Published in the St. Louis American, October 1, 2015
The long-awaited report by the Ferguson Commission is appropriately titled “Forward Through Ferguson: A Path Toward Racial Equity.” Before I could be overwhelmed by the 189 recommendations embedded in the nearly 200 pages, I was underwhelmed by the region’s so-called leaders. Where were the declarations of commitment, of pledged resources, by those entrusted with the power to do so?
“I commit to you today that these efforts will not be in vain.” These were the words of Gov. Jay Nixon at the public release. That sounds nice, but the governor would’ve have been more convincing had he punctuated that remark with very specific actions his own office would be taking to implement parts of the report.
The impact of the release would be still reverberating had the governor, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, a federal legislator or two, a few state legislators, a prosecutor, judge, rep from Civic Progress and, of course, a few police chiefs stood on the stage and proclaimed what they will do next.