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Thu Oct 24, 2019, 09:57 AM

Keith Ellison is jump-starting a conversation on race, one Minnesota city at a time

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, a black Muslim man from Minneapolis, is leading a statewide conversation on race and hate, one town at a time. For months, he’s been hearing stories of hate, hurt and isolation in a state where there’s been a 22% jump in reported hate crimes.

The immigrants afraid to answer the knock on the door. The gay students harassed on campus. The family in Fergus Falls whose Labor Day picnic was interrupted by a car full of white men who pulled up to scream a racial slur at them.

It was, he said, his first meaningful interaction with the people he thought were his enemies.

Eventually, he said, he realized he had more in common with those customers than he did with the hate group he was leading.


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