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Nov 27th

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Letter to the editor: Rejecting Ward 5 as an afterthought

Letter to the editor: Rejecting Ward 5 as an afterthoughtI take great exception to the notion that "I don't know who I represent" in Ward 5 as recently claimed by an unelected city department head in relation to the racial equity toolkit ("Rights Chief: Minneapolis insincere on civil rights legislation," May 14, 2014). Too often the people in Ward 5 seem to be an afterthought. The racial equity toolkit and plan need to be of excellent quality; specifically they need to reflect work that is thoughtful, competent, functional, and substantive. Most importantly, the effort needs to be crafted to substantially move the needle on closing the immense disparities suffered by people of color all over the city, but especially in Ward 5. This iteration of the racial equity toolkit does not yet meet those criteria, it needs work. I don't want to see the people of my ward short-changed and disappointed once more. I'll paraphrase Malcolm X who perhaps said it best: "A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything." Ward 5 has been the victim in that equation long enough. Either we do it right, or why do it at all.
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Letter to the editor: Rejecting Ward 5 as an afterthought

Letter to the editor: Rejecting Ward 5 as an afterthoughtI take great exception to the notion that "I don't know who I represent" in Ward 5 as recently claimed by an unelected city department head in relation to the racial equity toolkit ("Rights Chief: Minneapolis insincere on civil rights legislation," May 14, 2014). Too often the people in Ward 5 seem to be an afterthought.
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The Donald Sterling scandal: Keep your eyes on the ball

The Donald Sterling scandal: Keep your eyes on the ballNobody asked me, but LA Clipper's owner, Donald Sterling, is an 80 year old, white billionaire. How can we be surprised by his views? Last week, Ben Jealous, former NAACP President made a telling point in a TV interview I watched. I paraphrase: How is it that the media and public figures jump up and down over the, admittedly despicable, racist comments of an individual and do so little to decry the insidious racism of the society, at large?
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Letter to the editor: Support venerable institutions

Letter to the editor: Support venerable institutionsYou can tell the state of a community by noting the state of its bricks and mortar institutions.
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How the Army ostracized me for my own hair

How the Army ostracized me for my own hairThe Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia covers every aspect of soldiers' grooming and appearance — from fingernail length to tattoos. Last month, the Army proposed updates to this regulation that scrutinize African American female hairstyles more than ever before. Previously AR 670-1 only briefly commented on uniquely African American hair styles. It banned "dreadlocks" for being "unkempt, twisted, matted...hair". While cornrows were authorized as long as "conservative".
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Making strides for preschool

Making strides for preschoolNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ran on a campaign to fund full-day public preschool for all New York City children through a modest increased income tax on residents making more than $500,000 a year. Although Mayor de Blasio's tax proposal was not approved by the state legislature or supported by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the legislature did approve statewide funding for pre-K that included a $300 million increase for New York City's preschool program.
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An open letter to Condoleezza Rice

An open letter to Condoleezza RiceDear Professor Rice,

I will not be able to attend your sold-out performance at the Carlson Family Stage of the newly renovated Northrop Auditorium. The Carlson Foundation has been a very generous donor to the University of Minnesota. It has been very generous in its support of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. I applaud them for their financial support of the Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series over the years. Previous Carlson Lectures honored the Dalai Lama, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, General Colin Powell, Vice President Mondale and others with notable public achievements worthy of the mantle of human rights and civil rights advocated by the school’s name-sake, former Vice President and Minnesota Senator Hubert H. Humphrey.
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