Ferguson talks politics

What's at stake for black voters this fall and beyond in St. Louis

What's at stake for black voters this fall and beyond in St. Louis

By Jamie Tarabay

Photos by Matt Eich for Al Jazeera America

Above: A makeshift memorial near where Michael Brown was killed.

Published on Tuesday, October 28, 2014

To many outsiders, including supporters of the protesters who showed up on the streets of Ferguson, the way to get real change seemed simple: get the African Americans in the town registered to vote. And with the midterm elections coming up, it was a comforting idea.

Except that it isn’t that simple in Ferguson. The three audio stories below bring you the voices of Ferguson on the political stage. There’s the old guard, now ready to rebel. There’s the Democratic party stalwart who says the system is broken. And there are the young people, many of whom don’t see the point of voting anymore.

Part 1: The old guard revolts

Invoking an iconic civil rights figure, African American Democrats in St. Louis County might elect a Republican this fall.

Listen: Part I

Above: Chris King, the managing editor of The St. Louis American. (Click to enlarge images)

Part 2: The numbers game

Ferguson has plenty of registered voters, thank you. But who do they vote for? And when?

Listen: Part II

Top: Johnetta Elzie, 25, leads a march in the rain in Clayton, Missouri on Oct. 10. Left: The #HealSTL office in Ferguson. Right: Maurice Williams, 19, registers people to vote in Ferguson. (Click to enlarge images)

Part 3: 'We live in two different Americas'

Voting won't bring change or justice, protesters say.

Listen: Part III

Top: Young people gather in a parking lot across from the police station in Ferguson before protesting on Oct. 8. Bottom: Protesters march against Bob McCulloch on Oct. 10. McCulloch is the presecutor who called for a grand jury investigation into Brown's shooting. (Click to enlarge images)

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