On Thursday of this week, we'll be discussing the documentary in-depth (do your homework).
Read up on Pruitt-Igoe.
But how about a few 'Easter Eggs' before Thursday?
Between 2004-2011, 736 people were arrested for homicide in the city of St. Louis (out of 1079 cases):
- 93 percent of those arrested for homicide in St. Louis were black.
- Five percent of those arrested for homicide in St. Louis during that same period were white.
|Do you begin to understand why people might want restrictive covenants and why residential segregation exists?|
The graphic above is meant to nominally mirror the one created by the NY Times and titled "A Chicago Divided by Killings". There were 506 killings in Chicago in 2012, a 17% increase over the previous year and the second highest annual total since 2003. Twenty-first Ward Alderman Antonio French Tweeted a link to the Times' graphic and stated that it would interesting to see a similar map of St. Louis. I agreed and figured I'd give it a shot.Watch The Pruitt-Igoe Myth.
The premise of the Chicago item was that killings there followed that city's racial divides. The St. Louis map would seem to show very much the same. Race, income and educational attainment are closely aligned in neighborhoods across the city. The divide is so great, that in the "near homicides" neighborhoods (the 20 in which there were 20+ homicides over this period), the average homicide rate is estimated at 57 per 100,000 residents, while the rate in the "not near homicides" neighborhoods (the 20 that saw 0 or 1 total homicides) is estimated at 1 per 100,000 residents. There are more than two St. Louis's, but there are certainly two incredible extremes in the city. Still, the most stark numbers may be the victims. Of the 567 homicides from 2008 to 2011, for which the race of the victim is available in the SLMPD annual reports, 502 are listed as black, while 64 were white. Over that period, 89% of those killed in the city were black. In a city that's very nearly 50/50 black/white, those 64 homicides would give an annual murder rate of ~10/100,000 for white residents and ~78/100,000 black residents.
We'll be talking about it Thursday.