians. When its all said and done, you get what you’ve been getting…nothing.

By Freddie Allen - NNPA Washington Correspondent

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The growing racial wealth gap – $200 in median wealth for Blacks in 2011 and $23,000 for Whites – threatens national economic security in the United States, according to a recent report by the Center for Global Policy Solutions.

“When it comes to the racial gap in liquid wealth, African Americans and Latinos are nearly penniless,” stated the report. “The median liquid wealth of Whites is over 100 times that of Blacks.”

The report said that when retirement savings are taken out of the analysis, the disparities in liquid wealth are even more disturbing. “Blacks are found to hold a mere $25 and Latinos just $100 in liquid wealth, compared to $3,000 held by the typical White household,” the report said.

During a press conference on the report on Capitol Hill, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said that the racial gap is not some product of changes in the economy.

“It’s our tax policy, designed to help the rich, It’s also our trade policy, off-shoring our jobs and it’s also the attack on unions,” said Ellison.

Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.) said that families are living paycheck to paycheck and are drowning in debt from predatory loans and mortgages and decreased home values following the housing crisis.

This great divide in wealth has contributed to many of the problems that are facing communities of color, including lower educational achievement and family insecurity, according to Horsford.

He said that minorities were institutionally restricted from having access to wealth-building tools largely until the Civil Rights Movement and, though explicit institutional racism has somewhat subsided, the wide gap in wealth between families of color and White families is still a reflection of more discreet systematic and social barriers that have limited economic mobility.

The report outlined a number of policy recommendations, including a universal “baby bond” trust program.

Darrick Hamilton, associate professor of Economics and Urban Policy Milano Graduate School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School in New York City said that baby bonds could help close the wealth gap.

“The idea is that as an adult you can engage in wealth building you can purchase an asset so that you have the opportunity to build economic security over a lifetime,” said Hamilton. He explained: “If the average account is $20,000 at birth and we have about 4 million babies born per year, that would make the cost of around $80 billion dollars a year for the program.”

Hamilton said that would be about 2.2 percent of the federal budget and rival what gets spent at the Department of Education.

He said: “If you could design another program like the Department of Education that would help close the racial wealth gap and provide economic security for all Americans I ask, would you do it?”

Maya Rockeymoore, president of the think tank that produced the report, said that the African American community should know that it’s not about them, it’s about the system and how it is structured with policies that deny their opportunity to have equitable chances for growing wealth in this nation.

“We’ve been told that all of the households have recovered from the recession, that’s what the Federal Reserve data shows,” said Rockeymoore, president and CEO for the Center for Global Policy Solutions. “What our study shows is that for every dollar in wealth held by typical White family, African American and Latino families only have six and seven cents.”

We talk about the employment experience, pushing for living wage policies focusing on creating jobs financial literacy and entrepreneurship are a part of the quality educational experience.

There are elements of personal responsibility connected to how we build and grow wealth, but the structural elements outweigh the personal considerations, said Rockeymoore.

“In order to make policy change you have to be politically involved,” said Rockeymoore. “In order to make sure your bank account looks different, there are certain things that you can do as well.”

Whatever it takes, the country can’t continue to go down this road, said Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)., noting that in less than 30 years, the majority of people living in the United States will be people of color.

Cummings said: “If you have the majority in this country who are not earning enough money to take care of their families, who are not earning enough to create a savings account and don’t have pensions, who’s going to buy the refrigerators, who’s going to buy the curtains who’s going to buy the cars?”

Cummings added: “We have to make sure that America understands that this is not just a minority problem, this is an economic security problem. If you cut that many people out of the economic mainstream, your country will literally collapse.”

Council on Black Minnesotans 2014 Economic Summit provides opportunity for Black Businesses in Minnesota. 2014 Black Business Profile: Toni’s Paycation Travel Agency – Saint Paul, Minn.

The state Council on Black Minnesotans will hold their 2014 Power of Unity Economic Summit on June 27-28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the campus of the University of Minnesota at the Carlson School of Management, for more information or to volunteer, please contact the COBM at (651) 649-5999. Each week, IBNN NEWS will profile a black business in Minnesota to promote awareness of each black owned and operated business. Disclaimer: The Council of Black Minnesotans does not endorse any one business, but does support all black businesses in Minnesota.

By Don Allen, Founder – IBNN NEWS

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Support black owned and operated local businesses. (photo: Paycation Travel)

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Why Aren’t There More Black Libertarians?

By Jonathan Blanks, Research Associate at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies (

Washington, DC. – Libertarianism ought to be appealing to black Americans, who have suffered greatly at the hands of the United States government. So why isn’t it more popular?

Throughout the history of the United States, government at all levels has been an oppressive force on people of color, especially black people. The republic was founded with African chattel slavery implicitly recognized in the Constitution. After Reconstruction, state and local governments enacted harsh laws and stripped rights from freedmen, ushering an era of white American terrorism that was aided, abetted, and sometimes perpetrated by law enforcement itself. One hundred years after Emancipation, police sicced dogs and firemen turned fire hoses on men, women, and children alike who were peacefully appealing for equal treatment, dignity, and individual rights. Today, police officers sometimes harass, profile, and abuse black people in cities all over the nation, contributing to the disproportionate number of blacks and other minorities in jails and prisons in the country that leads the world in incarceration. Given this historical experience with the government, why aren’t there more black libertarians?

First, libertarianism is an ideology or philosophy that is fully separated from the red team/blue team worldview that dominates American politics. While many Americans consider themselves “fiscally conservative and socially liberal,” not many spend the time and effort to delve into exactly what they believe and why, let alone the centuries-old philosophical underpinnings which may describe their views on some level. Given the many practical concerns people face on a daily basis, the myriad media at the disposal of the average American for learning and entertainment, the inscrutability of philosophers’ writings, and the so-named “dismal science” of economics, perhaps the better question is: why are there any self-identified libertarians in the first place?

If the black community does not have the information they will do the same thing the same way repeatedly. (photo posted by IBNN).

If the black community does not have the information they will do the same thing the same way repeatedly. (photo posted by IBNN).

More seriously, given libertarianism’s rather esoteric foundations and the dominance of the Democrat/Republican political dichotomy, that an already marginal belief system is making few inroads in minority populations still fighting for political and electoral relevance makes sense. That black Americans, who disproportionately suffer from economic disadvantage, are more concerned with putting food on the table and roofs over their heads than contemplating Ludwig von Mises’s praxeological observations in Human Action should surprise absolutely no one.

But it is more than that.

A common libertarian narrative involves looking backward to better times, back to the Founding when the Constitution was respected—to a time of freer markets and something much closer to constitutional purity. Yet, to those of us who must look to bills of sale and property lists to find our ancestors, the look back is with much less yearning.

Today, we’re closer to a more perfect union than we’ve ever been before, even with all the government interference and wasteful spending, because more markets are opening up to more people, not just here but around the globe. Yet, by some accounts, libertarians and other fellow travelers are talking about “taking back the country” and returning to some misbegotten glory days of yore that very few blacks recognize. This isn’t to say that there’s nothing to complain about—the government leviathan is worthy of nearly all the scorn heaped upon it. But the unprecedented wealth in our country, the democratization of information thanks to the Internet, and the learning potential with the advances in technology available to more and more people of nearly all income levels is a testament to human achievement in spite of government. Part of this, I think, comes from a different recollection of how our laws and society work, not how we want them to.

The version of “capitalism” of the early to mid-20th century was inseparable from the Jim Crow South and was held up by the United States during the Cold War as the apotheosis of freedom and the antithesis of communism. Given the black experience in America—being subjected to oppression, segregation, and terrorism at home, even after coming home from serving in every war to defend it—a collective hesitancy to embrace capitalism as it existed is understandable, if not wholly rational.

Furthermore, coupled with this version of capitalism was the United States’ aggressive foreign policy moves to use smaller, weaker states in the global war on communism, subverting and killing socialist reformers and toppling their governments, particularly in Africa. Pan Africanism coincided with the African-American Civil Rights Movement since the early years of the last century. Although the United States involvement in combating Pan Africanism, including its support of South African Apartheid, was arguably part of a broader effort against Soviet influence, it was viewed by some as an extension of American racism blocking the freedom of black Africans. Whether or not this is true, the perception that American freedom and capitalism were incompatible with the anti-colonial freedom sought by Africans or political equality of African-Americans was not uncommon. Communism, while economically foolhardy, paid substantial lip service to political equality, and was consequently embraced by many of those locked out of America’s supposedly “free” markets—not just blacks, but also women, homosexuals, and other marginalized minorities. This capitalist America and its government were not friendly to freedom for those unlike them, both here and abroad.

Malcolm X, for one, was very critical of the U.S. government’s international meddling, particularly in Africa, as well as its social and governmental hypocrisy when confronted with the plight of American blacks. Although embraced by the radical Left, Malcolm’s speeches and writings were not in the spirit of Karl Marx or even Howard Zinn—he preached personal responsibility, entrepreneurship, mistrust of the government, and the unquestionable right to self-defense. This isn’t to say Malcolm was a libertarian, but the ideas that permeate the American Dream have also been prevalent throughout black America’s political and social history, in some form or another. The United States is, thankfully, in a much different place than it was in the 1960s, but the desire to be free and prosperous is just as alive among black Americans, and it has been there for centuries. Perhaps, then, the problem is in the messaging.

Barry Goldwater, generally believed to be the most libertarian major party presidential candidate of the past hundred years, famously voted against the Civil Rights Act, the most liberating piece of federal legislation since the end of Reconstruction. He had his reasons—he didn’t believe the federal government had the power to compel private businesses and individuals to accommodate those they didn’t want to. Federalism and freedom of association guaranteed by the First Amendment compelled Goldwater to vote his conscience. On paper, it is a defensible—perhaps even laudable—act of principle, absent of context.

But those principles had been used as weapons against black Americans, and esoteric concerns seem less important than being unable to eat or get a hotel you’re willing and able to pay for as you drive across your own country. This sort of adherence to principle at the expense of the tangible freedom of millions of African Americans sent a clear message of whose liberty received priority. Fairly or unfairly, holding such a man up as a hero of liberty sends a mixed message, at best.

Subsequently, libertarians have been associated with the Lost Cause, Civil War revisionism, and the politics of white resentment. The infamous Ron Paul newsletters of the 1980s dripped with racist, homophobic rhetoric in order to drum up support—and fundraising—for the Texas congressman. Separate from that, Paul has given speeches asserting the South was right in the Civil War, preposterously arguing that chattel slavery was not the catalyst for the bloodiest war in American history, and repeating the canard of “States’ Rights”—an argument often used to also support state-sponsored segregation. Paul’s ascension to standard bearer of the modern libertarian movement in recent years invariably calls into question the motivations of its adherents and their dedication to civic equality of minorities.

Too often, libertarians discuss rights and what people will do if the government gets out of their way, but before government was active in furthering racial equality, history shows that both public and private actors worked in concert to deny equal opportunity and truly free markets—often under the guise of “freedom.” This isn’t libertarians’ fault, but if libertarians want to have any voice in suggesting what the future should look like, we must grapple with the past and explain how and why this sordid history won’t repeat itself. Moreover, American libertarians must not only confront the nation’s racist past, but how the legacy of that racism affects people today. Part of the disconnect between blacks and libertarians is likely related to the perception of racism’s prevalence and its impact on everyday lives of black Americans. If libertarians continue to downplay or dismiss racism’s role in criminal justice, economic uplift, and perceptions of black Americans, black Americans are unlikely to accept ideas from people who don’t see their own world for what it is.

The history of black people in the United States is perhaps most quintessentially American story of freedom and liberty. Yet, libertarians have been loath to reconcile the vast chasm between America’s promise and its delivery on that promise to date. Unfortunate associations, political alliances, and duplicitous rhetoric have diminished the libertarian message of equality of opportunity and the power of markets in a free society. This should change, and in my next essay, I will lay out how libertarians can be more race-conscious without compromising our principles of individual liberty.

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is on the brink of closing

By April Taylor, Financial 

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. (photo: Financial

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. (photo: Financial

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History was founded in 1965 and contains the largest permanent exhibition of African American culture in the world, owning more than 30,000 artifacts and archival materials. Some of the museum’s most noted treasures include the Blanche Coggin Underground Railroad Collection, the Harriet Tubman Museum Collection, a Coleman A. Young Collection, and the Sheffield Collection. The museum’s core exhibit is an interactive experience titled, “And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture.”
The museum recently awarded the Annual Ford Freedom Award to Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of Medgar Evers. The Grio is reporting on what she had to say and also the financial state of the museum. Evers-Williams was honored for her work on civil rights in the 30 years since her husband’s assassination. She currently serves as the chariman of the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute and chairman emeritus of the NAACP. Evers-William believes the museum is a beacon of hope and information and feels that the museum is critical to the future of Detroit.

Juanita Moore, president and CEO of the Wright museum, reports that the 48 year old museum has lost more than $1.5 million in funding in the last three years. To cover the shortfall, the staff was reduced by half and executive pay was reduced by 15 percent. The museum is using volunteers and interns to help cover the reduction in staff. The museum has gone from operating on a $7 million budget to operating with a $4.5 million budget.

Read the full story here. 


Minneapolis’ mayor husband leads an invite-only meeting in north Minneapolis

Tune in tonight at 8:30 p.m. to The Ron and Don Show as we expose the stupidity of just being plain stupid. Click here to listen to the program at 8:30 p.m. (CST).  #blogtalkradio


Again black leaders in Minneapolis prove they have went the way of the Dinosaur. (Photo: IBNN)

Again black leaders in Minneapolis prove they have went the way of the Dinosaur. (Photo: IBNN)

Minneapolis, Minn. – Breaking News: The invites were mail out secretly. The phone calls were made with the intent to only invite those who are inside the DFL political plantation and the handlers will talk about what to do with the field Negroes.

The team of Ron and Don will discuss what happens when the black community starts the secret meetings and how the black community will be serviceable during the Super Bowl? Don’t miss this program -  the phone lines will be wide open.

Is the black body of Minnesota serviceable as it pertains jobs and economic stimulus? Our black spokespersons are still taking their marching orders from a higher power, which happens to move forward the master-slave mentality. Questions that need to be asked are, “who represents black Minnesotans and why we continue to lets clowns and buffoons shape our future to benefit only a few?

*****Just in at 12:27 p.m on 5/22. Minneapolis mayor’s husband Gary Cunningham orders MDCR Velma Korbel and MN Human Rights director Kevin Lindsay into private meeting happening right now at New Salem in north Minneapolis.

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