Ferguson Protests: How Did We Get Here?

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Aug. 15 (Bloomberg) -- University of Iowa Professor Colin Gordon discusses the plight of St Louis, MO and the protests taking place in the suburb of Ferguson. He speaks on “Bloomberg Surveillance.” (Source: Bloomberg)

History to its separations.

How important is the university of iowa, their shared history and discusses the divide of st.

Louis and joins us from iowa.

When i look at st.

Louis, i think that delmar boulevard.

Why is delmar boulevard different than any other major street of divide in any other american city?

I think st.

Louis is remarkable city in terms of segregation, partly because st.

Louis is a city with southern in its race relation but northern and property.

There is a historic segregation reinforced by all sorts of private and public policies, real estate practices, that created this sort of iron divide between african-american north st.

Louis and white south st.

Louis.

There is the arch, which shows the expansion of america.

Continue on that.

What is the difference between st.

Louis and detroit, for example?

One of the remarkable things about st.

Louis, which is playing out today, is it is remarkably fragmented metropolitan area.

There are over 100 incorporated municipalities that have over the course of the last century coach the city of st.

Louis -- poached the city of st.

Louis.

Professor gordon, we are trying to understand how we got her in the first place.

Is it possible to actually point to specific policies, whether there are zoning policies or whatever that enabled this kind of effect of segregation to happen?

I think there's really a chain of policies.

St.

louis is one of the few cities that tried early in the 20th century to his own property -- his own property but it was struck down by the supreme court.

Covenants was placed on deed and confine the african-american population closely to the north side of st.

Louis.

The covenants were systematic across the city and even more so in the suburbs as a way of sort of checking the growth of the african-american population.

Professor gordon, which are angle of the militarization of the police.

My morning must read is from two members of the commit on national legislation and write in "the new york times" for police department fergusons, the path to becoming a peer military is a short one.

It is no surprise law enforcement agents want to use it.

There's been a lot of government funding post-9/11 to local police departments.

How's that has riveted the attention that already existed in ferguson?

You have what is a classic story from eric and cities, which is a confrontation between an african-american population of white police force.

You put it well when you militarize that, when you give

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