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Survey: More Minnesotans rise to fight racism, educate themselves about social injustice

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Minnesota’s Diverse Communities Survey Photos by Evan Frost, Christine T. Nguyen, Nicole Neri, Kathryn Styer Martinez and Courtney Perry for MPR News Minnesotans from various racial and ethnic backgrounds name community involvement, growing awareness of racism, as well as cultural celebrations and awareness as some of the most positive things going on in their communities currently, according to a new survey.

Minnesota’s Diverse Communities Survey published by APM Research Lab asked 1,532 Minnesotans across various racial and ethnic groups what they felt was the single most positive thing happening in their community right now. The survey also asked participants to rate the overall quality of life in the state and to answer the question of what they would like to see addressed to improve the state.

“I think the biggest takeaway is that no group is a monolith,” said Benjamin Clary, senior research analyst at APM Research Lab.

For Black Minnesotans: 12 percent cited police reform and the Derek Chauvin verdict as the most positive thing happening in their community. Chauvin is the former Minneapolis police officer convicted in the murder of George Floyd in May 2020.

12 percent cited anti-racism and social justice.

Another 12 percent answered community […]

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