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As discussions unfolded in the Department of Education's Structural Racism Working Group, it became apparent that, despite the murder of George Floyd last summer, many Minnesotans think that was a one-time thing, are unaware the systemic racism that surrounds them in many instances.

And that, says Roxanne Gould, racism "keeps us from being in good relations with each other" and has limited the lives and opportunities of all students, including White ones.

A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota was published back in 2016, but it's enjoyed a renaissance of sorts this summer.

The collection of essays features 16 diverse voices of people of color, talking about the Minnesota in which they live.

It seems that the whole world took note of George Floyd's death, but the story of his death - and the protests that followed all across this country - wasn't being presented to everyone the same way.

Dr. Ryuta Nakajima, a UMD Professor of Art and Design, noticed his Japanese friends back home had a radically different perception of what was happening and why, so he took to social media to set some things straight.

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UMD's Dr. Dana Lindaman pays a lot of attention to what's going on in contemporary culture.

He has a friend and colleague in France and the two men collaborate on analysis of the politics and myths in our cultures - Lindaman analyzing the French and Jerome Viala-Gaudefroy looking at the American.

Lindaman also has a beloved older brother who is Black.

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Statues and monuments are getting push back - and sometimes, push over - as people challenge what they percieve as public honors for figures guity of racism, genocide and more.

But many that oppose the removal of these monuments say protestors are trying to erase history.

Dr. Scott Laderman is a professor of history at UMD and he says he's not a matter of erasing history; it's about challenging how histories are told.

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Dr. Mary Owen sees many of the people around her just going about business as usual.

She admits she doesn't know if underneath, they're as upset and angry as she is or not.

The death of George Floyd last week has brought black and brown people together to protest a shared history of systemic racism, violence and death, and it's no surprise that Indigenous leaders and community members joined the protest and march Saturday afternoon in Duluth.

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Edward Moody lived and worked as a TV reporter and news anchor in the Twin Ports - and the Twin Cities - for much of the 2000s. Now he's living in Georgia, an hour away from where Ahmaud Aubery's death came to light two weeks ago. In the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer this week, Edward is sharing his perspective on what it's like, as a black man, to live through these times.

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Dr. Glenn Simmons Jr. has an analogy about the COVID-19 pandemic and organ donation.

But it's not the stretch it might seem.

There are laws against selling your own organs, he explains, because the people most likely to do so are already the people with the fewest resources.

Minnesota's Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan said last week, “I think we’ve heard some say that COVID-19 is the great equalizer, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. What this crisis has done is lay bare the inequities that already existed within our state.”

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The hamburger steak was tough and I had the dirty fork stuck in it and I was sawing on the steak with the butter knife.  As I was sawing on it, the plate moved to the edge of the table and flipped over and landed on the floor. 

Implicit in the idea of "mental health" is that there is a state of "healthy" that individuals can eventually get back to.

But is that always the case?

How can mental health providers (still mostly white, in this country) provide better mental health care to people of color?  And can a person's challenges be separated from the cultural traumas of racism, discrimination, slavery and genocide?

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Here's what you might expect at the International Fly Fishing Film Festival tonight:

"Five or six bro-dudes, showing how they got to the river, drinking beer, and at the end they're holding these giant fish up."

Here's what you wouldn't expect:  the story of a racist, trouble-making small town kid and how, through his willingness to "go down the wormhole" of questioning his beliefs, came out on the other side as a new man.

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The passionate young people of the civil rights movement in the '60s have given way to passionate young people of today, engaged in movements that are simultaneously new and depressingly familiar.

Jordon Moses is one of the speakers at a panel discussion tonight (TED at the Teatro, Anti-racism in the US: A panel on race & racism) and he points out that every generation understands different things about the work of ending racism in this country.

The Duluth justice city coalition is hosting a march to dismantle the legacy of racism and build a community of peace this Saturday, October 14. Kim Young talked to us today and gave us details about the march.

The hope is to demand change within the community. 

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It started as a gathering of Duluth clergy, worried about the events over the weekend in Charlottesville Virginia.  They wanted to construct and organize some kind of response to the events, from denouncing hatred to heading off what some see as an inevitable conflict between white nationalism and social justice advocates right here in our community.