Minneapolis City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden is home from a two-week trip to Brazil, where she looked at how city leaders there deal with racial inequities.
The 8th Ward representative’s trip was part of her Bush Fellowship, a two-year program awarded so she can “explore ways city leaders can have an impact on reducing racial disparities,” according to the Southwest Journal, which wrote about the trip.
She talked with officials in Sao Paolo and Porto Alegre about how they work with their Afro-Brazilian population.
She said she went to Brazil because of its history of slavery, and to check out reforms passed in recent years aimed at reducing inequity, including a quota for the hiring of blacks in government jobs.
Sao Paolo even has a secretary of racial inequity, who tries to improve economic opportunities for Afro-Brazilians.
Glidden told the paper that many on the Minneapolis City Council, and in other parts of the country, are looking closely at white privilege and the dominance of one culture.