February 28, 2019

When people look at racial disparities in MN, they often hear about systemic racism – the systems, structures and policies that have lead us to where we are now - one of the worst places to live for African Americans.

To understand the systems in place that created and create such powerful momentum to grind down African American life in MN, you can look at the criminal justice system, you can look at the covenant system (which basically enacted Jim Crowism in the North, including in MN), you can look at lending practices, medical practices, education and much more. 

And now, an important piece of legislation addresses another cause of devastation in African American families – systemic racism in the child welfare and child protection services (CPS) systems.

The Minnesota African American Family Preservation Act was introduced last session, and is back in this 2019 session. A few data points:

  • African Americans are 3 times more likely to be reported for the same offenses committed by whi...

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