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Race relations are complicated even on the middle-class side of town. Black residents I spoke to were unanimous in believing that the police department, which is overwhelmingly white, had a race problem; every one of them had a story of being pulled over for “driving while black,” and many African-American residents of other North County communities said they avoided driving through Ferguson for fear of being stopped unjustly.
Atefa Young, a Ferguson homeowner for 30 years, was one of the black residents picking up a sign — she grabbed two, in fact, one for her neighbor. Talking about the city’s many civic groups and activities, she could practically have been reading off Fletcher’s script. But she also said she warned her grandsons about driving through the city, and recalled bitterly an incident from a few years ago when she was pulled over not far from her house. “Can you tell me why you stopped me?” she recalled asking the officer. “Because I can,” she said he replied.
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