In June of 2020, the Tangletown Neighborhood Association established an Equity Task Force charged with responding to the racial inequities in Tangletown and our broader city along with developing ways we can support neighborhoods affected by the civic unrest following George Floyd’s murder. A group of 10 residents began meeting in July and has formed five smaller groups focused on vision/mission, education, fundraising, advocacy, and partnerships & programs. You can view their vision, values, and strategies document here.
Racial Equity Community Book Read Survey!
With the fall and winter approaching fast, the Tangletown Racial Equity Task Force is planning on launching a virtual racial equity book club, where together we would explore books, podcasts or movies on the topic of racial equity. We would like to gauge your interest in such an activity, so please fill out this online survey and let us know what you are interested in! More details to come in November’s e-newsletter once we have received your feedback. Sign up to receive the newsletter at Tangletown.org/enews
Racial Equity and Anti Racist Educational Resources
In the meantime, our education group wanted to share some educational resources they have compiled, to help you explore the topic of racial equity and racism. Each month we’ll be featuring a new highlights for your interest.
This month our Task Force Member Stijn Vanhauwaert shared, “Not having grown up in this country, I felt that I have never fully appreciated the severity of racism in the United States. There are some great podcasts out there, like 1619 and Silence is not an Option, that cover the width and depth of structural racism. What really struck after virtually visiting the the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia was how deeply rooted some of these basic and horrific attitudes have been towards Black people. Portraying Black people as coons or villains, but never as complete humans that strive for the same things in life as every other human being.”
Check out our complete list of educational resources below which has been updated to include some great new highlights for September including books for youth and adults on issues like our criminal justice system, housing, and education.
We understand that people may have done some exploring of their own since the murder of George Floyd and this resource list is far from exhaustive. If you want to share a great resource with the Tangletown community, feel free to send it to [email protected] for inclusion in future updates.
Mapping Prejudice Virtual Workshop Postponed: New Date TBD
Structural barriers stopped many people who were not white from buying property and building wealth for most of the last century. In Minneapolis, these restrictions served as powerful obstacles for people of color seeking safe and affordable housing. They also limited access to community resources like parks and schools. Racial covenants dovetailed with redlining and predatory lending practices to depress homeownership rates for African Americans. Contemporary white residents of Minneapolis like to think their city never had formal segregation. But racial covenants did the work of Jim Crow in northern cities like Minneapolis. Mapping Prejudice is an initiative created to shed new light on these historic practices in the Twin Cities. We cannot address the inequities of the present without an understanding of the past.
Join Director of Mapping Prejudice and Tangletown resident Kirsten Delegard as she narrates this history and describes the innovative methodologies used in Mapping Prejudice’s work. Together we will explore the question of next steps to address the damage wrought by these policies.
This free event will be hosted on Zoom, please register here and we’ll let you know when the event is rescheduled. You do not need to live in Tangletown to attend.