The St Louis Contrarian

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

Statue of St. Louis

There have been significant and powerful demonstrations across the country following the death of Mr. George Floyd. These demonstrations represent a powerful statement by many Americans that racism and police brutality are not acceptable.

St. Louis chose to act by attempting to remove the statue of King Louis, the figure for whom St. Louis is named. He was a French king who live in the 1200s and accomplished many positive things in addition to participating in the crusades, which were anti Muslim and Jewish. These crusades resulted in the vicious death of many Jews and Muslims.

The demonstrations at times were violent and resulted in further vandalism in the neighborhood of St. Louis Mayor, Lyda Krewson. With all the terrible problems facing our city and world, this seems live a very trivial and silly action by some irresponsible people. As a Jew I should be offended by King Louis, but he lived a long time ago and his statue is of no interest to me.

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