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2016 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, 28, 2016 #52: No due process is business as usual at University of Minnesota.It’s a sad way to end an old year and begin a new one.

December, 21, 2016 #51: A challenge for the Black media.The new Kremlin in the West.

December, 14, 2016 #50: NO ARTICLE

December, 07, 2016 #49: North High School: a job well done. North wins Class 1A football championship.

November, 30, 2016 #48: NO ARTICLE

November, 23, 2016 #47: Election 2016: a challenger to the mayor.

November, 16, 2016 #46: NO ARTICLE

November, 09, 2016 #45: Murder in the streets of Minneapolis continue. The myth of good times are here again

November, 02, 2016 #44: NO ARTICLE

October, 26, 2016 #43: Tensions rise in the U.S.A.

October, 19, 2016 #42: NO ARTICLE

October, 12, 2016 #41: Why the violence in the face of prosperity?

October, 05, 2016 #40: NO ARTICLE

Quarter 3: July thru September

September, 28, 2016 #39: Somali community under scrutiny. Can St. Cloud and the Twin Cities heal? Who will take the initiative?

September, 21, 2016 #38: NO ARTICLE

September, 14, 2016 #37: Betrayal: will we fight it or feed it?

September, 07, 2016 #36: NO ARTICLE

August, 31, 2016 #35: NO ARTICLE

August, 24, 2016 #34: Trump challenges.Can Democrats respond?

August, 17, 2016 #33: Mike Baker out after 2016 season 

August, 10, 2016 #32: What is a confidential informant? What are the ground rules for handling an informant? When will being an informant no longer give them permission to commit crimes with impunity?

August, 03, 2016 #31: A great friend! A great coach!The passing of Dennis Green, at age 67

July, 27, 2016 #30: Consider not just “who” matters, but also “what” matters. Continued denial of underlying causes will keep violence predictable.

July, 20, 2016 #29: A Child Is Killed. A City is In Pain. A Two Year-Old Loses Life To Minneapolis Violence

July, 13, 2016 #28: Are we becoming little Chicago? Are w on the highway to self-imposed genocide?

July, 06, 2016 #27: Michael Baker is out at Theodore Wirth Golf Course

Quarter 2: April thru June

June, 29, 2016 #26: LeBron, LeBron, LeBron.A Man Who Kept His Promise to his state, his city and his team.

June, 22, 2016 #25: Terror grips America, again. Advantage Trump?

June, 15, 2016 #24: Muhammed Ali: a great world champion, legend. A great American who made a difference.

June, 08, 2016 #23: A gentle woman killed on the streets of Minneapolis.MPD chief reaches out to the community.

June, 01, 2016 #22: Racism inside Theodore Wirth golf course.White Mike Baker forced out by internal White racism.

May, 25, 2016 #21: Karl-Anthony Towns: NBA Rookie of the Year.Sam Mitchell: we thank you for a job well done.

May, 18, 2016 #20: The Continued Betrayal of African American Youth by Black Leadership

May, 11, 2016 #19: Shooting war rages on streets of Minneapolis. Political dangers for Minneapolis officials.

May, 04, 2016 #18: Prince: America’s musical genius. Rest in Peace!

April, 27, 2016 #17: Dusty Baker: Last Black MLB Manager Standing

April, 20, 2016 #16: Questionable conduct by county attorney in prosecution of Jerome Copeland.

April, 13, 2016 #15: Federal Grand Jury begins to prepare for Clark Case. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. will call the shots.

April, 06, 2016 #14: In the matter of Jamar Clark and Jerome C. Copeland. Jerome Copeland, an eyewitness to the death of Jamar Clark.

Quarter 1: January thru March

March, 30, 2016 #13: Trump’s anger and statement on rioting is troubling

March, 23, 2016 #12: In the matter of Jamar Clarks’ death. Has the integrity of the investigation been compromised?

March, 16, 2016 #11: University of MN Basketball a Disaster. No tournament invitations again this year.

March, 09, 2016 #10: The Donald is not a historian? He doesn’t know what a White supremacist is?

March, 2, 2016 #9: In the matter of Jamar Clark. Preparing for the Grand Juries

February, 24, 2016 #8: Loretta Lynch For U.S. Supreme Court. Its President Obama’s Call.

February, 17, 2016 #7: Your vote is not guaranteed in 2016. A lot of red flags and voter suppression.

February, 10, 2016 #6: The importance of respect and dignity during a crises. A community divided.

February, 03, 2016 #5: Goar is out. What next?

January, 27, 2016 #4: Jamar Clark Investigation Compromised. Investigator sabotages Integrity of Witness. 

January, 20, 2016 #3: The NFL’s Race Quota:  Nothing has Changed

January, 13, 2016 #2: Terrorists in Oregon: yes or no?

January, 06, 2016 #1: Sergio Paez is not a good fit for MPS. Disastrous MPS leadership process led to his selection


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.

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