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. drlorentz:

    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.

    A lot of addicts die.

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  2. Freesmith:
    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.

    Can’t we say that minorities suffer as well as whites. Unlike whites, some individual minorities benefit but at the expense of the group as a whole. By all means mention that it’s unfair to whites if you like but it’s unfair and ineffective all around.

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  3. drlorentz:

    Henry Castaigne:
    Can’t we say that minorities suffer as well as whites

    Sure we can. It implicitly supports the official state morality, much as DR3 does. That makes you part of the controlled opposition.

    So in order to not be controlled I need to adopt certain approved opinions?

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  4. Henry Castaigne:

    drlorentz:

    Henry Castaigne:
    Can’t we say that minorities suffer as well as whites

    Sure we can. It implicitly supports the official state morality, much as DR3 does. That makes you part of the controlled opposition.

    So in order to not be controlled I need to adopt certain approved opinions?

    You, my friend, are the one who has adopted an approved opinion. That was precisely my point. That’s what it means to be part of the controlled  opposition.

    Next, start writing about DR3 and maybe you can get a gig at National Review. Failing that, you could gain the greatly coveted “contributor” status on Ricochet.

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  5. drlorentz:

    Henry Castaigne:

    drlorentz:

    Henry Castaigne:
    Can’t we say that minorities suffer as well as whites

    Sure we can. It implicitly supports the official state morality, much as DR3 does. That makes you part of the controlled opposition.

    So in order to not be controlled I need to adopt certain approved opinions?

    You, my friend, are the one who has adopted an approved opinion. That was precisely my point. That’s what it means to be part of the controlled  opposition.

    Next, start writing about DR3 and maybe you can get a gig at National Review. Failing that, you could gain the greatly coveted “contributor” status on Ricochet.

    Please send me a list of approved opinions so I’ll know what to think.

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  6. Henry Castaigne:

    drlorentz:

    Henry Castaigne:

    drlorentz:

    Henry Castaigne:
    Can’t we say that minorities suffer as well as whites

    Sure we can. It implicitly supports the official state morality, much as DR3 does. That makes you part of the controlled opposition.

    So in order to not be controlled I need to adopt certain approved opinions?

    You, my friend, are the one who has adopted an approved opinion. That was precisely my point. That’s what it means to be part of the controlled  opposition.

    Next, start writing about DR3 and maybe you can get a gig at National Review. Failing that, you could gain the greatly coveted “contributor” status on Ricochet.

    Please send me a list of approved opinions so I’ll know what to think.

    You don’t need a list. You’ve already got the approved opinions. As I explained, your next steps are to get one of those gigs. Contributor status beckons.

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  7. drlorentz:

    Henry Castaigne:

    drlorentz:

    Henry Castaigne:
    Can’t we say that minorities suffer as well as whites

    Sure we can. It implicitly supports the official state morality, much as DR3 does. That makes you part of the controlled opposition.

    So in order to not be controlled I need to adopt certain approved opinions?

    You, my friend, are the one who has adopted an approved opinion. That was precisely my point. That’s what it means to be part of the controlled  opposition.

    Next, start writing about DR3 and maybe you can get a gig at National Review. Failing that, you could gain the greatly coveted “contributor” status on Ricochet.

    “We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!” from Treasure of “Range of Mama”

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  8. Henry Castaigne:

    drlorentz:

    Henry Castaigne:

    drlorentz:

    Henry Castaigne:
    Can’t we say that minorities suffer as well as whites

    Sure we can. It implicitly supports the official state morality, much as DR3 does. That makes you part of the controlled opposition.

    So in order to not be controlled I need to adopt certain approved opinions?

    You, my friend, are the one who has adopted an approved opinion. That was precisely my point. That’s what it means to be part of the controlled  opposition.

    Next, start writing about DR3 and maybe you can get a gig at National Review. Failing that, you could gain the greatly coveted “contributor” status on Ricochet.

    Please send me a list of approved opinions so I’ll know what to think.

    Don’t do it! He will charge you for shipping and mangling. Have your credit card ready.

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  9. drlorentz:

    Henry Castaigne:

    drlorentz:

    Henry Castaigne:

    drlorentz:

    Henry Castaigne:
    Can’t we say that minorities suffer as well as whites

    Sure we can. It implicitly supports the official state morality, much as DR3 does. That makes you part of the controlled opposition.

    So in order to not be controlled I need to adopt certain approved opinions?

    You, my friend, are the one who has adopted an approved opinion. That was precisely my point. That’s what it means to be part of the controlled  opposition.

    Next, start writing about DR3 and maybe you can get a gig at National Review. Failing that, you could gain the greatly coveted “contributor” status on Ricochet.

    Please send me a list of approved opinions so I’ll know what to think.

    You don’t need a list. You’ve already got the approved opinions. As I explained, your next steps are to get one of those gigs. Contributor status beckons.

    Your the rightwing equivalent of lefties that tell me Thomas Sowell’s research is white history. It’s all rather banal. I’d prefer you make the argument that my tactic is immoral.

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  10. Henry Castaigne:

    drlorentz:

    Henry Castaigne:

    drlorentz:

    Henry Castaigne:

    drlorentz:

    Henry Castaigne:
    Can’t we say that minorities suffer as well as whites

    Sure we can. It implicitly supports the official state morality, much as DR3 does. That makes you part of the controlled opposition.

    So in order to not be controlled I need to adopt certain approved opinions?

    You, my friend, are the one who has adopted an approved opinion. That was precisely my point. That’s what it means to be part of the controlled  opposition.

    Next, start writing about DR3 and maybe you can get a gig at National Review. Failing that, you could gain the greatly coveted “contributor” status on Ricochet.

    Please send me a list of approved opinions so I’ll know what to think.

    You don’t need a list. You’ve already got the approved opinions. As I explained, your next steps are to get one of those gigs. Contributor status beckons.

    Your the rightwing equivalent of lefties that tell me Thomas Sowell’s research is white history. It’s all rather banal. I’d prefer you make the argument that my tactic is immoral.

    Proofread when going for the dig. (First word) 🙂

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  11. Henry Castaigne:
    Your the rightwing equivalent of lefties that tell me Thomas Sowell’s research is white history. It’s all rather banal. I’d prefer you make the argument that my tactic is immoral.

    I made my argument about 10 or 20 comments ago. And the argument was never that your tactic is immoral; it’s just loser-like. There’s nothing immoral per se about losing, though it can lead one down a dark path.

    I fully support your moral right to lose with dignity. It’s what Con Inc has been doing for decades.

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  12. Whew! That was a tangent.

    For the record let me restate my complaint — what makes me want to puke — about the arguments over affirmative action.

    It is not only that whites — my kids and future grandkids — are disadvantaged, but that’s numero uno.

    It’s not that non-whiteness becomes a talisman, first in admissions, then on campus, then in recruiting for jobs and then in getting promotions. That’s literally demoralizing, but that’s numero dos.

    What makes me ill — numero puke — is that conservative politicians and conservative pundits, people who serve almost solid white constituencies, refuse to advocate for the very people who put them into positions of political and media influence, so that those constituencies would have a voice.

    They are not supposed to advocate for D’Shauwn and Chamiqua. “D” and “Meek” already have plenty of advocates in Congress and in the MSM, in case anyone hasn’t noticed.

    When whites are disadvantaged and discriminated against, conservative office holders and writers state their objection to affirmative action by declaring how harmful it is to blacks — ITS BENEFICIARIES!

    This is insane. We can’t take our own side in an argument where we are being violated.

    First, we fall back on abstractions: it’s the principle of the thing.

    Then we take the other side’s case and try to convince black folks with some half-assed rhetorical bank-shot — “Mismatch” — that they should give up their unearned goodies.

    Right. When and where exactly has that tactic ever worked? Better yet, has it worked for us with affirmative action? Hell, NO!

    So why do we keep doing it? Why do we listen to weak-kneed, gutless cucks who keep propounding such a foolish, useless approach to getting rid of something that we should never have allowed to exist in the first place.

    Answer: We shouldn’t.

    Do I make myself clear, friends?

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  13. Freesmith:
    When whites are disadvantaged and discriminated against, conservative office holders and writers state their objection to affirmative action by declaring how harmful it is to blacks — ITS BENEFICIARIES! This is insane. We can’t take our own side in an argument where we are being violated.

    My good sir, you have strayed from the approved opinions, thereby opening yourself up to the dreaded accusations of racism. Please watch your language.

    Now that we’ve got that out of the way, may I refresh your G&T?

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