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Anti-racism campaign draws criticism in Duluth

Posted: February 10, 2012 - 11:41am

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A campaign in Duluth aimed at creating a dialogue about racism is being criticized as offensive.

Billboards and posters around Duluth are hard to miss. One says "It's hard to see racism when you're white." The campaign's sponsors include the YWCA. Executive director Ellen O'Neill says the campaign's ads weren't meant to shock or offend anyone.

Duluth resident Phil Pierson has created a Facebook page objecting to the advertising. Pierson says the campaign messages are jarring and teach a new generation to focus on skin color instead of the idea that we're all human.

Mayor Don Ness says the campaign has been a lightning rod for hate groups outside the community. Ness tells the Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/Awhq0D) he's received dozens of hateful messages and emails from all over the world.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.