From Mayberry to #Ferguson

Andy Griffith, the television sheriff of the fictional town of Mayberry, grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in the real town of Mount Airy, North Carolina. Last week, just after I visited Mayberry/Mount Airy, I listened to a PRI program about Baltimore's new curfew, described as "one of the toughest in the country." As I drove across the country, the radio also brought stories about the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, the protests, and then the police killing of Kajieme Powell.

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Noise and danger in the air

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun but Homeland security night time drills are not any fun.

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OPINION | Who killed Mike Brown? What to do?

Mike Brown is dead. The Ferguson police took their time in giving up the killer, Darren Wilson. But we know the name of his accomplice. So we know who and what killed Mike Brown. It was the political, economic, social system called capitalism.

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White people talking about racism and #Ferguson

Do most white people want to just stop talking about race? That’s what this week’s Pew Research poll seems to show. While 80 percent of African Americans “say the shooting in Ferguson raises important issues about race that merit discussion, whites disagree, with 47 percent saying “the issue of race is getting more attention than it deserves.”

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Coach McKenzie on police brutality discussion: Be the change we wish to see

Larry McKenzie

It can be difficult to explain to youth why the police might assault an unarmed citizen, especially in the citizen's own home. As the investigation continues for the charge of police brutality against community organizer Al Flowers, Insight News takes a look at the culture of solutions through the eyes of various community leaders.

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OPINION | National spotlight exposes culture of racism, harassment and brutality

"The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and they will continue to direct resources to the case as needed. I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding. We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. Along with our prayers, that's what Michael and his family, and our broader American community, deserve." – President Barack Obama

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All cops are Darren Wilson

I know. It’s an inflammatory title, and easily disproved. I am sure there are many cops out there who wouldn’t execute a kid in cold blood for walking in the street.

But i want to talk solutions, and all the ‘good cops’ in the world didn’t save Michael Brown. They didn’t save Eric Garner. Or Terrance Franklin. Or Oscar Grant. Or Kelly Thomas. Or John T. Williams. Or any of the other 400 people/year who are murdered by police in the United States.

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The cross and the Molotov cocktail

[Content note: discussion and photos of lynching and other forms of brutality]

Can you see the Imago Dei in these young men? Can you see the suffering Christ in their rage?

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Senior Safety Pride Day 2014 honors living legacy in Twin Cities

(Photos and video by Paige Elliott)

It was a muggy but otherwise ideal afternoon for the 13th Annual Senior Safety Pride Day, Friday, August 15 at Boom Island in Minneapolis.

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Mayor Hodges proposes Minneapolis’ 2015 budget

In her first budget address as Minneapolis mayor on Thursday, Betsy Hodges proposed several initiatives aimed at combating racial disparities and bolstering public safety citywide.

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