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In Minnesota, suburban mayor is thrust into policing debate

Apr. 14, 2021 13:01 PM EDT

Mike Elliott is among many who celebrated his election as mayor of Brooklyn Center as the beginning of a new era, marking the first time one of Minnesota's most racially diverse places would be led by a person of color. Elliott, a Black man who had emigrated from Liberia as a child, was...

Detroit chief: Rep. Tlaib's tweets about police 'disgusting'

Apr. 14, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan congresswoman said the fatal shooting of a young Black man by police near Minneapolis wasn't an accident and is proof of racism, a claim that Detroit's police chief dismissed as a "disgusting knee-jerk response.” “This was a tragic...

Many say now is the time to fight racial bias in foster care

Apr. 14, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

Cheri Williams looks back with regret at the start of her career as a child welfare caseworker in 1998. Systemic racism is a major reason why. “I removed probably about 100 kids from their homes in the 15 months I was an investigator … a lot of them were children of...

Army probing video of Black man harassed by soldier

Apr. 14, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Officials at U.S. Army's largest basic training facility say they are looking into a video that appears to show a non-commissioned officer accosting and shoving a Black man in a South Carolina neighborhood. The video, posted...

Cook Co. aims to disrupt conviction-to-deportation pipeline

Apr. 14, 2021 10:41 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — This story was co-produced by Injustice Watch and Borderless Magazine. —- Alejandra Cano thought she was in the clear. It had been five years since she got sober after a decades long struggle with drug...

Review: A book celebrating Black American farming history

Apr. 14, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

"We Are Each Other’s Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers Land and Legacy,” by Natalie Baszile (Amistad) Farming would seem to be one occupation that Black Americans could find refuge from discrimination. Consumers choose their fruits and veggies by their...

Editorial Roundup: Wisconsin

Apr. 14, 2021 01:30 AM EDT

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. April 7, 2021. Editorial: Nonpartisan redistricting’s time has come Late last October we presented an editorial arguing in favor of Wisconsin adopting some form of explicitly nonpartisan redistricting process. New...

Biden works to balance civil rights and criminal justice

Apr. 14, 2021 00:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — On one end of Pennsylvania Avenue, he mourned with the family of a fallen police officer. On the other, he pledged to help end the epidemic of Black men being killed by police. Over the course of a few hours Tuesday, President Joe Biden’s difficult...

NWSL to probe player's claim of discrimination by security

Apr. 13, 2021 23:24 PM EDT

The National Women’s Soccer League opened an investigation Tuesday under its anti-discrimination policy after a Black player for the Chicago Red Stars said a security guard in Houston treated her and her boyfriend inappropriately because of their race. In a social media...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Apr. 13, 2021 20:32 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. April 11, 2021. Editorial: Keep moving forward on expanded telehealth in Minnesota The pandemic ushered in changes that enhanced patients’ access, convenience. The COVID-19 pandemic forced sweeping...