With Minnesota “having some of the highest racial disparities in the nation despite being ranked one of the best places to live” , we need to recognize our complicity in enabling racism to persist in our community.
As Christopher Ingraham writes in “Racial inequality in Minneapolis is among the worst in the nation” a May 30, 2020, article in the Washington Post: “A city known as one of the most livable places in the United States is also home to some of the biggest racial disparities. The typical black family in Minneapolis earns less than half as much as the typical white family in any given year. Home ownership among black people is one-third the rate of white families. As a result, many black families have been effectively locked out of the prosperity of the city’s overwhelmingly white population enjoys.”
Ingraham continues: “Of the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas, only Milwaukee in neighboring Wisconsin has a larger gap between black and white earnings.” (1)
1) Ingraham, Christopher; “Racial inequality in Minneapolis is among the worst in the nation”; Washington Post; May 30, 2020. Schafer, Lee; “So many rankings put Minnesota near the top, but this one finds a quandary”; Star Tribune, March 1, 2020. Eligon, John and Julie Bosman; “How Minneapolis One of America’s Most Liberal Cities, Struggles with Racism”; New York Times; July 21, 2020