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

Rick Prescott
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

Twin Cities NO2 map
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

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

The city of Minneapolis will no longer just celebrate Christopher Columbus on the second Monday in October.
:::: UPDATE :::: Red Wing, not Mpls, is first MN city to scrap Columbus Day

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

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

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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MNGOP Rep. Pat Garofalo takes renewed heat for dumb tweet after he cracks joke about it

Rep. Pat Garofalo
About 10 days ago, Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, drew attention from national media outlets ranging from SporsCenter to the Huffington Post for a tweet insinuating that your typical NBA player is a street criminal.

THE BACKSTORY: MNGOP Rep. Garofalo savaged for tweet linking NBA players to street criminals

It was bad, but as is usually the case with these things, it blew over in time. Now, however, Garofalo is taking fresh heat for cracking a joke about his regrettable tweet during a House Energy Policy Committee on Monday afternoon.

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Black student groups want U of M officials to remove racial descriptions from crime alerts

Categories: Racism, U of M
"There are certain looks you get late at night when you have a hoodie on, or even just a U of M backpack," the leader of a black student group told us.
Members of the Black Student Union, Black Faculty and Staff Association, and a handful of other black student groups are asking U of M officials to remove racial descriptions from crime alerts distributed by the university.

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During a wave of high-profile crimes that swept through campus last semester, many alerts noted that the suspect was a "black male." (Though there are some exceptions, including the most recent one.) Reached for comment today, Ian Taylor Jr., president of the Black Men's Forum, questioned the value of that sort of description, which he believes negatively impacts how blacks are perceived on campus.

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Shannon Gibney controversy: Petition accuses MCTC of "institutional racism"

Categories: Education, Racism
The petition criticizes MCTC for reprimanding Gibney (right) and thereby shielding white students from tough discussions about racism in American society.
A petition put together by two New York City professors accuses MCTC administrators of committing "institutional racism" by formally reprimanding Shannon Gibney for alienating a group of white students with the way she approached a discussion about structural racism during her Intro to Mass Communications class this semester.

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The reprimand "constitutes an instance of institutional discrimination that silences discussion of important social issues within the context of higher education, creates a culture of fear amongst the faculty, dissuading their teaching [from] subjects touching racism at MCTC in the future, and, most importantly, disserves the interests of student enrichment, student learning and student preparedness," says the petition, written by New York Law School professor Chaumtoli Huq and Kingsborough Community College prof Maureen Reprecht Fadem.

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Shannon Gibney, MCTC prof, also took heat for structural racism comments in 2009

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Shannon Gibney
After he read our post about the official reprimand professor Shannon Gibney received for controversial comments she made about white privilege during her Intro to Mass Communication course, a former MCTC student named Ryan got in touch to tell us about a similar incident involving Gibney that happened back in January 2009.

THE BACKSTORY, ALONG WITH 200+ COMMENTS: MCTC prof reprimanded for alienating whites during racism discussion

At the time, Ryan (he asked us to withhold his last name) was an editor for City College News (CCN), MCTC's student newspaper. Gibney was invited to speak during one of the paper's editorial meetings. According to Ryan, she brought along students from a journalism class she was teaching.

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