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Diversity

The Pioneer Press recently published an article on the Surenos, a Latino gang that the city of St. Paul is attempting to ban from Cinco de Mayo celebrations next month. The article profiles Jorge Vargas, one of the supposed 10 most dangerous members of the group, who would be banned from the festival. It presents him as a victim, quoting him saying that he has cleaned up his act since high school and that the actions by the city are "defamation." It also looks into the crime records of the other "most dangerous" members, showing a notable lack of serious criminal activity. Thus, the author did a lot to break stereotypes about gang members as well as prejudices people may hold against Latinos in general. It gives a background on the gang and presents information many people likely did not know about them.