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Gawker is running a series on most racist U.S. cities. So far Philly, Boston, and St. Louis have been nominated. Expect that shit hole website to milk this puppy for all it’s worth. They crowd-sourced people from St. Louis to tell them why St. Louis is racist. Keep in mind that when liberals talk about racism they only care about institutional racism. I guess someone will have to develop a term for the actions of BBBs who may lack political and economic power but are powerful at the street level i.e. where the average Joe draws his day-to-day experiences.
Hear it from St. Louisians!
It is one of the last segregated cities in America…STL really does have “white” and “black” parts, like a checkerboard, and one does know immediately when one is in a certain “area”.
White people in town support the Republicans simply because their greatest fear is the Dems taking away their guns, resulting in hordes of black men invading West County and stealing/shooting anything and everything. When they are with friends, they trade horror stories they supposedly heard from other white people about some terrible thing happening at the hands of a black person, or “City Person” as is the local codeword.
White people avoid North City, black people avoid much of South City, South County, and West County, and that’s that. Try being black and driving through a city like Ladue (or even worse St. Charles or some places in Jefferson County). And the fun part is that the metro area just keeps getting more and more spread out as white people move further and further away from the scary black people that populate the city or the inner-ring suburbs.
As a black person who grew up there, fuck that place.
You don’t go to South St Louis if you are black. Period.
It’s a racist hellhole and it smells like dirty gym socks. Magary, just google Shelley v. Kraemer and the Dred Scott Case. Both of those originated in St. Louis. Oh, also the Fairgrounds Park Riot, where a bunch of whites in St. Louis rioted to keep black kids from swimming in a whites only pool.
What would happen to a black person in South St. Louis? What would happen to a white person in East St. Louis?
One could conduct an experiment if they wanted. Have 100 black men venture separately through a heavily white area of the St. Louis metro area. What will happen? Yeah, maybe they experience “racism”. Some turned heads, maybe even an “n-word” tossed out at them (though doubtful). Perhaps even some police profiling.
Take 100 white men and have them venture through the blackest parts of St. Louis. Someone’s going to get busted up, and it probably won’t be a black person.
Now, let’s do this experiment at night as well. Police harassment of the black men will likely increase as will the civilian harassment of the white men. But consider what tactics our two different test groups could use to limit whatever harassment they receive. If the cops mess with an innocent black guy walking at night through St. Louis, if he complies with police requests (however misguided and however much they infringe on his rights), he will be safe. If the black guy goes out of his way to ensure that the cops know that he is harmless, he will be OK.
A white guy could plead, beg, throw up his arms to show the black guys that are confronting him that he is not causing trouble. And that won’t really matter anyway because the black guys who are about to beat his ass aren’t confronting him because they’re worried that he’s going to cause trouble. They’re going to beat his ass because he’s white and because they can get away with it and blow off some steam against society in the process.
To reverse that, there are different social forces preventing both whites and blacks (men, mostly) from venturing into neighborhoods heavily populated by the opposite race. I sympathize with the anxiety that a black man would feel when he goes through an area where he sticks out like a sore thumb. But again, there are ways for him to basically conform to his surroundings. If he wants. Much more often we see a black person enter a white enclave while still carrying with them their “black identity”. Their’s isn’t a fearful response; it’s defiance. Now, imagine a white man acting defiantly in a black enclave. It mostly won’t happen. This isn’t Gran Torino.
Here’s a video for when Gawker hits Baltimore. Same rules apply.