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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Jorge Maldonado
Jorge Maldonado

I know that Leonard, last I checked! I was referencing point number 1 in the article, which specifically references "being any race besides black or white"

Preston Kamler
Preston Kamler

I "lost" an "argument" based on opinion? I don't think that's possible sweetie.

Shayna Boyles
Shayna Boyles

And you're an idiot man child who just lost the argument

Ben Chellew
Ben Chellew

Mary Beth Wiley Stanfield I love drinking my martinis after work. lol

Justin Petrovic
Justin Petrovic

The same people calling Preston a clown for having his display picture as something he stands up for and using vulgarity, are the same people supporting protests where "fuck the police" is being chanted lol

StLNative
StLNative

This is my response to this article:

10) This has nothing to do with racism, but is basically blaming the people of St.Louis for stealing America from the Natives. Sorry sir but go back about another 150-200 years when the continent was being taken over. My family had nothing to do with colonization on the new land or the westward expansion since I'm only 3rd generation. That being said clearly you never visited the Arch because the whole museum is dedicated to the Natives basically.9) The Metro going to St.Charles? For what reason may I ask. The metro in this city really just focuses on the Downtown area and immediately surrounding areas. Plus that would involve creating another bridge to transport the MetroLink. Are you going to pay for that, sir? I care more about tax dollars going to education that traveling 30 minutes in and out of the city. We aren't a big enough or populated enough for it to matter.8) Forest Park wasn't built for sports or 'basketball hoops'. It was used for the 1904 World's Fair, and still is home to some of the original structures. It holds a zoo, a history museum, an art museum, etc. Doesn't seem much like a place to go "shoot some hoops." It holds the other sporting fields because it is large enough to do so. and involves little to no maintenance. It may be international, but so is track. Actually let's throw in a track since people run there anyway. That would keep them off of the streets and taking up sidewalks where people walk and ride their bikes. This may one of the stupidest points I've ever heard, and how is this racist? Are you implying only certain ethnicities play basketball?7) I grew up in North City and never ONCE called the chinese restaurants Chop Suey (I didn't even know it meant Chinamen). And I'm not sure if you know this sir but even if I did refer to them as that, its not the 'Blacks' that own and operate them. Are you also implying that only Chop Suey restaurants are where the blacks live. Because that's the vibe I am getting and it is completely untrue. Maybe you should travel the area a little more.6) 'Basically, there's a black side of Delmar and a well-to-do side, which is essentially the white side.' That was pretty racist statement. And correct me if I am wrong but NYC and LA and Chicago also have segegrated cities. It's not like any of the cities post signs that say "only (insert race) are allowed to live in this area." Cities are divided. Income levels vary. If people don't want to live in those neighborhoods, they make a difference in their lives and move elsewhere. The Loop specifically just so happens to be on a street that is near where the city divides. Skinker is one of the many streets and its mores the streets running parallel to Delmar that act in this dividing way.5) It's a curfew. That's why they chase KIDS and TEENAGERS out of the area. Most of those businesses that people under the age of 21 are allowed into at late hours are closed anyway. 4) White people get pulled over in my neighborhood all the time. People get pulled over everywhere in the city. And maybe you were dressed like a hoodlum. Blacks aren't looked at any different in other area of the city if they don't act and dress like thugs. When you do things like that it builds a stereotype, which in turn you will fall into if you act, carry yourself, and dress in those same ways. Pull your pants up and look like you care about yourself, maybe they you wouldn't be judged. Walking around with one hand holding your pants up below your rearend, or wearing a shirt with curse words written all over it, or a hoodie that is 17x to big with the hood up isn't something people won't notice. I think that way about any person of any race.3) Stemming from point 4... Nelly had no issues when he was asked to do this. He politely accepted and had those with him do the same. Places like Union Station should carry a dress code. You're not on the streets or in your own home. You're lucky you get to wear whatever you want to most malls, because in other countries they have dress codes and if you aren't presenting yourself in a well enough manner you will be asked to leave (i.e. no pjs, sweat pants, basketball shorts, etc.) Dress codes in bars are for a reason. If you went out, make yourself presentable. No one wants to see your underwear or you wearing oversized clothes that you could fit your whole family in. Dress codes aren't just to penalize individuals. It's to carry a good reputation for an establishment. 2) Issues between ANY race happen everywhere. Our city is one of the next most populated areas of Bosnians outside of Bosnian itself. Fights happen everywhere and aren't always because of race. People get into fights in high school because they believe it will show senoirity and who the "tough" or "popular" people are. Its because people have different styles, different views, different backgrounds, and different beliefs, which causes personalities to clash.1) Can't say I or anyone I know judges people based on their race. In fact, most people are intrigued and want to learn more about them. In many cases I know of, the other races have a more diverse group of friends than the blacks or whites. We don't understand their culture because we weren't raised in their household, their place of worship, their country, or have their background. Just like you and I grew up in different areas and I don't understand where you get all these obscene reasons about racism in St. Louis. Half of your points aren't even about race. All of them apply globally not just to St.Louis. So therefore, you have one of two backgrounds: 1) You have never been far out of the St.Louis Area or 2) You've never been to another big city like chicago, NYC, Miami, or LA. I would love for you to visit each of those places and tell me all of these "valid points" that make St.Louis so disturbingly racist.

Kerri Simmons
Kerri Simmons

I've noticed a LOT of race crap coming from blacks towards white. Just saying

Kerri Simmons
Kerri Simmons

Really? I mean do they really treat blacks like this? Do they really just stop them for walking down the street? Wow

Jessica Ware
Jessica Ware

It is so obvious to the entire world how racially divided this town is. How about writing an article about POSITIVE things people can do to fix it.

J.d. Folk
J.d. Folk

I demand a hockey rink in Welston right now!

Tyler Jordan
Tyler Jordan

How bout them Cardinals fans in the smoking area during thr Dodgers game. "You're only here cause we brought you here." Phew. That was the cracker-iest 27 minute clip of all time, and I am including Kramer's meltdown on stage.

Jon Gerik
Jon Gerik

What a fucking waste of ink.,. And time spent reading...

Sybilla Suda
Sybilla Suda

Racism cuts both ways: just try riding any bus and/or Metro train as a white. During the entire trip you're loudly reminded that you're in an audio choke hold until mercifully it's time to yank the "Stop Requested" cord and happily get the hell out of there!

ruddster6
ruddster6

Racism is very alive and well in St. Louis.  This article brings up several points that I was aware of myself.  Tef Poe is not the first person to call attention to this.  Many books have been written on how divided STL is.


Mary Beth Wiley Stanfield
Mary Beth Wiley Stanfield

Preston, I would have never considered pairing the words, "intellectually," logic," or "reason" with your convaluted way of thinking. You're a little boy trying to talk like one of the bigger, smarter kids when you have no clue what life outside your little sheltered Caucasian bubble is really like. So, run along now and stop quoting the ideas you've heard Mommy and Daddy rage about while they drink their martinis after work. The adults would like to actually work on solving problems rather than be "politically edgy" because "I don't care."

Mary Beth Wiley Stanfield
Mary Beth Wiley Stanfield

Actually Preston Kamler, your profile picture of you in blackface flipping off the rest of the world does a fine job of letting everyone know you're a racist bigot. Congratulations, mission accomplished!

Craig Gilchrist
Craig Gilchrist

How about stop being up racist shit and work on building the city and community ..

Derek Spuds
Derek Spuds

Where is "residents cause a nationwide race war over a justified shooting"

Hal Moran
Hal Moran

And, Paul, natives were killing each other off long before "1492." Just ask the Anastazi's. Oh, wait, you can't, they were totally wiped out by the Pueblo and Navajo hundreds of years earlier.

Shayna Boyles
Shayna Boyles

Lmao you're right you have defeated me racism is over and everyone can claim to be white knights while doing blackface around the globe

Dustin Reed
Dustin Reed

Rft is a joke. This must be a black publication like Ebony. Because no self respecting white male would read this and agree with it. I didnt even bother to read it. Title says it all. They say we group all black people together as thugs. No we dont. They are indeed grouping all of stl whites as racists though. Not true either. I dont pretend to hang out with 20 black friends but i like to think any black person who new me in school would definitely not classify me as a racist. Stl is no different than any major city in america with a large black population.

Preston Kamler
Preston Kamler

I would run too after being intellectually picked apart with logic and reason. Good day Miss.

Casey Kolesa
Casey Kolesa

Dont listen Go the other direction, get thicker skin, and shut up

Casey Kolesa
Casey Kolesa

Being politically correct and racisim are totally different. Racisim is never ok. White on black, black on white, white on hiapanic, and it goes on and on. As far as "political correctness" goes.....get over it! Someone somewhere is going to be offended. Suck it up buttercup and keep it movin. If u dont like it

David Gibbs
David Gibbs

All races have racist people in them ..not just white....they need to address all the races

Preston Kamler
Preston Kamler

No. I'll do black face, pink face, white face, orange face, blue face, etc Whether it offends people or not. I simply do not care. BECAUSE ITS FACE PAINT. Is walmart who sold me the black face paint racist? If painting ones face black is racist, then selling black face paint would also be racist. Why aren't you calling up corporate to DEMAND they remove Black Face Paint from their shelves?

Shayna Boyles
Shayna Boyles

So you're mad because you can't do blackface without people getting offended. That's what I'm hearing.

Preston Kamler
Preston Kamler

So I'm racist for not having a basketball hoop in my yard? Since that's always been a racist thing to do as you said. Everyone knows us white guys hate blacks so we have secretly convened to eliminate basketball hoops from city parks. It's sad that you don't even know the history of slavery. Whites were slaves longer than blacks were. Why am I not allowed to be offended all the time? I know you can't answer because up until now you had never even heard that whites were also slaves.

Preston Kamler
Preston Kamler

The problem with political correctness is that it is a very primal technique of, for lack of a better word, mind control. Political Correctness puts you into a box, and that box is designed to get smaller and smaller. Constricting your right to opinion, free speech, and free thought.

Shayna Boyles
Shayna Boyles

They didn't START being racist they've been racist

Preston Kamler
Preston Kamler

Since I can't magically make something stop being racist, how can you, or this article magically make things START being racist (basketball hoops)?

Preston Kamler
Preston Kamler

If I can't get away with "blackface" then I don't want you to eat saltines ok. Keep those crackers out of that dirty little racist mouth of yours because it offends the fucking shit out of me that you like something called cracker in your soup!

Shayna Boyles
Shayna Boyles

And also why is it bad to be politically correct? Why is it so hard for you to be a decent human being and not offend people?

Shayna Boyles
Shayna Boyles

We call it as we see it. You can't magically make something stop being racist, sorry that you can't get away with blackface anymore.

Preston Kamler
Preston Kamler

On the contrary, you, as well as liberals in general, literally whining, and crying over every little thing, calling everything under the sun racist, would be trying to "dictate" to us what is and isn't racist. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Oops...was that a racist metaphor?

Sunni Jefferson
Sunni Jefferson

Instead of ARGUING why the article was written, UNDERSTAND why the article was written.

ruddster6
ruddster6

I grew up in St. Louis and lived in L.A. for several years.  Blacks were clearly treated unjustly.  The tension that I felt when living in STL was intense.  Parts of this country this racial tension hardly exists.  When I moved back to the Lou the racial was still around and as strong as ever.



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