Race Relations

Stories about race relations in St. Louis and the United States

Exhibit portrays the real cost of unrelenting violence

"Sudarios" by Erika Diettes is a collection of portraits of women reliving "the moment that divided her life in two," alive but not living with grief from witnessing family embers who were victims of violence during unrest in Colombia.

The exhibition of 20 intimate portraits of women reliving a tragic period of their lives is moving — both figuratively and literally.

The photographs by Colombian artist Erika Diettes in "Sudarios" are of women who were forced to witness the torture and murder of their loved ones during Colombia's 50 years of civil conflict. The display is carefully designed to make the portraits come alive.

Rosary remains an outlet for love at Ferguson parish

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish prayed the rosary together for the two year anniversary of the death of  Michael Brown and the protests in Ferguson. Father Robert Rosebrough led the rosary in the outdoor grotto.

The Appel family has grown by one in the two years since the faith community at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish first gathered in prayer after the death of Michael Brown nearby in a police officer-involved shooting.

Just 11 days old, Thomas Joseph "T.J." Appel joined mom Betsy, dad Jeff, brothers Michael and Jimmy and sisters Clare and Abby for a Rosary Aug. 29 at the parish's Our Lady of Lourdes grotto, marking the two-year anniversary of the shooting. About 50 people attended the Rosary, led now as it was then by pastor Father Robert Rosebrough.

GUEST COLUMNIST | Sharing of the heart and forgiviness

After Fontbonne President Michael Pressimone opened the "Take Your Summer Seriously: gathering June 29, Margaret-Mary Moore played guitar and offered a musical rendition of "Open the eyes of my heart," and I followed with a prayer of thanksgiving for allowing this gathering for sharing of the hearts and minds.

GUEST COLUMNIST | Understanding, then addressing, ‘white privilege’

As a white woman, I've had to work hard to understand that I'm privileged in a way that my black brothers and sisters are not. I understand the confusion among many white people about "white privilege." To them, privilege means that individuals or groups receive certain advantages based on occupation or affluence, such as executives who enjoy economic advantages greater than the working class. These positions allow execs to live enviable lifestyles that come with the privilege of "affluence."

Speaker reflects on racial wealth disparities

After police officer-involved shootings and deaths, in Ferguson locally and elsewhere nationally, policing and the judicial system have been under heavy scrutiny.

Young black men, either armed or unarmed, have died in these high-profile cases, raising questions about potential racial profiling by police and about municipal courts using fines from traffic and other minor offenses to finance small-town or small-city governments.

Civil discourse needed on racial matter, Bp. Braxton says

Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville, Ill., talked about the Catholic Church and the Black Lives Matter movement, a revisit of the racial divide in the country, Aug. 8 at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury. In part of his address, he examined the relationship of the Church and African-American Catholics.

Bridge the racial divide, Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville told nearly 300 people who attended his talk Aug. 8 at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury.

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