A Good Time for the Truth

A Good Time for the Truth

Race in Minnesota

Book - 2016
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Sixteen of Minnesotas best writers provide a range of perspectives on what it is like to live as a person of color in one of the whitest states in the nation. They give readers a splendid gift: the gift of touching another human beings inner reality, behind masks and veils and politeness. They bring us generously into experiences that we must understand if we are to come together in real relationships. Minnesota communities struggle with some of the nations worst racial disparities. As its authors confront and consider the realities that lie beneath the numbers, this book provides an important tool to those who want to be part of closing those gaps.
Publisher: St. Paul, MN : Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2016
ISBN: 9781681340029
Characteristics: 223 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Shin, Sun Yung - Editor


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SPPL_Kristen Mar 22, 2018

An excellent local read about racism in Minnesota and how much work we still have to do.

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Aug 18, 2020

Essential reading for all white Minnesotans. An excellent collection not only in terms of points of view but of writing styles. The essays are sometimes revelatory, sometimes affirming of what you may already be aware of, all are worth reading.

May 26, 2020

This is a painful and thought-provoking collection of essays by local writers on their personal experiences with race in Minnesota. A common theme that I sensed throughout the essays was that unlike the overt racism for which the southern U.S. is notorious, racism in Minnesota is present, expressed and revealed subtly, often in the form of microaggressions. Which is more harmful? We Minnesotans often pride ourselves on our progressiveness and "Minnesota Nice," so I read these with feelings of both shame and anger, as well as a kind of helplessness, wondering what kind of difference I personally can make to improve the experiences of Minnesota's POC.

SPPL_Kristen Mar 22, 2018

An excellent local read about racism in Minnesota and how much work we still have to do.

Jan 15, 2017

Compilation by writers—‘people of color’—about their lives in mostly current-day Minnesota.

Some writers tell too familiar stories of racial profiling wrapped in Minnesota Nice that were sad to still hear. My favorite was the one about the Korean orphan raised ‘white’ in northern Minnesota who discovered her great-grandmother’s story as a child of the Orphan Trains. Both have no knowledge of their parents. Highly recommended.

Aug 12, 2016

Excellent essays. I will get back in line (library) and read this again.


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