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Select committee looks at economic impacts of racism, ponders 'what's next?'

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The House Select Committee on Racial Justice was created last month to examine disparities Minnesotans of color face in areas including health, public safety, education and employment.

Prior to Tuesday’s final hearing that focused on racism’s economic impact, the 13-member group looked at what racism is, its impact on children, trauma left by racism and heard from more than 50 people about their experiences with racism and recommended changes. Written testimony and recommendations will be accepted through Oct. 27.

With all the gathered information, what comes next?

“My hope is that we as a committee can start to lay the groundwork for developing sustainable solutions that will address these racial injustice areas,” said Rep. Lisa Demuth (R-Cold Spring).


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