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Tue May 28, 2019, 04:36 AM

Where 'the buck' stops at the thuggish Post-Dispatch editorial board

Thug gonna be thug.

That is the point that Political EYE drew from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial on the resignation of state Rep. Bruce Franks Jr. (D-St. Louis). The thug, in this instance, is certainly not Franks, who counts civic leadership (at the street level – Cherokee Street, that is) and youth mentoring among his life and career experiences. The thug is the Post-Dispatch editorial board.

The Post is still huffing on that crack pipe of swirling, unsourced rumors of federal investigation into black leadership – even when it’s nested under white leadership, as is the case of Franks in what the Post surmises (without any evidence) to be Franks’ real reason for resigning. This takes some explaining.

Franks’ stated reason for resigning is that he has mental health issues that compel his attention. He has spoken of grappling with depression, anxiety and trauma, which includes survivor’s trauma, an effect of living through the deaths of a great many family members and friends. Tragically, these conditions and experiences are shared by too many young black people who grow up in St. Louis, especially young black men. What is more rare is for someone from this community to admit that they need professional help and to seek it.


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