'Minnesota is the first place where people have been openly racist toward me'

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Some Minnesotans believe we have more than a little 1950s Arkansas embedded in our culture. Library of Congress

Reader Anthony James responds to Hispanic fan sues Vikings, Minneapolis cops for 'violent attack' at U.S. Bank Stadium:

I was born in Minneapolis, but I lived in Florida, Virginia and North Carolina for most of my life. A few years ago I took a chance and moved up here. Minnesota is the first place where people have been openly racist toward me.

I worked as an Uber driver for a while and had a guy fling the door open and ask, "Are you a FOREIGNER?" It happened on a street which was just a few miles away from the hospital where I was born, and in the neighborhood I was named after.

I had an office job and people kept making lawn work and Mexican jokes at my expense, even though I am 0% Mexican (I have Cuban heritage).

And so on. It's been disgusting.

 


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