Best of Neighborhood News 4/27: ‘He was ours’ Mourning the loss of Prince, music genius and eternal seeker


‘He was ours’: Mourning the loss of Prince, music genius and eternal seeker

Minnesota lost a legend this week. Jim Walsh wrote of Prince’s local roots and influences on MinnPost.

“He was ours,” went Thursday’s refrain on social media, over and over again, and the rest of the world will have to forgive our provincial grieving at least for the moment, because Minneapolis and Prince were joined at the hip, now and forever.

Read more of Walsh’s reflections on Prince’s life and legacy here.

Race bias runs deep in Minnesota

This week on the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, a new Metropolitan Council report has once again shown that the Twin Cities metro area has the largest disparities between white people and people of color in Minnesota.

The study reaffirmed racial disparities in employment, wages and homeownership. The data was adjusted for a broad set of other demographic characteristics, showing racialized systems and institutions are to blame for the disparities.

Find out more here.

MN school bans “Look Beyond,” “Loud & Proud” t-shirts after National Day of Silence ruckus


Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe wearing a “Look Beyond” t-shirt.

This week Bluestem Prairie covered a free speech controversy at Morris High School in Western Minnesota following a pro-LGBT National Day of Silence.

Both day of silence participants and protestors of the action saw their t-shirts banned by the school.

Get the full scoop here.