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11 May 2016

Racial Disparities in MN

For the week of May 15, 2016

A recent Star Tribune poll shows Minnesotans are divided along racial lines in how they view the Jamar Clark case. Rose Brewer, Professor of African-American & African Studies at University of Minnesota discusses this disparity along with her recent testimony to the United Nations on economic inequality in Minnesota.

  • Part 1

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    (1:21) A recent Star Tribune poll showed only 17% of black respondents agreed with the decision by Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman on the Jamar Clark shooting compared to 66% of whites; (2:43) Reasons for the different perspectives between whites and blacks; (3:42) Black Minnesotans and the criminal justice system; (4:50) How white Minnesotans view Black Lives Matter; (6:46) The Civil Rights Movement vs the perception of Black Lives Matter; (11:05) Justice for the Clark family vs a reform of the criminal justice system

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    (:28) Reducing inequality in the criminal justice system also means reducing inequality in other areas including the economy and education; (2:54) United Nations’ Decade for People of African Descent; (5:33) Brewer’s testimony for the UN; (6:39) Achieving economic equality

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