Thursday, June 09, 2005

Katherine Kersten on...Gang-Banging

I'm not exactly sure what to think of KeeKee Kersten's influential insight into the Twin Cities African-American community. I mean, I'm sure that a middle-aged white conservative woman (whose new photo on the Strib Web site, by the way, looks less reptilian and more raptorish) holds infinite street cred, but I guess I didn't realize that every problem within the black community is the St. Paul NAACP's fault. Thank goodness, we have KeeKee to explain these things.

In the article, she raps with Tyrone Terrill, St. Paul's Director of Human Rights, who sent a two-page letter to 100 black community and religious leaders last month equating gang-banging with terrorism, and appears to be in favor of denying civil rights to U.S. citizens who break the law.

Unsurprisingly, neither Terrill nor KeeKee make any mention of improving education, alleviating chronic poverty, stepping up gun control, strengthening law enforcement, lowering prison recidivism, offering affordable drug addiction treatment, or any other of the myriad options to stop all this gang-banging (I would love to hear KeeKee say the word "gang-banging"). No, the only real answer to the problem, according to this interracial dynamic duo, is religion and the nuclear family.

What a great idea! Perhaps KeeKee and Terrill should go up to North Minneapolis and start handing out Bibles and marriage certificates to the drug dealers. That'll solve things.

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