The local voices of the political organization known as Black Lives Matter have squandered their opportunity to be taken seriously.

They are nothing more than professional protestors, social media vigilantes and well trained provocateurs. I’ve seen local mayors and police chiefs bend over backwards to allow them a seat at the table to be heard. I’ve seen human resources professionals and well-paid diversity and equity positions added to the already excessive tax burdens the citizens endure.

These Black Lives Matters bullies do not want solutions to real life challenges; they want more YouTube views and Instagram likes. It’s an act. I’ve seen it with my own eyes.

This week, I attended an informational meeting in Moorhead hosted by the Center of the American Experiment. I came to listen and learn along with a packed room of participants and a few disrupters waiting to unfurl their hatred at people presenting solutions to an obvious crisis in public education.

The speakers brought a wealth of life experience information. Among them was Kendall Qualls, who lived with his divorced mother and siblings in public housing projects of Harlem, N.Y. Before middle school, he was separated from his siblings and moved in with his father in Oklahoma. Neither of his parents finished high school.

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Despite the challenges and turmoil of his early life, Mr. Qualls worked full-time to pay his way through college, served as an officer in the U.S. Army and earned three graduate degrees. He worked his way up the ranks to become a Vice President at several health care companies.

His presentation included statistics and facts on how we got to a place in America where 80% of Black children now grow up in fatherless homes. His solution supports the notion that free enterprise and the private sector are the fastest and most equitable way to lift people from poverty to prosperity including Black Americans.

Catrin Wigfall is a Policy Fellow at Center of the American Experiment, and director of Educated Teachers MN and Employee Freedom MN. This 30-something pregnant mother has more than a decade of experience in education and policy research. She was a fifth and sixth grade teacher as well.

She shared examples of what's missing from today’s textbooks: important facts related to the American Revolution, Civil War, World War One and World War Two, no reference to the Holocaust, the Nazi regime and their treatment of Jews. But, students will learn that 19th-century westward expansion in America is built on oppression. High school students are asked to do an ”analysis of the ideology of Manifest Destiny and its relationship to whiteness, Christianity, and capitalism."

The entire event was about making education better. Until Faith Shields-Dixon and other Black Lives Matters protestors shut the meeting down with their childish rants and bullying tactics before the question-and-answer segment of the meeting even began.

Dixon screamed “You don't have our kids, you don't go through our struggles, you cannot tell us what we gonna do and how we gonna teach our kids.” It became so raucous that the Moorhead Police Department was called, and their pleas for calm were ignored. One woman, Vanessa Clark of Fargo, was detained.

When members of the audience asked for the protestors to listen to the very professional Moorhead Police officers and stop disrupting the meeting, Dixon began demanding the arrest of an obviously agitated audience member. “If I don't get him arrested, I'm calling the Chief, calling the Chief now.”

Enough of this circus. Let’s engage with people willing to roll up their sleeves and fix problems.

Scott Hennen hosts the statewide radio program “What’s On Your Mind?” On AM 1100 “The Flag”, KFYR AM 550, AM 1090 KTGO “The Flag” and AM 1460 KLTC. Email him at

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