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2010 Columns

“Through My Eyes”

Weekly column of Ron Edwards
From the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Continuing The Minneapolis Story,
Ron’s “Black Focus,” airs Sundays, 5-6 p.m.,
On Channel 17, MTN-TV

Quarter 4: October thru December

December 29, 2010 Column #52: Governor-elect Mark Dayton.  Champion of Change for All. [with more on diversity statutes]

December 22, 2010 Column #51: "Safe Streets" or "Street Safe" — take your pick. The fix is in again, and transparency is out

December 15, 2010 Column #50: Minneapolis Continues its Fairy Tale of Compliance. Only painful sanctions will make these tales come true.

December 08, 2010 Column #49: Days that will live in infamy. Our ‘friends’ continue to devastate the African American community.

December 01, 2010 Column #48: Explosion on the Vikings plantation [On the question "will the Vikings leave MN or stay, see here and here.]

November 24, 2010 Column #47: Disparity Study reveals City failed to monitor hiring, contracting jobs and income.
Result for Blacks: shameful loss of jobs and income

November 17, 2010 Column #46: Disparity study finally released. It took 15 years to tell us what we already knew

November 10, 2010 Column #45: Federal jury finds Dominic Felder’s death wrongful. Unfortunately, the dark forces that took his life remain at large.

November 03, 2010 Column #44: Top Republican goal: Get rid of the Black guy. This election highlights the continuing impact of race on our politics

October 27, 2010 Column #43: The Attempt to Oust the NAACP President. Why?

October 20, 2010 Column #42: A betrayal of trust: the closing of North High School

October 13, 2010 Column #41: Hospital sends severely injured Black man home to dietoo many questions remain unanswered

October 06, 2010 Column #40: Confusion within the 8th Circuit in the matter of Fong Lee: Justice or Injustice

Quarter 3: July thru September

September 29, 2010 Column #39: A pattern in practice

September 22, 2010 Column #38: Strike Task Force officers won’t talk? No problem — empanel a grand jury!

September 15, 2010 Column #37: Justice Still Denied in Killing of Fong Lee Strike

September 08, 2010 Column #36: Justice still denied in killing of Fong Lee; Appeal decision only perpetuates this tragedy

September 01, 2010 Column #35: The Vikings Plantation. No Black Team Leaders? [On the question "will the Vikings leave MN or stay, see here and here.]

August 25, 2010 Column #34: The Whitest Professional Sport in America: Golf

August 18, 2010 Column #33: Receivership: a fresh start for Minneapolis public schools. Less drastic measures have failed

August 11, 2010 Column #32: Disparities study long overdue in Minneapolis. Documents reveal City’s dereliction of duty

August 04, 2010 Column #31: So much for Operation CeasefireHomicide within two hours of crime reduction meeting

July 28, 2010 Column #30: What happened to due process in the trashing of Shirley Sherrod?

July 21, 2010 Column #29: Fairway Foundation gets it done. When will the NAACP get it done?

July 14, 2010 Column #28: Please! We need help here!

July 07, 2010 Column #27: Whose mental health issues incite Black violence? It’s not poor Blacks propagating dysfunctional social policies

Quarter 2: April thru June

June 30, 2010 Column #26: Obama vs. McChrystal: President takes the right action

June 23, 2010 Column #25: Shameful Black unemployment gap in Mpls gets silent treatment

June 16, 2010 Column #24: MN Attorney General was supposed to monitor Twins stadium hiring

June 09, 2010 Column #23: As violence continues, City officials and community ‘leaders’ are clueless

June 02, 2010 Column #22: Murder On The Parkway

May 26, 2010 Column #21: Construction of new MPS headquarters promises jobs for Blacks. Who will ensure that this promise is kept?

May 19, 2010 Column #20: Another Minneapolis contract snubs Black community. Will new Minneapolis School District headquarters repeat the pattern of falsehoods and corruption?

May 12, 2010 Column #19: City failed to monitor hiring during Twins stadium construction

May 05, 2010 Column #18: An ‘Economic Uplift’

April 28, 2010 Column #17: Why the rush to judgment on tragic April 2 fire?

April 21, 2010 Column #16: What would Kirby say?

April 14, 2010 Column #15: New Leadership Announced for Minneapolis Civil Rights Department. Is the Department Ready? Was the Twins Stadium a Compliance Success?

April 07, 2010 Column #14: The Death of Kenneth Sims and the Shame of the City

Quarter 1: January thru March

March 31, 2010 Column #13: HHF666: A recipe for an unstable America

March 24, 2010 Column #12: Murder on 4th Avenue: The violence continues

March 17, 2010 Column #11: Where’s the plan to confront these dangerous, violent times?

March 10, 2010 Column #10: Fourth Precinct at forefront of MPD terrorism. Inspector Mike Martin needs to step down.

March 03, 2010 Column #9: A man for the ages: former mayor Charles Stenvig

February 24, 2010 Column #8: Why the delay in Chief Dolan’s reappointment?

February 17, 2010 Column #7: The burning of Black history

February 10, 2010 Column #6: Where did it all go wrong? Jordan’s dismissal one more nail in the civil rights coffin

February 03, 2010 Column #5: Honest, transparent discussion needed on new MPS superintendent

January 27, 2010 Column #4: Let’s celebrate Minnesota’s success stories during Black History Month

January 20, 2010 Column #3: Surge of violence bloodies our communities of color. We pray for our own city as well as for the people of Haiti

January 13, 2010 Column #2: Who's monitoring minority hiring on stadium projects? Inclusion Compliance Report is long overdue. Subreport: Golf, Tiger Woods, and The Whitest professional sport in America.

January 06, 2010 Column #1: Obama in 2009: Bold action to save the nation — He needs and deserves our redoubled support

Ron hosts “Black Focus” on Channel 17, MTN-TV, Sundays, 5-6 pm. Formerly head of the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission and the Urban League, he continues his “watchdog” role for Minneapolis.

Ron's media message: (1) Column: "Through My Eyes: The Minneapolis Story Continues", published weekly in the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.; (2) TV: Host of weekly Black Focus, Sundays, 5-6 pm, on Channel 17, MTN-TV; (3) Blog Talk Radio: Co-Host of weekly “ON POINT!",Saturdays at 5 pm; (4) Book: The Minneapolis Story Through My Eyes; (5) Book: A Seat for Everyone: The Freedom Guide that Explores A Vision for Ameria.

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