The St Louis Contrarian

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

Black Lives Matter

I am all in on this subject. I view it rather expansively, that in addition to police brutality and criminal justice reform, we need to confront all aspects of organized racism in our society. I have direct experience on the housing side, watching the resistance of suburban communities to affordable housing. Zoning laws, land use, building codes all make it overly difficult for people of color to be housed in the suburbs.

In my mind the violence plaguing some of the black community needs to be confronted. In St. Louis a black person is much more likely to be murdered in a street crime than by the police. I wish we had memorials to the innocent victims of these crimes. Black Lives Matter in the broadest sense of the term.

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