Phaedra Parks, left, comforts Desuirea Harris, the grandmother of Michael Brown, during a news conference Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Jennings, Mo. Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed in a confrontation with police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo, on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. JEFF ROBERSON — AP Photo
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.” Continue reading
Phaedra Parks and Mayor Kasim Reed
Just a quick post about Phaedra Parks’s recent cancellation of her book signing at City Hall in Atlanta since I keep getting asked about it and there has been some misinformation in the comments here. Phaedra is in the middle of promoting her ridiculous book that I will not even acknowledge by title here about her southern graces. I thought there could be no one more ridiculous to peddle a book on etiquette when the Countess De Lesseps published her little ditty a few years ago, but then along came Ms. Parks.
Anyway, the book signing was scheduled for last Friday at noon and Phaedra cancelled it due to inclement weather. Several of you found that suspicious. In this instance, I am here to take up for Phaedra. Last week was an icy mess in the city. All metro schools closed on Friday out of an abundance of caution. Earlier in the week the schools did not close when they should have and hundreds of middle and high school students were stranded at their schools overnight. Other students were stranded on school buses until the wee hours of the morning trying to get home. It was a logistical nightmare. On Friday morning there was still ice on some of the side roads, so despite the weather warming up by noon, it made total sense for Phaedra to reschedule. Continue reading