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Tone deaf and stone cold

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Published March 21, 2019 in the St. Louis American

 

The March election results revealed some important insights that could be misread or ignored by elected and appointed officials, future candidates and the powers-that-be. There is an emerging electorate that is more informed and strategic. They will not be taken for granted.

One of the issues that I found troubling was the capacity of candidates and some of the elected officials supporting them was to understand and gauge voter sentiment. They were stone cold clueless about the voters’ situation and how disconnected those running for office are to that reality. A barrage of campaign mailers is no substitute for building constituent relationships. Read more

Dear White People (Part 2)

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It’s me again.

You haven’t heard from me since the Ferguson street actions ended. A lot has happened since 2014 but not a lot has happened to actualize your commitment to racial justice. We still need to create the regional transformational change called for by the Ferguson Commission Report.

A major political and cultural shift to the right came with the election of donald trump as the 45th U.S. president. We’re coming up on the 5th anniversary of the Ferguson Uprising. This year will mark the 400th anniversary of my people’s kidnapping to these shores. How are we assessing our past and applying the hard-learned lessons to our future? Read more

Silver feels like gold

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Published in the St. Louis American, January 21, 2019

The year marks my 25th year of writing for The St. Louis American. I know, where did the years go?

I’ll do a brief recap of how I got my coveted spot for those of you who haven’t heard the story.

I was an avid reader of the newspaper. Back in 1992, while busy working on the mayoral campaign of Freeman Bosley Jr., I observed that there were only male voices doing commentary in The St. Louis American. I raised my concern to Publisher Donald M. Suggs. Read more