Twin Cities Chapter
The Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR) is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing civil rights and liberties for all Americans, and promoting a common culture based on fairness, understanding and humanity. The Minnesota Twin Cities Chapter of FAIR (FAIR Twin Cities) launched in June of 2021. It undertakes FAIR’s mission in the Twin Cities and in coordination with other Minnesota chapters.
As Minnesotans, we are facing many challenges in our schools and our communities that threaten the civil liberties and common humanity that we all share. Minnesotans come from everywhere, yet divisive ideologies, such as race essentialism, ethnic identitarianism, extreme identity affirmation, interpersonal disregard, disdain for law, disproportionate reprimand, and the willful hollowing out of needed institutions are tearing our shared culture apart. Minnesota employers are training their staffs to adjust interactions with colleagues based on (assumed) group identities. K-12 students are being taught to define themselves based on the color of their skin not on their individual character, abilities and aspirations. Religious communities have been lured and coopted into reinforcing race and privilege hierarchies. These misguided trends are damaging to individuals and to our common life. FAIR Twin Cities is committed to thwarting these examples of intolerance and neo-racism by promoting a shared culture of tolerance and civil rights in Minnesota.
FAIR Twin Cities equips parents, educators, students, politicians, and citizens with the tools and knowledge necessary to challenge illiberal teachings, intolerance and neo-racism. We support citizen efforts to resist adoption of these racist policies in school districts and classrooms. We voice principled opposition when novel illiberal efforts arise in Minnesota communities and institutions. We undertake small projects—currently a reading group, a library outreach project and a pro-human classroom project. We stay connected online using a monthly emailed newsletter and Facebook. We meet quarterly in person to engage national FAIR Advisors and like-minded speakers. Most importantly, we are building a community of like-minded citizens who support each other in standing up for the invaluable ideals of tolerance, appreciation of humanity, evaluation of knowledge, equality of opportunity and respect for different perspectives.
If you share these values, sign up to become a member of FAIR Twin Cities (your name, email and zip code will add you to the Twin Cities chapter). Help us realize a common culture based on fairness, understanding and humanity. Join us!