235 more layoffs at Target

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Even more cuts at Big Red. The Star Tribune’s Kavita Kumar surveys the damage: “Following months of anticipation, the ax fell in Target Corp.’s technology operations in the Twin Cities, where about 235 employees were let go this morning. … The retailer’s information technology units had largely been spared in layoffs earlier this year that affected about 2,500 jobs, or about one-fifth of the workers in the company’s corporate offices in Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park.”

Cornish weighs in. “A Minnesota state representative is urging the governor not to meet with Black Lives Matter St. Paul unless they apologize for a chant that law enforcement groups have called threatening,” writes Mara H. Gottfried in the Pioneer Press. “Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Vernon Center, who was a police officer for 33 years, said Tuesday he was disgusted by the ‘Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon’ chant of some protestors during a Saturday march by Black Lives Matter to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The St. Paul Police Federation and the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association have criticized the chant.”

Why choose when you can have both? A little color from the New York Times’ Jason Horowitz on Bernie Sanders’ visit to Minneapolis: “ ‘Phil!’ Mr. Sanders called over to his longtime field director, Phil Fiermonte, ‘What are we serving for breakfast?’ … ‘Bernard, why don’t you try herring,’ [Sanders’ friend] Mr. [Richard] Sugarman suggested. ‘A lot of these people are Scandinavian.’  … Mr. Sanders, apparently confident they weren’t there for the spread, responded, ‘Maybe bagels.’ ”

A look at the Fair Housing Act, almost 50 years later, from someone who should know about it. For the Washington Post, Emily Badger writes, “Walter Mondale expected, as a lot of people did in 1968, that the Fair Housing Act would really change things. He thought it would break down segregation, force communities that had long discriminated to do the right thing, and foster more places where blacks and whites live as neighbors. … Nearly 50 years later, however, the change has been much less dramatic. American cities still remain heavily segregated by race. And diverse places, he fears, are re-segregating. … ‘I was younger and more naïve,’ Mondale says now, ‘and more certain that the law took care of all problems.’

In other news …

The State Fair shies away from controversy: “Bill Cosby portrait in ‘rapeseed’ pulled from State Fair” [Pioneer Press]

Minnesota’s waters are full of carp. [MPR]

Generally, “hockey pucks” not a good association for a steakhouse: “North Star legend Lou Nanne putting his name on Edina steakhouse” [Star Tribune]

Good news about the opportunity gap: “Brenda Cassellius, state education commissioner, said nearly two-thirds of schools were on track to cut the achievement gap between poor and minority students and their classmates in half by 2017.” [Pioneer Press]

All about the structure and design of the Vikings stadium. [Curbed]

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Pavel Yankovic on 09/01/2015 - 02:45 pm.

    Rep. Cornish…

    makes a good point. Governor Dayton must stand with the police officers and denounce this organization and their militant protests.

  2. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 09/01/2015 - 02:46 pm.

    Diplomacy

    If diplomacy is “…the art of dealing with people in a sensitive and effective way,” the protesters’ chant could hardly be seen as anything other than a blunder. On the other hand, to be effective – that is, to draw public attention to injustice – public protest has a lengthy history of offending people. The well-documented harassment of black Americans by police forces all over the country in the past few years (it goes back decades and centuries, of course, but has seen a significant increase in publicity in recent times) should leave no one surprised that protests have been organized to bring attention to the issue. Beyond that, however, the repeated shooting and/or killing of unarmed young black males by various police police forces in the past year or so is hard to see as anything other than, using the definition above, a considerably worse diplomatic blunder. At worst, of course, those shootings have simply been murder, and possibly racist murder at that. In short, perhaps not all that much different from the recent murder of officer Darren Goforth in Houston.

    If the protestors are expected to apologize for their provocative language, and perhaps they should, it would be equally appropriate for Representative Cornish to issue an apology for those unjustified shootings by his fellow law enforcement officers. I won’t hold my breath.

    • Submitted by richard owens on 09/01/2015 - 06:10 pm.

      Rep. Cornish could play a helpful role…

      His demand for an apology is understandable since he is admittedly a State Representative especially for law enforcement concerns. He sticks up for cops and their issues.

      HOWEVER, Mr. Schoch has a point: Previous commenters who were there said they didn’t hear the chant or one who did said it was a joke. Evidence does not warrant some demand from the State Representative who was not there.

      Either way, the situation calls for some professionalism. Somebody take this to a higher level!

      A statement about Black Lives Matter from law enforcement (or their Rep. at the capital) that seeks some common ground and support for good community policing is in order.

      Tony shouldn’t choose sides based on hearsay. Tony should be a leader for both groups.

      And whoever did chant or joke some anti-police message could have been a provocateur looking to START trouble. Identities are important when accusing or placing blame. Let us resist the bait.

      I think the professional thing to do is to acknowledge there is a problem with police relations with the communities of color and use the situation to stake out some common ground or some principles of positive engagement.

      Black Lives Matter has good reasons for their cause and Minnesota law enforcement has good reasons to be professional in their response.

      I think demanding an apology in this case is very poor judgement. They ask for respect out of pride, don’t ask them to be contrite. Let them speak. Their message is not about chants.

  3. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 09/01/2015 - 03:56 pm.

    Sorry Ray

    Had Cornish been the one to pick this fight, you might have had a valid point.

    I’m always troubled by people like you who love to generalize about “police forces all over the country” or “various police forces”. Yet, you’re also never one to raise the issue in terms of “black criminals all over the country”. Funny how you and BLM love to generalize about the police, while the other side loves to generalize about black youths.

    Where BLM gets it wrong is in picking criminals like Micheal Brown to try to prove their point. The person primarily responsible for Micheal Brown’s death is Michael Brown. Until we can get beyond the “all cops are murderers” and all black youths are criminals” rhetoric, we’ll never begin to solve the problem. And attitudes like Ray’s just help make my point.

  4. Submitted by Joe Downing on 09/01/2015 - 04:43 pm.

    Was Eric Garner the person primarily responsible for his death?

    Or Tamir Rice? Walter Scott?

    The issue is much much larger than Michael Brown and to try to paint it as such is disingenuous.

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