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Ellison, Fields duel over federal support for Minneapolis

We must be clear about the conditions within our community. Our Twin Cities are home to the largest achievement gap in education between black and white students in the entire country.

Unemployment for blacks in Minneapolis hovers around 20 percent, but it's just 6 percent for whites — also the biggest gap in the entire country. As a black man, I say this is unacceptable.

How has this happened? Because of a lack of smart, selfless and focused leadership.

The tornado had a disproportionately harsh impact on the North Side's hurting residents. And the lack of assistance from federal agencies served as a later kick in the gut. The unstated policy from Washington bureaucrats is "we will decide who gets the services our tax dollars pay for."

“Mr. Fields, who moved to Minneapolis one month before last year's tornado, is using the natural disaster as a wedge to divide our communities. He claims to offer 'leadership' but offers little in terms of a vision for moving forward. What specifically would he have done differently? These questions remain unanswered,” Ellison wrote. “At the end of the day, smart leadership is about being part of the solution, not trying to tear others down. Smart leadership is offering a vision for how to move our communities forward.”

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Smart Leadership?

It baffles many with all the coalition building, awarded grants, how North Mpls has not prospered as the many surrounding communities. What is the solution, the vision, the results that will end the vacant lots where nothing economically grows?