Dwight Hobbes

Dwight Hobbes

Dwight Hobbes is a longtime Twin Cities journalist and essayist.


Simone Biles can help Black America beat the mental health stigma — Opinion

By: - August 9, 2021

How dare Simone Biles have faults?   People have taken out after this young woman like she developed mental health issues just to spite everyone. What good does it do to take one for the team when you’re not confident the team has your back? Had she soldiered on and failed, reinjuring herself in the […]


Where is the outraged sense of self-preservation when we are under attack by our own? | Column

By: - June 1, 2021

The protests we’ve seen against police, i.e., occupying storm troopers, are an understandable, even obligatory response of Black people, borne of self-preservation.  But also I’m sorry to say it’s open to question how much Black lives indeed matter to Black communities. Where is the outraged sense of self-preservation when we are under attack by our […]

Black Americans and African immigrants, at times divided, see opportunities to work together

By: - May 10, 2021

After a year when two unarmed Black men were killed by police and Black communities suffered the brunt of the pandemic, the recession and a rise in violent crime, never before has solidarity been more important for Black Minnesotans. Whether they are descended from enslaved Africans or newer arrivals escaping war and civil chaos in […]


Art Knight got demoted for saying we don’t need the same old “white boys” on the police force. He wasn’t wrong.

By: - November 11, 2020

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo made the wrong move when he demoted Deputy Chief Art Knight for calling out the Minneapolis Police Department on its racist culture. Knight simply shot from the hip, telling it like it is, and Arradondo’s overreaction damaged his standing in a Black community that passionately embraced his appointment. Knight told […]


When considering park encampments, consider the neighborhood and its people, too

By: - October 11, 2020

As with Powderhorn Park and others around Minneapolis, the encampment at Peavey Park was portrayed as a “sanctuary” for the homeless, and there was some hoopla when the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board evicted some tents out of the park recently. park police and bulldozers at peavey currently, eviction attempt has began. get to the […]


As a Black man who lived through the ’60s I know this: destroying your community won’t bring justice

By: - June 6, 2020

George Floyd’s killing demanded protest.  Minneapolis Police Department officers Derek Chauvin and his accomplices Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kuengsworn — since fired and charged with crimes — were entrusted not to selectively protect and serve but respectfully safeguard all. The Floyd killing continued a history black folk have had up to our eyeballs. […]