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Racism. A word that stings. A force that bites. With every step we take toward some form of equity, the deep roots of systemic racism hold us back, stagnating well-intentioned progress. Whether we put our justice, public health, education or housing systems under a microscope, racism is so entwined in the workings of our society that some folks believe it no longer exists at all. Racism Unveiled is a digital storytelling project that aims to call out racism and to highlight how we can pull up this weed once and for all. This work is generously funded by a grant from the Otto Bremer Trust.
Racism. A word that stings. A force that bites. With every step we take toward some form of equity, the deep roots of systemic racism hold us back, stagnating well-intentioned progress. Whether we put our justice, public health, education or housing systems under a microscope, racism is so entwined in the workings of our society that some folks believe it no longer exists at all. Racism Unveiled is a digital storytelling project that aims to call out racism and to highlight how we can pull up this weed once and for all. This work is generously funded by a grant from the Otto Bremer Trust.
Alberder Gillespie outside the state capitol

Motivated by Racism, One Black Woman Plans to Change Minnesota Politics

Alberder Gillespie sat on a bench outside of the Minnesota State Capitol and told me how she left the South to experience a new...

Why Do So Many Minnesotans Experience Food Insecurity?

Whether they live in the city, a suburb, or Greater Minnesota, nearly one in eight Minnesotans is affected by hunger, proving that issues of...

Addressing Food Insecurity in Minnesota Takes a Village

The first three pages in the Minnesota Department of Health's Food Access report are stark, revealing that the Land of 10,000 Lakes is lacking...

What’s Happening on the Front Lines of Food Justice?

In the early 1900s, formerly enslaved Black Americans and their descendants owned 14 million acres of land. A century later, 80 percent of this property has been lost. The overall...

How Do You Talk to a Therapist About Racism?

Imagine a tightness spreading across your chest. Your heart rate surges. Thoughts and images of the most recent police killings of Black people play...

What’s the Right Way to Be an Activist?

Danielle Swift has been on a spiritual journey from the front lines of a Black Lives Matter protest, to the campaign trail for Saint Paul...

UMN Students Stood Their Ground for Racial Justice in 1969

There’s a popular contraption developed in the Japanese auto industry that allows any worker who spots an issue along a vehicle’s assembly line to...

How Do We Know If Health Care Is Racist?

The killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 sparked weeks of ongoing protests against police brutality, bringing racial justice to the national forefront...

A Movement or a Moment? A Look at Political Activism After...

John Thompson remembers the day his friend was shot and killed by police like it was yesterday. On July 7, 2016, Thompson started the...