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Welcoming Afghans for the Long Haul

In a Minnesota hotel last week, the hallways are full of recently arrived people from Afghanistan. Some of the doors

  • 10/17/2021
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Going to the Source: A Commentary About Abortion

I am writing this commentary after years of being fed up with the simplistic nature of the abortion debate. I see what is happening in Texas.

  • 10/16/2021
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Reporting Assault

I never wanted the rapist in jail. I wanted him to see what happened in that room in the same way I do.

  • 09/24/2021
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Passing Through Time

I receive updates each month about relatives that are linked to my genetics, many of whom are unknown to me.

  • 08/25/2021
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Op-Ed: Legislature failed to enact key racial equity measure

Minnesota’s policymakers had an opportunity during this legislative session to take action to gain a portion of that $6.6 billion of annual GDP, and they failed. Instead, efforts to close racial equity gaps fell victim to polarized and antiquated views of economic growth and competitiveness.

  • 07/23/2021
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Who can build consensus toward public safety?

Minneapolis will not succeed until every citizen and visitor can trust that they are protected by those who are here to serve us. If Minneapolis fails, so will the entire State of Minnesota.

  • 07/22/2021
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Net Zero

My parents’ love for each other and their children was a bubble that protected us from the rest of the

  • 06/24/2021
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Riot or Resistance? (Part 1)

Danielle Kilgo is a researcher now based at the University of Minnesota focused on how media contributes to uneven power dynamics and diversity issues, including police brutality and social movements against violence and racism. This is the first of a two-part essay, published with her permission, that combines commentaries she published at The Conversation.

  • 04/28/2021
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My Perspective From BLM Protests

No matter whose name we are chanting, or whom we are demanding justice for, the fact remains: There is always someone we are demanding justice for.

  • 04/20/2021
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Learning From Global Thought Leaders

Editor Mikki Morrissette recently attended the global, virtual @SkolFoundation three-day conference focused on “Closing the Distance.” Here are a few

  • 04/17/2021
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Why Video Surveillance Is Not a Good Crime-Fighting Tool

The documentary film “Coded Bias” warns of the racial and gender biases in facial recognition software and the dangers of its use.

  • 04/08/2021
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“Prison By Any Other Name”

Prisons and penitentiaries (derived from the word penitent) were considered by early Christians as a way for people to reflect on their sins in isolation and emerge obedient. Eventually, Schenwar and Law write, the mission of penitence evolved into “the need to establish racialized control.”

  • 04/06/2021