Growing up apart

Growing up apart

Will Rivers and Brandon King during their first reporting trip to cover a Ferguson Commission meeting at the Florissant Valley campus of St. Louis Community College that focused on youth issues. Courtesy Jane Bannester | Ritenour High School

Will Rivers and Brandon King during their first reporting trip to cover a Ferguson Commission meeting at the Florissant Valley campus of St. Louis Community College that focused on youth issues. Courtesy Jane Bannester | Ritenour High School

Now that we've looked at the jigsaw puzzle of St. Louis County, we consider the children. In a place where people from different backgrounds — and especially different races — seldom live next to each other, we ask the question: What does that mean for kids?

We met students from across the St. Louis region as they consider their views on race. Whether it's students from predominantly white high schools or predominantly black, they don't want to inherit the segregated system that exists now.

But changing it isn't as easy as they think.

We also met students in a journalism class at one of the few racially mixed high schools in the region: Ritenour. Will Rivers and Brandon King have been close friends for years. Brandon is white, Will is black. But it wasn't until they reported on a region-wide summit on race that they actually discussed race and racism with each other. We explore how that could happen as well.

Our theme music is written by Cassie Morgan. With additional music from The Bullitts Featuring Lucy Liu & Jay Electronica, Syna So Pro and Middle Class Fashion.

Special thanks this week to Jane Bannester and her students at Ritneour High School.

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