Mmmm … politics. St. Louis Style!

MLK day protest

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch today:

JANUARY 18, 2008 – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay (in front on right) waits to speak as protesters, including Anthony Shahid dressed in a Klu Klux Klan outfit. chant “Slay Must Go” during a ceremony held to honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at The Old Court House. (John L. White/P-D)

I love the look on Shahid’s face. Funniest/horrifying use of a black man in a Klan suit since this.

For video on the whole mess, here’s KMOV Channel 4’s report.

Historical side note: The Old Court House is the same court house that screwed over Dred Scott on his way to the Supreme Court only to get screwed again. And slaves were once sold on its steps. I’ve always assumed that the ritual King Day celebrations there were part of an effort to exorcise the demons of St. Louis’ racist past.

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