It’s typically a bad sign when my hometown makes news in Sweden. St. Louis was in the headlines here a few years ago when a tornado struck the airport. The city also caught attention after a politician talked about ‘legitimate rape’. Now, shooting and riots this week in Ferguson, a part of St. Louis, are again drawing Swedish coverage of the city I grew up in.
I’m far away, but I feel strongly about peace, fairness, respect and transparency – for St. Louis and every other city. Last year, the world watched Boston deal with the marathon bombing. The city mourned, united, and became stronger than ever. They even went on to win the World Series. I know my hometown can create a similarly inspiring news story. But we’ll need to hit better with runners in scoring position.
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— Joel Sherwood (@joeldsherwood) August 15, 2014