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The Discomfort Zone: Want to teach your students about structural racism? Prepare for a formal reprimand.

The Discomfort Zone: Want to teach your students about structural racism? Prepare for a formal reprimand.*This article originally appeared on slate.com

Shannon Gibney is a professor of English and African diaspora studies at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC). When that’s your job, there are a lot of opportunities to talk about racism, imperialism, capitalism, and history. There are also a lot of opportunities to anger students who would rather not learn about racism, imperialism, capitalism, and history. I presume MCTC knows that; they have an African diaspora studies program. Back in January 2009, white students made charges of discrimination after Gibney suggested to them that fashioning a noose in the newsroom of the campus newspaper—as an editor had done the previous fall—might alienate students of color. More recently, when Gibney led a discussion on structural racism in her mass communication class, three white students filed a discrimination complaint because it made them feel uncomfortable. This time, MCTC reprimanded Gibney under their anti-discrimination policy.
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Minnesota African American Heritage Calendar

Minnesota African American Heritage CalendarFor the eighth year, the Minnesota African American Heritage Calendar Award Committee, a part of PROCEED Foundation and Progressive Baptist Church has produced the Minnesota African American Heritage Calendar to showcase the accomplishments of African-Americans with roots in Minnesota. The group is recognizing twelve individuals for sharing their creative talents and gifts and who continue to enrich and shape our culture and the overall societal culture. The individuals represent various components of the arts.
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New report calls for full employment

New report calls for full employmentWASHINGTON (NNPA) – Fifty years ago, civil rights leaders dove head-first into the on-going debate over American economic policy by placing the fight for equal employment opportunities at the forefront of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
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Climate change and the US Civil Rights Agenda: Connecting local with global at the UN Climate Talks in Warsaw

Climate change and the US Civil Rights Agenda: Connecting local with global at the UN Climate Talks in WarsawLast month I left my home in balmy Gulfport, Miss., crossed the Atlantic Ocean, and spent two weeks in chilly Warsaw, Poland at the 19th Session of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. I was willing to trade in my sandals for snow boots in order to address the impacts of climate change.
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Ramsey County approves prevailing wage ordinance

Ramsey County approves prevailing wage ordinanceThe Ramsey County Board of Commissioners approved an update of its longstanding prevailing wage ordinance Tuesday that ties the wage more directly to the state prevailing wage. Since 1977, Ramsey County has maintained a prevailing wage policy that is required to be included in all solicitations for bids on contracts for the purchase of labor and materials.
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Artspeak: Black Feminist Anthropology—Building an intellectual legacy one book at a time

Artspeak: Black Feminist Anthropology—Building an intellectual legacy one book at a timeCrafting a legacy is a very delicate adventure and can be quite deliberate or unintentional. In her book, A Journey that Matters: Your Personal Living Legacy, Erline Belton reminds us of the importance of establishing a “living legacy.” According to her, “…our living legacy encompasses all of who we are; our personality, our passion, our pain, our joy, our sadness, our progress, our mistakes, our love, our hate our hopes, our dreams and much more” (http://www.lyceumgroupbooks.com/page1.php). The dictionary defines legacy as an inheritance, the passing down of a gift, the bequeathing of something passed through generations. African Americans are a people who have struggled to establish legacies, to pass forward cultural gifts constrained by a past history of enslavement.
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Linda Faye Kidd

Linda Faye KiddApril 11, 1957 - November 22, 2013

A memorial service for Twin Cities television personality Linda Faye Kidd, was held Thursday, December 5, 2013 at First Covenant Church, 810 South 7th St., Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kidd created and hosted the popular cable television show "Lemmi-O Live" in the late 80’s and early 90’s, providing career launching exposure to artists and invaluable information to the community on critical issues and ideas of the day.
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Nelson Mandela dies at 95

Nelson Mandela dies at 95December 5, 2013 – President Barack Obama Thursday declared that Nelson Mandela now belongs to the ages.  Former president of South Africa and leader of the African National Congress that overthrew South Africa’s apartheid system at the ballot box, Mandela, 95, died earlier in the day in his Johannesburg home following a three month hospital stay due to a lung infection.
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Warrant: Zimmerman had 5 guns when he was arrested

Warrant: Zimmerman had 5 guns when he was arrestedWhen George Zimmerman was arrested for domestic battery in mid-November, the shotgun he allegedly pointed at his live-in girlfriend was not the only weapon he had on him.

A police search warrant that has been released to the public revealed that Trayvon Martin's killer was in possession of five guns and more than 100 rounds of ammunition at the time of his arrest. According to the warrant, Samantha Scheibe told officers that Zimmerman had pointed his 12-gauge shotgun at her when she said she was going to call police during an argument the pair were having, asking her if "she really wanted to do that." Scheibe said that Zimmerman locked her out of the house they shared while she called 911, barricading himself inside.
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Somalia, tops in corruption, pushes Prime Minister overboard

Somalia, tops in corruption, pushes Prime Minister overboardDec. 3 (GIN) – Despite hundreds of millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars spent on nation building, U.S. efforts in Somalia appear to be sliding back to square one.

As the Somali government passed its one-year anniversary in September, wrangling among the leaders lead to the ouster this week of the Prime Minister. His critics accused his administration of favoritism and clan politics.
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Nigerian tapped as leader by Forbes Magazine

Nigerian tapped as leader by Forbes MagazineDec. 3 (GIN) – For adapting new technologies to address the financial needs of farmers, Nigerian Minister of Agriculture Akinwumi Adesina was tapped as the Forbes Man of the Year 2013.

By introducing the e-wallet and using cell phones, Adesina said he was cutting out the middlemen and the losses due to corruption.
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