Ferguson Hires PR Firm That Appears To Be Staffed Only By White People

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August 18, 2014 4:58 p.m.

The city of Ferguson has retained the public relations firm Common Ground Public Relations to help its communications department in light of the ongoing turmoil in the St. Louis, Mo., suburb and the firm appears to be staffed entirely by white people, according to the photographs of staff members on its website.

Common Ground is “assisting the city of Ferguson’s media relations department with the large volume of media queries,” Common Ground’s Nina Kult told TPM. “We’re just assisting in handling the large volume of queries.”

The “Meet The Team” page on Common Ground’s website seemed to only display Caucasian employees. When asked how the apparent lack of diversity on their team might factor into Common Ground’s work for Ferguson, given the heightened racial tensions there over the death of 18-year old Michael Brown, Kult declined to comment directly on that aspect of their work.

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

See a screenshot of the staff below:

Photo credit: Common Ground Public Relations.

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