St. Louis is no longer a majority black city. What’s next?
Mar05

St. Louis is no longer a majority black city. What’s next?

As black families who can afford to move continue to leave the North Side, and as younger, more affluent, college-educated whites continue to trickle into the Central Corridor and parts of the South Side, the moment demographers have been predicting came sometime last year. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, St. Louis ceased being a majority-black city sometime in 2018. The Census Bureau now estimates that the population of the city...

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A toxic culture in black and blue
Mar04

A toxic culture in black and blue

Detective Sergeant Heather Taylor is black, and a woman, and a cop, in that order. In her years on the force, and as president of the Ethical Society of Police, she’s been threatened with discipline for talking to reporters, when officials of the (mostly) white St. Louis Police Officers Association –the police “union” –do it all the time. She turned in her head-of-ESOP predecessor for embezzlement, saying he deserved to go...

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How free-market capitalism and racism wrecked St. Louis
Feb20

How free-market capitalism and racism wrecked St. Louis

The Municipal League of Metro St. Louis isn’t necessarily racist. But they represent a lot of people who are. One person who’s part of the League told me “A lot of people here hate the City.” To be fair, not all of the County towns that make up the Muni League are full of white flight refugees. But many are. “Refugees” here is correct, since that’s how many white people in the County see their families. Tales are told over Budweisers...

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The SouthSider endorses…
Feb19

The SouthSider endorses…

On Tuesday, March 5, voters in St. Louis City will have an opportunity to select the candidates who will represent their party in the April general election. Since every member of the Board of Aldermen is a Democrat and that is not likely to change this year, the winner of the March primary election will almost certainly be a member of the next Board of Aldermen. In our democracy people are free to vote (or not vote) for any...

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St. Louis Cop Culture and the Real National Emergency
Feb18

St. Louis Cop Culture and the Real National Emergency

The real national emergency is 1,038 miles northeast of the Mexican border, near the corner of Oriole and Thekla, where 22 shell casings glinted on the pavement and a nine-year old boy lay in the back seat of a black Dodge Charger, bleeding but still alive after a barrage of gunfire from a silver SUV. It’s at Hodiamont and Julian, where a Kenyan immigrant was shot in the head by a 14 and a 16-year old in an attempted carjacking. It’s...

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Trump’s Hallelujah Caucus Scam
Feb15

Trump’s Hallelujah Caucus Scam

When Karl Marx said “Religion is the opiate of the masses,” he had the right idea and the wrong drug. Opiates tend to make you nod off, quietly. Since religion tends to make you gallop around like your hair’s on fire, a more accurate quote would be “Religion is the meth of the masses.” Take, for example, a chain of suburban St. Louis mega-churches pastored by a man with a name straight out of Charles Dickens—David Crank. Crank posted...

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