Ferguson protesters are in the process of moving the target of their ire to St. Charles County, Missouri. And Umar Lee, a central character in the activist movement in Ferguson, is driving the bus. The catalyst being used to carry that ire is a bi-racial, lesbian couple, who claim they are being discriminated against because of race.
Maritha Hunter-Butler alleges her neighbors, who have called the county police several times in due to various issues from animal control to trespassing allegations, are racist and attacking her, and her family because she is a black woman, her, grown, children are black and she is in a lesbian relationship.
Her neighbors have complained, numerous times, that her 4 dogs, were allowed to bark well into the early morning hours, throughout the night. Callers reported to the police that several black men were walking the streets of the subdivision, with their dogs, snapping pictures of various homes. And just two weeks ago, Hunter-Butler was charge with assault for striking a neighbor, bloodying her nose and brushing her face.
The St Louis Post Dispatch reports:
“Hunter-Butler said the neighbors are trumping up charges against her because she is black and in an interracial lesbian relationship.
She points to an anonymous report made to police four days after Hunter-Butler and her family moved in. The caller reported several black male subjects “walking down the street with dogs and a couple of them are snapping pics of homes. Caller (advises) that this is an all-white neighborhood and they do not belong.”
After a police check, a notation was put into the report: “If caller calls back, (advise) them that a black family lives in the neighborhood.” . . .
Two weeks ago, Hunter-Butler was charged with assault for allegedly punching a neighbor in the face — something she vehemently denies.”
Sunday, the county police visited the Hunter-Butler home for the 16th time. This time Hunter-Butler’s son, Christopher Winston, invited Ferguson Protester to his home to witness and chronicle the encounter.
“Sunday marked a 16th police visit after Hunter-Butler’s oldest son, Christopher Winston, invited a Ferguson protester to the house to put together a video outlining what Hunter-Butler says is the ongoing racial tension in the neighborhood.”
If it wasn’t a racial issue before, it is now. The Ferguson protester who is now inserted into the situation is known as Umar Lee. Lee is a well known face in Ferguson as a regular activist. He often chronicles issues on his blog, facebook and twitter. And he has declared this issue a white against black act of discrimination and also police harassment. Now Lee is organizing a protest, in the St Charles County City of Lake St. Louis, according to a post on his blog.
“With Talal Ahmad of Systematic Freedom yesterday I went to Lake St. Louis in St. Charles County, Missouri and talked to a family experiencing racism. What we found was appalling. Check my Twitter Feed and YouTube videos for details. For investigating racism police were called on us and Talal Ahmad and I were harassed. Based on our findings we are organizing a protest march in Lake St. Louis next Sunday. Planning meeting Tuesday at 7 pm at Old Town Donuts in Florissant, MO. Action co-organized by STL Stranger Productions and Systematic Freedom. We’ve already received the commitment of Bassem Masri and other activists to attend.”
Videos and photos captioned by Lee point racist fingers and the white community of Lake St. Louis. Hunter-Butler can be heard, in the videos, complaining that no black officers ever respond to their home when called and many times throughout each video references are made to white privilege.
UPDATE: 8/26/15 – The address/subdivision in which the Hunter-Butler family lives is a very small piece of unincorporated St. Charles County, which is surrounded by Lake St. Louis on 4 sides.