Ad Spot

Letter: What’s so radical about saying ‘Black Lives Matter’?

Angie Hoffman’s letter to the editor of June 24 has so many exaggerations and untruths that I don’t know where to begin or where to focus.  She lobs many attacks on Jeremy Corey-Gruenes, and, as he is a better thinker and writer than I am, I will let him answer as he sees fit. However, there are several things that she states as true that I can’t let stand. She calls the Black Lives Matter movement a Marxist-led organization.  She needs to stop spending so much time with Tucker Carlson, Alex Jones, Ben Shapiro and other right-wing conspiracy mongers. It is classic red baiting, reminiscent of Joe McCarthy. What is so radical in saying that Black lives should matter? If you check the Black Lives Matter website, their goals are clearly articulated, focusing on the issues of social, racial, gender, environmental and criminal justice. Check the website.

Ms. Hoffman attempts to place the blame for the problems of policing on the fact that Democrats are in leadership in Minneapolis and wonders why these leaders did not fire abusive police officers. I suggest that Ms. Hoffman read a June 21 article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune explaining the arbitration policy that is written in law that leadership needs to follow.  In fact, Rep. Michael Howard, DFL-Richfield, authored a House arbitration reform bill to change this failing arbitration system, so that abusive police officers would be fired, but it was the Republican Senate that failed to act and went home.

One last thing. I wrote a letter a week ago asking Ms. Hoffman to say his name —  George Floyd. In her recent letter, she writes  “Floyd’s death” twice in context. It seems she still cannot recognize his humanity, cannot say his name, cannot recognize that he was a Black man murdered by police in cold blood, and that what happened in Minneapolis was an outcry, an angry reaction and uprising to this cruel death and the systemic issues that caused it. So, say his name, Angie. His name was George Floyd.

Ted Hinnenkamp

Albert Lea

News

Freeborn County under severe thunderstorm warning

Health Updates

Daily COVID-19 update: More than 800 new cases reported in state

News

Special session renews hopes for those seeking state money

Business

Bruss-Heitner to build in new Wells Business Park

Featured News

An outdoor concert

Cops, Courts & Fires

Court Dispositions: July 7-9, 2020

News

Grazing resources available for livestock farmers

News

Reporting fish die-offs helps DNR

Health Updates

State opens long-term care to visits from outside ‘essential caregivers’ after COVID-19 restrictions

Albert Lea Tigers

Tigers get back on the field

Health Updates

Daily COVID-19 update: Area counties see increased cases

News

Guard mobilized quickly, adjusted on fly for Floyd unrest

Cops, Courts & Fires

Man arrested for domestic assault and other reports

Cops, Courts & Fires

Medical experts: Floyd’s speech didn’t mean he could breathe

Business

Local small business COVID-19 relief fund grows

Elections & Campaigns

Hagedorn visits Austin during district tour

Cops, Courts & Fires

Judge imposes gag order on attorneys in George Floyd case

Education

State survey: Majority would feel comfortable sending students back to school in fall

Cops, Courts & Fires

Items stolen and other reports

News

Area under severe thunderstorm watch

Health Updates

Daily COVID-19 update: Freeborn County’s cumulative case total passes 300

News

Authorities: 1 dead after tornadoes hit western Minnesota

News

Minnesota health officials warn against ‘COVID parties’

News

County board votes to allow use of fairgrounds for 4-H livestock shows