A Requiem for John Brown: road map for 21st Century Abolition

“I, John Brown, am now quite certain, that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away, but with blood.” – John Brown   Saturday marked the 158th anniversary of John Brown’s execution. The passionate and dedicated abolitionist believed that logic and moral arguments would not end the practice of slavery, that only… Continue reading A Requiem for John Brown: road map for 21st Century Abolition

Unmasking Whiteness: Trump, NFL, and Interest Convergence

To many, this weekend felt like a trip through the twilight zone. For months Colin Kaepernick and those he inspired endured the outrage of NFL fans who insisted they were disrespecting the military and the flag by not standing for the national anthem. Kaepernick, after meeting with Nate Boyer, modified his protest from sitting down… Continue reading Unmasking Whiteness: Trump, NFL, and Interest Convergence

Stop Lying! Tell the Truth About School Choice

It’s back to school. An exciting yet nerve-racking time, especially for families starting out at new schools. There are few decisions as important as where to send your child to school, but, sadly, the school choice debate does little to ease the nerves around that decision or help families navigate the minefield of failing schools.… Continue reading Stop Lying! Tell the Truth About School Choice

Are we listening now?

On Saturday night 40-year old Justine Damond called 911 to report a possible assault. When Minneapolis police showed up and met Justine in the alley it ended with her being shot and killed by Mohamed Noor a Black, Somali-American police officer. The aftermath of the tragedy has many struggling to make sense of the situation.… Continue reading Are we listening now?

Want a Better Minneapolis? Support $15 Now

The fight for $15 Now is getting more and more heated. This morning the Star Tribune ran this opinion piece by landlord and former city council member Steve Minn. In it he positions owning 1,000 units as being a small business owner which is hard to fathom as I sit at Maeves Coffee Shop, a… Continue reading Want a Better Minneapolis? Support $15 Now

Today a Terrorist Was Set Free: Philando Castile, Whiteness and Terrorism

White folks, a terrorist was set free today and it is our fault. This is not hyperbole nor a rhetorical device. I mean it in the most literal and concrete sense. Today, when Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted and absolved of all accountability for his actions the day he stole Philando Castile’s life, a terrorist walked… Continue reading Today a Terrorist Was Set Free: Philando Castile, Whiteness and Terrorism

“Scaffold” at the Sculpture Garden Should Not Open

I must have been in the 3rd or 4th grade and was just learning how to cuss. My parents had heard me and washed my mouth out with soap. I must have really internalized their lesson because a couple days later I cussed again and didn’t even wait for them; I washed my own mouth… Continue reading “Scaffold” at the Sculpture Garden Should Not Open