Best of Neighborhood News 5/4: Minnesota first place yet again in racial gaps


Minnesota first place yet again in racial gaps

This week on the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, Clarence Hightower covered one of the latest studies in which Minnesota placed at the bottom for racial equity. The research found that the Twin Cities metro has the highest home ownership gap in the nation.

According to a report from the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley, the Twin Cities metro currently has the highest homeownership rate among large U.S. metropolitan areas at 70 percent. Analysts suggest that this is particularly impressive when considering the median home price in the Twin Cities is approximately $220,000.

Yet again, however, the Twin Cities’ lofty status when it comes to homeownership rates is severely tempered when considering its homeownership gap, which measures the homeownership rate of White households as compared to households of color. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Twin Cities metro currently has the highest homeownership gap of the 25 largest metropolitan areas in America at 36.5 percent.

For more about the data and how we got to this point, click here.

Teen birth rate plummets, including in Minnesota, to all-time low

MinnPost had even more unfortunate data news involving racial gaps this week. Susan Perry examined a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, which showed that “Minnesota has done better than most other states — and the country as a whole — at lowering its teen birth rate.” However, the report also found the birth rate ratio for Hispanic and black teens compared with white teens was much higher than the national average.

Find out more here.

Despite progress, inequities remain

In this week’s theme of the duality of seeming progress and persistent racial inequities, the Minnesota Daily Editorial Board pointed out the contrasting nature of Minnesota’s Islamophobia.

Last week, Minnesota’s Muslim population featured in two very different local news stories. One celebrated the opening of a new mosque in Afton, an east metro suburb. The other detailed a discrimination suit filed by Somali bus drivers.
These polar-opposite news stories illustrate that, despite certain examples of progress, our state is still far from free of racial discrimination or inequality, especially as it relates to the Muslim community.

Read the editorial here.