Black students in Duluth disciplined at higher rate

Oct 11, 2016 by

Although black males represent less than 5 percent of students enrolled in the Duluth district, they made up 20 percent of out-of-school suspensions between 2008 and 2014, according to data reviewed by the Duluth News Tribune. Jana Hollingsworth writes that in contrast, white males make up 43 percent of enrollment and received about 41 percent of the out-of-school suspensions during that same period. “The district has made reducing suspensions a priority, partly through changes in how it handles punishment for nonviolent behavior,” Hollingsworth writes. “It is also working with its educators and other staff to help them gain better understanding of different cultures and backgrounds.”

At Minnesota State University-Mankato’s homecoming football game Saturday, about 60 black students and their supporters stayed seated during the national anthem. Tim Krohn of the Mankato Free Press writes that the silent protest brought some jeers from the students near them. Coordinator Rosalin Cobb said they simply wanted to raise awareness about police shootings of unarmed blacks and racism. “We don’t want to stir people up, but just get people in Mankato to talk about this,” said Cobb.

Source: Black students in Duluth disciplined at higher rate | MinnPost

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