Minneapolis must address racial inequities

  • Article by: Sandra L. Vargas
  • Updated: September 21, 2013 - 5:43 PM

A mayoral race is an opportunity to envision the future of a city we love. If we’re intentional about the leadership we select, we can create a greater Minneapolis that’s inclusive, vibrant and ready to compete.

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brucelieSep. 21, 13 5:27 PM

"Racial inequities" is simply a buzz-word to drive a Democrat voting bloc. There are no racial inequities, there are simply individual, family, and clan differences. Government can tax us all into poverty and it won't change this reality. Families of every "race" do well when husbands and wives are faithful to each other and their children. We can only pray for a spiritual revival will soon drive this kind of change among all peoples...something beyond the ken and capacity of government.

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ruphinaSep. 21, 13 7:35 PM

I love the simple line about "the majority of hires by minority owned businesses are people of color". Does that raise any red flags? How about "the majority of hires by white owned businesses are white people"? Of course, proof of discrimination, the second one is absolute proof of discrimination, but the line in the article is supposed to be some glorious shining goal. Equality of results is impossible to obtain. Does the white kid sitting in a Minneapolis school get anything the minority next to him does? Actually, poor kids get MORE than children of more well-off families, such as lunch subsidies and scholarships to pay for field trips. Stop trying to make the problem part of government and point the finger at the true cause- the entirely failed culture of single parent families and the bribing of young girls to jump on the bandwagon. The schools haven't failed anyone- their parents have. Bill G.

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gophfan10101Sep. 21, 13 7:37 PM

So the answer is the same old, tired story.....throw more money at the problem and hope it sticks at the expense of the taxpayer. When will people like the person who wrote this wake up and realize race only matters just because people like her keep bringing it up! By the way, having your opinion piece in the same news cycle as a story about minorities picking themselves up, getting out of the city, and moving to the burbs and succeeding is either a coincidence or just awesome irony.

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jdlellis1Sep. 22, 13 6:15 AM

Specific to Minneapolis but it can apply to other school districts as well. When speaking off the record to teachers, administrators, social workers, law enforcement officials and the court system, the largest contributors to poor education "regardless of ethnicity or economic status" is lack of parental involvement and single parent homes. No amount of increased in educational funding can fix those two problems. It is sad that so many people deflect solutions away from those primarily responsible for the educational success of a child.

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elmore1Sep. 22, 13 6:01 PM

The whole tone of the article implies that there is a concerted effort to discriminate and that we should all be ashamed of ourselves. In reality minorities have never had so many opportunities. The programs are in place for people who choose to take advantage. Changing the values and home structure is something that more money and programs won't solve.

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LicoriceSep. 22, 1310:25 PM

"Actually, poor kids get MORE than children of more well-off families, such as lunch subsidies and scholarships to pay for field trips." I can't believe someone made such a statement. Would the writer have his/her child trade lives with a poor child, on the theory that poor children get "MORE?" I truly doubt it.

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davehougSep. 23, 1312:56 PM

What helps the job climate more? Taking Billions out of the local economy for stadiums, light-rail and trolleys or leaving Billions in the local economy to circulate again and again.

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pjhawk95Sep. 26, 13 9:51 AM

It is way too simple to always try and define racism as a white/black dynamic. When in actuality assimilation between all races is generally worse than the mainstream society and institutions i.e. white society has opted for. The modern civil rights movement lost sight of the fact that advocating for their race without the corresponding societal structure for their community was a hollow victory - at best.

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johnmplsSep. 30, 1311:12 AM

The primary issues will not be solved until we are willing to truly address them honestly. Rates of school drop-out, drug/alcohol abuse, poverty, woman/child abuse, incarceration, and habitual unemployment all correlate to the same primary factor. It's not race. It's not parents income. It's not neighborhood. The biggest correlating factor in all of these "social ills" is single motherhood. A child growing up black in a tough neighborhood with two parents is more likely to graduate, to stay out of prison, to not be addicted, to having a solid financial future than a child growing up white in a nice neighborhood with no father around. It's not the correct political argument, but it is factual. We need to drop the conservative lines, the progressive lines, the guilt drives, the race focus, the poverty focus, and truly focus on the root cause.

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jpjc54Mar. 11, 14 2:03 PM

Until you can stem the trend of out of wed lock births and single parent families it is difficult to reverse the failure of education in the Minneapolis school district. Wealth redistribution is a failed concept that does not lift people up but simply puts them on a shelf of dependency and hopelessness.

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