The City Where I Live and Where Alton Sterling Died

By Christopher J. Tyson, The New York Times
July 11, 2016

As residents of Baton Rogue come together “in peace, resistance, and civil-disobedience” after the death of Alton Sterling by police officers, author Christopher Tyson tells of the cities “long, troubled racial past.”

“Present-day Baton Rouge is essentially two cities. One is south Baton Rouge: a prosperous and amenity-filled, predominantly white and middle-class network of cul-de-sac neighborhoods and upscale shopping centers. The other is north Baton Rouge: a marginalized and forgotten collection of the city’s older neighborhoods and neglected infrastructure. It is largely poor and black and it is where Mr. Sterling’s life came to a tragic, unnecessary end.”

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