Citizen BrownRace, Democracy, and Inequality in the St. Louis Suburbs

Citizen BrownRace, Democracy, and Inequality in the St. Louis Suburbs

Colin Gordon

Print publication date: 2020

ISBN: 9780226647487

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

This book explores the citizenship experienced by African-Americans in St. Louis County across the last century by examining patterns of municipal incorporation and annexation (much of it in service of racial segregation), the starkly uneven provision of local services (schools, water and sewers, public safety), local approaches to urban renewal (which pointedly “blighted” and relocated African-American neighborhoods), and the potent combination of racial transition, fiscal austerity, and predatory policing that led to the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson in August 2014.