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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subgenius73
subgenius73

We don't call "Redbird Nation" the Kuku Kardinal Klan for nothing.

indridcold
indridcold

"I found St. Louisans cold, smug, complacent, intolerant, stupid & provincial."



Tennessee Williams, 1947.



indridcold
indridcold

St. Louis is an island, surrounded not by oceans but grain fields. This has made us intensely parochial, and instinctively distrustful of people - not us. The author of this article makes many good points, stronger ones in my opinion, because he chooses to focus, not on in-your-face injustices (plenty of that), but on subtleties unnoticed (read - "unacknowledged) by most residents. No basketball hoops in Forest Park, Metrolink's limited service areas, "the Delmar Divide" - all seemingly innocuous stuff until one considers its greater, and as the writer sagely puts it - "sinister" implications. The rage-filled commentary accompanying the article is evidence of its truth. St. Louisans are loathe to confront the awfulness of this place - it's backwardness, it's unwillingness to embrace folk from elsewhere - and yes, its endemic racism. And our apathy is killing us - correction - it's killed us. Consider, for example, the fact that every major highway and river system (the Missouri, and Mississippi) confluence right here. Based on our fortuitous location, we should rival Chicago and New York for national prominence and influence. Instead, our population is dwindling, we no longer have an international airport and no important business wants to relocate here. In fact, nearly every one of our biggest and best employers have fled, and the iconic Budweiser brewery is now the property of a foreign beverage maker. Now that's progress! St. Louis is not just an outpost of Rural America, it's the capitol - the reddest of red state metros. We want even less than we have because change, even change for the better,  is a thing best-avoided. One day they'll padlock this place, and when that happens no one will care because no one will be here.

john2033
john2033

This article in and of itself is disturbingly racist. The Gateway Arch representing genocide? Come on. Chop Suey racist? Really? Stereotyping Blacks by suggesting that they don't go to Forest Park because of the need for basketball hoops? The writer is stretching hard to find racism. St. Louis is a metro full of a wonderful diverse population with a center city that is beautiful. The Men & Women of the St. Louis region live and work together every day doing good things for their community.We need to appreciate our assets and work on our problems. St. Louis has racial tension just like any other city. We need to appreciate our assets and work on our problems. The writer needs look at the bright side of his city, neighbors & friends and leave the race card in his pocket.                           John Beck - Emmis Radio- St. Louis

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The real fact is, WE ARE ALL AMERICANS!!  AND CREATED EQUAL!!      Help Stop All Racism, it starts at home!!!!

Tony Wallace
Tony Wallace

Great article! Well written and even though I don't agree with everything, I like the perspective of this writer. I have lived here in the STL my whole life so I must admit that I have grown accustomed to some of the segregation. I have travelled to other cities where you will see people from different ethnic backgrounds living, working, and playing side by side, but not so much in St. Louis. Those that know me know I will defend the Lou. This is my home town. I find it very difficult to defend it any more. There are still great people here but the police differential treatments, the segregation of the communities, the downfall of the public education system in black areas, all stem from well devised and thought out plans long ago to keep blacks out of white areas. With the way some of us act... I can't blame em.

Scott Akins
Scott Akins

Its obvious a black person wrote this. FYI black people are more racist than white people. Stop your wining about racism. Minorities have it better than white people. White people have to work for benefits in this country etc. so screw you if you have a complaint about how things are go fuck yourself. Sick of black people bitching all the time. Fuck you. Go back to Africa.

Luis Cook
Luis Cook

Its so distasteful given the situation. I'm flagging it as promoting violence or inappropriate. maybe fb remove it.

Troy Woods
Troy Woods

Ignorant, racist a**holes on this board can't handle the truth. The article is pure truth.

Josh Revelle
Josh Revelle

The Arch?! No basketball courts in Forest Park?! That's what you come up with. Tef Poe is a fuckin idiot!

Patricia Ann
Patricia Ann

Thank you for writing about what how racism plays out in St Louis.

Carl Schroeder
Carl Schroeder

Only the Riverfront Times could publish such mindless, inane drivel.

Nicholas Robert DiCarlo
Nicholas Robert DiCarlo

Clearly RFT writers must be volunteers or Tef Poe would have surely been fired by now...not only for writing this article in the first place, but for constantly reposting it. Right???

Steve Morgan
Steve Morgan

Racism exists everywhere. That said, this article is nearly 100% BS... The only thing I could agree with is driving while black in west county. The writer is working too hard to make a point. "FAIL"

Jordan Kulagé
Jordan Kulagé

Someone needed to say something...It's absolutely disheartening to see how stuck we are as a society. I'm so disappointed that the majority of comments about this article are so bigoted. To think of all the lives that have been so negatively impacted by this type of oppressive behavior...and how the ignorant continue to berate the oppressed with no idea the destructive effects. To grow as a human being and live a fuller life you must practice compassion, you must practice empathy, you must understand love. We have grown way to self-involved and narcissistic. We have lost our genuine care for others and only look to serve ourselves. The end result of such selfishness is distention, which serves no one.

Doris Hickam
Doris Hickam

Why cant race be kept out of this and get to what really happen. A 6ft3in 300lbs. teen charged and beat on a cop, cop defended him self. Then a bunch of thugs started burning business and stealing. Now how did that help anything. Another excuse to steal and cause trouble.

Jimmy Vaughn
Jimmy Vaughn

I just want to point out that Metro doesn't go to St Charles because the city told them no, not because of a conspiracy in Metro

Chris Martin-Nicholson
Chris Martin-Nicholson

Please stop acting like you don't know theirs a racial problem in St. Louis. The RFT is not the only publication that has written articles about the problem. Let's stop pretending and acknowledge what we all know is truth

Shelly Gutierrez
Shelly Gutierrez

No matter what the answer will be they will continue to be dicks

Belinda Draper-Washington
Belinda Draper-Washington

I see nothing wrong with my grand children marrying yours either Benjamin Abraham. an you handle that? Then get some love in you :)

Jerrod Harris
Jerrod Harris

See that's the illusion of inclusion. Crime and employment are both higher in black communities under Obama. You're talking nonsense. Dodging the truth as most of you people do. Hate to hear what your people done to my people, and you are reaping the benefits to this very day. You sound delusional. Stop with that. Until a white kid gets shot by a black cop get back at me. Continue to live your pressure free life. Trust me, you'd never trade places if given the chance.

Belinda Draper-Washington
Belinda Draper-Washington

It's true, let's deal with it. I think most of the comments on here are from fear. I understand to a certain point.

Slade Bittler
Slade Bittler

Agreed! It's only news because it says racist or racism in it.

Destiny Andraya
Destiny Andraya

Racism is alive and strong in Saint Louis. Acting like it doesn't exist or happen anymore is one of the biggest reasons why it won't go away and why the victims won't shut up! However, I feel some kinda way about this article. I guess its an eye opener but its kinda a mockery. Do y'all really get what's going on!!??

David Ross
David Ross

Anybody see any Native Americans at the Loot-a-palooza?

Misty Becker
Misty Becker

First off how would you ever know what being a slave felt like? Walk in your shoes are you kidding... Who are you to judge what anyone else has or how their life is!!! We have a black president for the love of God! Racism won't die until you stop bitching about something that never has happened in your life time!

Ashley Elizabeth Barnes
Ashley Elizabeth Barnes

They need a new editor that can spell/construct a proper sentence. They also need to invest in someone whom can actually write a legitimate story instead of pointless mumbo jumbo. This was the most ridiculous article I've ever read. What uneducated idiot at the RFT allows this garbage to make it into the public eye??? Seriously?? The arch??? Racist???? Never knew inanimate objects could racially profile...

Dave Cook
Dave Cook

This is the lamest list I have ever seen. You know why rft is free? Because nobody would ever pay for that crap journalism.

stacistatic
stacistatic

John, we certainly have work to do but the fact that you accuse him of pulling the race card in and of itself is a problem. I wish people would stop using that term. It's silly and insulting.

anonymous
anonymous

How is it that black people got here from Africa?

TASHE
TASHE

You are a racist ignorant uneducated fool to post that. Leave the country! You are un-American! This is not your country, idiot.

zlee
zlee

The writer is spot on. I think people from St Louis are so used to it they are blind. I lived there for 4 years and the racism i've seen there , was the worst i seen anywhere and I've been to many places all over the world.

TASHE
TASHE

You are racist! I'm tired of uneducated people like you saying racism don't exist. Please get some black friends and listen to their stories! Your city is worst city in U.S right now because of racist people like you.

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