“The St. Louis region is still waiting for public leadership that matches the courage and vision of the activists, organizers, and everyday people who turned this region on its head in the months following August 2014. The sacrifice and moral call made in that time and in the time since created space for our public officials to take risks, to shift paradigms, to break the old rules. If the past few years has shown us anything, it is that much of St. Louis is hungry for that kind of trailblazing public action.<br><br>If the critical mass of black public officials elevated during this period is willing to be the catalyst for that kind of action, they will find that there is a groundswell of enthusiasm and support waiting to buoy their efforts. If, instead, these officials perpetuate the functioning of systems that are devastating for poor people and people of color, they will face a level of resistance reminding them that an empty sense of diversity in leadership was never the ultimate goal.”<br><br>The American will run this letter, yet still play the game and prop up/cape for black misleadershp. Talk about courage? St. Louis’ black paper doesn’t have the courage to hire a black editor.

"The St. Louis region is still waiting for public leadership that matches the courage and vision of the activists, organizers, and everyday people who turned this region on its head in the months following August 2014. The sacrifice and moral call made in that time and in the time since created space for our public officials to take risks, to shift paradigms, to break the old rules. If the past few years has shown us anything, it is that much of St. Louis is hungry for that kind of trailblazing public action.

If the critical mass of black public officials elevated during this period is willing to be the catalyst for that kind of action, they will find that there is a groundswell of enthusiasm and support waiting to buoy their efforts. If, instead, these officials perpetuate the functioning of systems that are devastating for poor people and people of color, they will face a level of resistance reminding them that an empty sense of diversity in leadership was never the ultimate goal."

The American will run this letter, yet still play the game and prop up/cape for black misleadershp. Talk about courage? St. Louis' black paper doesn't have the courage to hire a black editor.

Letter from Blake Strode: What can we expect from all of this black representation?

Blake Strode, an American civil rights lawyer serving as the executive director of ArchCity Defenders, sent The American a long open letter about black representation and progressive change in public
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