I was impressed with Alderman French for driving the few miles from his 21st ward to Ferguson and being involved. I posted words of support on his Facebook page. I was proud of him for being on site.
And then, an Alderman I'd never heard of, Larry Arnowitz of the 12th Ward, starting sending private messages (below) to me. I suppose this is because I was the only white face on French's post and Larry Arnowitz wanted to set me straight.
FYI: One does not need to be literate to be an alderperson in STL and here's the proof: