“But four years after the unrest, nearly all of the new development is concentrated in the more prosperous — and whiter — parts of town, bypassing the predominantly black southeast neighborhood where Brown was fatally shot by a police officer while walking to his grandmother’s home.<br><br>The investments, rather than easing the economic gap, have deepened that divide.<br><br>“This is the forgotten Ferguson,” said Francesca Griffin, a St. Louis native who moved to the inner-ring suburb 13 years ago for the more-affordable home prices. “Time and time again, West Florissant Avenue just gets left out. And people are losing hope.”<br><br>The growing disparity is the result of decisions, large and small, that capture the difficulties of overcoming a legacy of racial segregation, economic exclusion and political disenfranchisement.<br><br>In Ferguson’s case, obstacles have included a corporate mind-set willing to take on only so much risk, a seeming lack of political will and a disadvantaged community’s inability to promote its own interests.”<br><br>A disadvantaged community’s inability to promote its own interests!!! <— Y’all keep supporting these so called leaders who speak for the Dem party, corporate interests and nonprofits instead of those who speak to the interest of the community, educate the masses and are building the necessary independent apparatus to hold them and the establishment machine accountable.<br><br>’A man can’t ride your back unless it is bent’ – MLK

"But four years after the unrest, nearly all of the new development is concentrated in the more prosperous — and whiter — parts of town, bypassing the predominantly black southeast neighborhood where Brown was fatally shot by a police officer while walking to his grandmother’s home.

The investments, rather than easing the economic gap, have deepened that divide.

“This is the forgotten Ferguson,” said Francesca Griffin, a St. Louis native who moved to the inner-ring suburb 13 years ago for the more-affordable home prices. “Time and time again, West Florissant Avenue just gets left out. And people are losing hope.”

The growing disparity is the result of decisions, large and small, that capture the difficulties of overcoming a legacy of racial segregation, economic exclusion and political disenfranchisement.

In Ferguson’s case, obstacles have included a corporate mind-set willing to take on only so much risk, a seeming lack of political will and a disadvantaged community’s inability to promote its own interests."

A disadvantaged community’s inability to promote its own interests!!! <--- Y'all keep supporting these so called leaders who speak for the Dem party, corporate interests and nonprofits instead of those who speak to the interest of the community, educate the masses and are building the necessary independent apparatus to hold them and the establishment machine accountable.

'A man can't ride your back unless it is bent' - MLK

Four years after Michael Brown was shot, the neighborhood where he was killed still feels left behind

Only a fraction of the pledges for Ferguson reached the neediest parts of town. All the corporate goodwill - and millions in investments -- were not enough to overcome a long legacy of racial discrimination and economic exclusion. Residents of Canfield Green, where Brown was shot and killed, say the...
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