Tishau­ra Jones is cur­rent­ly the trea­sur­er of the city of St. Louis — the first wom­an to hold that role.
She is a com­mit­ted and skilled pub­lic ser­vant, revamp­ing the city’s park­ing meter sys­tem, intro­duc­ing a col­lege sav­ings pro­gram for pub­lic school stu­dents and launch­ing an office ded­i­cat­ed to increas­ing cit­i­zens’ finan­cial lit­er­a­cy.
She is a Demo­c­ra­t­ic can­di­date for may­or.
And she will snatch your god­damn edges if you try her.

It is com­mon for polit­i­cal can­di­dates to meet with news­pa­pers’ edi­to­ri­al staffs in an effort to win their endorse­ments. Jones not only declined a meet­ing with the edi­to­ri­al staff of the St. Louis Post-Dis­patch. She instead pub­lished an op-ed in a his­tor­i­cal­ly black news­pa­per, the St. Louis Amer­i­can, explain­ing why she declined while call­ing out the Post-Dis­patch for its racist cov­er­age and sink­ing sales.

Like…

via GIPHY

Peep some of the sav­agery from the epic let­ter that has already gone viral many times over.

Re St. Louis Post-Dis­patch edi­to­ri­al page direc­tor Tod Robberson’s com­plaint that graf­fi­ti and blight are what are killing Sy Louis.

“Two weeks ago, you used some of your ink to out­line what ques­tions you would be ask­ing of may­oral can­di­dates. You com­plained that “decades of sus­tained, abject neglect by city lead­ers have allowed a bombed-out graf­fi­ti-cov­ered, war-zone image to pre­vail.” You said you were afraid to walk your dog at night and you called for a plan to “address blight and abate the graf­fi­ti that’s killing our city.”

You just moved here. It isn’t your city, yet. And graf­fi­ti is not what’s killing it.”

On not hold­ing cur­rent (white) may­or Fran­cis Slay respon­si­ble for the state of the city.

“What is killing our city is pover­ty. Since you’re new and you live in a great neigh­bor­hood, you prob­a­bly don’t know that the pover­ty rate dou­bled dur­ing May­or Fran­cis G. Slay’s 16-year tenure.”

On a St. Louis Post-Dis­patch writer call­ing her “high fly­ing.”

“We do not need to invent new pro­grams for much of what I plan to change. There are pro­grams all over the coun­try we can learn from and that we can adopt. I know this because I’ve trav­eled to see them. I know that galls your writer who wrote that I am “high-fly­ing” and should be ground­ed. I sus­pect she meant that I was “uppi­ty” or had a “bad atti­tude,” but didn’t have the hon­esty (or courage) to be that overt.”

On Rober­son basi­cal­ly not being bout that life.

“I think you were in Tex­as dur­ing Fer­gu­son. If so, you may have missed what hap­pened here: We woke up. Black peo­ple woke up. Allies stood up. Young peo­ple spoke up. Our best minds lis­tened and pro­duced a pair of remark­able doc­u­ments, the For­ward Through Fer­gu­son report and the For the Sake of All report, that are blue­prints for the next four years of a may­or.”

On the racial­ly tinged way in which she is cov­ered by the Dis­patch.

“There are some tal­ent­ed reporters at the Post who are very good at their jobs. I’ve had the priv­i­lege of talk­ing with many of them. They have writ­ten about me fair­ly, objec­tive­ly, and pos­i­tive­ly. I appre­ci­ate crit­i­cism when it’s due.

But what the edi­to­ri­al board and cer­tain oth­er reporters have done is noth­ing short of thin­ly veiled racism and pref­er­ence for the sta­tus quo past. Some­thing this city has had enough of.”

And, for a hint of pet­ty, a dig at the paper’s flag­ging sales.

“I under­stand that the Post-Dis­patch is hurt­ing right now. I hear that soon you will have to lay off more employ­ees. With read­er­ship down to below 100,000, it makes sense why you would resort to a more inflam­ma­to­ry news report­ing style to boost read­er­ship.”

via GIPHY

The let­ter was not all drag, Jones also laid out intel­li­gent and sub­stan­tive ways she would move St. Louis for­ward with heav­ier over­sight of tax incen­tives, pub­lic trans­porta­tion for poor­er areas of the city, increased men­tal health ser­vices and shut­ting down a debtor’s pris­on.

Jones’ let­ter has been tweet­ed by Levar Bur­ton and for­mer pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Howard Dean, and she received more than $30,000 in cam­paign dona­tions in the first 24 hours after the let­ter was post­ed.

Won’t a black wom­an do it??

Read the entire let­ter here.
And check out Jones’ cam­paign web­site here.

Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila Noel­lis­te, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop cul­ture and black beau­ty enthu­si­ast. bell hooks’ hair twin…

Leave a Reply

3 Comments on "St. Louis Mayoral Candidate Tishaura Jones Reads Her Local Paper for Filth for Its Racist Coverage"

Notify of
avatar
Kim Johnson

I am so glad to see this being a St. Louis res­i­dent.

Alyssa Reid

THEY TRIED IT!!! HAHAHAHAHAAA!!! She laid down the law!!!

TWA4now

Bold! :)

wpDiscuz