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The Weirdness of Facebook and bumping in to a Facebook friend you’ve never met in person

Facebook: No, it’s not real life. Deal with it. (Photo: Fair Use).

…no, I have no conversation for you in Target; that was Facebook, this is real life. (True story)

By Don Allen, Publisher – Our Black News

I love Facebook; it’s as simple as that. The social media giant of connecting nouns (people, places and things) have been a daily stable in my predominantly argumentative concerns about politics, people and process. The “Three P’s” have provided me with enough context-in-content to post interesting topics, concerns and facts that in most cases are undeniably telling about our society and the people –  some self-appointed that don’t really give a damn about resetting communities across the United States in need of a reset. Yes, my friends, this is the state of my people in Black communities used as petri dishes of disparities so that local community poverty pimps can say, “We need this program to help the poor Black people.” The funny thing is, when was the last time you saw a white man or woman stand up in any meeting and say, “We need this program to help poor white people”?

Lately, the social media giant (Facebook, if you lost track of the title), has been buzzing with liberal zealots and right wing activists concerned about the Trump presidency. As I read the misdirection’s, misinformation and the outrageous of Black youth fight-videos, it concerns me that somebody is not keeping anyone accountable for all this excitement…is that the institution of the Book?  Could the utility of Facebook be mainly to distract? Unfortunately, while it all becomes exciting click-bait, there should be some concerns about who you communicate with; what you say, and how you say it. What I found out over a couple of days and nine-years on Facebook, there are some crazy people in this world and many of them hang out on Facebook.

My wife knows I hate shopping; especially after she’s been at Target for three-hours and comes home and says, “…honey, I forgot bread” – the foundation of peanut butter sandwiches for a four and six-year-old. Begrudgingly, I head down to the garage, stopping at my desk to grab my wallet, wedding ring and watch to head out the door. The Target by my house is a massive red and white powerhouse of lights, noise, people and indecision; the mere fact that I must go into the store creates great anxiety in my inner-self. To prepare for this trip, I have an Apple Music file on my iPhone called “Target” –  it’s a variety of music from David Bowie, Prince, AC/DC and Kenny Loggins that keeps me sane during this shopping adventure. As I pull into the parking lot, packed with every human in the area, I stop briefly at the crosswalk to let people cross who are determined to get into the store for a shopping experience of sometimes buying stuff you don’t need…but that’s Target’s hook: Come for milk, leave with bedspreads and curtains.

This time, I was lucky…got a parking space by the door right next to the shopping carts; so far, easy. As I mouthwateringly looked over at the Pizza Hut food stand and pushed my cart toward the produce, a couple of weird things happened. There stood a man and woman, who I have never met, but the way they looked at me was incredibly “friendly.” I proceeded to the isle with the bread and I was being followed. As I turned around to confront these stalkers, the male yelled, “Hey Don Allen, how are you…my name is Tony…the woman said, “I’m Sarah, just a friend who lives near here and I caught a ride with Tone.” This was all great and wonderful, but I asked, “Do I know you?

“Have we met before? If so, I’m sorry, I don’t remember.”

Both Tony and Sarah smiled and chuckled a bit… “We’re your friends on Facebook.”

Oh shit… I said to myself, I hope these two aren’t some liberal idiots wanting to confront me on Global Warming or why Trump should be impeached. I gave a slight smile, nodded my head and said, “What can I do for you?”

Tony was the first one to speak while I looked through the 50 varieties of bread…

“I’ve been following both your pages and did you know you’re in 15 arguments, three women are hitting on you and you spelled a word or two wrong.”

Rather than telling Tony to get screwed, I took this moment as a learning-moment in the study of Linguistics and the use of language and expressions between a small group of people. I asked Tony did he get paid by Facebook to monitor my or any other accounts? The look in his face; scrunched up and unsure of what I was asking could have been considered as a moment of awakening for him; Sarah was rather quiet, probably catching on I was a little disturbed by Tony’s CIA-like spying on my page, and of course my wonderment about why the hell he thought that was important.

I explained to Tony and Sarah that I don’t know all my 4000-plus friends on Facebook and only 10-percent engage with me and I’m sure more than 50-percent don’t agree with what I say, but damn, I’m not expected to know you in-person, on-site in a Target store just because you’re my friend on Facebook…it’s not ever going to happen.

I guess it’s okay to introduce yourself if you run into me in public, but don’t expect me or any of your Facebook friends to want to dialog outside the social-media app; it’s a new day in inner-personal communications and the old-school way of going out and talking to someone face-to-face went away when Facebook created a narcissistic, self-centered posting mechanism of a timeline that all your friends see.

Today, conversations are for Facebook, not real life…and that’s never a good thing.

Bonita “BO” Money and Minneapolis mayoral candidate Jonathan Hornerbrink on the Black Republican, Black Democrat Show…Saturday at 6pm (CST)

Don Allen, Jamar Nelson: Keep it Real Radio.

Join co-hosts Don Allen and Jamar Nelson Saturday at 6pm on Twin Cities News Talk’s Black Republican, Black Democrat Show on AM 1130, FM 103.5 and online at www.TwinCitesNewsTalk.com. In our first segment, we present in a #BRBD exclusive, Bonita “Bo” Money, one of the few women of color in the emerging, billion-dollar cannabis business.

In our second segment, we introduce Minneapolis mayoral candidate Jonathan Hornerbrink as he gives us one of the most real stories about the “evil” within the city of Minneapolis and what he will do as mayor when elected in November. This is a most listen program as #BRBD continues it’s 2017-2018 Candidate series.

About our guests:

Bonita “BO” Money, co-creator of That Glass Jar™

Bonita “BO” Money

A cannapreneur, Bonita “Bo” Money is one of the few women of color in the emerging, billion-dollar cannabis business. She’s the co-creator of That Glass Jar™, a cannabis-infused topical, and founder of Women Abuv Ground, a networking organization, dedicated to introducing the cannabis business to women of color. As a 25-year veteran of the entertainment business, her current projects include producing segments for ESPN’s “30 for 30” sport documentaries as well as a scripted television series, called “The Chronic,” which documents her inner working with mega rappers Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg within the walls of record label Death Row. To hear the panel discussion, visit the Women Abuv Ground YouTube.



Jonathan Hornerbrink

Minneapolis mayoral candidate Jonathan Hornerbrink

Quote from campaign website: Our City is broken. Failed policy, failing institutions and generation after generation of weak leadership have left us with a broken system and a broken government. But in truth, fixing this City is not about us today. It’s about our children. While we argue over politics, our most vulnerable citizens suffer most. Our children suffer when communities are not safe, when their parents can’t get a decent job, when “affordable housing” costs too much for their families, and when schools fail to educate and prepare them for success in life. And yet, for another year, the other candidates have ignored our most precious asset, our children. That’s why I’m running. That’s who I’ll defend as mayor.


Phone lines will be open, we look forward to having you the Black Republican, Black Democrat Show, part of Black Politics in Minnesota and the Black Jedi Radio NetworkTM –  an iHeartRadio program exclusive, all rights reserved.


Mpls mayoral candidate Jacob Frey on Black Republican, Black Democrat – Saturday!

Minneapolis mayoral candidate Jacob Frey with Allen and Nelson – Saturday at 6pm – #TCNT.

Minneapolis, Minn. –  Don Allen and Jamar Nelson are pleased to announce their very special guest Minneapolis city councilman and 2017 mayoral candidate Jacob Frey on the return of the Black Jedi Talk Radio Network on the “Black Republican, Black Democrat Show. The political talk show will feature resident conservative Black-American Donald Allen; and supporter of everything Democrat and all around nice liberal Jamar Nelson. The duo co-hosts the Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130, FM 103.5 show Black Republican, Black Democrat Show on Saturday’s at 6pm CST with Roving Reporter Preya Samsudar from Alpha News. Audiences may  listen online using the #iHeart Radio app (search for Twin Cities News Talk).

Saturday at 6pm on AM 1130/FM 103.5 – Twin Cities News Talk.

The Black Republican, Black Democrat Show features in-depth conversations about education, community accountability, current events, election news and of course…politics. #BRBD is now available on iTunes.

Join us as we talk to candidate Frey about the City of Minneapolis and what he will different if elected in November 2017.


If you truly knew what the N-word meant to our ancestors, you’d NEVER use it


A few years ago, I read slave narratives to explore the lives of black agricultural workers after the end of the Civil War. The narratives came from the Federal Writers Project of the Works Progress Administration, a program that employed researchers from 1936 to 1938 to interview former enslaved people, producing more than 2,300 narratives that, thankfully, reside online and are fully searchable.

Those whom the law defined as property recounted various unique human experiences — their daily horrors and monotonies, how they freed themselves or learned of their emancipation, the surge of exhilaration upon securing freedom, and how they endured life on the edges of a white supremacist society in the decades thereafter.

As I pored over the narratives, I was struck less by their experiences, as heartrending as they were, than by how their experiences sculpted their self-perceptions. The best explanation of what I gleaned, what social scientists called internalized oppression, describes the psychological trauma that ensues when a person from a stigmatized group believes those negative stigmas.

White folk indoctrinated them into accepting their supposed inferiority. These narratives illustrate the success of this campaign of mental terrorism, and no word conveyed the depth of this internalized oppression more than “nigger.” Now, whenever I hear the epithet, a visual and emotional representation of the heinous process by which a people — my people — were induced to think they were less than trespasses into my thoughts. After years of habitual use of “nigger,” I banished it from my speech to honor the humanity that many never saw in themselves.

The internalized oppression revealed itself in various ways. Sometimes the former enslaved people clearly, perhaps subconsciously, considered themselves subhuman, just like how their former owners regarded them. Jim Allen, for example, dubbed himself his master’s “pet nigger boy” and a “stray” and thought himself privileged because he could sleep on the floor beside his master’s bed. That he likened himself to a fortunate mangy mutt or frisky feline crushed me. The word laid bare a worldview that held black folk as a lower order of being, as when Irene Robertson claimed her former master Mr. Sanders was mean, in part, because “he beat his wife like he beat a nigger woman.”

“Nigger” also signaled antipathy toward fellow black folk. After the end of slavery, Mattie Mooreman went north to Wisconsin with a white family for whom she worked. Members of the family wanted her to go to the circus to watch a black boy’s performance. She told her interviewer, “Guess they thought it would be a treat to me to see another niggah. I told ’em, ‘Law, don’t you think I see lots, lots more than I wants, every day when I is at home?’ ” But read how she talks about the family’s baby, whom she constantly watched over, fearing, irrationally, someone would kidnap him: “No matter what time they come home they’d find me there. ‘Why don’t you go in your bedroom and lie down?’ they’d ask me. ‘No,’ I’d tell ’em, ‘somebody might come in, and they would have to get that baby over my dead body.” Her eyes fixated on the white baby, but she saw too many niggers.

A barrage of dispiriting uses of the word bloodied me as I combed through the narratives. “The Ku Klux kept the niggers scared.” “The Ku Klux did a whole lot to keep the niggers away from the polls. …” Slaves owned by “nice” masters are repeatedly called “free niggers.” “Niggers ain’t got no sense. Put ’em in authority and they gits so uppity.” “I’se just a poor old nigger waitin’ for Jesus to come and take me to heaven.” Slave traders are called “nigger traders.” Defiant enslaved people required the service of a “niggerbreaker.” “Nigger dogs” aided the recapture of those who escaped.

Perhaps more depressing, ironically, was that circumstances sometimes led them to opt against calling a black person a nigger. William Porter stated that “some of the Tennessee niggers was called free niggers. There was a colored man in Pulaski, Tennessee, who owned slaves.” A black man who kept others in bondage — he’s a “colored man,” yet those who were owned were “niggers.” I instantly thought of a moment from the O.J.: Made in America documentary when a white woman who saw black people talking to Simpson uttered, “Look at those niggers sitting with O.J.” Simpson delights in hearing this because she “knew I wasn’t black. She saw me as O.J.” Porter’s outlook matched that of both the racist white woman and the unspeakably racially deranged O.J.

Since reading those narratives, I’ve noticed this mindset when perusing the remarks of freed people in other contexts. For example, before the trial of Rufus Martin, a black man who stood accused of the 1903 murder of Charles Swackhammer, a woman whom the Fort Worth Star-Telegram referred to as an “old negress who occupied a front seat in the court room” bellowed:

It’s the white people that is to blame. They know that they got to make niggahs work or they ain’t no good and they know as long as they ‘low niggah men to loaf aroun’ low down saloons they ain’t goin’ to work. This man come from a good niggah fam’ly — one of the best I knows of, but the p’lice ‘lowed him to loaf aroun’ without workin’, and to drink and gamble, till he just got to be no good and thought he didn’t have to work. The p’lice ought to raid them low down niggah saloons every day and every night till they make every blessed one of the niggah toughs go to work or else send ’em all to the county road. Them saloons is what makes bad niggahs and the white folks is to blame for it, ’cause they let ’em run.

That Martin sported a reddish mustache, light hair and skin so bright he could pass for white almost certainly colored her perception that Martin came from a “good niggah fam’ly.”

Black folk rescued the word from the smoldering debris of a virulently racist land, reclaimed it and renovated the slur into a celebration of black comradery — defenders of contemporary usage of “nigger” repeat this. When this tale collides with reality, however, it shatters as a misreading of history — the current use of the word is owed less to white folk calling black folk “nigger” and more to black folk who thought they were niggers and said so. Black people have hurled the infamous word for nearly as long as white folk have. It exists within black speech now because it existed within black speech then. The uncomfortable truth must be confronted: Absent the internalized oppression of those who called white men and women their masters, “nigger” would probably not be a part of black folk’s lexicon. We black folk are reclaiming it not from bigoted white folk but from our ancestors, who, sadly, deemed their blackness a badge of inferiority.

I seek not to usher the word to the gallows. I harbor no aims to kill it. I can still bump a Young Thug track or chortle at a Dave Chappelle routine. “Nigger” does not bar my enjoyment of popular culture. My soul, though, winces whenever I hear it. The decision for black people to include it in their vocabulary, nonetheless, remains personal, and I reject the criticism of black folk who continue to wield it.

I write only to summon the words of former enslaved people from beyond the grave to express that “nigger” is haunted by the ghosts of hate and the more spiritually chilling ghosts of self-hate.

Brando Simeo Starkey is an associate editor at The Undefeated and the author of In Defense of Uncle Tom: Why Blacks Must Police Racial Loyalty. He crawled through a river of books and came out brilliant on the other side.

Black Republican, Black Democrat welcomes Fancy Ray McCloney: Minneapolis’ Mayor of good looking!

Join us Saturday at 6pm (CST) on AM 1130, FM 103.5, Twin Cities News Talk – KLTK AM/FM for Black Republican, Black Democrat Show brought to you by the Black Jedi Radio Network©…a better place for #BlackTalkRadio.

Fancy Ray McCloney – the Best Looking Man in Comedy talks politics, history and show biz!

Tune into the runaway hit radio show featuring two of the Twin Cities most prominent Black American talking heads: Don Allen (Our Black News) and Jamar Nelson (Black Politics in Minnesota) come together to form the Black Republican, Black Democrat Show LIVE every Saturday night on Twin Cities News Talk, AM 1130, FM 103.5 at 6pm (CST).

Saturday’s show on #BRBD features Fancy Ray McCloney, the Best looking man in Comedy for an uncensored night of fun and facts.

Minnesota GOP deputy chair cancels radio guest appearance frightened of Black Republican

Don Allen, co-host (with Jamar Nelson) of #TCNT’s Black Republican, Black Democrat Show…he’s big, black and conservative, why is the current deputy chairperson of the Minnesota GOP afraid to talk “issues” with Allen?

Minnesota GOP deputy chairperson shows he’s not fit to lead the MNGOP out of a wet paper bag; its not personal, it reflects the action s of a public person over the last 24-hours.The Minnesota GOP has always been afraid of strong black men, to bad they don’t have many.

By Black Politics in Minnesota

Chris Fields, Minnesota GOP deputy chairperson caught wind that Don Allen (a republican, supporter of Donald Trump and a former candidate for MNGOP chairmanship) was the co-host of Twin Cities News Talk’s “Black Republican, Black Democrat Show,” on Saturday’s at 6pm on AM 1130, FM 103.5 and backed out according to co-host Jamar Nelson.

Fields, a candidate for the 2017 MNGOP chairmanship told Nelson, “Don attacks me personally, he doesn’t want to talk about the issues.”

We contacted Allen to get his response:

“The Minnesota GOP is not being operated at peek-proficiency. The current leadership is not interested in anything but their low-clout in a small circle of people that don’t care about much. I have never attacked Chris personally, and I’ve always stayed on the issues. Chris is using this for an excuse because he nor Keith Downey can answer any of my questions about a long and antiquated process that has failed not only Minnesota Republican, but also many others who look the GOP way. This spineless act by the deputy chairman of the MNGOP only reflects on his ability to lead, which now should be a party-wide question. I’ve always wanted to talk about the issues and the hesitation might be because most of my issues are black issues,” said Allen.

Fields has cancelled his appearance on the Black Republican, Black Democrat Show today (Saturday), because of his deep-seeded fear of another republican. This in itself is telling; does the MN GOP need leadership that avoids the issues?

Hear more about this tonight on the Black Republican, Black Democrat Show with Don Allen and Jamar Nelson at 6pm…you can listen at www.twincitiesnewstalk.com.

White Privilege gives Gay Marriage the whiteness it needs to become a social norm: Can Blackness become a social norm using the Gay strategy?

Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP leader from Spokane, Wash., who resigned after it came to light that she was falsely presenting herself as black has repeatedly said she identifies comfortably as black. There is an ongoing uproar behind Dolezal’s admission of identity-fondness of the black body, but also an oversight of Bruce Jenner as Katlyn Jenner. An economic attack on Dolezal has continued, much like the structural violence against black Americans. If it’s okay for Katlyn Jenner to identify as a female, they why are society-change makers upset about Ms. Dolezal’s blackness? Is there an underlying strategy black Americans need to use to build equity?  To pick and choose what social justice theoretically looks like on an individual basis will bring us (black America) back to white only drinking fountains.

By Don Allen, Publisher

(Editorial)…Members of the LGBTIQ communities across the United States and their supporters worldwide are now a major part of history since gay marriage is declared legal across the US in historic Supreme Court ruling.  The legal ruling, 5-4 in Obergefell v Hodges, justices determine right to marriage equality is protected under constitution in decision hailed as ‘victory of love.’  If it the process of law could determine the legal victory for gay marriage, then how come with over 99 years of segregation (1865-1965), and 50 years of so-called “freedom,” (1964-2015), Black Americans still find it next to impossible to obtain equity and fair participation in the American Dream?  Why are social, legal and moral bankruptcies still present when talking about the advancement of black Americans in America, and how did gay rights, slip past civil rights in meaning?

First, then, let’s quickly recap that strategy. In a remarkably short period of time, gay marriage advocates have convinced millions of Americans that gay marriage is just the same as straight marriage. Gays thus deserve the right to marry because gay marriage will do nothing to damage or alter that revered institution. Put differently, the definition of marriage can be expanded without any negative consequences for society.

In 20-years, gay marriage will not be a big deal. Gay marriage will become a social norm meaning it has cut into the social culture of the United States and is accepted, but at the same time we must argue what of the Black American and his civil rights? Will there ever come a time when fairness, equity and the belief all men and women are created equal will be applied across cultures and black people?

Black Americans remain less likely than white Americans to support same-sex marriage, as has been the case for several years. But with the recent success and support by those in the black community for gay rights, one might argue the GBLT community might pitch in and support Black Americans in the generational fight or equity…one might think. This is not the case. Rather than positioning civil rights against gay rights or pitting blacks against gays, there must be middle ground where Black Americans can achieve the same level of success using the courts, social movements and the billions of dollars Black Americans control in the United States to make headway into the realm of the American Dream.

Supporters of same-sex marriage love to make analogies to the African American Civil Rights Movement. Analogies are rhetorical devices that require careful scrutiny. While I do not find the attempt to connect bans on gay marriage to miscegenation laws persuasive, nevertheless there is nothing inherently wrong in trying to find parallels between these two social movements. In that spirit, let me offer my own reflections on what we can learn by comparing them.

Leaders in the GBLT movement have been hesitant to publically support anything in the areas of civil rights, but have clung to the claim that civil rights are no different gay rights, and that slavery is some how equivalent to the ungodly shadow cast upon gays by the denial of gay marriage, which some know are separate and unequal. According to Newsmax, the head of an organization of African-American pastors said on Saturday that Christians must oppose the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling through civil disobedience because “you do something to get arrested to call attention to the injustice.” Rev. Bill Owens, president of the Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP), said in an interview, “They got it wrong in the Dred Scott case,” referring to the 1857 court ruling that blacks were property and not American citizens. “The Supreme Court doesn’t always get it right. This is one time they really got it wrong,” said Rev. Owens.

The blind spot in Rev. Owens argument that some might see is that religion, especially Christianity gets it wrong to; especially when dealing with the mindsets of the black church…many things go unsaid.

Rather than beginning with a description of the Civil Rights movement and then looking for similarities to gay rights, my arguments goes in the opposite direction. That is, I begin with the extraordinary success of gay marriage advocacy and then ask what the Civil Rights movement would have looked like if it had followed the gay rights strategy.

If the argument of sameness works for gay rights, could it have worked for Civil Rights? Imagine the following “alternative history.” It is the early sixties, and while it should be obvious to everyone that all human beings are the same in every important respect, racism is alive and well. The white political leaders most sympathetic to the plight of African Americans decide to make the case for this moral sameness by arguing that black people are really white. “Look past their skin,” they say, “and you will find that they are just as white as we are.” This argument is so effective that the discourse about race in America changes nearly overnight. Anyone who wants to talk about the distinctiveness of African American culture is accused of racism. Even black leaders who want to draw attention to black history and its unique challenges and achievements are shut down. There is no black pride movement, no discussion of the particularity of black culture, and no effort to find room in public discourse to reflect on the uniqueness of black life in America. Blacks continue to have their own history and culture, but those differences cannot be named, analyzed, and celebrated. For the purposes of social justice, blacks have become white.

Civil rights, of course, were not won in that fashion, and it is a good thing, too. White America had to learn to recognize not just black rights but also black lives, including their views on American history and their contributions to American culture. Blacks did not win civil rights because they are really white, and they did not have to give up their blackness to become full members of the American experience. Moral sameness did not eclipse historical and cultural differences.

Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges starts community outreach war with $250K political payoff

Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges is wrong. It’s an election year and she just played her hand to show all the Minneapolis voters she’s the queen of political payoffs, backroom deals and an advocate for keeping downtown Minneapolis in chaos. #BandAidBetsy

By Don Allen, Publisher

(Editorial)…Minneapolis’ black community has always been divided when into two specific groups when money hits the table. Group one are the folks and organizations who always seem to “get the money” with little to no successful outcomes. Group two are the group who are the grassroots, hardworking folks that actually have a plan, but are intentionally overlooked by philanthropic-political pundits in favor of keeping things as they are. The Minneapolis mayor, who is currently running for what some say is the toughest re-election bid in Minneapolis mayoral-race history is not a surgery-cure type mayor; she’s a band aid mayor…once again, she uses her power of box-opening to pull out another band aid to make what we allege as another politically-driven outreach grant to make sure downtown Minneapolis is safe. Since the announcement of this particular band aid, there have been several beating, robberies and women shot in the head. It seems that money in the wrong place does what it always has for Minneapolis…nothing.

If I was on the Minneapolis City Council, I would question mayor Hodges funding of Day Patrols on Hennepin Avenue. I know she wants to be re-elected as mayor again but the black folks she’s granting money to don’t hang out in downtown Minneapolis after the sun goes down. Hell, if the mayor was worried about crime on Hennepin Avenue, she’d clean up 5th and Hennepin. If you’ve been there, you know what I’m talking about. This too will be a total fail for Hodges.

Community Activist Kay G. Wilson. (photo: Fair Use-Google Search)

Community activist and safe-streets advocate Kay G. Wilson said, “Many of the people here getting and controlling the funding money over and over again every year don’t feel like they owe society anything because they were never a part of the problem; as for me I was a huge part of the problem so I owe forever! Its not about receiving money or funding for me its about paying back my debt to society. I owe for 14 years now I’ve been paying with my life on the frontline daily in Minneapolis!”

Wilson, who is consistently overlooked for state and local funding has been campaigning for justice in the black community for a long time. He has never been offered or taken any of this “blood money,” but would more than likely do better then the current group of poverty-hacks who don’t live in the community and are more interested in their bottom line of their nonprofit agency and people are very low on the food chain.

Wilson also said, “The kids downtown only respect those they respect. Most of them working downtown is a joke to them. There needs to be brothers and sisters that are serious and about real change present downtown.  I’ve seen the mess down there and the kids are looking for weak, nice, and friendly to victimize and to laugh afterwards! These type of challenges do not need work training, they’re not at that point yet. Its time to bring serious ‘BIG Homies’ downtown for real. I’m ready but they don’t want me to assemble a group of real change makers here, they never call me.”

For people in the black community who actually are fiscal conservatives and what to see change by providing a hand-up for the lower one-third of the black community, funding never reaches them. No matter what the mayor says, she has given blood-money to agencies that don’t deserve the grant in order to maintain her relationship with the petty-bougie Negro leadership that she hopes will get out and vote for her. One thing for sure, Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges continues to make serious mistakes, one is underestimating Raymond Dehn, Jacob Frey, Nekima Levy-Pounds and Al Flowers.

Diversity does not mean Black

Diversity does not get Affirmative Action.

By Don Allen

(Critical Thinking) …These days, when you hear the word “diversity” used on every college campus, at local schools, Fortune 500 companies an local-city political infrastructures that denote diversity is the number-one mission for it’s citizens, it makes you wonder what they mean?. The problem with diversity is its just a word that can put lipstick on a pig because nobody (I don’t care who), really knows how to use the word; what the word means and “if” diversity is what they really have – or don’t have.  According to the Merriam-Webster.com dictionary, the word “Diversity,” means the condition of having or being composed of differing elements (Merriam-Webster, 2017).

The problem begins when humans (mostly white people) in charge of brand identity decide that there is not enough “different people,” and diversity is the word they look for to self-correct an already bad situation when looking directly at the minority-ethnic complement of their universities, businesses, schools or local community. To think that some how if they can fix the challenges of diversity, if any, it starts with people who look different from those in charge. One of the main missteps with people who set up diversity are the people. Walk into an office of any local “diversity officer” and for the most part, you’ll find a black woman or man; a gay man (or women) or a host of religious types who seek vision to connect with others. There might be a few cultural artifacts hanging in the office; a photo of Martin Luther King, Jr.  – he’s safer than Malcolm X because Mr. X said, “By any means necessary,” and Rev. King just said, “I have a dream.” Somehow dreamers seem safer in the context of diversity.

The challenge of wanting to address diversity comes from a social construct predicated on a need to be politically correct and the innocence of not knowing what diversity really looks like, let alone self-practicing. In most cases, even if there are no extenuating circumstances, the need to address diversity becomes a societal mechanism duplicated in a construct that says blacks, gays and women need equal time, citing that in most cases they are somehow being alienating the mainstream. Again, the relevance of shooting-or putting a horse down, addressing diversity and its meanings is only as good as the intent to take successful corrective actions that would benefit both the model, opportunity and of use and its functionality. Like a horse, diversity is not a pet (Note: Putting a lame horse down is a useful tactic if the horse is no longer able to function in a way that would benefit its utility as a horse). To set the record straight diversity is not a color of people; diversity is not how many women or men you encounter in a work day; diversity is not uniform, diversity is not titled; and most of all, diversity is not Black.

The word “diversity” means “opportunity” – plain and simple.  Having diversity on a university campus, a business, or a city means having the opportunity to be unique or being composed of differing elements; not to pick a side, but learn about both sides; have an opinion and not be judged. Diversity inside a business does not mean how many black people work in an office, but making sure there are opportunities to work in said office.  In closing, diversity can never be diverse unless there is opportunity.

For the most part, diversity is overused, mislabeled and used to create white-guilt with meanings far left-of-left with no foundations of logic to stand on.

Part 1: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development must change grant procedures in 2017

Don’t start no stuff, won’t be no stuff. (photo: Fair Use)

By Don Allen, Publisher 

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has surfed for proposals long enough. The process that DEED now uses is incomplete, lacks vision and obstructs great organizations, people and ideas from being funded. One of the main challenges is DEED’s need for Targeted Group Businesses, that in accordance with Minnesota Rules, part 1230.1810, subpart B and Minnesota Rules, part 1230.1830, certified Targeted Group Businesses and individuals submitting proposals as prime contractors will receive a six percent preference in the evaluation of their proposal, and certified Economically Disadvantaged Businesses and individuals submitting proposals as prime contractors will receive a six percent preference in the evaluation of their proposal.  Eligible TG businesses must be currently certified by the Materials Management Division prior to the solicitation opening date and time. This processes is dismissive of small business with small budgets and lets DEED legally bypass and overlook (purposely) the need for a broad collaborative effort to make sure people have the opportunity to work and be successful.

DEED also maintains outrageous insurance requirements that really only cover their (DEED) mistakes and can bankrupt a small company in under 90-days. DEED’s Insurance Requirements:

  1. Contractor shall not commence work under the contract until they have obtained all the insurance described below and the State of Minnesota has approved such insurance.  Contractor shall maintain such insurance in force and effect throughout the term of the contract.
  1. Contractor is required to maintain and furnish satisfactory evidence of the following insurance policies:
  1. Workers’ Compensation Insurance: Except as provided below, Contractor must provide Workers’ Compensation insurance for all its employees and, in case any work is subcontracted, Contractor will require the subcontractor to provide Workers’ Compensation insurance in accordance with the statutory requirements of the State of Minnesota, including Coverage B, Employer’s Liability.  Insurance minimum limits are as follows:

$100,000 – Bodily Injury by Disease per employee

$500,000 – Bodily Injury by Disease aggregate

$100,000 – Bodily Injury by Accident

If Minnesota Statute 176.041 exempts Contractor from Workers’ Compensation insurance or if the Contractor has no employees in the State of Minnesota, Contractor must provide a written statement, signed by an authorized representative, indicating the qualifying exemption that excludes Contractor from the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation requirements.

If during the course of the contract the Contractor becomes eligible for Workers’ Compensation, the Contractor must comply with the Workers’ Compensation Insurance requirements herein and provide the State of Minnesota with a certificate of insurance.

  1. Commercial General Liability Insurance: Contractor is required to maintain insurance protecting it from claims for damages for bodily injury, including sickness or disease, death, and for care and loss of services as well as from claims for property damage, including loss of use which may arise from operations under the Contract whether the operations are by the Contractor or by a subcontractor or by anyone directly or indirectly employed by the Contractor under the contract. Insurance minimum limits are as follows:

$2,000,000 – per occurrence

$2,000,000 – annual aggregate

$2,000,000 – annual aggregate – Products/Completed Operations

The following coverages shall be included:

Premises and Operations Bodily Injury and Property Damage

Personal and Advertising Injury

Blanket Contractual Liability

Products and Completed Operations Liability

Other; if applicable, please list__________________________________

State of Minnesota named as an Additional Insured, to the extent permitted by law

  1. Commercial Automobile Liability Insurance: Contractor is required to maintain insurance protecting it from claims for damages for bodily injury as well as from claims for property damage resulting from the ownership, operation, maintenance or use of all owned, hired, and non-owned autos which may arise from operations under this contract, and in case any work is subcontracted the contractor will require the subcontractor to maintain Commercial Automobile Liability insurance.  Insurance minimum limits are as follows:

$2,000,000 – per occurrence Combined Single limit for Bodily Injury and Property Damage

In addition, the following coverages should be included:

Owned, Hired, and Non-owned Automobile

  1. Professional/Technical, Errors and Omissions, and/or Miscellaneous Liability Insurance

This policy will provide coverage for all claims the contractor may become legally obligated to pay resulting from any actual or alleged negligent act, error, or omission related to Contractor’s professional services required under the contract.

Contractor is required to carry the following minimum limits:

$2,000,000 – per claim or event

$2,000,000 – annual aggregate

Any deductible will be the sole responsibility of the Contractor and may not exceed $50,000 without the written approval of the State.  If the Contractor desires authority from the State to have a deductible in a higher amount, the Contractor shall so request in writing, specifying the amount of the desired deductible and providing financial documentation by submitting the most current audited financial statements so that the State can ascertain the ability of the Contractor to cover the deductible from its own resources.

The retroactive or prior acts date of such coverage shall not be after the effective date of this Contract and Contractor shall maintain such insurance for a period of at least three (3) years, following completion of the work. If such insurance is discontinued, extended reporting period coverage must be obtained by Contractor to fulfill this requirement.


The requirements by DEED for businesses are outrageous, unreachable and don’t facilitate any outcomes based on local reports that say unemployment in certain zip codes are in double digits for many Minnesotans. This story is the first in a four-part series that explains the inner-workings of an agency that uses antiquated, racist and Jim Crow procedures to marginalize people and small business.

See it all here.


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