Reversing the Legacy of Racial Inequity

Reversing the Legacy of Racial Inequity from The UpTake on Vimeo. Minneapolis holds a reputation for being one of the most progressive cities in the Midwest with implementation of new policies and programs to improve the lives of its residents. Unfortunately, these policies have long overlooked and ignored the thriving legacy of racial inequity in the city. This should come as no surprise as a 2017 news report found that Minnesota was ranked the second worst state in the country for racial equality. So what exactly is racial inequity and what is Minneapolis doing about it?

Simon Urges MN Legislature To Invest In Democracy

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon says the state can do more to insure voting rights. He and legislative leaders unveil a plan to increase voting security; decrease barriers to voter registration; restore of voting rights for those who were formerly incarcerated; and protect voter privacy.

A mural in Woodburn Hall that includes a depiction of the Ku Klux Klan originally was painted for the Chicago World's Fair.

Students Petition for Removal of KKK Painting

Signatures are being collected this month asking Indiana University officials to remove a painting on the Bloomington campus that depicts a cross burning by the Ku Klux Klan.

Michael Walker

Black Boys Will Achieve When Teachers Believe In Them

“My job is not to fix black boys,” says Michael Walker, the man who is in charge of the relatively new office of Black Male Student Achievement in Minneapolis schools. “It is our job to change how we think and what we believe black boys are capable of.”

Vivian Jenkins-Nelsen

Battling ‘Minnesota Nice’, Structural Racism And White Privilege

“So can we talk about race?” asked Vivian Jenkins-Nelsen to a nearly all-white League of Women Voters gathering at a south Minneapolis restaurant. The co-founder of the INTER-RACE Institute, a diversity think tank located at Augsburg College said structural racism is alive in Minnesota because people don’t talk about it enough.

Midwest Economic Policy Institute

Minnesota’s Labor Unions Boosting Racial Economic Equality

On the heels of Labor Day, and as the Twin Cities continue to struggle with racial disparities, a new report details how Minnesota’s labor unions are providing economic opportunities, especially for people of color.