[Minneapolis]: Governor’s Interracial Commission of Minnesota, 1947. 77pp. Original pictorial printed wrappers, stapled. Light wear and soiling, upper inch of spine perished. Faint dampstaining to first and last few leaves, otherwise internally clean. About very good. Item #770
One of a series of reports published by the government of Minnesota examining the role of various non-white ethnic groups in Minnesota society. The present work focuses on African Americans and housing, including survey data on the perceptions of white Minnesotans with regard to having black neighbors. “We cannot be satisfied that the housing situation has been relieved until the segregation and inferior housing of our Negro citizens has been corrected. Basic American principles are at stake in this question. … [This report] shows that there is not absolute segregation and that the Negro’s plight is not as bad as in many other states. But it also indicates that white citizens of Minnesota are guilty of prejudice in generally restricting the Negro in his choice and location of a home. … This study is comprehensive and goes as far as to inquire into what goes on in the mind of the white man. We find, sadly, that 60 per cent of our white people favor segregation.” With substantial survey data asking specific questions of white people on their perceptions and feelings about having neighbors of color. Other reports in the series include “The Indian in Minnesota,” “The Mexican in Minnesota,” “The Negro as a neighbor in Minnesota,” and “The Oriental in Minnesota.” Relatively scarce for a government publication -- we locate four copies in OCLC, three of them in Minnesota.