St. Paul schools require ethnic studies ahead of renewed statewide push


December 27, 2022

Anthony Souffle, Star Tribune

State Rep. Cedrick Frazier, DFL-New Hope, talks with students at Johnson Senior High School after speaking to an ethnic studies class in early December.

Class was in session at Johnson Senior High in St. Paul, and as a guest speaker waited to be introduced, there were debts to be acknowledged.

The East Side school stood on the ancestral land of Native people, teacher Cassandra Sheppard told students. And the Americas, she reminded them, were built on slave labor.

"To both the Indigenous and African forebearers, we commit to the continued struggle for liberation and reparation, for it is through this and through freedom and justice that we truly give honor," Sheppard said.


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