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According to the Sentencing Project, seven U.S. states are maintaining a Black/white disparity larger than 9 to 1: California, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Wisconsin. When comparing the prisons of today to the prisons of centuries ago, little has changed–at least in regards to racial demographics. As early as the 1800s, Black inmates are recorded as the dominant to occupy American prisons to date. U.S. penitentiaries blew up post American Civil War, as...

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A legal claim against the national video and audio company, Encore, was announced November 30th, after Jeffrey Thornton was denied the job because of his hair. Jeffrey Thornton says he was denied a job with the company located in San Diego after refusing to cut his locs. Thornton claims to have worked for the company at its Florida location, but was furloughed due to COVID-19 before receiving an invite to contact the company about other...

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Statement from Sheriff Hutchinson December 8, 2021 (Minneapolis) – Early this morning, I was involved in single car crash in Douglas County near Alexandria, MN. I was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota State Patrol are investigating this crash as a DUI. I made the inexcusable decision to drive after drinking alcohol and I am deeply sorry. As the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in...

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The gap between white and Black homeowners in Minnesota is at large, with the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and Saint Paul), Minnesota’s most diverse cities, taking the top of the list for racial disparities in homeownership in the US. According to MPR News, within the Twin Cities, Saint Paul’s Black homeownership rate only reflects 17 percent, with Minneapolis ranking only slightly higher at 19.8 percent. This is the lowest its been within the last decade, decreasing...

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Almost a year ago mass protests broke out across Nigeria against police brutality, through the widespread hash-tag #EndSARS, referring to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Unarmed protesters were brutalized, shot, and even killed by police officers during the outbreak that occurred in October 2020. According to the ​Humans Right Watch, this information was not public until a judicial panel was held. “The authorities should stop denying the truth and focus instead on correcting their wrongs by...

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Tuesday, November 30th, 2021, a protest was held outside the courtroom holding the trial for Kim Potter, the veteran cop of Brooklyn Center that shot and killed, at the time, 21 year old Daunte Wright, this past April–claiming she thought she’d grab her taser despite working as a cop since 1997. Moments before the march began a man drove his car past a barricade, down the road through a group of protesters who managed to...

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The Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG) is the first Black museum in Minnesota. The fairly new 2018 museum has brought the Twin Cities of Minnesota a historical and creative stamp, and through the Black lens, supporting real stories from Minnesota’s Black community, suppressed national history, and beyond. MAAHMG collaborates with community leaders, paving the way for artists, activists, storytellers, historians, and more, to show up, take space, and amplify the Black voice. And...

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The child welfare system is predicated on the subjugation, surveillance, control, and punishment of mostly poor Black and Native children and families. – Upendmovement.org upEND is a national organization fighting to uproot child protection services, referring to it as a “family policing service.” Child protective services remove children from their family for various reasons–most pertaining to the parents being “unfit.” These children are often put up for forced adoption, and if not adopted, are placed...

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When we talk about cultural appropriation, many assume the term “cultural appropriation” is an attempt to exclude the rest of the world from exploring the expressions of cultures outside their own. “Blackness” has a long history of being commercialized with non-Black faces, removing its originators as the admirers and fueling white supremacy. We see many aspects of Black culture perforating society on a global level, and social media has only maximized that. “Cultural appropriation is...

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