If you were in control of a city government under siege with charges of racial profiling, police brutality and totalitarian administration, don’t you think you’d want some diverse voices in handling your response to the media? Well, clearly you’re not in charge of Ferguson, the Missouri city that the whole world is watching in the wake of the police killing of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

It’s been reported that the City of Ferguson has hired a PR firm, Common Ground Public Relations, for communications help. The company’s website says its team is comprised of “journalistically trained professionals” who are committed to helping clients in media relations and “crisis communication.”

Common Ground’s “Meet the Team” page reveals something else about its staff: there doesn’t seem to be one person of color among its professionals.

In a comments to to Talking Points Memo, Nina Kult, a senior account executive at Common Ground, said the firm is only handling media requests for the city.

“We’re just handling media relations as of very recently and that’s really all we’re doing,” said Kult. “We’re just handling media queries and that’s all I can really say right now.”

From the looks of the reaction on Twitter, perhaps the City of Ferguson needs a PR team that can speak more to the concerns of its diverse resident, particularly members of the black community still reeling from the killing of Michael Brown.

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5 thoughts on “City of Ferguson Hires All-White PR Firm

  1. Jacqueline Perry on said:

    These arent hoodlums there american citizens.killing these black men in this manner is wrong.looting isnt the answer I agree, but peaceful protest im for.this has to stop.

  2. carmen on said:

    West Flourrisant is the area where one of the “Sweetie Pies” restaurants is located. I hope they didn’t get hit by the looters/hoodlums.

  3. carmen on said:

    THIS ENTIRE ORDEAL IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE AND REASON WHY IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO VOTE/EXERCISE YOUR VOTING RIGHTS/SHOW UP AT THE POLLS, IF THE LINES ARE LONG (VOTER OPPRESSION RIDE IT OUT, STAY IN LINE UNTIL DON’T LEAVE BECAUSE OF THE LONG LINES. ALSO WERE THERE EVER ANY BLACK PEOPLE RUNNING FOR OFFICE IN THAT TOWN? EVEN PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID “DON’T BOO VOTE”.

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