Here are some materials to learn about the history of St. Louis, and the origins of socioeconomic disparties.
A St. Louis Public Radio series examining the history of race, locally.
A St. Louis Beacon series that examines race and culture.
A St. Louis Beacon series that examines health care disparities that persist in our region.
A St. Louis Beacon series that examines class disparities in our region
Report: When It Comes To Racial Disparity, St. Louis Falls Behind Its Peers — St. Louis Public Radio
According to a study, St. Louis ranks higher than other regions regarding socioeconomic disparities.
St. Louis: A City Divided — Al Jazeera
St. Louis has substantial challenges with segregation that has received national and international attention stemming from the unrest in Ferguson after the police shooting of Michael Brown.
Effects of segregation negatively impact health-Groundbreaking study on African-American health in St. Louis, ‘For the Sake of All,’ releases fourth brief — Washington University
Segregation often creates socioeconomic inequities in communities that can often result in chronic disease and death. Read more about the varied factors, including the lack of access to healthcare and resources that contribute to the ongoing problem.
Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces
The pre Ferguson account of how the unrest of the 60s created the SWAT unit, which led to the use of military strategies by police, and began to blur the distinction between office and soldier.
The New Jim Crow
Alexander challenges the idea of a post racial America in the wake of a black president and more, examining the legal processes by which African Americans in some communities have been relegated to second class citizens.
A People’s History of Poverty in America
Pimpare describes what it’s like to be impoverished in the United States through the accounts of indigent Americans.