Las Vegas, NV
May 20, 2020
Garrison Keillor hits Las Vegas with a new solo show!
April 18, 2020
Garrison Keillor comes to the Rochester Civic Theatre for a night of stories, songs, poetry, and humor. Tickets $50 and up
February 19, 2020
Garrison Keillor with Heather Masse at the Dakota. Night 2 of 2. Tickets $30+
February 18, 2020
Garrison Keillor with Heather Masse at the Dakota. Night 1 of 2. Tickets $30+
The race is between Joe and Don,
Two names from an era bygone,
I wish the race
Were taking place
Between a Nicole and a Sean.
What I’ve read and heard about systemic racism in my state of Minnesota, the housing covenants, the zoning, the lending laws, and so forth that all contributed to create a segregated society that put black families at a terrible disadvantage, makes me feel stupid. I followed a very narrow professional track, was single-minded ambitious, and I can’t apologize for that, but it did isolate me from the realities faced by thousands of people in our midst. I believed the Democratic party was on the side of equal opportunity but despite good intentions the system remained capable of brutality. I think it can change. People of color have taken great leaps forward in music and the arts and sports because those talents can survive in desperate circumstances — a lousy school system isn’t fatal to them — but now we need to reform public education. Reading, math, and composition are crucial — studies in which the student is excited by a sense of progress — and let’s trash literature, history and political science which are so shot through with white supremacy and mythology. For political science, schools could begin by teaching the story of systemic racism and how it was legal, enforced at all levels of government. History and literature need to be overhauled. I’m too old to get smart, but I don’t want the young to inherit our ignorance. I want to see us move toward a more just society and a happier culture. There are hard times ahead but progress can be made, as it was in the Thirties.