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Day 6 of Black Voices Amplified


Mike Griffin writes about his experiences in Minnesota and how their ‘nice’ “can be as noxious as the tear gas that has stung my eyes and burned my skin.”

"During the past decades, I’ve learned a few things about this place: The summers here are glorious after long, harsh winters. The neighbors in my multicultural community are always willing to lend each other a hand, shoveling snow from walks and clearing off cars.

I’ve also learned that one of the most popular sayings here — "Minnesota nice" — really only applies if you're white.

If you are Black, not so much. If you are Black in Minneapolis, you are struggling to get by in a place where a third of Black residents live in poverty."

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