When I made the decision to launch this campaign, I was more motivated by what I was running for rather than against. There is a lot of good we can do, changes that will make life better for everyone.
That said, there is something I’m unapologetically against. Anti. With every beat of my heart.
I am hate-intolerant.
Hate doesn’t always come in white robes carrying pitchforks. It doesn’t speak with a regional accent. Hate and intolerance are living and breathing in our own backyards, right here in District 39B. We must not look the other way, because hate thrives on ignorance. Choose to ignore it, and you lose any right to express surprise over its manifestations throughout the community. Insidious, unchecked hate has the potential to unravel the common threads so many generations have toiled to weave together.
We may want to believe this isn’t possible in Minnesota, but just yesterday news organizations around the metro area shared the uncomfortable study showing Minnesota ranks 2nd in the nation for racial inequality. Want to feel even more uncomfortable? Our next door neighbor to the east – Wisconsin – is #1.
Sometimes it takes a comic to get to the heart of things. Back in 1992, in response to the Los Angeles race riots, Denis Leary said “Racism isn't born, folks, it's taught. I have a two-year-old son. You know what he hates? Naps! End of list.”
How do we work towards an end to racism? The Southern Poverty Law Center offers some useful, actionable suggestions that can be put to work, right here, right now.
I hope you’ll join me.