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Is Governor Dayton Bigoted Against Minnesotans?

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Governor Mark Dayton prejudged the Jeronimo Yanez case hours after the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, at a time when virtually nothing was known about the facts. He said: Would this have happened if the driver were white, if the passengers were white? I don’t think it would have. Since then, Yanez has been indicted for manslaughter, and has been tried and acquitted by a unanimous jury that included two African-Americans. Yet Dayton still takes a prejudiced view of the case. Yesterday he met with African-American leaders and said, reacting to the recently-released dash cam video of the incident: With stone-faced African-American leaders...

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Officer Acquitted In Shooting That Gov. Dayton Prejudged

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This afternoon, a Ramsey County jury acquitted police officer Jeronimo Yanez in the fatal shooting, last July, of Philando Castile. The case drew worldwide attention, mostly because Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, livestreamed the immediate aftermath of the shooting on Facebook. Following the verdict, one of the jurors said that the initial vote had been 10-2 for acquittal, but it took five days for the two holdouts to go along with the other ten. There were two African-Americans on the jury, neither of whom was one of the two holdouts. The acquittal of Yanez doesn't seem surprising. The charge of second-degree manslaughter doesn't...

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St. Paul Teacher Seeks to Hold District, and Students, Accountable for Assault

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The lawsuit states Benner believed the district's racial equity policy was not holding African American students accountable for behavior issues as opposed to students of other races, and that policy was causing African American students to act out more. The lawsuit quotes Benner's statement at the school board meeting as saying, "Dr. King would be very disappointed because here we are 51 years later and the concept of the matter at hand is skin color."...

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Unacceptable Racism and Sexism From House Minority Leader

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This is simply unacceptable: House Minority Leader Melissa Hortman engaged in blatant racism and sexism on the floor of the Minnesota House last night: “I hate to break up the 100 percent white male card game in the retiring room, but I think this is an important debate,” House Minority Leader Melissa Hortman, of Brooklyn Park, said during a House session on Monday evening. If Ms. Hortman wanted to complain that a bipartisan group of legislators was taking a break from the House debate in the retiring room--which I take it is what the retiring room is for--fine. But irrelevantly dragging race...

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Charles Murray and High-End Collegiate Know-Nothings

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You likely have read reports in newspapers – or even better, seen video on television or the internet – of students at Middlebury College rioting recently because they didn’t want Charles Murray, one of the nation’s most brilliant and vital social scientists, to speak on their Vermont campus.  More than a routine collegiate slurring of the First Amendment, students (and whoever else) came very close to physically assaulting him, and did in fact send his faculty host to the hospital. I’m proud to say Charles is a friend.  I’m also proud to say that he’s not the only speaker at American...

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How Much Does Black Lives Matter Matter?

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Black Lives Matter no longer makes the headlines as often these days, crowded off the front page in part by the media's wall-to-wall coverage of protests of the new administration. But BLM remains a controversial group that provokes strong opinions to say the least. The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder newspaper, the state's oldest black-owned business, has responded to criticism the controversial group is "weakening policing, especially in high crime neighborhoods." In a newly published pair of articles, the paper reached out to a local member of Black Lives Matter to explain and defend the group's methods. Reporter Charles Hallman also interviewed American Experiment's...

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Heather Mac Donald’s Research on the Law and Order Crisis

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On Thursday (Dec. 8) American Experiment will host Heather Mac Donald, the premier crime expert in the nation for a special lunch forum on her new book: The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law Enforcement Makes Everyone Less Safe.  We are expecting a full room of over 350 that will include about 150 law enforcement officers who will be recognized and honored. $30 tickets are available here.   This morning (Dec. 2) Heather Mac Donald gave a terrific interview to the Justice & Drew Show on AM-1130.  The summary below gives a good concise review of her important...

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Zeller response to Minneapolis City Council member Blong Yang on lurking law and crime

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On Monday (Oct. 24) Minneapolis City Council member Blong Yang responded to my earlier Star Tribune op-ed that discussed the council’s politically correct repeal of their lurking ordinance and the likely connection with recent downtown shootings.  Here’s my response to his arguments: He says I suggested “that the repeal of the lurking ordinance in MInneapolis (sic) has tied the hands of law enforcement.”  This isn’t my original idea, I was quoting Minneapolis police union leader Lt. Bob Kroll who pleaded with the City Council not to take away this “very useful tool” as reported by the Star Tribune May 7, 2015...

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Star Tribune Counterpoint: There ought be a law to prevent that … Oh, wait!

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Minneapolis had a lurking law that helped head off trouble. Then political correctness struck. In the wake of more downtown shootings, it’s great that Minneapolis leaders are making new plans and that the Star Tribune Editorial Board is forwarding their ideas (“Yet another round of shots fired in Mpls.,” Oct. 7). But where was clear thinking last summer, when the “lurking” ordinance was being repealed and police union leader Lt. Bob Kroll was pleading with the City Council to not take this “very useful tool” away from law enforcement? Nearly everyone was in favor of repealing the lurking law, which prohibited outlaws...

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Shelby Steele Now (Part 6): How Political Correctness Imposes an Empty, Tyrannical Conformity on Society

The first chapter of Shelby Steele’s book Shame: How America’s Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country is a powerful, personalized critique of the reigning liberal paradigm and a valuable perspective our society confronts the seemingly hopeless polarization and challenge of the Black Lives Matter movement. Today’s excerpt is about how political correctness stifles human imagination and leads to cultural stagnation.  The entire first chapter is available online here. Yet regimes of correctness (even the softer American variety) always stifle the human imagination and lead to cultural stagnation because they are inherently repressive. They impose an empty and often tyrannical conformity on society. One...

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