On May 17, 2017, the Minneapolis NAACP announced it will enforce its demands on the MPRB, boycott the MPRB, and shut down a MPRB-sponsored, international conference.
On May 17, the MPRB issued the following response:
Our record will show we have made incredible strides in addressing racial equity efforts, and we have no intention of slowing down. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s Racial Equity Action Plan outlines our focus areas for 2017-2018. This plan, as well as initiatives implemented over the last several years, is available at www.minneapolisparks.org/racial_equity.
It is unfortunate that a group of individuals is confusing personnel issues with issues of racial equity.
The demands referred to in today’s NAACP announcement center around four employee’s disagreements with disciplinary measures taken by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Three of these employees are no longer employed by the Park Board, and in one case it’s been almost 10 years. These disciplinary measures have been reviewed multiple times internally and externally through the civil service process, court system and/or other investigative agencies. After exploring these matters, some for now almost six years, we consider the matters closed.