Edina's historical mystery: Black flight

  • Article by: MARY JANE SMETANKA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 1, 2013 - 11:09 PM

At the turn of the 20th century, Edina had a vibrant black population with leaders in key positions. Where did they go and why?

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magiklove74Jan. 2, 13 9:26 AM

I think it is absolutely hilarious that you think there is some great mystery about why the first blacks left the area. The answer is simple: People don't like being treated like they are second class citizens. Open up your eyes and look around, minorities are still treated like garbage in this area and it's amazing that so many have stayed. It's almost like walking into a time warp to see how people of color are treated here in Minnesota. Are you aware that they still burn crosses up here? Racism is better in the South because at the very least you can see it coming from a mile away. It isn't disguised by a smile and a handshake from someone who you know would much rather spit on you.

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fugarweJan. 2, 1311:44 AM

I think I know where these families went. The answer is right in the article. He was mixed, his children were mixed. The article mentions one daughter that married a swedish farmer. Most likely they continued to intermarry and the "black" got watered down. Relatives are probably still around, but not even aware they have african blood. And another thing. My family has only been in MN since the 70s. Before that our families moved from IL, where nobody is living near the family farm, and Indiana before that, where no relatives remain. People move on, it doesn't have to be race based.

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jmcaulJan. 2, 1311:38 PM

Where did the black residents of Edina go? Hmm, good question. Maybe they went to the same place that the majority of white founders of a cities such as Detroit or Philadelphia went?

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jaynedrakeJan. 4, 1312:20 AM

magicklove74 is so wrong. This area and our whole state have been so good about trying to right wrongs from the long past here, And furthermore, most white people I have ever known have never wished ill-will towards blacks or any other race. Magicklove74, if you so feel so much dislike for this area, why don't you leave? I would, if I felt like you do.

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funkycoldJan. 4, 13 4:39 PM

the Klan was at its height of membership in the mid 1920's...no longer was it safe for blacks to be intergrated into communities as the national flavor was to round 'em up and give them their own space separate (but equal) to white folks

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jaynedrakeJan. 5, 13 1:47 PM

funkycold, please don't bring the klan into this. Learn your history of blacks in Minnesota. To my knowledge, the klan is not involved here. Neither are segregated drinking fountains, buses,trains, etc. My understanding of discrimination to blacks and Jews was that it was mainly in housing, some employment, private clubs, and hotels. That was bad enough, without dragging in mainly Southern state activity. The public schools, by the way, were not segregated, and you can see this by looking at old yearbooks of South and Central.

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odarlockboxJan. 7, 1312:37 PM

Whitewashed by inter-racial breeding.

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geno0007Jan. 22, 13 3:00 PM

for those of you who dont know the history of Edina, blacks were not allowed to join the CC at edina nor were they welcomed in Edina during the 30,s 40,s or 50,s parts of the 60.s so this doesent come as a surprised and lets not mention the Police 's treatment of Minorities in edina.... long history Profiling..... hello!!!!! resident Edinanan

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geno0007Jan. 22, 13 3:11 PM

why are you surprised it is obvious this country is still fighting it's demon Just look at who voted for Rominey the entire South!!!!!!! yes your confederacy they were all red!!!!

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