Stan Crader

Author & Lecturer on Writing About Rural America


Whose Fault Ferguson?

While finding fault is human nature, too many are accomplished at assigning blame, and too few are willing to discuss wherein the fault truly lies.

The chicken and egg debate is humorously argued and regardless of one’s opinion we are left with both, the chicken and the egg, both good to eat.

A similar argument exists with regards to race relations. 50 years ago 23.6% of African-Americans were born to unmarried women; that was a very high number then. Today 72% of African-Americans are born to unmarried women.

50 years ago Daniel Patrick Moynihan said, “A community that allows a… Continue reading

Ferguson Trumps Immigration

President Obama promised to bridge the racial divide; Ferguson could be his finest hour in that endeavor. Who better than President Obama to make the announcement of the Grand Jury’s findings?

Michael Brown’s body has undergone three autopsies–the Brown family, state of Missouri, and the U.S. Justice department. And those results are being reviewed by the Grand Jury. Depending on the finding, the greater St. Louis area could see racial tensions rise to the level not seen since Democrat Strom Thurmond filibustered civil rights legislation.

Ferguson could be President Obama’s finest moment. With Al Sharpton at his side, he could… Continue reading

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