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One Way Forward for Ferguson Is Clear—And Still Impossible

The Ferguson Commission’s new report makes the simple case for consolidating the municipalities that make up St. Louis County.
A protest erupts on Page Avenue near Ferguson on August 20, following a shooting in St. Louis.
A protest erupts on Page Avenue near Ferguson on August 20, following a shooting in St. Louis.Lawrence Bryant/Reuters

The Ferguson Commission tasked with looking at the root causes of the unrest following the shooting of death of Michael Brown has released its final report—and it’s a stark, remarkable read. The 16 members of the commission, appointed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, took their charge seriously. The nearly 200-page report outlines in detail some of the structural causes of racial discrimination in the St. Louis region.  

“The Ferguson Commission has embraced the call to be ‘unflinching,’” the report reads. “For us, being unflinching has meant confronting the reality of our region. It has meant getting comfortable with some very uncomfortable data—data that highlights harsh facts about St. Louis.”