The Ferguson dilemma: When keeping up appearances is not enough

A recent article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that described the way that the small St. Louis County municipality of Pagedale was condemning inhabited, livable houses and levying fines for petty housing code violations. A subsequent editorial  drew an explicit line between this practice and the over-reliance on revenue generated by traffic violations which was…

Black power can only do so much to solve our racial problems

One of the interesting differences between the discord following the deaths of unarmed black men in Ferguson, MO and Baltimore is to what extent African-Americans are full participants in the police and justice system in each community. In Ferguson, justice was certainly delayed, if not denied, because of a white power structure that did not…

Canfield Gardens

Holder’s Justice Department Report offers credibility on Ferguson

From the moment that Michael Brown was gunned down by Officer Darren Wilson, it’s been virtually impossible to get credible and reliable information about what actually happened August 9, 2014 on Canfield Drive in Ferguson, MO. That came to an end on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 when the U.S. Department of Justice issued “Department of…

Rooting for the grand juror in his lawsuit vs. Bob McCulloch

A member of the Darren Wilson grand jury is suing St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch, claiming that McCulloch publicly mis-characterized the grand jury’s deliberations, and asking for an injunction against the prohibition on grand jurors discussing cases. Some people think it’s a frivolous lawsuit. As a former member of a St. Louis County…

After Ferguson: Who makes the rules?

I recently had the misfortune of hearing KMOX radio [in St. Louis] while in the car. (Except for some Cardinals games, I haven’t listened to them in years– I stopped when they started carrying Rush Limbaugh.) There was a “Roundtable discussion” with four people, one woman, one black male, and two extremely conservative (to put…

An honest way to prevent unrest in Ferguson: Do the right thing

There is justifiable concern about an outbreak of violence in Ferguson once the Grand Jury announces whether or not it is issuing an indictment directed at Officer Darren Wilson. If no indictment is forthcoming, it will be very understandable, if not acceptable, for many people to be quite upset. Once again they will have experienced…