The St Louis Contrarian

Providing Independent and Intelligent Insight on St. Louis Public Policy Issues

The Racial Divide in St. Louis-The Elephant in the Room

I have been reluctant to write about the racial divide in St. Louis but can not longer hold back. The action by the St. Louis City Council to honor Anthony Smith, a victim of police violence, but also a convicted criminal, and drug dealer who attempted to resist arrest by ramming his car into police is too much for me. Have we set the bar so low we cannot find other victims of violence to honor? How cowardly of these elected officials.

I certainly agree that policing in the St. Louis area needs major transformation. The outcomes of the Ferguson Commission need to be followed. At the same time we need to recognize that 300 African Americans are killed annually by members of their own community not the police. With the possible exception of Charlie Brennan and Elliot Davis, nobody is talking about this issue. This is a small portion of the community that is bringing everyone else down.

Protesters talk about the need to be heard. Voting and participating in the political process would improve access. A stronger voter turnout in the African American community would have resulted in a black mayor being elected in St. Louis, adding to a black President of the Board of Aldermen, Comptroller, City Treasurer, and Prosecuting Attorney.

Given our turmoil, why would anyone want to locate a business in St. Louis. Written by Paul Dribin

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