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Picking and choosing who gets justice

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Published by the St. Louis American, June 16, 2016

Fredrico Lowe-Bey
Fredrico Lowe-Bey
Mansur Ball-Bey
Mansur Ball-Bey
Reggie Clemons
Reggie Clemons

 

The parents of Mansur Ball-Bey received the crushing news last week that there would be no justice for their son coming from the St. Louis circuit attorney. The 18-year-old was gunned down by St. Louis police officers Ronald Vaughan and Kyle Chandler last year. Both officers are white, Ball-Bey is African-American. He was killed on the anniversary of Kajieme Powell, also killed by St. Louis police.

Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce claims that there was insufficient evidence to charge the officers, but she didn’t take a stand on whether the shooting was justified. This is the kind of muddled process that often allows officers a get-out-of-jail-free card. Read more

Housing, racism and unrest

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Posted St. Louis American: Thursday, May 19, 2016 7:45 am

 

In my book “Ferguson is America: Roots of Rebellion,” I talk about the racist policies, laws and practices that concentrate poverty in the region. Where citizens are steered to live and work is a critical component of this reality.

One of the most powerful photos I’ve come across since writing the book is contained in the report by Richard Rothstein. It’s a 1916 propaganda piece with a photo of the 4300 block of West Bell Place which was part of a ballot initiative to preserve white neighborhoods. It was sponsored in part by the city’s real estate association. The campaign literature came with an ominous warning:

“LOOK at these homes NOW! An entire blocked ruined by negro invasion. Every house marked ‘X’ now occupied by negroes. SAVE YOUR HOME! VOTE FOR SEGREGATION!”

The ballot initiative passed. Read more