Klansman Founded City Where Daunte Wright Was Killed by Girl Cop, Police Union Honcho

Sheriff Earle Brown’s membership wasn’t enough to stop Brooklyn Center from dedicating buildings and festivals to him—and his name is still all over the town.

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Daily Beast: The lights of an apartment complex named after a former Ku Klux Klan member shone just beyond the clouds of tear gas used to disperse protesters outside police headquarters in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, after an unarmed 20-year-old Black man was fatally shot during a traffic stop on Sunday.

The KKK member was Earle Brown, on whose farm the city of Brooklyn Center was founded back in 1911. Along with the Earle Brown Farm Apartments, there is the Earle Brown Heritage Center and Earle Brown Tower, and Earle Brown Drive.

Until June 2020, there was also Earle Brown Elementary School. And the city’s annual summer festival was called The Earle Brown Days until two months ago. The names were changed in a long-delayed response to a 2013 book by a Minneapolis high school history teacher. Elizabeth Dorsey Hatle’s The Ku Klux Klan in Minnesota cited reports of Brown’s KKK membership back in 1923, when he was Hennepin County sheriff.

Hatle writes that Brown had been called before a grand jury investigating the KKK in 1923 after a fellow Klansman identified him as a member. Brown testified that he had been formally initiated as “member 4” in a room at the Dyckman Hotel in Minneapolis. He had been recruited by somebody who worked security at Bell Telephone. The Dyckman was said to be the meeting place for the Twin Cities Klan.

A local newspaper got wind of it and reported, “Sheriff Earle Brown was a witness before the grand Jury Friday. Although it was reported that another witness had named the sheriff as a member of the Klan, Mr. Brown declined to make a public statement, taking the position that his testimony was given under the usual oath of secrecy taken before the grand Jury.”

His membership with the KKK became an issue as he made a failed bid for governor in 1932. He set aside his supposed worry about grand jury secrecy.  Read more..pay wall

https://www.thedailybeast.com/klansman-earle-brown-founded-brooklyn-center-minnesota-the-city-where-daunte-wright-was-killed-by-a-cop?ref=home

 

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5 COMMENTS

  1. We know reform doesn’t work, because it was decades ago, that the push was to have officers live in the neighborhoods they patrol, and to make sure the department was ethnically representative of the people.
    It is overwhelmingly obvious that the twin cities did not implement this to any degree of sincerity. Racism is systemic throughout the US, though certainly much more visibly so in some areas. Ignorance is handed down generationally and maintained in law enforcement through recidivism. And ,…crickets from the US AG’s office. Learning is not happening.

    • Its 2021……….
      Students at North Texas school disciplined for ‘slave trade’ held over social media

      “A group of students at an Aledo school were disciplined based on a slave auction they set up on social media to pretend to sell their Black classmates, according to local activists.” “Tony Crawford, an activist and leader with Parker County Progressives, said the situation was “another in a long line of incidents that are swept under the rug.” “

  2. The South will rise again, and again, and again… even in the North. I’m amazed that Trumpsters on this site continue to be taken in by the racist ideology that claims Europeans were destined by God to displace indigenous people all around the world, rape and pillage them, and in the case of the former American Confederacy, own them. Manifest Destiny is the fancy word for this, just like Zionism is a fancy word for what the Ashkenazim are doing in Palestine. If you don’t believe me, just ask any Native American or any Palestinian.

    • Ferdinand,… I have been refused service because the person with me was the wrong color, in a busy business district in Pa. Being able to blend in with the ‘good old boys” has exposed me to rampant and continuous racism across the north. It’s more ‘out” in the south, in the north they pretend they aren’t. Even California has widespread white supremacy in the police and other public offices. It’s like trying to get rid of bamboo or sumac. And there’s no small expense being spent on maintaining it.

    • All racism is based on “closeness” the idea that one group of humans is superior to all the others. My guess is that it went back to when the first Homo Sapiens encountered the Neanderthal. It will only disappear when the ultimate “chosen ones” have their backs to the wall and uses the Sampson Option.

      Describing Israel’s Samson Option, the Israeli poet Itamar Yaoz-Kest wrote, “And yet, there is a right reserved only to us [Ashkenazim] (if indeed any human on Earth has this right): to be destroyed and to take the weary and sated world with us into non-existence, along with its wondrous libraries and heart-stirring tunes – just so, after we descend to the grave, while the ground emits radioactive rays to all four winds…”