The Weight of History: Race and Public Policy in St. Louis
Why does St. Louis have some of the starkest racial disparities in the United States? The foremost answer: centuries of public policies that deprived African Americans of an equal opportunity for a good life. Ending racial inequity begins with understanding these policies, probing why as William Faulkner wrote, “ the past is not dead—it’s not even past.”
E. Terrence (Terry) Jones is professor emeritus of political science and public policy administration and dean emeritus of arts and sciences at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He continues to direct UMSL’s public affairs internship program. He is the author of three books, co-editor of two volumes, and has published more than one hundred professional articles, book chapters, and technical reports. He has served as a consultant to more than eighty organizations and governments in the St. Louis region and, for twenty years, was the principal consultant to the Leadership St. Louis Program.