Consider the idea of Rev. Robert Tabscott, a teacher of African-American history at Webster University and a resident of neighboring Glendale.
Tabscott wants Gov.
"There's no need to trade blood for blood," Tabscott
seemed prepared when I said his
idea would be misunderstood.
"These are the kinds of gestures that will arouse all kinds of (reactions), but it's worth a shot," Tabscott
said."It's symbolic, but symbolism is all we have."Tabscott, who is white, has dedicated much time researching Meacham Park's history and its connection with Kirkwood.He
speaks of "two worlds" - an impoverished majority-black neighborhood, annexed 17 years ago by a more affluent majority-white Kirkwood
says education and understanding will bring all of Kirkwood
together: "If there is an answer; it's engaging the history of our African-American colleagues.Understand the history of blacks in this country, and you'll understand the situation we're in."
I agree with Tabscott
but, in the shadow of murder, I doubt the outcome of his
But at least Tabscott has ideas.And unlike me, he
won't be standing in front of a crowd tonight with no viable solutions.