African Americans began moving into the area near St. Louis airport about 20 years ago after court rulings struck down the covenants and red lining that had kept the area white for generations. The local governments and police force remained white-controlled and according to reports balanced local budgets with unreasonable fines and petty arrests in the Black community. A middle class Black town called Kinloch was virtually destroyed by the construction of an airport runway in the late 1990s a project which left the once thriving community a ghost town.
As is often the case, bigotry and privilege here conspire to leave the most vulnerable residents in the path of toxic waste.
PAUL DERIENZO wrote this article for ThisCantBeHappening!, the new independent, uncompromised, five-time Project Censored Award-winning online alternative newspaper available at www.thiscantbehappening.net
(Article changed on October 18, 2015 at 16:30)
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