Dixon Clips


Roommate                          "I wish I wasn't so dark."

How can a person who learned about white privilege from a black roommate, former Minnesota Viking Oscar Reed, allow the Duluth School District to gut its desegregation program and divide a school district in such a way as to enhance racial and economic segregation? 

I spoke with Mr. Reed. He said he thought Dr. Dixon may have lived in his dorm. Embroidery is apparently one of Dr. Dixon's tools of persuasion. As for those long discussions about race with his "roommate." Who knows?

Oh, and when I asked Dr. Dixon who his roommate was Dr. Dixon also explained that the college paired older students with freshman to help give them the younger students little guidance. That was a convincing little detail.

This anecdote was shared with the largely minority audience connected to Duluth's Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial. I'm baffled by Dr. Dixon's tears twenty years after a President, George Herbert Walker Bush, proudly introduced his Hispanic grandchildren, his "little brown ones," at a National Republican Convention.

This should have been a chance for Dr. Dixon to tell his grand daughter how beautiful she was, not a time to wallow in her misplaced shame. And coming to tears telling the story! A more positive emotional tone would have been a fierce determination to bury racism - the kind of cold-blooded determination that Dr. Dixon has shown in his remorseless drive to divide Duluth and kill the School District's desegregation program.