Pulitzer Prize–winning MSNBC reporter Trymaine Lee, who has been on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., for most of the unrest, said on Tuesday the city’s governmental structure is similar to apartheid.
Referring to remarks by the town’s mayor that the community didn’t have a racial divide, Lee said, “It’s one thing to say there’s no racial undertone here, but then in practice it’s almost like an apartheid state.”
Making the comments during an appearance on PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton, Lee pointed to the small number of black officers on the city’s police force and the zero black members on the school board in the 70 percent black community. Lee also pointed out that Ferguson’s schools perform poorly and that he believes white St. Louis residents blame the community of Ferguson for its own problems.
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