I share the desire of Michael Brown Sr. (not to be confused with the stepfather) for nonviolent change on all sides. I’m not surprised at what happened in Ferguson. I am amazed it didn’t occur decades ago.
St. Louis is the most segregated place I have ever lived, and I resided there for a third of my life. Not just black and white, but also Jews, Germans, Italians and Irish all live in their own enclaves.
I was a racist myself. Fortunately for me, working for five years at scout camp and going to a multicultural college and university, unlike my all-white high school, diversified my later experiences.
John Ziegler, Plantation
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