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Jamar Clark: I'm not sure what to say

Saturday, November 28, 2015

by Na'im Madyun, PhD., Associate Dean of Undergraduate, Diversity & Equity, College of Education & Human Development

Dear CEHD:

There is no perfect way to craft this note to you and be free from all critique, the appearance of unnecessary bias, or the possibility of offending. Ironically, the quest to be correct, neutral, and safe in our current context requires the falsifying of premises that are very painful to accept as truth. Trying to wait to find that perfect voice, the perfect words or a perfect time to say ANYTHING is implicitly agreeing to take a biased and potentially offending stance. Given the complexity of human cognition and emotion and the varied impact thoughts and feelings can have on affect and behavior, continuing to endorse being silent borders on neglect.

A week ago, I watched the national nightly news with my 7th grade son.   The coverage of the Jamar Clark shooting in North Minneapolis began to fill our home.  My son was only partially attending to the news until he heard, “North Minneapolis.”  I’ll never forget the next sequence of events as his eyes widened while they simultaneously focused on this local, national news story.  My son slowly turned to me with a confused, yet subtly critical question for me, “Is this happening now?” He already knew the answer to that question, but what he respectfully and maturely embedded in that confused, critical question was, “Why aren’t we talking about this one?”  Over time, we’ve talked about, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, I Can’t Breathe, Ferguson, Charleston and the Missouri Football team. We’ve talked about Paris, Syria and even the change in U.S./Cuba diplomatic relationships.  Yet, on this particular local, national story, I was embarrassingly silent.

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A letter on recent events and community love

Thursday, November 26, 2015

By Minerva S. Munoz

Many people in our community are hurting. I write today to acknowledge and validate this trauma and collective pain. I also write, on this day of thanks, to encourage self and community love. I am a firm believer that in times of distress, healing lies in the embrace and love of community and through the empowerment of constructive action.

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U students rally in support of Justice for Jamar Clark protests

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Between 150 and 200 U students gathered on Northrop Plaza during the noon hour at a rally to show support for the protests led by Black Lives Matter Minneapolis following the shooting death of Jamar Clark by Minneapolis police last Sunday and the shooting of five activists by three men near the protest site on Monday night. Many students planned to proceed to North Minneapolis to join a large march set for 2:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

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University response to White Student Union Facebook page

Monday, November 23, 2015

The University of Minnesota is aware of a trend in the past few days of anonymous Facebook pages created ostensibly on the behalf of students at major Universities across the nation. A page purporting to represent students at the University of Minnesota, "A White Student Union for the University of Minnesota," was created sometime over the weekend, even though no students at the University appear to be identified with this group. This anonymous page appears to have been created for inflammatory purposes by outsiders, and the University of Minnesota has asked Facebook to remove it.

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The Strength of Family: An Interview With Priscilla Gibson

Monday, November 23, 2015

Kinship care is about family helping family. When children are raised by family members, other than their parents, it’s called kinship care. Dr. Priscilla Gibson, a professor in the School of Social Work, tells us kinship care has been done informally in the African American culture for centuries. “My mother was raised by her grandmother, so I am from a family that did kinship care. We didn’t have a name for it, we just did it.” Read the full profile by Amelie Hyams on the Office for Equity and Diversity blog.

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