The Twin Cities metro has the highest homeownership gap in the nation Homeownership is the key ingredient of vibrant communities where engaged citizens, caring neighbors, thriving schools and healthy people come together. — Minnesota Homeownership Center Minnesota consistently has one of the highest homeownership rates in the nation. Households of Color, however, … [Read more...]
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A biweekly column in which various contributors from both sides of prison walls explore common ground for effecting change. I’m a ghetto child to the fullest. I come from the bottom of poverty, and with all that I’ve been through in life, I’ve made it back to the bottom, only it’s not poverty. It’s prison. I have been the stereotype of a Black man from my … [Read more...]
In my last column, “Overcrowding in Rush City Prison creates a risk to the public” (MSR, Mar. 24, 2016), I wrote about the overcrowding and double bunking in a prison originally designed for single occupancy in each cell. I shared several examples of how the community and inmate safety is jeopardized by this practice. I also highlighted a civil rights complaint filed … [Read more...]
Recently, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) reopened its insanely resisted branch/satellite office in St. Cloud. Having the state’s only branch MDHR office further verifies the community’s pathologically racist conditions. Demands for reliable discrimination investigations and redress began nearly 30 years ago because St. Cloud’s most abundant natural … [Read more...]
Dusty Baker, second most winning active manager in Major League Baseball, as of the writing of this column, is the only African American manager in Major League Baseball (of 30 Major League Baseball mangers, 29 are White). Obviously there is still a color line that baseball doesn’t want to talk about, let alone act upon. Major League Baseball recently held its … [Read more...]