Duluth, MN is a place very close to my heart. I go there every chance I get. My “Minnesotan family” live there. They mean the world to me and so does Duluth. Really, I don’t know where I would be without my “family of friends” up on the north shore.
That’s a long way to say: I try to follow what’s happening in Duluth albeit from a distance. A month ago my facebook friend Hans posted this piece about this important anti-racist initiative in Duluth.
What’s different and important about Duluth’s Un-Fair campaign is that it directly tackles the issue of white priveledge. Many campaigns about racism focus on black people, this one talks about the responsibilities of white people. The campaign is supported by Duluth’s Human Rights Commission and the major, Don Ness.
Since Hans posted about it, I’ve been following the Unfair Campaign in the news. There was considerable backlash and criticism. And now it looks like white supremacists — notably a group called The Supreme White Alliance — will apparently rally on March 3.
Duluth is so beautiful. But life is really difficult for a lot of people there right now. The great recession/depression hit Duluth really hard. I am really grateful for all the people who are trying to talk about how to end racism in Duluth… and elsewhere.
Here are some more links to recent conversations about racism in Duluth.