Black leaders say Minnesota just took an historic step

- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and the NAACP on Thursday announced an independent audit of the state’s affirmative action programs. Black leaders call it an historic step that no other state in the nation has taken. They joined the governor in saying the audit will make sure that affirmative action laws are being administered and that people are held accountable.

“I think this is a very bold step by our governor and state government officials here that will hopefully be copied across the America,” said Jeff Martin of the NAACP of St. Paul. “Hopefully we can look at the tools that we have in our toolkit to make sure that everybody is taken care of in this society.”

“We are proud to stand here with Gov. Dayton on this historic moment to begin the state’s work that will lead to silencing the cries of equity and racial justice in Minnesota,” said NAACP Minnesota President William C. Jordan.

Gov. Dayton has named an equity and audit work group of 29 people. The audit by an independent firm is expected to take three to four months.

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