King's dream, Minnesota's reality

  • Article by: ERIC P. SCHWARTZ and SAMUEL MYERS
  • Updated: January 20, 2013 - 7:06 PM

How might King's vision inform our ongoing efforts to promote economic and social well-being for all of Minnesota's citizens?

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pumiceJan. 20, 13 7:17 PM

"Disciplining the Poor", the title of Soss, Fording and Schram's study on the discrimination and injustice endemic to welfare reform in states with the greatest proportion of non-whites, demonstrates the hypocrisy of the bootstraps crowd who insist that, no matter how young and no matter how disadvantaged, everyone is capable of pulling him/herself up by his/her bootstraps. Whether they own boots or not.

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toothygoofJan. 20, 13 8:12 PM

Maybe the minorities that come to Minnesota come here for the excellent state/county benefits and didn't really come here for self betterment or to make a run at the American dream.

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toothygoofJan. 20, 13 8:17 PM

Somalia immigration didn't help the graduation rate of the black community one iota.

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erikj3Jan. 21, 1312:39 AM

Thinking that MLK day might be a good day to stay off the comment sections of articles...

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SnippetJan. 21, 13 7:05 AM

>>> First, he believed that government had a critical role in promoting economic well-being and economic justice. He would be deeply concerned about severe underinvestment in key government-supported interventions that have proved successful in providing pathways out of poverty, such as the kind of early childhood education programs for at-risk youths championed by another Humphrey School colleague, senior fellow Art Rolnick.<<< Is it National Head Start ? ECFE Amnesia Day?? I keep hearing abou thow we need ealy ed programs. We already have them.

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liberallymnJan. 21, 13 8:21 AM

I have an idea. How about we evaluate people by the content of their character instead of the color of their skin?

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owatonnabillJan. 21, 13 8:48 AM

One has to wonder if we as a society are any closer today to Dr. King's dream of judging on content of character. If the content of this article as any kind of determinant, apparently we're farther away than ever.

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pumiceJan. 21, 1310:16 AM

Regarding evaluating people by the content of their character instead of the color of their skin: Excellent idea, liberallymn. In the opinion of the authors, that would mean government should refrain from imposing tougher work requirements, time limitations and sanctions for welfare rule violations based on race. And, in the words of the authors, we should "remain on guard against ongoing bias, whether overt or subconscious" when thinking about educating at-risk youth. In other words, we should focus on educating children instead of on evaluating the parenting they have received.

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gandalf48Jan. 21, 1311:08 AM

We all know that parenting is the best indicator of student performance. So why aren't we trying to level the playing field by keeping low performing students at school for an extra 2 hours a day, similar to how students stay at school for sports after the normal school day is done? We could ask that all teachers be involved in an afters school activity and pay them all like we pay coaches. That way the students who need help will get additional time at school and will have much lower student/teacher ratios to get the help they need. Also, we should be asking ESL (English as a Second Language) students to go to summer school to learn their English and be ready to go during the normal school year. There are very simple solutions to these problems and they have nothing to do with race.

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Interested ObserverJan. 21, 1312:08 PM

Modern Democrat "progressives" do not care in the least about a person's "content of character". All that matters to them is race, making so-called "progressives" the most racist people in America today. For examples of this, just count all of the articles in the Star Tribune that refer to a persons "race". There seems to be one every other day in the newspaper. They can't seem to go to sleep at night without dreaming up another article on race.

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