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DULUTH - No one said raising awareness and changing the way a community views race was going to be easy.
"I certainly expected that this was going to be a very long haul and not something that would be started and finished in a short period of time," said Linda Riddle, Executive Director of Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs, a partner of the Un-Fair Campaign.
The campaign was designed to uncover and eliminate racial disparities in Duluth.
The first reactions to it seemed to be positive.
"It seems to be that there's a dialogue that's occurring that perhaps didn't have a safe place to occur," said Michael Garcia, President of the Duluth Children's Museum.
However, over time the campaign was met with some steep criticism, eventually leading one of its partners, the University of Minnesota–Duluth, to leave calling it "divisive."
The Un-Fair Campaign met shortly after and reaffirmed their belief that the program is working.
"There's nothing about the campaign in the short period of time that could cause anything other than an increase in public awareness, which is what has happened," said Riddle.
Over at the Duluth Children's Museum, an unrelated race exhibit is also on display.
Michael Garcia, the museum's president, says the Un-Fair Campaign has good intentions, but might be too in your face some people, possibly causing more harm than good.
Garcia said, "To come out and have a confrontational or an adversarial kind of relationship can lead to unwanted consequences for people of color."
But, whether the Un-Fair Campaign has come across too confrontational or not it has started the discussion, something both say is needed to create a more unified community.
Riddle said, "We need to continue with conversations, with being good community partners, with being aware of how we treat each other and how we create the kind of community that we want to have that is accessible for all community members."