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Race and Racism in Minnesota: Resources

Guide Overview

In popular culture, Minnesota bring up images of hotdish, "Minnesota Nice," and white immigrant communities. While these are certainly part of the story, Minnesota has a rich history of racial diversity, beginning with the indigenous Chippewa, Ojibwe and Dakota communities and including more recent arrivals of Hmong, Somali and Mexican immigrants. Minnesota has also been home to a small but vibrant African American population. "Minnesota Nice"  has not made us exempt from racism, and has a history of racism that stretches back for centuries. We compiled this guide to help you further explore the people who make up Minnesota and the issues they face. Be sure to search the catalog to find additional resources and please reach out to a librarian if you have any research questions related to this topic.

Indigenous Experiences

Latino/a Experiences

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BIPOC Primary Sources

While these resources cover the entire geographic area of the United States, you can still find information related to Minnesota within these resources.

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Hmong Experiences

Black Experiences


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