The second annual Taco Tour on Lake Street brought at least 2,500-3,000 taco lovers to nine latino restaurants along one of the most diverse streets in the Twin Cities on Saturday, June 27. The tacos along the tour were also diverse, from traditional carne asada and al pastor tacos, to vegetarian and blue tortilla tacos. According to the Taco Tour website, the goal of the tour was to allow participants to be tourists in their own city.
Violent. Aggressive. To be tamed. These are terms often used to describe animals and at times even criminals. Yet, in a recent City Pages article Distrust and Disorder: “A Racial Equity Policy Summons Chaos” in the St. Paul Schools, the nomenclature used to describe students was as such. They were not described as children or the developing youth, but as violent delinquents. Whose students were these? What school was this? These were certainly not my scholars, nor was it an accurate depiction of my work climate in a North Minneapolis school.
It is universally agreed that education, racial equity and discipline in public schools is a complex national conversation. Let’s be clear: Public schools were never designed to serve this diverse of an array of students. What was once intended to churn out obedient industrial workers is now charged with preparing scholars for college and competition in a globalized workforce. In this respect alone, a massive overhaul is long overdue. As I read on, the article proved to be the same old, oversimplified narrative: Inner-city students are violent, unintelligent thugs, and teachers in these schools are tireless martyrs trying to save students from themselves…and poverty…and their community…and…you get the point.
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Raíces Media hosted a World Cup Street Fair on Saturday, June 27, at Kix Field in Minneapolis, just off the Greenway, in conjunction with The Sanneh Foundation and the Urban Stars Soccer Club. World Cup veteran Tony Sanneh and The Sanneh Foundation hosted a free soccer clinic for kids at the event. The Sanneh Foundation, based in St. Paul, offers many free camps and clinics in St.