1. As someone who’s lived in Missouri over half my life, I can tell you that some people here think of it as southern and some people don’t. St. Louis, where I live now, has been called “the city of Northern charm and Southern efficiency.” It has both northern and southern flavors of racism. But what would I know about it? 2. You seem to believe the cop’s account. That’s pretty credulous. He’s known to have lied, if nothing else, by his self-contradictory statements.