St. Louis Must Spend its Billion on Combating Racial Inequality, Not the Rams

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Target: St. Louis Mayor Slay

Goal: Invest St. Louis’ billion toward infrastructure, education, or combating racial inequality, NOT on the Rams.

The St. Louis Rams were offered a one-billion-dollar investment in a new stadium. The community and local fans were overjoyed and obviously unaware that the billion-dollar burden would come from the taxpayers’ pockets; about $2,000 per household.

The St. Louis stadium investment has not been discussed without opposition. The counter movement argues that St. Louis should not be spending money on a stadium but rather on dealing with having surpassed Detroit as the murder capital of the U.S. The billion dollars being invested in the stadium should be allocated to combat “a beleaguered School district, violent crime and…a lack of racial justice in the community.” This is the same region where the 18-year-old Michael brown was killed by police officer. Those individuals that brought up the injustices being ignored in St. Louis were allegedly escorted out of the meeting to approve the billion-dollar investment.

Still at least the stadium will bring economic growth to the surrounding community, right? Unfortunately many other cities have discovered that this is not the case but rather communities are harmed and depleted of their resources. Economists argue the money should be allocated to public infrastructure or education. Demand that St. Louis invest the billion toward education, combating racial inequality, or infrastructure and not on the Rams.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mayor Slay,

I’m sure you are aware that the St. Louis Rams were offered a one-billion-dollar investment in a new stadium. While the fans are overwhelmingly happy (and apparently unaware that the money will be coming from them as taxpayers) there are many who oppose the investment. Those who voiced concern over the serious consequences that will arise from investing so much on the stadium were removed from a meeting designed to open discussion about the plan.

This time, please listen. Many silenced St. Louis residents argue that St. Louis should not be spending money on a stadium but rather on dealing with having surpassed Detroit as the murder capital of the U.S. St. Louis should deal with “a beleaguered School district, violent crime and…a lack of racial justice in the community.” St. Louis should face its problems head-on because a stadium will not solve its deep-rooted problems. Many cities have learned the hard way that the stadium will not bring economic growth to the surrounding community, but rather communities will be harmed and depleted of their resources.

Justice and the safety of the city’s residents should be a mayor’s first priority. Economists argue the money should be allocated to public infrastructure or education. Building a billion-dollar stadium cannot guarantee economic or social prosperity to anyone but the owners of the team. I am urging you to invest the billion toward St. Louis infrastructure, education, or combating racial inequality but not on the Rams.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: David Carson

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