The reboot of "Roseanne" has been cancelled as a result of the comedian's recent tweet about Obama's former advisor Valerie Jarrett. Keith Mayes, an associate professor of African American and African studies, and Howard Lavine, a professor of political science, comment on the larger cultural context.
In 1969, about seventy black students with the Afro-American Action Committee waged a twenty-four-hour protest at Morrill Hall, the U's administrative building. The demonstration led to the creation of the university’s Afro-American Studies Department, which later became the African American & African Studies Department.
It was 1969. Racial unrest and violence were popping up on university campuses all over the country. And a group of African-American students at the University of Minnesota decided they would change the course of history for all students of color at their school.
Assistant Professor Terrion Williamson talks about her research and her upbringing in Peoria, Illinois. "Once I hit college, I left town and never really came back," she says. But she took the south side of Peoria with her.
On February 19th, 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 which would ultimately lead to the forced removal and mass incarceration of nearly 12,000 Japanese Americans. In light of recent events, Prof. Yuichiro Onishi writes, it is important to remember events such this one and the valuable lessons they have taught us.
We who are committed to justice need to call out the crisis of leadership — where race and racism are concerned — in places both small and large. I speak of the University of Minnesota’s flagship, the Twin Cities campus. This crisis runs deep.