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[Extract from] Oppression Minnesota-Style
How Minnesotans maintain white supremacy and segregation by keeping the
'right' Blacks in charge.
-- News analysis by Karl B. Johnson, Spokesman-Recorder Jan 9-15, 2003
Quoting passages from Ron Edward's book, The Minneapolis story, Karl B.
"Bill Davis, then president of the local NAACP, filed suit against the state
of Minnesota [Sept 1995] for "failing in its constitutional duty to provide
an adequate education for all children." When Leola [Seals] took over in
1996, she focused it even further: demanding the school officials improve
test scores of minority and low-income children..."
"...When South Minneapolis' Sabathani Community Center opened its doors on
January 9, 1999, for the election of officers for the local chapter of the
NAACP [Seals vs. Campbell], we saw a long line of people waiting to vote,
most of whom were White. At stake, as the City Pages article [Black like Us]
points out, were costly, long-term city and state projects. They wanted the
'right' people in charge...They did not want Ms. Seals in charge. Because of
her background they viewed her as a field hand who didn't mix with the high
falutin' elitist house Negroes.
"This lineup of whites trying to influence the outcome of [an] election
is not new. In the 1964 election, Thomas Johnson II seemed a shoo-in, but he
had radical views. So on the morning of the 1964 election several school
buses loaded with 'little old white ladies' clutching brand new NAACP
membership cards pulled up at the polling place."