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As coronavirus spreads, Minnesota grapples with longtime racial inequality


April 22, 2020

Anthony Souffle – Star Tribune

Pallbearers carried the casket of Elie Farhat, who recently died of COVID-19 at the age of 92, to his gravesite Thursday.

When on his evening walk, Minneapolis City Council Member Jeremiah Ellison got the call confirming his beloved grandmother died from coronavirus, all he could do was sit on a park bench and weep.

He had recently returned from attending his grandmother's funeral in Detroit. Knowing that "even at 82 " his "nana" - an independent, hilarious, gardening loving, "work until I drop dead" kind of woman - died from the illness angered him.


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