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Investigation Finds No Evidence To Support Claims Of Bias At SuperAmerica

An investigation into an alleged incident of bias against an Air National Guard serviceperson at a SuperAmerica last month has concluded that there is no evidence to support the event actually happened.

07/16/2015

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SuperAmerica Says Alleged Military Bias Was ‘Misunderstanding On Both Parts’

SuperAmerica says that an alleged incident last month involving an Air National Guard serviceperson was “a misunderstanding on both parts.” The Facebook posts of the military member allege that she was denied service at the SuperAmerica on Post Road near the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

07/15/2015

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Gov. Walker Says Haley Asked That He Not Talk About Confederate Flag

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he didn’t initially offer his opinion on whether the Confederate flag should be taken down from the Capitol grounds in South Carolina because Gov. Nikki Haley asked him to hold off speaking about it.

06/24/2015

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Target Pulls Confederate Soldier Costume

Target Corporation has removed a Confederate officer costume from sales on its website in the aftermath of the murders at a black Charleston, South Carolina church last week.

06/23/2015

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Obama Tweeter Says Posts Cost Him His Job

A Minnesota man investigated for violent tweets addressed to President Barack Obama says he lost his job because of them, but the company denies that’s the reason. The president’s first official tweet from his @POTUS handle last month drew some hateful comments.

06/03/2015

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Carpenter Alleges Workplace Racism After Finding Noose, Being Fired

A Twin Cities man believes he was targeted at his workplace because of his race. Lee Jackson says Lunda Construction hired him to work on the St. Croix Crossing project that will replace the Stillwater Bridge. After just a few months, he says he discovered a noose at the job site.

04/23/2015

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Rally Aims To Highlight Racial Employment Disparities In Metro Area

A report to be released on Thursday aims to highlight employment disparities in Minnesota. The groups Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, the Center for Popular Democracy, and the Economic Policy Institute say they plan to hold a rally.

03/04/2015

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Family Accused Of Cyber Bullying Apologizes For Dad’s Reaction

The family of the Prior Lake father who is accused of retaliating in the wake of his kids’ alleged cyber bullying has responded to the national attention the incident has attracted. Recently, Brad Knudson posted a video on YouTube to show people how his 14-year-old daughter was being bullied via Snapchat.

01/23/2015

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Prior Lake Father Calls Out Teen Daughter’s Bullies Online

A Prior Lake father is taking a unique approach to fight back against the family he says bullied his 14-year-old girl. He’s calling them out on YouTube by showing an offensive video sent to his African-American daughter. (Warning: Video contains strong language). Brad Knudson posted the video to show people how his daughter was being bullied with racist messages via Snapchat. The YouTube video he made late Monday already has over 58,000 views.

01/21/2015

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County GOP Official Calls Muslims ‘Parasites’ On Facebook

The chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota is condemning comments about Muslims a county GOP chair made on his Facebook page. Big Stone County GOP Chair Jack Whitley called Muslims “parasites” and wrote “FRAG ‘EM!” when they travel to Mecca, slang for a fragmentation hand grenade.

11/20/2014

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Movie Blog: Three Films From ‘Cine Latino’

This weekend kicks off Cine Latino, a film festival put on by the Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul that seeks to celebrate movies in Spanish and Portuguese. Here are capsule reviews of a few of the films that caught my eye.

10/30/2014

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March And Rally Seek To End Use Of ‘Redskins’ Name

The logo and mascot for Washington’s NFL team has been at the center of protests in the past. David Glass of the National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media is one of the offended sees the name “Redskins” as discriminatory and harmful. “We’re not mascots and its time for the ‘R’ word to go,” Glass said.

10/28/2014

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Programs On Stereotyping Planned For Washington Game At TCF

The University of Minnesota is announcing several days of programs to increase awareness of racial stereotyping ahead of next month’s Vikings-Redskins football game on campus. University officials have said they’re working with the Vikings to keep the Redskins’ name from being used when the two teams play at TCF Bank Stadium on Nov. 2. That situation hasn’t been resolved yet.

10/03/2014

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U.S. Patent Office Rules To Cancel Redskins Trademark

>Minnesotans involved in the fight against Native American mascots are cheering Wednesday’s federal action against the NFL’s Washington Redskins.

06/18/2014

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Good Question: What Can The NBA Do To Punish A Team Owner?

The NBA commissioner will address racist statements attributed to LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Tuesday.  The statements, reportedly between Sterling and his girlfriend, surfaced over the weekend. In the recordings, a man is heard telling a woman, “Yeah, it bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?”

04/28/2014

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04/28/2014

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Cheerios’ Super Bowl Ad Ranks Among Viewers’ Top 10

General Mills’ Super Bowl commercial was ranked among audiences ten favorite ads from Sunday evening. The ad for Cheerios brought back the fictional interracial family who first appeared in a commercial last year.

02/03/2014

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Cheerios Brings Back Interracial Family For Super Bowl Ad

Cheerios is bringing back an interracial family to star in its Super Bowl ad. They were featured in an ad last year that made headlines after it sparked ugly comments online. But the negative remarks were followed by an outpouring of support for the fictional family.

01/29/2014

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Bob Dylan Charged In France Over Croatia Remarks

French authorities have filed preliminary charges against Bob Dylan over a 2012 interview in which he is quoted comparing Croatians to Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan. The charges of “public insult and inciting hate” were filed against the musician in mid-November.

12/03/2013

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Hundreds March In Protest Of Redskins ‘Racist’ Name

American Indian activists and others plan to demonstrate against the Washington Redskins’ nickname ahead of the team’s game against the Minnesota Vikings Thursday night. The groups plan to march to the Metrodome for a rally.

11/07/2013

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Salvation Army Rehab Center Under ‘Reign Of Havoc,’ Protesters Say

Accusations of abuse and racism at a Salvation Army treatment center sparked protest Saturday. Demonstrators called on the organization to fire the new administrators brought in over the summer. They gathered outside of the Adult Rehabilitation Center on Minneapolis’ North 4th Street.

11/02/2013

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Good Question: Why Such A Large Achievement Gap In MN Classrooms?

ACT scores are out for Minnesota students and, overall, Minnesota ranks No. 1 in the country. But, a closer look at the numbers reveals a huge gap when it comes to race. Sixty-one percent of white students met college readiness standards compared to 16 percent of black students. That’s not the only test where Minnesotans fall behind.

08/21/2013

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Dozens Rally Outside Mpls. Police Dept. For Terrance Franklin

Chanting “no justice, no peace” a group of a couple of dozen protesters gathered outside the Minneapolis Police Department headquarters on Saturday afternoon. Organizers demand justice for 22-year-old Terrence Franklin who was killed by Minneapolis police in a basement shootout in Uptown back on May 10. Police said Franklin shot and injured two Minneapolis officers.

08/17/2013

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City Leaders, Activists Look To Chief’s Action On MPD Misconduct

On Saturday, the Minneapolis Police Officers Federation issued a statement about two cases involving off-duty officers accused of racial bias. The Federation says it concurs with Chief Janee Harteau’s statement that “racism and discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated within the MPD.” They said they want exactly what Chief Harteau wants: the community’s trust that officers will impartially and objectively protect the public. The union wants a seat at the table when the powers that be meet to discuss how to deal with these accusations of misconduct.

08/04/2013

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Chief Harteau: MPD ‘No Place For Racism Or Discrimination’

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau issued a statement Friday afternoon regarding her department’s stand on racism and discriminatory behavior after two off-duty Minneapolis Police officers were involved in a racially-charged incident in Green Bay, Wis in June. Chief Harteau says the conduct of Officers Brian Thole and Shawn Powell “overshadows” the work of her department and her staff, and will not be allowed.

08/02/2013

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