Ferguson Mayor Denies City Has History of Racial Animus

Ferguson Mayor Denies City Has History of Racial Animus

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles argued that his city does not have a city of racial animus or a racial divide on Tuesday’s “NewsNation” on MSNBC.  

“There’s not a racial divide in the city of Ferguson” he said.  And “there’s 22,000 residents in our community. This has affected about a half-mile strip of street in our community. The rest of our community, the rest of the African-Americans in our community are going about our daily lives, going to our businesses, walking their dog, going to our neighborhood watch meetings. They’re concerned for their safety they know this is not representative of us.”

Knowles also argued that 95 percent of the city’s residents supports what local officials are doing, and that even though “St. Louis itself has had a history of segregation,” “the city of Ferguson has been a model for the region about how we transition from a community that was predominantly white middle class to a community that is predominantly African-American middle class. Again, we’re all middle class residents who believe in the same shared values.”

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