Minneapolis Origin Story

How did Minneapolis get its current mayor and police chief, who have performed so poorly in the current community uproar over a death in police custody? Would you believe it was because a policeman shot an unarmed woman?

In 2012 Mayor Betsy Hodges named Janee Harteau

The chief (left) and her underling

Minneapolis’ first female (and lesbian) police chief. Harteau did all the progressive police training that one would expect of a diversity hire putting on a show. 

“Harteau implemented procedural justice training, implicit bias training and expanded training for all officers to handle situations with people experiencing mental health emergencies.

“Minneapolis police also embraced a set of reforms that came out of an Obama administration task force on so-called 21st Century policing.”

The force also recruited from unrepresented communities, like the Somalis whom Lutherans and Catholics had dumped into Minnesota to swell the welfare caseloads and ease white racial guilt. But the phony “professionalism” collapsed. 

2015 saw the death of black Jamar Clark by the police. A year later African-American Philandro Castile met the same fate at the hands of the sensitivity-trained force. Harteau managed to survive those incidents. But 2017 brought the final straw.

On July 15 Australian native Justine Damond, a white woman who had called the police about some suspicious activity, approached the patrol car that had been sent to check out her complaint. As Damond came to the driver’s side window, Somali immigrant and affirmative action hire Officer Mohammed Noor, sitting in the passenger side, pulled his service gun out and fired at her, directly across the chest of his partner. Damond was killed almost instantly. 

This caused a bit of a problem. Mayor Hodges, already in tough re-election struggle within her Democratic-Farmer Labor Party, turned to Harteau for an explanation. But Harteau was incommunicado, having gone hiking with parties unknown. (She had “married’ her favorite female sergeant the year before.) It took the chief four days to get back to her job — I guess those Suburu Outbacks aren’t all that people say they are —  by which time things were out of hand.

In fairness to Harteau, she likely didn’t rush back from her hiking vacation in the wilderness because she  put little credence in the initial reports she received on the Damond shooting. After all, everyone, especially a racial progressive, knows that although the police feel free to shoot blacks, police never even draw their guns on white people. That is the essence of white privilege. 

Naturally, Harteau had no real answers for what had happened to Damond. What was she going to do, say the former hunter-gatherer Somali was not up to the job, or claim he had been poorly trained?  C’mon, man! 

Hodges quickly threw the butch under the bus. As the replacement Hodges turned to Harteau’s assistant, Medaria Arradondo, a black. His claim to fame was that he and a few others had years before sued the Minneapolis Police Department for passing them over for promotions, had won the suit and then had split three-quarters of a million dollars in city-paid damages. He also got promoted real fast after that — obviously. Nobody likes to get sued twice by someone who’s already taken you to the cleaners.

It wasn’t enough to save the mayor’s job, however. Hodges was replaced by Democratic progressive Jacob Frey, who put a Beto O’Rourke metrosexual face

Jacob “Abandon Ship” Frey

on the exact same policies Hodges had pursued. Frey also kept Arradondo on as police chief, as if he had a frigging choice. And that’s how we got here. 

The death of Floyd has come as a shock to many. Among that number is former chief Harteau, who now lives in sunny Florida and gives speeches on leadership. (That is NOT sarcasm, it’s the truth.) The Wall Street Journal quotes her about the MPD:

“It’s a model for what po­lice de­part­ments should be do­ing…How could this still hap­pen’?” she said. “I just don’t un­der­stand when we

Harteau, center, and Arradondo, right

are do­ing all these things. It makes me ques­tion every­thing I knew to be true.”

Yes, such questioning is a start. The white citizens of Minneapolis, like too many whites in the United States, appear to labor under the delusion that if you do the same thing over and over, you’ll get a different result. That’s a form of mental illness. Call it white ethno-masochism. 

It needs immediate treatment.

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44 thoughts on “Minneapolis Origin Story”

  1. “Yes, such questioning is a start. The white citizens of Minneapolis, like too many whites in the United States, appear to labor under the delusion that if you do the same thing over and over, you’ll get a different result. That’s a form of mental illness. Call it white ethno-masochism.

     

    This is why I WANT Antifa to spread to the Minneapolis suburbs. Ultimately, this is on those liberal white suburban voters that keep these people in power. They deserve all the social justice their homeowner’s policies can handle. Let them taste the fruit of their own votes.

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  2. Affirmative Action yet again hurts everybody. My theory is that as disastrous as Affirmative Action is, it sticks around because it makes people feel good and people are about feelings and not an attempt to wrestle with objective reality.

    Moreover, this idiot policy is promoted constantly by people who never shut up about how they are for the oppressed NAM (non-Asian minorities).

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  3. 10 Cents:
    Please tell me you made this up. This sounds too much like a joke.

    It sounds entirely plausible. I was with the only conservative Professor on campus and he mentioned that there is a policy of agreeing to hire ‘the right people’ an in exchange they don’t do that much work. I said something like, “Isn’t that really condescending to the minority or gay Professors who worked as hard as anyone else to get their promotions?” They laughed and said that that was, ‘white thinking.’

    Not a single word of this essay is unbelievable to me.

    Still, I want to do more research on the death of Philandro Castile. @Freesmith where can I get the evidence that the cop who shot Philandro was promoted because of politics? It would be nice if I could claim that Affirmative Action caused the death of a black-American. (I doubt that Philandro Castile is the only one.)

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  4. Henry Castaigne:
    Affirmative Action yet again hurts everybody. My theory is that as disastrous as Affirmative Action is, it sticks around because it makes people feel good and people are about feelings and not an attempt to wrestle with objective reality.

    Moreover, this idiot policy is promoted constantly by people who never shut up about how they are for the oppressed NAM (non-Asian minorities).

    You are so right. Affirmative Action inevitably will be the demise of every institution. If you hire based on grievance quotas instead of merit, that policy will eventually bite you in the butt. Too many of our institutions do it and knows it doesn’t work, but they don’t want to say anything. It is particularly egregious when they are institutions which are supposed to protect the public. There were height requirements to be a police officer back in the day and that was for a reason. When I see these 5 ft tall Puerto Rican chicks who are police officers in NYC, it is ridiculous. How does this chick represent the authority of the state? How can that woman take down a 6 ft tall man and bring him into custody? The dirty little secret is, they can’t. Female cops especially, are more a detriment to the department that a help.

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  5. The story is 100% factual. Also, it is probably not as singular as many may think. In an age of lawsuits, diversity, equal outcomes and group rights, decisions on hirings and firings up to and including the top positions of leadership in our communities are a morass of corruption, rent-seeking and special pleading.

    But this is the society we have allowed to take root and grow, because white people have accepted that they and they alone are possessed by a mass psychosis which directs their actions and their institutions in an evil way.

    Whenever and wherever anomalous, anecdotal evidence of that psychosis is discovered, whites are instructed from the commanding heights of the culture to perform public acts of self-abasement and to sacrifice themselves and their children in expiation. This ritual of self-flagellation has become so ingrained by now that many whites volunteer for the lash and proclaim it is good.

    But the older and wiser among us, who have seen this devil’s passion play before and who know that it is phony, reject it and the obscene blood-libel upon which it is based.

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  6. The name of the officer who shot Philando Castile is Jeronimo Yanez. He was tried and acquitted, then immediately fired.

    When the incident occurred he was a four-year veteran of the force and had graduated from the police academy.

    Whether he was a beneficiary of preferential hiring practices, I don’t know, but if I was a betting man, that’s where I’d put my (nacho) chips.

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  7. General Buck Turgidson, “Well, I, uh, don’t think it’s quite fair to condemn a whole program because of a single slip-up, sir.” Dr. Strangelove (1964) The “single slip-up” sent 1400 megatons to bomb the USSR.

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  8. Uncle Al:
    General Buck Turgidson, “Well, I, uh, don’t think it’s quite fair to condemn a whole program because of a single slip-up, sir.” Dr. Strangelove (1964) The “single slip-up” sent 1400 megatons to bomb the USSR.

    At least it was a one time thing in Dr. Strangelove. Affirmative Action (AA) has time and time again proved to hurt everyone including non-white people.

    Can’t affluent white lefties just pay blacks to humiliate them (If they live in lefty areas I’m sure they can find minorities who are unemployed. It might get expensive in Texas though.) Alternatively, they could join Mate De and become Catholic and feel all the guilt they want. Religion and sexual deviancy are so much less damaging than lefty politics.*

    *I am genuinely serious when I say lefty white guilt has some kind of religious/psychological/sexual component that should be channeled into more positive directions.

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  9. Henry Castaigne:

    Uncle Al:
    General Buck Turgidson, “Well, I, uh, don’t think it’s quite fair to condemn a whole program because of a single slip-up, sir.” Dr. Strangelove (1964) The “single slip-up” sent 1400 megatons to bomb the USSR.

    At least it was a one time thing in Dr. Strangelove. Affirmative Action (AA) has time and time again proved to hurt everyone including non-white people.

    Can’t affluent white lefties just pay blacks to humiliate them (If they live in lefty areas I’m sure they can find minorities who are unemployed. It might get expensive in Texas though.) Alternatively, they could join Mate De and become Catholic and feel all the guilt they want. Religion and sexual deviancy are so much less damaging than lefty politics.*

    *I am genuinely serious when I say lefty white guilt has some kind of religious/psychological/sexual component that should be channeled into more positive directions.

    Well, if you take God and religion out of the culture this is what you get. Many of these people probably do feel guilty for one reason or another. Human beings have a built in “sin detector” called a conscience. So they maybe are feeling guilty about something because they are wallowing in sin, but they don’t know that they are in sin,  because they have no foundation of faith that has taught them the moral law and how to identify what is a sin. Most people in this culture are in some kind of sexual sin. Fornication is a sin, onanism is a sin and when you do it you will feel guilty. Again they probably don’t think that they are doing anything wrong, because the culture says it’s fine. So they live their lives but have this niggling guilt and they don’t know who to get rid of it. Then they are given the gift of virtue signaling. I can relieve my guilt by projecting to the world how much I care about things that have nothing to do with me, nor can I actually change. So, they can relieve their guilt by have the “correct opinion on things”. The reason they get so angry at those who point out that their opinions usually have no basis in fact, is that this is their penance. These are the things they do to relieve their guilt for being in sin and don’t want to have to actually deal with the fact that perhaps what they are doing is wrong. Political correctness is like the Soma that Huxley wrote about in Brave New World.

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  10. Mate De:
    Well, if you take God and religion out of the culture this is what you get. Many of these people probably do feel guilty for one reason or another. Human beings have a built in “sin detector” called a conscience. So they maybe are feeling guilty about something because they are wallowing in sin, but they don’t know that they are in sin,  because they have no foundation of faith that has taught them the moral law and how to identify what is a sin. Most people in this culture are in some kind of sexual sin. Fornication is a sin, onanism is a sin and when you do it you will feel guilty.

    Your ideas about sin confuse me. Historically, people were OK with: rape of the other tribe, homosexuality, pederasty of poor boys, human sacrifice, infanticide and slavery.

    These things are normal. We are abnormal because we are infused with the Christian ethos that everybody matters because they are made in the image of G-d. Even the atheism of Christopher Hitchens is an echo of Christianity.

    Meanwhile, Afghani culture is fine with raping boys and much of the Muslim culture is fine with FGM. In America for awhile, churchgoing people never thought twice about slavery or Jim Crow. I don’t see this sin detector you mention. At least not in the same way you see it.

    Additionally, I don’t think I’ve ever felt guilty about onanism. (Also, I don’t think masturbation is really onanism because I have never refused G-d’s command to impregnate a hot Jewish lady.) I feel guilt quite acutely but not with sex stuff.

    However, your psycho-sexual guilt is definitely more constructive to society than ethnomasochism. Your guilt about sexuality, however misplaced I find it, leads to a focus on Jesus Christ and the message of love and forgiveness that he represents. The psycho-sexual dynamic of ethnomasochism isn’t about feeling agape for one’s fellow man, it is a self-destructive narcissism that is all about how white people feel about being white and not what’s best for all of G-d’s children.

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  11. Henry Castaigne:

    Mate De:
    Well, if you take God and religion out of the culture this is what you get. Many of these people probably do feel guilty for one reason or another. Human beings have a built in “sin detector” called a conscience. So they maybe are feeling guilty about something because they are wallowing in sin, but they don’t know that they are in sin,  because they have no foundation of faith that has taught them the moral law and how to identify what is a sin. Most people in this culture are in some kind of sexual sin. Fornication is a sin, onanism is a sin and when you do it you will feel guilty.

    Your ideas about sin confuse me. Historically, people were OK with: rape of the other tribe, homosexuality, pederasty of poor boys, human sacrifice, infanticide and slavery.

    Yes, you are correct that is true, and those were horrible societies. Sure the Greeks considered themselves “civilized” because they had art, philosophy, etc… Ok, great but if you aren’t in a tiny minority of the elite you are treated like garbage. So just because some societies, would we would deem to be civilized, for it’s day, does not mean that if you were alive during those time that it would be a pleasant experience. Also, those civilizations aren’t around anymore.

    These things are normal. We are abnormal because we are infused with the Christian ethos that everybody matters because they are made in the image of G-d. Even the atheism of Christopher Hitchens is an echo of Christianity.

    No, those things aren’t normal. In those cultures they were normalized, but they aren’t normal. I’m sure if you were on the receiving end of those barbaric behaviors you wouldn’t be happy about it. If those things were normal, they wouldn’t be traumatizing.

    Meanwhile, Afghani culture is fine with raping boys and much of the Muslim culture is fine with FGM.

    Yea, because they are barbaric in Afghanistan

    In America for awhile, churchgoing people never thought twice about slavery or Jim Crow. I don’t see this sin detector you mention. At least not in the same way you see it.

    It is the same way as some churchgoing people don’t think about abortion. But a lot of that is out of sight out of mind, and the rationalization of the evil around us. When people know about the actual abortion procedure they are horrified and don’t want to hear about it. If we didn’t have a sin detector why do people turn away from the sight of evil? They don’t want to see it. Most regular people go through life not seeing the evil that lurks beneath the surface and they don’t want to see it.

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    Additionally, I don’t think I’ve ever felt guilty about onanism. (Also, I don’t think masturbation is really onanism because I have never refused G-d’s command to impregnate a hot Jewish lady.) I feel guilt quite acutely but not with sex stuff.

    well, that is between you and God.

    However, your psycho-sexual guilt is definitely more constructive to society than ethnomasochism. Your guilt about sexuality, however misplaced I find it, leads to a focus on Jesus Christ and the message of love and forgiveness that he represents. The psycho-sexual dynamic of ethnomasochism isn’t about feeling agape for one’s fellow man, it is a self-destructive narcissism that is all about how white people feel about being white and not what’s best for all of G-d’s children.

    I can agree with this. Also the ethnomasochism is also about the actual supremacy our elite class feels about themselves.

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  12. Mate De:
    No, those things aren’t normal. In those cultures they were normalized, but they aren’t normal. I’m sure if you were on the receiving end of those barbaric behaviors you wouldn’t be happy about it. If those things were normal, they wouldn’t be traumatizing.

    Then traumatic violence is normal. I define normal not in the sense of being good but as being common. All the horrible things that were common in those societies (and often quite common in Christian societies) were a normal part of life. Maybe it wasn’t in G-d’s plan for people to act that way but people normally did act that way.

    Remember, the West is weird for feeling guilty about slavery and colonialism. Most Empires did colonialism in a much more brutal fashion than the European Empires and no one had a pang of guilt over their normal barbarity. Also, while no one tribe liked being a enslaved to another, they were perfectly happy when they could enslave another tribe. Slaves probably dreamed of owning slaves rather than ending slavery.

    If we are born with a conscience that comes from G-d. Why does it take so long to see goodness? Goodness is abnormal in that it is rare.

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  13. Henry Castaigne:

    Mate De:
    No, those things aren’t normal. In those cultures they were normalized, but they aren’t normal. I’m sure if you were on the receiving end of those barbaric behaviors you wouldn’t be happy about it. If those things were normal, they wouldn’t be traumatizing.

    Then traumatic violence is normal. I define normal not in the sense of being good but as being common. All the horrible things that were common in those societies (and often quite common in Christian societies) were a normal part of life. Maybe it wasn’t in G-d’s plan for people to act that way but people normally did act that way.

    Remember, the West is weird for feeling guilty about slavery and colonialism. Most Empires did colonialism in a much more brutal fashion than the European Empires and no one had a pang of guilt over their normal barbarity. Also, while no one tribe liked being a enslaved to another, they were perfectly happy when they could enslave another tribe. Slaves probably dreamed of owning slaves rather than ending slavery.

    If we are born with a conscience that comes from G-d. Why does it take so long to see goodness? Goodness is abnormal in that it is rare.

    Because of man’s fallen nature. (Genesis Chapter 3)

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  14. Mate De:

    Henry Castaigne:

    Mate De:
    No, those things aren’t normal. In those cultures they were normalized, but they aren’t normal. I’m sure if you were on the receiving end of those barbaric behaviors you wouldn’t be happy about it. If those things were normal, they wouldn’t be traumatizing.

    Then traumatic violence is normal. I define normal not in the sense of being good but as being common. All the horrible things that were common in those societies (and often quite common in Christian societies) were a normal part of life. Maybe it wasn’t in G-d’s plan for people to act that way but people normally did act that way.

    Remember, the West is weird for feeling guilty about slavery and colonialism. Most Empires did colonialism in a much more brutal fashion than the European Empires and no one had a pang of guilt over their normal barbarity. Also, while no one tribe liked being a enslaved to another, they were perfectly happy when they could enslave another tribe. Slaves probably dreamed of owning slaves rather than ending slavery.

    If we are born with a conscience that comes from G-d. Why does it take so long to see goodness? Goodness is abnormal in that it is rare.

    Because of man’s fallen nature. (Genesis Chapter 3)

    Mate De:

    Henry Castaigne:

    Mate De:
    No, those things aren’t normal. In those cultures they were normalized, but they aren’t normal. I’m sure if you were on the receiving end of those barbaric behaviors you wouldn’t be happy about it. If those things were normal, they wouldn’t be traumatizing.

    Then traumatic violence is normal. I define normal not in the sense of being good but as being common. All the horrible things that were common in those societies (and often quite common in Christian societies) were a normal part of life. Maybe it wasn’t in G-d’s plan for people to act that way but people normally did act that way.

    Remember, the West is weird for feeling guilty about slavery and colonialism. Most Empires did colonialism in a much more brutal fashion than the European Empires and no one had a pang of guilt over their normal barbarity. Also, while no one tribe liked being a enslaved to another, they were perfectly happy when they could enslave another tribe. Slaves probably dreamed of owning slaves rather than ending slavery.

    If we are born with a conscience that comes from G-d. Why does it take so long to see goodness? Goodness is abnormal in that it is rare.

    Because of man’s fallen nature. (Genesis Chapter 3)

    Mate De:

    Henry Castaigne:

    Mate De:
    No, those things aren’t normal. In those cultures they were normalized, but they aren’t normal. I’m sure if you were on the receiving end of those barbaric behaviors you wouldn’t be happy about it. If those things were normal, they wouldn’t be traumatizing.

    Then traumatic violence is normal. I define normal not in the sense of being good but as being common. All the horrible things that were common in those societies (and often quite common in Christian societies) were a normal part of life. Maybe it wasn’t in G-d’s plan for people to act that way but people normally did act that way.

    Remember, the West is weird for feeling guilty about slavery and colonialism. Most Empires did colonialism in a much more brutal fashion than the European Empires and no one had a pang of guilt over their normal barbarity. Also, while no one tribe liked being a enslaved to another, they were perfectly happy when they could enslave another tribe. Slaves probably dreamed of owning slaves rather than ending slavery.

    If we are born with a conscience that comes from G-d. Why does it take so long to see goodness? Goodness is abnormal in that it is rare.

    Because of man’s fallen nature. (Genesis Chapter 3)

    Square the fallen nature of man his moral degeneracy and his sin detector. Those two ideas seem to be quite contradictory.

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  15. Fantastic piece! I remember the Justine Damond shooting. Funny thing about that: it didn’t spark riots and looting all over the country. The media hardly covered it. Hmm… I wonder why. On second thought, it’s not all that funny.

    Meanwhile, “conservative” commentators go on about DR3.

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  16. Douglas:
    This is why I WANT Antifa to spread to the Minneapolis suburbs. Ultimately, this is on those liberal white suburban voters that keep these people in power. They deserve all the social justice their homeowner’s policies can handle. Let them taste the fruit of their own votes.

    You are a cruel man, but fair.

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  17. Henry Castaigne:
    Affirmative Action yet again hurts everybody. My theory is that as disastrous as Affirmative Action is, it sticks around because it makes people feel good and people are about feelings and not an attempt to wrestle with objective reality.

    Some of the people who are hurt most by affirmative action are genuinely meritorious members of minorities who make it to positions of responsibility and prominence entirely on their own.  Regardless, many of the people they work and interact with will assume, just because of their race, that they’re “affirmative action hires” and thus not up to the requirements for the job.

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  18. John, I respect you too much to disagree with what you’ve written:

    Some of the people who are hurt most by affirmative action are genuinely meritorious members of minorities who make it to positions of responsibility and prominence entirely on their own.  Regardless, many of the people they work and interact with will assume, just because of their race, that they’re “affirmative action hires” and thus not up to the requirements for the job.

    However, it is a symptom of our societal problem that the wrongs of affirmative action are so, so often expressed, not as the injury done to innocent white people — often our own children and grandchildren — but as the damage done to blacks, a claim made especially by our feckless, cowardly leaders.

    Oh, pity poor D’Shauwn and Chamiqua (or Barack and Michelle), forced because of an affirmative action “mismatch” to attend Harvard, Yale or Princeton and be carried to graduation; then condemned to carry the exquisite burden of an Ivy League credential into the workplace for the rest of their lives.

    Oh, the horror! The horror!

    Meanwhile, Brad and Becky (or Tony and Roseanne) have to take their superior GPAs and SAT scores to State U or Saint Second-Rate College and make do, minus the elite validation of their worth. But not to worry; the adversity will make them tougher if not richer.

    As I said, John, I know that you know this, but I wanted to get it off my chest anyway. This whole “blacks are the ones who really suffer” shit makes me puke.

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  19. Freesmith:
    Oh, pity poor D’Shauwn and Chamiqua (or Barack and Michelle), forced because of an affirmative action “mismatch” to attend Harvard, Yale or Princeton and be carried to graduation; then condemned to carry the exquisite burden of an Ivy League credential into the workplace for the rest of their lives.

    But, of course, the value of that credential is weakened in the job and promotion market because of the assumption that the minority only has it because they bumped a better-qualified white or East Asian student to get there.  People have a way of working around distortions in the market.

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  20. Freesmith:
    Stacey Abrams is laughing.

    Yeah I too hate to disagree with John–after all he is the only one who comes to my defense in the Libertarian Wars–but Freesmith is right: Stacey Abrams, Moochelle, and Sotomayor are all laughing to the bank as they were expressly picked for prestigious titles solely based on their race and they wield those titles with great fury. There is no lamentation about affirmative action. Hell, they act like they are owed the prestigious title without putting in the work.

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  21. John Walker:

    Freesmith:
    Oh, pity poor D’Shauwn and Chamiqua (or Barack and Michelle), forced because of an affirmative action “mismatch” to attend Harvard, Yale or Princeton and be carried to graduation; then condemned to carry the exquisite burden of an Ivy League credential into the workplace for the rest of their lives.

    But, of course, the value of that credential is weakened in the job and promotion market because of the assumption that the minority only has it because they bumped a better-qualified white or East Asian student to get there.  People have a way of working around distortions in the market.

    In an amusing sort of way, the debasement of the credential makes it less important that Brad and Becky (or Tony and Roseanne) attended State U. If  the endpoint is that these Cult-Marxist-infested institutions fall, that’s a win.

    As hard as it may be to accept, many institutions may have to hit rock-bottom before they can begin the long road to recovery. You know, like an addict.

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