In the News: February 2021

Asian American Visibility

The Council for Asian American Leaders released a 2021 report, “Redefining Wealth Through Communal and Cultural Assets,” reporting: “When data on Asian Minnesotans are lumped together, it creates a monolithic picture of the population that further drives and perpetuates the invisibility of this community.”

The report is designed to provide deeper understanding of unique economic challenges and community assets across 10 different Asian Minnesota groups by looking at seven data points — geographic distribution, population growth, general demographics, employment, income and poverty, housing, and wealth building.

Find our reported story about the findings and a conversation with equity leaders.


Reaction Time

How law enforcement responded to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, and the fates of those attempting to overthrow democracy, will be revealed over time. One thing that was quickly apparent, was the difference between law enforcement reaction to the violent insurrection compared to other protests. There were 61 arrests made by Capitol police on January 6.

In contrast, CNN listed many protests in D.C. with higher one-day arrests:

  • 133 LGBTQ+ activists, October 8, 2019
  • 147 climate change protesters, January 10, 2020
  • 181 Obama care supporters, September 25, 2017
  • 217 inauguration protesters, January 20, 2017
  • 316 Black Lives Matter protesters, June 1, 2020
  • 302 Brett Kavanaugh opponents, October 4, 2018
  • 372 Keystone pipeline protesters, March 2, 2014
  • 400+ ‘Democracy Spring’ activists, April 11, 2016
  • 575 immigration policy protesters, June 28, 2018
  • 12,000+ Vietnam War opponents, May 1, 1971

Sources: “On These Nine Days,” CNN, January 12 2021; “Go After the Troublemakers,” Reveal, November 1, 2020