On a special edition of Politically Speaking, Ferguson Commission co-chairmen Rich McClure and Starsky Wilson talk about a blunt assessment of a racially-divided St. Louis.
The Ferguson Commission was set up by Gov. Jay Nixon in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death. It was tasked with examining the underlying racial and economic schisms within St. Louis -- and coming up with policy solutions.
The Commission's roughly 200-page report provides a hosts of suggestions on how to changing policing, education, health care and economic mobility throughout St. Louis. It also contends that the region has "not moved past race," adding that African-Americans are underserved and undervalued in many key institutions.
Before publicly unveiling the report with Nixon on Monday afternoon, McClure and Wilson spoke to St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum from the Deaconness Foundation. During the show, the two men discussed:
- A proposal to have the attorney general become a special prosecutor for police-involved killings.
- How to overhaul the region's education system.
- Whether the Commission's report will catch on with gubernatorial candidates seeking to succeed Nixon.
- If St. Louis and St. Louisans can change their beliefs on race and class.
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Music: "Medley" by The Fifth Dimension