5/5/2020 8:38:05 AM
Over the last several weeks, we've heard from Minnesotans throughout the state and what's clear is that COVID-19 is exposing what has always been true: racism and xenophobia are pervasive and persistent.
It is unacceptable to relate this pandemic to any group of people and treat those individuals differently.
As the state's civil rights enforcement agency, we remain committed to investigating incidents of illegal discrimination and collecting stories to inform our outreach, education, and policy change.
While we are still in the early stages of the discrimination helpline, below are some initial themes and stories we have received.
Incidents are occurring in grocery stores or in the parking lots of grocery stores. We are also hearing about Minnesotans who are positively intervening when they see others being treated unfairly. This story demonstrates both:
Before distance learning, students experienced bias at school:
When we receive reports of bias incidents, it's often on behalf of parents:
These stories represent the pain and backlash that communities, particularly the Asian American community, are facing during COVID-19. They also represent hope and the opportunity to work towards building a state where people can live with dignity and joy.
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This information was published in our newsletter on April 5, 2020.