LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The State of Minnesota's failure to implement and enforce existing laws to address disparities based on race, disability and gender
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:27
Laurie A. Stoffer-Steiger, attorney at law
Billions of dollars flow through Minnesota state agencies and fund employment for thousands of individuals who perform essential public services.
Yet, unequivocal data substantiates that these employment opportunities are not available equitably to qualified persons of color, those with disabilities and females. This inequality increases exponentially as the job level and compensation of the position increases. Credible, consistent research shows that disparities based on race, disability and gender are largely attributable to an organization's systemic, institutionalized and discriminatory employment policy and practice.
Monday, 20 October 2014 10:03
Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.. NNPA Columnist
Justice for 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who was murdered by Michael Dunn in Jacksonville, Fla. on Nov. 23, 2012 in a dispute over loud music has not come without a struggle. A jury in the Duval County Court recently found Michael Dunn guilty of first-degree murder in the tragic, fatal shooting of Davis.
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 10:31
Lee A. Daniels, NNPA Columnist
What was Alessandra Stanley, the longtime television critic of the New York Times, thinking that caused her in that now-infamous article to mis-label Shonda Rhimes, the television hit maker, as the paragon of the "Angry Black Woman" and traffick in the most misguided attitudes about Black artists, Black women and Black people in general?
Monday, 06 October 2014 11:54
George E. Curry, NNPA Columnist
After being confirmed as the nation's first African American U.S. attorney general, Eric H. Holder, Jr. wasted little time putting everyone on notice that he would not tip-toe around the volatile subject of race.
Monday, 06 October 2014 10:32
Ben Chavis, By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., NNPA Columnist
Black American leadership too often is taken for granted. Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation from office not because of malfeasance or wrong doing, but because of his resolve to leave office after serving six years, the third-longest tenure in history. Being the nation's top law enforcement officer was not an easy job, yet he stood tall for the principles of equal justice and fairness.
Building partnerships between police officers and the communities they serve
Monday, 29 September 2014 11:02
What is community policing? In the wake of increased shootings in Ferguson and around the country, there has been a renewed public interest in the role of police, the extent of police brutality, and the prevalence of racial bias.