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According to the Star Tribune, the North Side Safety Summit was organized to examine ways to fight crime in troubled Minneapolis neighborhoods. Unfortunately, this DFL embedded group felt it necessary to exclude the voices of Minneapolis civil and political rights activists – to include members of the Republican Party of Minnesota. Sources told IBNN – Minneapolis city council president and Minneapolis’ “Godmother” Barb Johnson wanted a “quiet meeting.”
Many say in order for Black folks to really move forward we shouldn’t look to anybody to represent us. We need to represent ourselves. There is no person that represents white people. Racism is the motivating factor that keeps people of color from advancing. We must keep in mind; the spread of racism requires the destruction of an individual’s confidence in his/her own mind. Such an individual then anxiously seeks a sense of identity by clinging to some group, abandoning autonomy and rights, allowing groups to tell him/her what to think. Because we think of ourselves as a racial entity, we feel those of the same race are here to assist us in the struggle, when in fact the same people who are suppose to assist us, use black disparities to get money from the white philanthropic arm. Most of the money goes to their salaries.
Having Black leaders and all that stuff is just another way of self-oppression. We all have to represent each other, the sad thing is the people who come into the inner city and say they represent the Black folks and then jump into their expensive cars and go home to the suburbs paid for with the quid pro quo of politicians, it shows they have learned how to maneuver the system to their advantage. The cover-up is a full time job.
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