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Related story: 'Two Fergusons': Residents take a hard look at city's racial divisions
Related story: 'Two Fergusons': Residents take a hard look at city's racial divisions

When community leaders in this St. Louis suburb called a meeting last week to grapple with the aftermath of the Michael Brown police shooting, almost every face in the crowd of nearly 200 was white. All but a handful of the city’s black residents, who make up two-thirds of the population, stayed away. Some were protesting near the scene of Brown's shooting just three miles away. Others were worried they would be subject to scrutiny and criticism. Still others had not heard about the meeting, which was advertised largely through word of mouth, via email and Facebook. “They could have got the word out to me. If we communicate better, we can get more done,” said...

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