Ferguson in Black and White
Kindle Single 2014
New Books in African American StudiesNew Books in American StudiesNew Books in Peoples & PlacesNew Books in Political ScienceNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books in Public PolicyNew Books Network December 22, 2014 Heath Brown
Smith writes this book from a position of academic and personal expertise. He grew up in the area and served as a state representative for several years. Ferguson in Black and White provides useful background about the socio-political history of the St. Louis region that set the stage for Michael Brown’s killing and the painful aftermath. Smith writes: “In St. Louis, parochialism is inextricably intertwined with race.” He ends the book with specific recommendations for how to improve conditions in the future for the residents of Ferguson.