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Anti-racism ad campaign in Minnesota town called 'racist' by critics

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Anti-racism ad campaign in Minnesota town called 'racist' by critics

By Perry Chiaramonte

Published June 22, 2012

FoxNews.com

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    A billboard from the Un-Fair campaign started in the city of Duluth, Minnesota. (unfaircampaign.org)

A controversy over an anti-racism campaign some local critics say is itself racist is roiling the Iron Range city of Duluth, Minn.

The Un-Fair Campaign addresses what it calls ‘white privilege’ with billboards, posters and online videos assigning guilt to people with taglines like, “Is white skin really fair skin?” and “I am a white man. That’s unfair.” The ads are plastered across a city where 90 percent of the population is Caucasian.

The campaign aims to “raise awareness about white privilege in our community, provide resources for understanding and action, and facilitate dialogue and partnership that result in fundamental, systemic change towards racial justice,” according to its website.

A coalition of co-sponsors including the City of Duluth, the University of Minnesota-Duluth, the NAACP, League of Women Voters and the YWCA hopes the effort will “result in fundamental, systemic change towards racial justice.”

But some critics in the region say the ads make a blanket generalization of all white people.

“You can't open a discussion on race and hope to see it move in a positive direction when you raise the topic by stereotyping an entire race,” Phil Pierson wrote on the Facebook page he started and dubbed STOP Racist Unfair Campaign, started by local resident Phil Pierson.

“It will be perceived as biased and accusatory. Instead of spreading love and togetherness, it spreads animosity and hate, teaches a new generation to point fingers and focus on the color of our skin instead of the idea that we're all human, and we're all in this together,” Pierson added.

His group is trying to have the billboards removed from city streets and has petitioned the Duluth Human Rights Commission, one of the sponsors of Un-Fair to end the campaign.

The university released a statement Friday saying that, thought it supported the principles of the campaign, it found the advertisements "divisive" and questioned the "creative strategy."

"UMD expressed displeasure to the partnership that the PSAs were aired without a chance for our review," the statement said. "We will continue to discuss our concerns with the partnership and will require review of all future campaign materials and efforts to ensure they foster constructive dialogue and do not alienate people in our community."

The university also stressed that it is one of 18 community partners in the campaign, not the sole sponsor.

"As a community, we believe it is critical to have a serious discussion about diversity and racial equity," the university said. "Duluth has had a difficult and long history of challenges regarding racial equity and justice that we have not entirely overcome."

The campaign’s legality has also been called into question for any possible taxpayer dollars from the city and the university has been used for funding.

An official from Mayor Don Ness’ office told FoxNews.com that City hall has thrown the support behind the campaign but is not providing any funding.

A representatives the Un-Fair campaign did not immediately return requests for comment.

The city of Duluth, located on the shores of Lake Superior, is considered one of the least diverse city’s in America. Reports suggest that the campaign was started in an effort to change the racial make-up in Duluth as studies show that more diverse cities across the country are seeing better economic growth.

The city currently has other pressing issues: Damage from the worst flooding in its history has caused an estimated $80 million in damage just to the city's public infrastructure. The flooding has left huge sinkholes, washed out dozens of roads and forced hundreds of people from their homes.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/06/22/duluth-residents-say-anti-racism-ad-campaign-is-racist/#ixzz1yaalhgif

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29again
by Gold Member on Jun. 23, 2012 at 3:56 PM
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Give me a break, PLEASE!!  I am so tired of this BS, how a white person has NO concept of racism!  Puh-leeze!  People need to get over themselves, and just BE.  If you treat others the way YOU want to be treated, then most of the time, you will be treated that way yourself.  But when you go around with a chip on your shoulder, thinking you deserve this or that because you are ______, well, that chip will get knocked off your shoulder.  The people that I know, that I work with, that I associate with, don't give a flying fig WHAT color a person's skin is.  The things that matter are CHARACTER and INTEGRITY.  Without either one of those, you are not someone I want to know, regardless of what color you are. 

Ednarooni160
by Eds on Jun. 23, 2012 at 3:57 PM
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Quoting 29again:

Give me a break, PLEASE!!  I am so tired of this BS, how a white person has NO concept of racism!  Puh-leeze!  People need to get over themselves, and just BE.  If you treat others the way YOU want to be treated, then most of the time, you will be treated that way yourself.  But when you go around with a chip on your shoulder, thinking you deserve this or that because you are ______, well, that chip will get knocked off your shoulder.  The people that I know, that I work with, that I associate with, don't give a flying fig WHAT color a person's skin is.  The things that matter are CHARACTER and INTEGRITY.  Without either one of those, you are not someone I want to know, regardless of what color you are. 

Very well said...

sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Jun. 23, 2012 at 3:59 PM
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Your answer is proof of the billboards statement

Systematic racism is the exact opposite or what you say..treat people the way you want to be treated and everything will be fine

That's a false premise..and the fact that you don't know it speaks to white priveledge


Quoting 29again:

Give me a break, PLEASE!!  I am so tired of this BS, how a white person has NO concept of racism!  Puh-leeze!  People need to get over themselves, and just BE.  If you treat others the way YOU want to be treated, then most of the time, you will be treated that way yourself.  But when you go around with a chip on your shoulder, thinking you deserve this or that because you are ______, well, that chip will get knocked off your shoulder.  The people that I know, that I work with, that I associate with, don't give a flying fig WHAT color a person's skin is.  The things that matter are CHARACTER and INTEGRITY.  Without either one of those, you are not someone I want to know, regardless of what color you are. 

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by Ruby Member on Jun. 23, 2012 at 4:00 PM
Oh and the chip on your shoulder comment is blaming the minority for any racism they do encounter.

Typical


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Your answer is proof of the billboards statement

Systematic racism is the exact opposite or what you say..treat people the way you want to be treated and everything will be fine

That's a false premise..and the fact that you don't know it speaks to white priveledge




Quoting 29again:

Give me a break, PLEASE!!  I am so tired of this BS, how a white person has NO concept of racism!  Puh-leeze!  People need to get over themselves, and just BE.  If you treat others the way YOU want to be treated, then most of the time, you will be treated that way yourself.  But when you go around with a chip on your shoulder, thinking you deserve this or that because you are ______, well, that chip will get knocked off your shoulder.  The people that I know, that I work with, that I associate with, don't give a flying fig WHAT color a person's skin is.  The things that matter are CHARACTER and INTEGRITY.  Without either one of those, you are not someone I want to know, regardless of what color you are. 

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29again
by Gold Member on Jun. 23, 2012 at 4:06 PM
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Oh, really.  You have shared the same experiences that I have, then.  You know all about my life, what I have gone through, etc. 


I will say this:  When I was in college, years ago, there was none of this BS flowing around.  The students there were from ALL OVER THE WORLD, from nearly every country.  And we all got along just fine, no one worried about how the ones from THIS country got treated better, or how the ones from THAT country got better rooms, or any bull like that.  We ALL got the same treatment, and we all managed to friend each other, and get along quite nicely.  Of course, Sharpton and Jackson didn't ever make it to our campus...  maybe that's why. 

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Oh and the chip on your shoulder comment is blaming the minority for any racism they do encounter.

Typical


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Your answer is proof of the billboards statement

Systematic racism is the exact opposite or what you say..treat people the way you want to be treated and everything will be fine

That's a false premise..and the fact that you don't know it speaks to white priveledge




Quoting 29again:

Give me a break, PLEASE!!  I am so tired of this BS, how a white person has NO concept of racism!  Puh-leeze!  People need to get over themselves, and just BE.  If you treat others the way YOU want to be treated, then most of the time, you will be treated that way yourself.  But when you go around with a chip on your shoulder, thinking you deserve this or that because you are ______, well, that chip will get knocked off your shoulder.  The people that I know, that I work with, that I associate with, don't give a flying fig WHAT color a person's skin is.  The things that matter are CHARACTER and INTEGRITY.  Without either one of those, you are not someone I want to know, regardless of what color you are. 


Ednarooni160
by Eds on Jun. 23, 2012 at 4:10 PM


Quoting 29again:

Oh, really.  You have shared the same experiences that I have, then.  You know all about my life, what I have gone through, etc. 


I will say this:  When I was in college, years ago, there was none of this BS flowing around.  The students there were from ALL OVER THE WORLD, from nearly every country.  And we all got along just fine, no one worried about how the ones from THIS country got treated better, or how the ones from THAT country got better rooms, or any bull like that.  We ALL got the same treatment, and we all managed to friend each other, and get along quite nicely.  Of course, Sharpton and Jackson didn't ever make it to our campus...  maybe that's why. 

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Oh and the chip on your shoulder comment is blaming the minority for any racism they do encounter.

Typical


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Your answer is proof of the billboards statement

Systematic racism is the exact opposite or what you say..treat people the way you want to be treated and everything will be fine

That's a false premise..and the fact that you don't know it speaks to white priveledge




Quoting 29again:

Give me a break, PLEASE!!  I am so tired of this BS, how a white person has NO concept of racism!  Puh-leeze!  People need to get over themselves, and just BE.  If you treat others the way YOU want to be treated, then most of the time, you will be treated that way yourself.  But when you go around with a chip on your shoulder, thinking you deserve this or that because you are ______, well, that chip will get knocked off your shoulder.  The people that I know, that I work with, that I associate with, don't give a flying fig WHAT color a person's skin is.  The things that matter are CHARACTER and INTEGRITY.  Without either one of those, you are not someone I want to know, regardless of what color you are. 


This is why I liked Alaska so well..there were so many people from all over..no one even "thought" about pointing out color..

sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Jun. 23, 2012 at 4:13 PM
No I haven't, and you haven't lived the black experience in the USA

Your college experience is irrevelent. I wonder what other students would say about it..do you know if they all feel it was fair or do you just assume it?

What was their experience before and after?

This isn't about all over the world
It's about here ..and chip on your shoulder or not, you do not deserve racism


Quoting 29again:

Oh, really.  You have shared the same experiences that I have, then.  You know all about my life, what I have gone through, etc. 


I will say this:  When I was in college, years ago, there was none of this BS flowing around.  The students there were from ALL OVER THE WORLD, from nearly every country.  And we all got along just fine, no one worried about how the ones from THIS country got treated better, or how the ones from THAT country got better rooms, or any bull like that.  We ALL got the same treatment, and we all managed to friend each other, and get along quite nicely.  Of course, Sharpton and Jackson didn't ever make it to our campus...  maybe that's why. 

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Oh and the chip on your shoulder comment is blaming the minority for any racism they do encounter.



Typical




Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Your answer is proof of the billboards statement

Systematic racism is the exact opposite or what you say..treat people the way you want to be treated and everything will be fine

That's a false premise..and the fact that you don't know it speaks to white priveledge






Quoting 29again:

Give me a break, PLEASE!!  I am so tired of this BS, how a white person has NO concept of racism!  Puh-leeze!  People need to get over themselves, and just BE.  If you treat others the way YOU want to be treated, then most of the time, you will be treated that way yourself.  But when you go around with a chip on your shoulder, thinking you deserve this or that because you are ______, well, that chip will get knocked off your shoulder.  The people that I know, that I work with, that I associate with, don't give a flying fig WHAT color a person's skin is.  The things that matter are CHARACTER and INTEGRITY.  Without either one of those, you are not someone I want to know, regardless of what color you are. 


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29again
by Gold Member on Jun. 23, 2012 at 4:18 PM
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Tell me WHAT privilege I have simply because I happen to be Caucasian.  TELL ME.  Being white didn't guarantee me a place at college, it didn't guarantee me a house (mortgage), it hasn't gotten me a new car, nor has it given me any RIGHT that no other citizen has.   It doesn't allow me to do something that others are forbidden to do.  So, please, PLEASE, tell what I get for being WHITE!!!

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Your answer is proof of the billboards statement

Systematic racism is the exact opposite or what you say..treat people the way you want to be treated and everything will be fine

That's a false premise..and the fact that you don't know it speaks to white priveledge


Quoting 29again:

Give me a break, PLEASE!!  I am so tired of this BS, how a white person has NO concept of racism!  Puh-leeze!  People need to get over themselves, and just BE.  If you treat others the way YOU want to be treated, then most of the time, you will be treated that way yourself.  But when you go around with a chip on your shoulder, thinking you deserve this or that because you are ______, well, that chip will get knocked off your shoulder.  The people that I know, that I work with, that I associate with, don't give a flying fig WHAT color a person's skin is.  The things that matter are CHARACTER and INTEGRITY.  Without either one of those, you are not someone I want to know, regardless of what color you are. 


sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Jun. 23, 2012 at 4:20 PM
Again, you are not understanding what it means.

You are discounting millions of Americans experiences about Their lives in the USA



Quoting 29again:

Tell me WHAT privilege I have simply because I happen to be Caucasian.  TELL ME.  Being white didn't guarantee me a place at college, it didn't guarantee me a house (mortgage), it hasn't gotten me a new car, nor has it given me any RIGHT that no other citizen has.   It doesn't allow me to do something that others are forbidden to do.  So, please, PLEASE, tell what I get for being WHITE!!!

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Your answer is proof of the billboards statement

Systematic racism is the exact opposite or what you say..treat people the way you want to be treated and everything will be fine

That's a false premise..and the fact that you don't know it speaks to white priveledge




Quoting 29again:

Give me a break, PLEASE!!  I am so tired of this BS, how a white person has NO concept of racism!  Puh-leeze!  People need to get over themselves, and just BE.  If you treat others the way YOU want to be treated, then most of the time, you will be treated that way yourself.  But when you go around with a chip on your shoulder, thinking you deserve this or that because you are ______, well, that chip will get knocked off your shoulder.  The people that I know, that I work with, that I associate with, don't give a flying fig WHAT color a person's skin is.  The things that matter are CHARACTER and INTEGRITY.  Without either one of those, you are not someone I want to know, regardless of what color you are. 


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Ednarooni160
by Eds on Jun. 23, 2012 at 4:23 PM


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Again, you are not understanding what it means.

You are discounting millions of Americans experiences about Their lives in the USA



Quoting 29again:

Tell me WHAT privilege I have simply because I happen to be Caucasian.  TELL ME.  Being white didn't guarantee me a place at college, it didn't guarantee me a house (mortgage), it hasn't gotten me a new car, nor has it given me any RIGHT that no other citizen has.   It doesn't allow me to do something that others are forbidden to do.  So, please, PLEASE, tell what I get for being WHITE!!!

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Your answer is proof of the billboards statement

Systematic racism is the exact opposite or what you say..treat people the way you want to be treated and everything will be fine

That's a false premise..and the fact that you don't know it speaks to white priveledge




Quoting 29again:

Give me a break, PLEASE!!  I am so tired of this BS, how a white person has NO concept of racism!  Puh-leeze!  People need to get over themselves, and just BE.  If you treat others the way YOU want to be treated, then most of the time, you will be treated that way yourself.  But when you go around with a chip on your shoulder, thinking you deserve this or that because you are ______, well, that chip will get knocked off your shoulder.  The people that I know, that I work with, that I associate with, don't give a flying fig WHAT color a person's skin is.  The things that matter are CHARACTER and INTEGRITY.  Without either one of those, you are not someone I want to know, regardless of what color you are. 


Rediculous..this commerical does NOT speak for all white people..

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