Segregation in St. Louis: Dismantling the Divide is a 115-page community-driven report on segregation and housing in St. Louis, created in partnership with ArchCity Defenders, Ascend STL Inc., Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council (EHOC), Empower Missouri, For the Sake of All, Community Builders Network, Team TIF, and others. The report presents an extensive history of our region’s use of segregation housing policies and practices and concludes with 11 key recommendations to dismantle our significant divides. Read the Report. Read the Recommendations chapter.

MEDIA TOOLKIT

Here are some resources and sample social media posts you can use to help spread the word about the new report: Segregation in St. Louis: Dismantling the Divide

Resources:

Download the Press Release.
Download the Report.
Download the Recommendations chapter.


Twitter hashtags & handles:

Hashtag: #dismantlingthedivide

Handles: The following partners have been instrumental in producing Segregation in St. Louis: Dismantling the Divide. Please follow them on Twitter and feel free to tag them in pertinent posts regarding housing, segregation, and dismantling the divide in St. Louis.

ArchCity Defenders: @ArchCityDefense
Invest STL: @Invest_STL
Empower Missouri: @EmpowerMissouri
For the Sake of All: @4theSakeofAll
St. Louis Transplants: @StlTransplants
Team TIF: @TeamTIFSTL
Invest STL: @Invest_STL
We Stories: @westoriesstl
Flourish St. Louis: @FlourishStLouis

Sample tweets:

Please use these sample tweets and their accompanying photos to share about the new report on social media. They are also usable for Facebook.

Tweet #1:

Where does your town rank on an Index of Exclusivity? It may not be as welcoming as you think. It’s time to solve housing segregation in St. Louis. Read the report: bit.ly/segregationinstlouis #dismantlingthedivide

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Tweet #2: 

Did you know that #STL is among the top 10 most segregated metros in the US? Conscious practices such as redlining, racial covenants, and exclusionary zoning brought us here. Conscious choices can also reshape our region. bit.ly/segregationinstlouis #dismantlingthedivide 

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Tweet #3:

Like so many families, LaTosha must travel hours on the bus to obtain affordable household essentials and groceries that aren’t available in her neighborhood. bit.ly/segregatedinstlouis #dismantlingthedivide

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Tweet #4:

Decades of disinvestment have left many of our region’s poorest and most isolated neighborhoods without healthy, affordable groceries. We must have #affordablehousing in areas of opportunity. bit.ly/segregationinstlouis #dismantlingthedivide


Tweet #5:

Racial zoning was a powerful tool used in #STL to preserve segregation during the Great Migration of African Americans from the South. It marked the start of a long history of housing policies  that still affect us today. bit.ly/segregationinstlouis #dismantlingthedivide


Tweet #6:

Sam & his family witnessed first-hand the cost of poorly maintained affordable housing when a mice infestation at Clinton Peabody caused mothers to sleep w/their babies, putting infants at risk of suffocation. Learn more: bit.ly/segregationinstlouis #dismantlingthedivide

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Tweet #7:

Eviction is a major driver of poverty in highly segregated communities. Once tenants get an eviction on their records, most landlords refuse to rent to them, creating a cycle of housing instability for African Americans in STL. bit.ly/segregationinstlouis #dismantlingthedivide


Tweet #8:

There was given 60 days to move out of her apartment of 15 years due to gentrification. “They do these things without even thinking about who they are displacing.” Read more about Thera in the report: bit.ly/segregationinstlouis #dismantlingthedivide

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Tweet #9:

Betsy addressed implicit bias with her own kids through @westoriesstl. This opportunity allows Betsy and her children to tackle racism and social justice using children’s literature. Read the report: bit.ly/segregationinstlouis #dismantlingthedivide

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Tweet #10:

Shanette’s story highlights that #affordablehousing in #STL is often isolated from places of opportunity, making it more difficult for lower-income families to spend valuable time with their children.” bit.ly/segregationinstlouis #dismantlingthedivide

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Tweet #11:

Children in #STL have asthma rates 2x the national average. Read the report about how Danielle and her kids’ choice of affordable housing poses health risks due to environmental factors both inside and outside their home. bit.ly/segregationinstlouis #dismantlingthedivide

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Tweet #12:

In most parts of St. Louis people live in neighborhoods in which their neighbors are the same race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status. Read the report: bit.ly/segregationinstlouis #dismantlingthedivide

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Tweet #13:

St. Louis remains separated by race and it is hurting us as a region. Read the report: bit.ly/segregationinstlouis #dismantlingthedivide

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Tweet #14:

“If we had the same quality schools here, there would be peace of mind. We’d have a sense of community in our community.” – Brandy on underperforming schools in her segregated neighborhood. Read the report: bit.ly/segregationinstlouis #dismantlingthedivide

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Tweet #15:

Hey St. Louis, let’s start talking. There are strategic ways to combat more than a century of housing segregation policies and practices in St. Louis. Read the recommendations in the report: bit.ly/segregationinstlouis #dismantlingthedivide

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Tweet #16:

Tax increment financing is meant to drive development to neighborhoods that need it most. In St. Louis many segregated neighborhoods have been left out of these incentives. Learn more: bit.ly/segregationinstlouis #dismantlingthedivide @TeamTIFSTL

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Tweet #17:

Greenlining mortgages and home lending in segregated neighborhoods: The antidote to our history of racially motivated redlining. Read more recommendations in: bit.ly/segregationinstlouis #dismantlingthedivide

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Tweet #18:

Danielle on how her affordable housing was making her kids sick: “I think people basically think people who are poor are supposed to have their kids live like this in these conditions.” Learn about affordable housing trust funds: bit.ly/segregationinstlouis #dismantlingthedivide

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Tweet #19:

Low-income housing in North St. Louis and North County is far from job hubs. But residents don’t have their own cars, making for very long commutes. Read about segregation’s impact on opportunity in Segregation in St. Louis: bit.ly/segregationinstlouis #dismantlingthedivide

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