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Oct 31st

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Blong Yang represents communities of color

In his recent commentary, (The Representation Gap, Insight News, Jan. 28), Jordan Ash laments the lack of an African-American presence on the Minneapolis City Council. Former Ward 5 council member Don Samuels – who was the only African-American council member – took himself out of the running for the council seat and in his stead, the voters elected Hmong-American Blong Yang. Full disclosure, I worked on council member Blong Yang's campaign staff. I am now his senior policy aide, and am African-American.
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OPINION: The representation gap

OPINION: The representation gapIn category after category, the Twin Cities keeps coming up as having the largest racial gap – jobs, education, housing, health – particularly between whites and African-Americans.

After last November's election, we can add another one – the political representation gap.
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'If I dated Black girls...'

'If I dated Black girls...'"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood."

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
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Treat children as children

Treat children as children"Most parents have long understood that kids don't have the judgment, the maturity, the impulse control and insight necessary to make complicated lifelong decisions." -- Bryan Stevenson, Equal Justice Initiative
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A concrete way to remember and honor Nelson Mandela

A concrete way to remember and honor Nelson MandelaLast month, all across the world people joined together to mourn former South African president and freedom fighter Nelson Mandela. There was a deep shared sense of loss at the passing of one of the rare human beings who truly helped change the world. He suffered extraordinary hardships, spent 27 years in prison, including 18 on Robben Island under the harshest conditions, and walked out ramrod straight, unbowed, full of a spirit of reconciliation, and offering a hand of peace and hope. He became the first Black President of his country and transformed the way we view leadership and our individual human ability to make the impossible possible.
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Ethnic mix in schools not as important as student success

Ethnic mix in schools not as important as student successNobody asked me, but there's a lot of hot wind blowing around about what ethnic mix is the best school setting Black parents should be considering for their children.

In my view, the importance of these choices is rivaled only by the importance of barring as many Republicans as possible from elective office anywhere in this country.
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Is the American dream of homeownership ending for African Americans?

Is the American dream of homeownership ending for African Americans?The US Senate is currently considering legislation that would turn back the clock on opportunities for African Americans and other people of color to own a home in America. The Corker-Warner legislation would transfer the securitization role that historically has been performed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to a new government agency, the Federal Mortgage Insurance Corporation (FMIC). However, in this transfer, gone would be the requirement that Fannie and Freddie or its successors provide credit to all communities through government affordable housing mandates that encouraged lenders to originate mortgages for low and moderate income families – many of whom were Black and Latino.
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