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"The crowd shifts substantially about 8 p.m. A lot of the family people, and people here for legitimate protest reasons, leave. The people who are here for mayhem, confusion and chaos come out."
In the last decade or so, the city’s composition has changed dramatically. It has gone from being a city that was fairly closely split between African Americans and whites – 52% and 44% of the population respectively in 2000 – to 67% African American today.
And yet, as other news outlets have noted, the city government is still overwhelmingly white – including the mayor and 5 of six city council members. What’s behind that discrepancy?
One reason may have to do with who votes in city elections. There are about 15,000 residents who are 18 or older in Ferguson, and only about 1,350 votes were cast in April’s mayoral election, in which Mayor James Knowles III was unopposed.
There were about 1,500 votes cast in the last city council race in 2013. In 2011, one city councilman won his seat with a grand total of 72 votes.
Those racial divides in the power structure extend to the police department as well, where only three of 53 officers are African American.
In many ways Ferguson is an example of how the nation’s suburbs are changing. As suburban cities diversify racial and ethnically, urban phenomena like white flight have expanded outward as well. Ferguson has seen its white population decline by about 40% since 2000.
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