ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Paris Carruthers, left, and Shanell McCoy of Youthprise are facilitating conversations between Twin Cities youth and the Generation Next partnership. Shanell McCoy, 19, and Paris Carruthers, 22, are emerging Twin Cities leaders who have been researching what youth think about their education system and about an adult society that constantly worries about the achievement gap... Read More
Most Minnesotans know something about the great civil rights and racial integration struggles of the last century, and many of us no doubt think or hope we are past the worst of it. But we also know that as racial equality ever so gradually improved, and as legal discrimination and official segregation began to be banished, white privilege took different dimensions. We know, for instance, that as African Americans, Latinos and other people of... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Many people who visit Alaska see it only on cruise ships, or they fly in to Anchorage and get out to the “real” Alaska as soon as they can, to the more scenic grandeur of the wilderness or the prime fishing and camping spots, where they typically rub elbows with a mostly affluent and mostly white crowd of fellow travelers and tourist industry employees and entrepreneurs. That’s what... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT That done-to-death phrase about all the kids being above average has been applied frequently, and sometimes ironically, to all Minnesota children. But it’s important to note that its author, Garrison Keillor, actually applies it every week on his “A Prairie Home Companion” show only to Lake Wobegon, the mythical rural town somewhere in central Minnesota and deep in our historic consciousn... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT The 237th anniversary next week of the signing of the Declaration of Independence will generate predictable effusions about the place of individualism and personal freedom and lower taxes as the most (or only) important principles behind these United States of America. Too often forgotten is that the very first of the “self-evident truths” spelled out in that declaration was that all huma... Read More
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