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Mar 27th

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State should lead in reducing job disparities

State should lead in reducing job disparitiesPeople of color currently represent 18 percent of Minnesota's population and their percent of the total population continues to increase.

In Ramsey and Hennepin counties respectively, people of color represent 34 percent and 29 percent of the population. Unfortunately, people of color are often not "considered, groomed or selected for high level positions" because of "stereotypical views or unconscious bias." Further they are less likely to "receive crucial information about career advancement ... coaching about networking, tips on informal or unwritten rules of the workplace or information about job opportunities."
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Nobody knows the trouble we've seen

Nobody knows the trouble we've seenNobody knows the trouble I've seen
Nobody knows my sorrow
Nobody knows the trouble I've seen
Glory hallelujah!
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Racial bias diminishes optimism of Latinos over time

Racial bias diminishes optimism of Latinos over timeMigration of Latino families to America is an inspiring story of men, women and children leaving their native countries, often searching for better opportunities and safety for their families. Yet, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's recent poll of Latino families also reveals that a different narrative develops - frustration from racism and discrimination is wearing down Latinos over time in the United States.
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Why Blacks should support immigration reform

Why Blacks should support immigration reformAs I watched President Barack Obama address the nation on his "controversial" Executive Order on immigration reform, I was reminded of the evening that I was inside Riverside Church in New York City on April 4, 1967 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr gave his courageous sermon in opposition to the Vietnam War. Even some of the supporters of Dr. King questioned his theological audacity to link civil rights injustice in the United States to human rights injustice in Vietnam.
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The legacy of Marcus Garvey

The legacy of Marcus GarveyThis year marks the 100 anniversary of the founding of the United Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) by the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey. I believe it is important for all people, especially for 45 million Black Americans, to remember the leadership and legacy of Marcus Garvey.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR IN ADRIAN PETERSON CASE: NFL criminalizing Black fathers

LETTER TO THE EDITOR IN ADRIAN PETERSON CASE: NFL criminalizing Black fathersThe decision by the NFL to suspend Adrian Peterson for the duration of the football season should have African-American parents across the nation concerned.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Educators want students to thrive and learn

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Educators want students to thrive and learnRecently teachers at Bethune Community School took another hit from the Star Tribune. I am responding to this in the Insight for three reasons, one, a colleague beautifully put a response to the paper's allegations in written form and was eloquent in her response, two, I believe Insight News is a greater reflection of our community as a whole and provides a diverse set of opinions and beliefs that reach all parts of our community and three, I am also a parent of a former student in our schools and have a different spin on the situation.
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