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Juneteenth: An opportunity to celebrate progress but also recognize where more work can be done

Today is Juneteenth, which commemorates the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved African Americans in the Confederacy. Watch this panel discussion on race relations held at the White House earlier this month that covers important issue areas from education to criminal justice reform. ...

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The Sorrows of Minneapolis: A Prayer for Our City

When our hearts are filled with pain, despair, and anguish; and the path forward is so unclear; the best first step is prayer.  As George Floyd's memorial service is nearing its end today, here is a tremendous contribution by John Piper, who served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church for 33 years.  Audio of Piper's prayer is available here. Almighty and merciful Father, Hallowed be your name in Minneapolis. Revered, admired, honored — above every name, in church, in politics, in sports, in music, in theater, in business, in media, in heaven or in hell. May your name, your absolute reality, be...

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Column: Are we capable of sacrificing well enough long enough?

This op-ed originally appeared in the Duluth News-Tribune on March 26, 2020. The United States is in the early stages of what may well be the longest period of widespread disruption and sacrifice since World War II. That’s not to say losses and pain caused by the coronavirus will equal those of the Second World War. It is to say that not since the 1940s will such large proportions of Americans be expected to so significantly rearrange, voluntarily or not, their everyday lives for the greater good. What time spans over the last 80 years might compare? We’ve lived through many crises, manmade...

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Minneapolis facing a rise in business burglaries.

Since Governor Tim Walz ordered dining rooms and bars to close March 16th, most restaurants have had to grapple with the idea of staying afloat while losing business.  In Minneapolis, however, businesses are facing more than lost business; they are facing a rise in crime. Businesses and police in Minneapolis have seen a rise in burglaries after the lockdown order. In Minneapolis, there were 320 property crimes during the seven-day period ending March 24, up from an average of 285 during the same time period the past two years — mostly due to an increase in auto thefts. Overall, burglaries were...

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1776 Initiative Counters New York Times’ 1619 Project

The New York Times' reframing of American history through its 1619 Project has been criticized for its inaccuracies by many leading scholars and historians. But the most significant challenge yet to the controversial project, called the 1776 initiative, has recently been launched by a group of predominantly African-American academics, journalists, entrepreneurs, and community activists....

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School choice gets the nod from Billie Eilish

Most know American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish’s name as the teen who won big at the 2020 Grammys. But there is more to Eilish’s background that is worth noting. Last summer, Eilish talked about her schooling background in a video interview with Pitchfork, crediting homeschooling with teaching her all she needed to learn. ...

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Labor union gets called out for #MeToo hypocrisy

Just over two years ago, sexual misconduct accusations rocked Hollywood and fueled the #MeToo movement’s drive against sexual impropriety. But predators aren’t just in Hollywood. The Center for Union Facts is holding the Service Employees International Union and its political allies accountable for sexual harassment allegations against union leaders....

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The Truth Exactly Backward

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2020 Issue of Thinking Minnesota, now the second largest magazine in Minnesota. To receive a free trial issue send your name and address to info@americanexperiment.org. In August, The New York Times launched the “1619 Project” with great fanfare. The self-proclaimed goal of the project—a series of more than 30 essays and artistic productions— is to “reframe” history, convincing Americans that our nation’s “true founding” occurred not in 1776, but 400 years ago, in 1619, when 20 or so slaves came ashore in the Jamestown colony. The Times maintains that America’s “founding ideals were false when they were written” and...

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Racially Right Mixes of Debaters?

I’ve been thinking about the controversy, in some quarters anyway, over how Andrew Yang, who’s Asian-American, was the only person of color in the Democrats’ presidential debate earlier this month in Los Angeles.  Meaning, no Kamala Harris or Corey Booker, both African American. More broadly, I’ve thought a lot about affirmative action for a long time, writing a dissertation about it 40 years ago.  As opposed to most friends and colleagues on the right over this period, I’ve been more open when it comes to taking race and ethnicity into account in various situations where the allocation of benefits and burdens...

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