Open note to Minneapolis Park Board president Liz Wielinski: Both MPRB and Mpls NAACP guilty of malfeasance

One thing is for sure; the Minneapolis Park and Rec Board is not playing by the rule, but neither are the leaders in the Minneapolis Branch of the NAACP.

By Don Allen, Publisher – Our Black News

Oh well. (photo: Fair Use)

Oh well. (photo: Fair Use)

The Star Tribune article inappropriately titled, “Park Board president yells at Minneapolis NAACP president after meeting interruption,” is a clear indication the Strib is supportive of this side-show being put on by a few in the black community; (please note I did not say “members”). After reviewing the video several times; listening to just the audio as an added enhancement, it is clear to me that what went on at the Park Board meeting is a clear indication that something is wrong with both sides: the subdued and the subduers.

The problem with what went in that meeting can be attributed to lack of research, race-baiting and members and supporters of the professor and the Minneapolis NAACP not being from Minnesota; and secondly not knowing the history. This is the binding construct of most of the Twin Cities leadership…they’re from somewhere else that would not tolerate this behavior and Minnesota Nice lets them get away with it.

On the history of the Park Board and its various operations, we know there are major difficulties inside the Park Board’s human resource department; we know that a qualified black person is sidelined in favor of a qualified (or not) white person. Sometimes a white-female will be hired with less the experience and education. Personally, I know this all too well, I’ve applied for jobs with the Park Board that I am “over qualified” for and got this response:

November 30, 2015

Dear Donald:

Thank you for your interest in the position of Web Content Producer.  Although you meet the minimum requirements for this position in terms of education and/or work experience, you have not been selected to continue on in testing for this position at this time.

We appreciate your interest in job opportunities with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.  For a current list of job opportunities, please visit our website


Courtney Sullivan
Human Resources Department
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board


Here’s what’s wrong with this email: I produce content like rabbits produce little rabbits; also: 1. I am veterans with veteran’s preference, the Park Board did not follow the law; I have over 20 years’ experience, which exceeds the “minimum” requirements; and in 2016 I will have a Master of Arts in Education. It’s clear to me the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is looking more closely at race designations that appear in the online application process than following EEOC rules and regulations, in my opinion.

Ms. Wielinski, I cannot stand with the professor or her arguments on white supremacy, but from my vantage point, there is a challenge within the hiring construct of the Park Board. It is racist, bigoted and in 2015-16 does send black “qualified” professionals back to the time of “White Only drinking fountains.”

The grandiose style of the professor and her followers only get headlines in the local rag; I’m seeking a change in the Minneapolis Park and Recreations Boards public policy; one that needs to happen immediately.

1 Comment on "Open note to Minneapolis Park Board president Liz Wielinski: Both MPRB and Mpls NAACP guilty of malfeasance"

  1. Heather Johnson | May 13, 2016 at 9:11 pm | Reply

    The Minneapolis Park Board should be ashamed. I wish the article had more information on what the board and NAACP were meeting about where they argued?

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