Black people are conditioned to cling to hope, to believe that one day the powers that be will rescue us from the environment they created instead of building institutions, empowering ourselves and dealing with them from a position of power… what every other group has done for their survival. <br><br>What makes our circumstance unique isn’t that we can’t do it, it’s that we have black people within our ranks working against us so that it doesn’t happen.

Black people are conditioned to cling to hope, to believe that one day the powers that be will rescue us from the environment they created instead of building institutions, empowering ourselves and dealing with them from a position of power... what every other group has done for their survival.

What makes our circumstance unique isn't that we can't do it, it's that we have black people within our ranks working against us so that it doesn't happen.

In the forgotten neighborhoods of St. Louis, residents cling to hope as cleanup efforts sprout

'It is never ever going to get better until you start. Someone has to start doing something.'
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