Ten Disturbingly Racist Things About St. Louis

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Bruce Tuten
This week marks 58 years since Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus, instantly rendering the brave young woman a hero and champion of the civil-rights movement. The following decades have seen steady improvement in race relations and equality, but as always, we still have further to go -- sometimes, especially, in the city of St. Louis.

We love our city, but sorry, St. Louis -- you are still pretty racist. And it isn't always black and white, either. Here are ten reasons why.

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10. The Arch
Unfortunately, our city's shining beacon is also a monument symbolizing the genocide of North America's original inhabitants -- the Native Americans. Thomas Jefferson was a great man indeed, yet I doubt that our Native American brothers and sisters would consider him their friend. Throughout St. Louis, and the state of Missouri as a whole, you'll notice sprinkled evidence of a forgotten past. This land was occupied and owned by a group of people who were displaced and murdered. While westward expansion opened up the floor for America to flourish as a country, it also set the tone for what many consider the attempted genocide of an entire group of people. The Arch is a symbol of American greatness, but very seldom do we take time to push pause and reflect upon the lives stolen from the original American people.

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David Wilson

9. MetroLink Expansion
There are some very basic things that a growing major American metropolis needs in order to become a a progressive city, and a stabilized and affordable public-transportation system is a must. A public-transportation system that services the entire metro area and opens up job opportunities in various communities is critical to the growth of our local economy. The fact that one cannot catch the MetroLink to St.Charles is just plain shady. It is also deliberately set up this way to keep a "certain element" from freely traveling to specific counties. A bus driver once told me the only reason a bus route was extended to West County Center was due to the fact that the mall was suffering economically at one point and needed inner-city teenagers and city dwellers to spend their money there in order to keep the mall afloat.

This also prevents that same certain element from living in these areas. If you don't have a car and you've lived in St. Louis your entire life, you're probably not going to attempt to move into an area that doesn't have access to the MetroLink. I'm sure the politicians in these areas blame their lack of Metro linkage on taxes and crime and everything else under the sun -- but the real reason seems to be more sinister.

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Carol Lara

8. Forest Park's Lack of Basketball Hoops
A close friend of mine once worked for Forest Park Forever. It asked her how could they get more minorities to visit the park on a regular basis. She replied, "Well, you have a facility for every sport besides basketball. Maybe adding some hoops would help a little bit." Sure, it's not the end-all be-all to this problem, but it is a start. We're talking about one of the largest parks in the U.S., and there is not one single basketball hoop. There are places to play nearly every other popular sport. Think about it. Now, all black people don't play basketball -- personally, I suck at the sport. I skateboard in the park, but I find it odd that there's no chance of me and my friends meeting there for a pick-up game. It's illogical; or worse yet, it's intentional.

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elmorecolby
elmorecolby

St.Louis is America's hidden gem.And for this asshole who says a lack of basketball hoops in forest park is racist is ill informed. Also, we are obviously not proud of what our forefathers did in the past. But we cannot change it. Instead of lingering in the shadows of what's already happened we can address more important issues of the present. Like how People like the rioters in ferguson and obviously this guy need to feel like the victim or else they throw a tantrum. I am absolutely sick of the infantile behavior that is brought about by these people.

meper4m
meper4m

This is the biggest bunch of BULLSHIT I have ever read! 

Lynnie Creasy
Lynnie Creasy

Please name a large city that has no racial issues so we can learn from them.

Kay Pea
Kay Pea

Keep posting it! Lets talk about race! Its obviously a problem!

Mary Ann C Golden
Mary Ann C Golden

They can say whatever they want St.Louis is a great place for families.

Jamie D. Jessop
Jamie D. Jessop

...reported by a paper that is not locally owned, propagating HATE in our community with articles like this.

John B Badd
John B Badd

I agree with a lot of this, but not all of it. The Arch...really? Every fucking building in North and South America is racist by this standard. Get real. And due rag bans? How old was the author in the 80's and early 90's? Gang violence wrecked this city, and they were all flying colored flags. I remember when Union Station was booming and St Louis Center brought hundreds of thousands Saint Louisians downtown every year. It wasn't the dew rag ban that ruined that.

Ian Sergiu Adcock
Ian Sergiu Adcock

Ok you want basketball hoops go and get the money it will cost to buy them and to make a few courts and then to install them. Forest part is a quiet place not a rec center.

Brian Barba GaIlo
Brian Barba GaIlo

It sucks to see such racist bs pumped out of the RFT. Used to have respect for our local paper, but realize I just read the concert postings anyways.

Mike Loughary
Mike Loughary

When I realized his sources to the story are a bus driver and friend who worked for the park I stopped reading it. There is nothing wrong with either job I just don't think they qualify as a majority reason to spew racism in areas of STL. He wrote the arch is racist!! Lol!!

Steve Neels
Steve Neels

RFT SUCKS!!! And does have a clue about the problems this city has..:( go to Detroit and report the rebuild!

Becky King Niehoff
Becky King Niehoff

Unbelievable! Ask the merchants at the Galleria how well the metro link has worked out for them!

Katie Walsh
Katie Walsh

OK you've put an old article out there to remind us all how awful we are. RFT never puta out positive solutions or maybe you think we should rear down the arch and do away with metro link.

Ivy Krautrauch
Ivy Krautrauch

One thing I've learned about your readers is they are racist as fuck.

John Die
John Die

The fact that you think lack of basketball hoops is racist shows how racsit you are

Rebecca Hauther
Rebecca Hauther

The white man would b offered a ride alright, then dumped off a bridge! People who think any different are brainwashed!!! Put a white woman in the same situation. What do u think would happen to her?!

Marilyn Dollinger
Marilyn Dollinger

Haven't we had enough race baiting with Ferguson? (from both sides?)

Janet Eason
Janet Eason

Having lived there 18 yrs, there are too many narrow minded bigots, of all races, color and creed, whom put on a great facade, but the hate is breed in, and doesn't or won't go away. I'll never live there again....imo

Jeff Dugger
Jeff Dugger

They are 12% of the population commit 42% of the violent crime. Black youths are 16% of the youth population and commit 60% of the violent crime among youths. Stats from the Department of Commerce are 80% of black children are born to single parent households. Welfare stats are 41 million on the program. Of the 41 million 16 million are black which is over 40% of their population. As far as violent crime correlating with poverty, I don't care how poor you are you should know right from wrong. These are just more excuses for bad behavior and this bad behavior is not being addressed. Until this is addressed the cycle will continue.

Jeff Dugger
Jeff Dugger

The statistics that I got a straight from the Development of Justice. Thmm

Matthew Thoele
Matthew Thoele

This article should be on the list. Media fueling the fire.

Emma Lee Bek
Emma Lee Bek

Way to hit the nail on the head regarding the Arch, tho. Lightbulb moment!

Emma Lee Bek
Emma Lee Bek

Amazing tone deafness and presumptions. I mean, it's so easy to identify undergrads who are 18 or over, especially if you're not profiling them. I mean, my years as an undergrad advisor and neighbor prove that.

Sam Pondrom
Sam Pondrom

Please don't make St. Louis the new California.

Coleman Johnson
Coleman Johnson

"A bus driver once told me.."? He found a decent point with #9 then lost all credibility with #7, #5, #3 and #1. I'm embarrassed for RFT

Gibson Monica
Gibson Monica

I don't pay attention to some of the issue in this article, but I was told to move forward you must conquer your past. Therapy sessions or a round table should help some people. Maybe?

Nat M. Zorach
Nat M. Zorach

Also, correlate rates of violent crime to rates of poverty, inability to access everything from healthcare to decent food. These things don't exist in a vacuum.

Nat M. Zorach
Nat M. Zorach

"Because six people looted businesses, it's okay for me to dislike most black people. Also, it's stupid thAT the RFT posted this, because why stir the pot." - old school Steve Mincer Style St. Louis

A Robert Jacques
A Robert Jacques

Jeff, I think it's worth noting that the statistics we have about crime are based upon arrests, first and foremost. How many times a year do you think a white cop might let a white teen go because, "well, boys will be boys," or "hey, it's no worse than what I was doing at that age"? He identifies with that kid. He might not give a black kid the same benefit of doubt, especially if he only grew up with other white kids.

A Robert Jacques
A Robert Jacques

Dude, it's great that race doesn't matter to you. Though, to suggest that it doesn't matter at all is to ignore the very real historical divisions in this country that still pervade. The way I see it, as long as there exist some individuals with biases against people who look different from themselves, those "others" will be questioning whether their particular "otherness" plays a role in the adversities they face. To put it another way: racists still exist, they don't identify themselves, they could be anybody. Because race matters so much to them, it's something we all have to work on to move forward.

Gibson Monica
Gibson Monica

Saint Steve Mincer got an explanation for everything in the Stl.

Kait Pierce
Kait Pierce

Also according to your reply the arch represents material cultural symbolism which is inherently racist meaning the arch is a racist object. I'm sorry I didn't word it correctly Racism vs. Racist

Kait Pierce
Kait Pierce

Also I find if funny that you tell me to read and do minimal research with a defensive tone when I just stated how I felt about the article. My views and opinions probably would never match yours regardless of what minimal research I did because I doubt our ideal communities are the same. I for one don't immediately assume a wash u student or anyone for that matter threaten my ideals until I know theirs.

Kait Pierce
Kait Pierce

Also the title of the article is things that are disturbingly racist in st. Louis, so while the author did back track and say it represented a forgotten past maybe they shouldn't have used it as an example as "disturbingly racist"

Kait Pierce
Kait Pierce

I wasn't saying that wash u students aren't threatening (though I don't consider anyone to be inherently threatening) what I said was they weren't bothered during curfew because they are over 18. Maybe you read it wrong.

John Gierer
John Gierer

The part about the metro expansion to st Charles is spot on

John Gierer
John Gierer

It was actually a good article. Did you even read it or instantly say "I'M NOT RACIST LA LA LA LA LA I CAN'T HEAR YOU! "

LeLe Smith
LeLe Smith

Closed minds only ADD to the problem...but then again you dont HAVE to understand.

LeLe Smith
LeLe Smith

The white man would be offered a ride to "safety" or at least made sure he is coherant ...the black man would most likely be met with attitude and suspicion...but no one wants to hear the truth that may demolish their happy lil bubble of bs reality...good luck being heard by these bigoted and bias fools.

Ryan Sheridan
Ryan Sheridan

I was unaware that the author is a white liberal. Looks can be deceiving.

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