Antisemitic Covenants Found In Ramsey Tell Partial, But Complex, Story

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In 1947, the cluster of houses on Ridgewood Lane North and Ridgewood Lane South in Roseville had an identical legal clause inserted into each of the property deeds. “No part of the above described property shall be sold, conveyed, mortgaged, leased or rented to any person of negro [sic], Chinese, Japanese, or Hebrew descent,” the […]

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Have Twin Cities Jews Learned To Trust Law Enforcement?

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In the weeks after George Floyd was murdered by now-former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, a reckoning with police violence and systemic racism played out across America, including for American Jews. Twin Cities rabbis and cantors participated in interfaith marches to George Floyd square. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the national umbrella organization for […]

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Zoom Event Revisits Jewish, Black Relations On The Northside

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For an hour on Jan. 28, Minneapolis’ old Northside came back to life on a Zoom call. Theartrice “T” Williams, a longtime civil rights activist and community leader, recalled how few Black people lived in Minneapolis when he moved here from Chicago in 1965 to work at a local settlement house.  As a result, “my […]

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How Jazz Connected Minneapolis’ Jewish, Black Communities

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It is a fairly common experience for one to have their entire image of an individual upended after discovering some previously unknown fact, and this is no less true for historians. Perhaps the biggest shock I encountered during my research on the history of Jews and post-war housing segregation in North Minneapolis was the discovery […]

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The Jews Are Tired With Russell Star-Lack

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This is part of Exodus and Equity: Reconciling the History of Minneapolis’ Jewish North Side, a series exploring how Twin Cities Jews were unwitting participants in racist real estate policies that shape today’s inequality in Minneapolis and other Midwestern American cities. In Minneapolis, that history is predominantly tied to two regions — Near North Minneapolis […]

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Policies Of Division & Exploitation

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Part 3: As more Black people moved into Near North, it was also assumed that property values for Jewish and white residents would drop and wipe out housing wealth — a self-fulfilling prophecy thanks to redlining policies.

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