Report Grades Minnesota’s Racial Equity Progress

Duluth Rated for Racial Justice Bills

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Authors of the Minnesota Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity tell FOX 21 the report card serves as a tool for community activists and organizers to advance their work in the areas of racial justice.

Community leaders, members and educators gathered inside Myers-Wilkins Elementary to hear findings from the report that took a deeper look into racial equity bills introduced in the Minnesota legislature from 2013-2014.

Voices for Racial Justice examined bills that could positively or negatively affect racial disparities.

The organization gave the legislature a B+ for 52 racial equity measures that passed.

Officials with the organization say significant progress has been made but there is still a lot of work to be done.

“So we need to address the fact that we are not that perfect of a state,” Voices for Racial Justice Executive Director Vina Kay said. “That for some people it’s working very well, but for the growing number of communities of color in our state this isn’t working out that well. So there’s something wrong with the structure, we call that structural racism. We need to develop policies and practices that address the underlying structures that are perpetuating these racial disparities in Minnesota.”

The report card also graded legislators individually based on their voting records and leadership towards racial equity bills.

Area representatives Thomas Huntley and Eric Simonson got an A+ and Roger Reinert got a D.

Governor Mark Dayton received an A for the bills he signed into law.

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