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Resource ID: #26309
Subject: Racial Disparities
Source: Riverfront Times (St. Louis)
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Date: May 16, 2013

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“All Politics Is Racial” is a thorough examination of the first mayoral term of James McGee, the town of Vinita Park's first black mayor. His election - which he was accused of stealing -- was a direct reflection of 60 years worth of larger economic and societal forces at work in the north St. Louis County region. By the time I began my reporting there, the city had already paid out three-quarters of $1 million to a group of fired, white police officers who say they were run out of the town's tiny department and replaced with black officers. Additional lawsuits - including one for sexual harassment -- are pending. Through extensive interviews and document searches, I attempted to piece together what is really going on in this tiny hamlet.

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