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St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial: Judicial commission falls short on mandate to address racial inequity

We applaud the St. Louis Post Dispatch's Editorial Board for echoing the MacArthur Justice Center's criticism of the Missouri Supreme Court’s Racial and Ethnic Fairness Commission for failing to initiate meaningful reform.

"The lofty title of the Missouri Supreme Court’s Racial and Ethnic Fairness Commission belies its lackluster performance to date. The commission, established in 2015 amid tension surrounding the police-involved shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, has paid little more than lip service to its mission, according to records obtained under a Sunshine Law request filed by the MacArthur Justice Center.

The commission was established to ensure fair treatment for racial and ethnic minorities in the judicial system. Its website says the panel has convened three times and held four public-feedback sessions in February and March. The MacArthur Justice Center says it fears the commission 'has done little to actually engage impacted persons of color in our community' and has 'failed to undertake much in the way of meaningful reform.'"

Read the full editorial.

Keywords: Missouri Supreme Court, Racial and Ethnic Fairness Commission, racial bias

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