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Rochester hosts 'Minnesota Not So Nice!' panel

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -

Following a survey that concluded Minnesota is ranked second in the nation in terms of racial disparity, community organizers are now working to change that.

They held an event tonight called 'Minnesota not so nice!," where panelists described the racial disparities in education, economics and incarceration rates for minorities.

Tonight's panelists described their encounters with racism within Rochester, as well as their experiences growing up as a minority in other parts of the country.

Audience members also had the chance to ask the panelists questions about their life experiences. 

"This is about family unity, keeping the family together. Not being part of a system you know where you're working, trying to make a living, sustain your family, with knowing that any day your family could get deported," said community organizer, Che Lopez.

The goal for tonight's event was to explore systematic issues, while trying to create some possible solutions.

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