Your editorial, “Time to ‘do something about’ racism in St. Louis police ranks,” highlights a racist post by St. Louis Police Officer Ronald Hasty, which was revealed by Plain View Project’s report on social media.
Does any St. Louis-area government really need another report or information from a private watchdog agency to show the way to reforming area police departments? As for the city P.D., the racial attitudes today are no difference than those of decades ago. The difference lies in today’s electronic communication that allows an individual to instantly post their thoughts and feelings to public venues.
The time to “do something” about racism in the police department was decades ago. So, what now? A good start would be to reform police hiring and promotional practices. As long as the department continues to hire, promote and court nepotism, cronyism and political favoritism, there will be no racial equity or justice. The answer is not complex, but implementing the simple answer will require a ferocious and sustained effort by those who desire progressive change.
Michael K. Broughton