For the past four days, Phaedra Parks has been in St. Louis on a book tour for her ridiculous etiquette book on how to be a southern belle. While that is a ridiculous enough venture for Ms. Parks. It seems her stay in St. Louis has been extended to include a few extra appearances. During her first signing on Saturday night at 5 p.m. there was officer involved shooting of a teenager in St. Louis. The teen who was black was said to be approached by police officers around 5:30 p.m. and according to police the teens were uncooperative. However, many eye witnesses said the unarmed teens were compliant and follow all of the officers commands. An unnamed white police officer shot and killed on of the teens on the scene.
Since Saturday, there have been large protests and riots in St. Louis as everyone attempts to come to terms with the tragic death. There is no word on whether Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton have arrived in St. Louis yet. However, St. Louis County NAACP President Esther Haywood said in a statement “We are hurt to hear that yet another teenaged boy has been slaughtered by law enforcement especially in light of the recent death of Eric Garner in New York who was killed for selling cigarettes. We plan to do everything within our power to ensure that the Ferguson Police Department as well as the St. Louis County Police Department releases all details pertinent to the shooting.”
Phaedra Parks took the opportunity to show up at the press conference and sit next to the grandmother to console her in front of all of the television and print media cameras. On her twitter account she makes mention that despite the tragedy there are some great people in St. Louis and encourages them all to come to her book signings.
So um, thoughts on Phaedra Parks and her um, humanitarian works a the press conference? She appears to have no connection to anyone involved. How die she manage to sidle up to grandma?