Check out this super racist Minneapolis map from 1935 [IMAGE]

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In some ways, 80 years makes a big difference. In other ways, not much has changed.
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Last week, Council Member Jacob Frey posted a really racist Minneapolis "Planning Area Designation" map to his Facebook page. (But as Minneapolis historian Kirsten Delegard tells us on Twitter, the map is descriptive, not prescriptive, so it's not correct to call it a "planning map.")

In north Minneapolis, the map designates a "Negro Section (Largest in city)." That area is in the same general vicinity as one of the map's handful of "Slum" sections. There are also areas labeled "Foreign Born," "Working Men's Homes," and "Hobohemia." On the flipside, the affluent southwest part of town is labeled, "Gold Coast."

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Betty McCollum calls on Zygi Wilf to publicly condemn Redskins nickname

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McCollum to Wilf: "The time for debate has ended -- the name of the Washington franchise is clearly an offensive racial slur."
One surprising revelation in Chris Kluwe's nuclear account of alleged homophobia within the Vikings organization is that Zygi Wilf is actually a staunch supporter of gay rights.

Kluwe wrote that before a September 2012 game, right as the marriage amendment he was so outspoken in opposing was becoming a huge political issue in Minnesota, Wilf approached him and said, "Chris, I'm proud of what you've done. Please feel free to keep speaking out. I just came from my son's best friend's wedding to his partner in New York, and it was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen." (The results of the Vikings' investigation into Kluwe's allegations are set to be revealed next week, so stay tuned for more on that story soon.)

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Rush Limbaugh on MN's "Asian carp" ban: "Political correctness is just going nuts"

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The Minnesota Senate recently approved legislation to remove the term "Asian carp" from statute. As we reported in March, the effort, spearheaded by Sen. John Hoffman (D-Champlin), is a response to concerns that "Asian carp" paints Asian people in a negative light.

But during his radio show yesterday, Rush Limbaugh expressed a very different type of worry -- one about how sensitive our public discourse has become (though expressed a bit more gruffly than that).

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Red Wing, not Mpls, is first MN city to scrap Columbus Day

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Red Wing no longer recognizes Columbus at all. Minneapolis didn't go quite as far.
The Minneapolis City Council recently approved a resolution renaming Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day on all officials city communication.

Minneapolis hasn't scrapped Columbus Day altogether, though. Going forward, the city will jointly recognize Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday in October, as that allows the city to avoid the trouble of having to rewrite city contracts that make specific reference to the controversial federal holiday.

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The Twins once had a racist owner too, and his statue stands outside Target Field

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Calvin Griffith is immortalized with this statue outside Target Field.
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In light of the furor Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling generated with racist remarks he made during a recent phone conversation with his girlfriend (listen to the audio here), it's worth noting that the Minnesota Twins once had a racist owner as well.

In 1978, Calvin Griffith, owner of the Twins from the franchise's inception until 1984, told members of the Waseca Lions Club that he moved the team from Washington, D.C. to Minnesota because there are relatively few black people here.

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U of M's Julian Marshall surprised by public health implications of race-air pollution study

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The more yellow an area, the higher the nitrogen dioxide levels. Orange depicts particularly high concentrations.
Because people of color tend to live near highways or power plants, they're exposed to a lot more nitrogen dioxide than whites, a new study finds. As a result, there are about 7,000 heart disease deaths in America each year that wouldn't happen if nonwhites were exposed to the same NO2 levels as whites.

That dramatic finding surprised University of Minnesota environmental engineering professor Julian Marshall, who coauthored "National Patterns in Environmental Injustice and Inequality: Outdoor NO2 Air Pollution in the United States" along with Lara Clark and Dylan Millet.

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Mpls air pollution affects blacks more than whites, U of M study finds

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Predominantly nonwhite neighborhoods near power plants or busy highways have particularly polluted air, the study finds.
:::: UPDATE :::: U of M's Julian Marshall surprised by public health implications of race-air pollution study

A study recently put together by a group of environmental scientists at the University of Minnesota finds that people of color living in American cities are exposed to a lot more air pollution than urban whites.

The research, which overlays census and air-quality data, finds that the correlation between race and the amount of nitrogen dioxide a person is exposed to is stronger than the correlation between between exposure and income. (Read the study here.)

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Minneapolis changes Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day

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The city of Minneapolis will no longer just celebrate Christopher Columbus on the second Monday in October.
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Columbus Day is no more in Minneapolis, sort of.

This morning, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a resolution that renames Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day on all official city communications.

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Bill banning "Asian carp" advances; Asian leaders say term is offensive

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This fella is invasive, not Asian, the author of the bill says.
Yesterday, the Senate Environment and Energy Committee unanimously voted to ban the term "Asian carp" from Minnesota statute. The bill now advances to the Senate floor.

The vote came after testimony by two Asian leaders who characterized the term "Asian carp" as offensive and racist.

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Betty McCollum blasts Redskins owner for not changing team name

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McCollum: "Snyder wants to keep profiting from his team's racist brand and use those profits to attempt to buy the silence of Native Americans."
Rep. Betty McCollum is co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus, and in that role, she's led the push to get Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change the team's name, which she characterizes as a "derogatory slur akin to the 'N-word' among African Americans or the 'W-word' among Latinos."

Though NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suggested last fall he's open to a change, Snyder announced last night he's sticking with Redskins.

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