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Pohlad family announces $25 million donation to seek racial justice in Twin Cities


Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey was among major league executives holding signs supporting Black Lives Matter during MLB's telecast of the first round of the draft.

The family that owns the Twins has long donated money to fight homelessness in the Twin Cities. But in the aftermath of George Floyd's death at the hands of a police officer, the Pohlads realized they could and should also be battling one of the root causes of that condition: Racism.

"Black people have experienced oppression and racism for far too long in this country," Bill Pohlad said Wednesday in a statement announcing the family's commitment of an additional $25 million through its foundation to seek racial justice. "We condemn racism in all its forms, and we are firmly committed to this work beyond this seminal moment in our country's history."

It's too early to say exactly how the money will be used, said Joe Pohlad, nephew of Twins' chairman Jim Pohlad, because they want to hear from the community what is needed. "Our plan is to listen, learn from and better understand those people who are directly impacted by racial injustice. It's their experiences that will inform our efforts," he said. "And from there, we'll partner with the right organizations that can help find solutions."


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