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Read this: Marlon James on race and racism in Minnesota

Acclaimed Minnesota author Marlon James had a thought-provoking series of Facebook posts last month about the Sculpture Garden’s “Scaffold” controversy.

And this weekend the 46-year-old published another writing that’s worth reading – this one about being black in Minnesota.

We won’t spend a lot of time rehashing it. Just read it, it’s not too long.

But in it, he discusses how being a “big, black guy” changes his behavior, because he knows other people’s perceptions can change their behavior; the questions he asks himself about how to act around police; and what it means to “get big, but don’t get close.”

Here’s his post:

Posted by Marlon James on Saturday, June 17, 2017

James is a Jamaica-born author who is now Macalester College’s first writer-in-residence. He won the prestigious 2015 Man Booker Prize for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings.

He published this post on Saturday, the day after Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted in the shooting of Philando Castile.

This story is part of our Best of the Web section – which is just cool stuff we find online and want to share with you.

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