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Jul 02nd

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We expect better from the StarTribune

The StarTribune article on March 18, “Nonprofit paid to help with minority hiring at stadium short of goal…Workforce Is Diverse, But No Thanks to Nonprofit That Was Hired to Help”, totally missed the mark. We expect better of the StarTribune. This story was far beneath the standards we expect from a major newspaper in a growing and diverse community.
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African Americans have all the leaders we need, and are developing more

African Americans have all the leaders we need, and are developing more
Barack Obama, nationally and internationally, and Keith Ellison, locally, nationally and internationally are quintessential “Black” leaders – Black leaders who have not forgotten where they came from.  Black leaders who rely on the heritage of hundreds of thousands of Black folks that literally gave their lives, so that they would have the opportunity to lead our people and our nation.  Literally hundreds of thousands, indeed millions, of Black folks worldwide look upon Barack Obama and Keith Ellison as their leaders.   In the United States alone, hundreds of thousands of Black folks proudly display Barack and Michelle Obama’s pictures on their mantel places and throughout their homes.  Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison is known internationally in such faraway places as the Sudan and Saudi Arabia, as the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress; and, oh by the way, he is Black.  While Obama and Ellison are, indeed, Black leaders, it just so happens that other ethnicities think quite highly of him as well.
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From Selma to Montgomery: Martyrs of the march

From Selma to Montgomery: Martyrs of the march"What could more profoundly vindicate the idea of America than plain and humble people — the unsung, the downtrodden, the dreamers not of high station, not born to wealth or privilege, not of one religious tradition but many — coming together to shape their country's course?" – President Barack Obama, 50th Anniversary Commemoration of Selma's "Bloody Sunday"
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188 years of Black Press excellence in the United States

188 years of Black Press excellence in the United StatesIn recognition of the 75th Anniversary of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), I believe it is important to emphasize both the historical and contemporary mission, value and success of the Black Press in America. For the past 188 years Black Americans have labored diligently and responsibly to publish and distribute Black-owned newspapers in the interests of millions of Black Americans and others who cry out for freedom, justice, equality and empowerment.
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Systematic racism in America

Systematic racism in AmericaThe U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) report on the Ferguson, Mo. Police Department sheds a brighter light on a serious racial injustice malignancy that is not isolated or unique to that besieged city. What the Justice Department concluded in Ferguson, after months of intense investigation, exposes a systematic pattern of injustice and inequality that can actually be found in many cities across the nation.
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Our failure to measure up

Our failure to measure upToo much and for too long, we seem to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our Gross National Product, now is over $800 billion dollars a year. If we judge the United States of America by that, Gross National Product counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage...
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Make me a woman

Make me a womanOne of my sheroes is Sojourner Truth. A brilliant but illiterate woman, she was a great orator and powerful presence who possessed great courage and determination. I often wear a pendant with her image and words: "If women want any rights more than they's got, why don't they just take them, and not be talking about it."
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