Update, January 2021: This text in this post is just straight up trash, and I condemn my na´ve commentary that I wrote back in 2008. I went ahead and deleted it, and have left the photographs to speak for themselves. For a more insightful look into what happened to Kinloch, please check out a recent documentary, The Kinloch Doc, which has been been in production over the last year or so. So I do want you to look at the photos, and just see how what was once a thriving community was destroyed by outside forces. Also, compare what you see below and what Kinloch looked like when I went back in February of 2020.
Update, 2006: I’ve gotten a fair amount of mail about this post recently, and in particular some readers have expressed concern about how I have portrayed Kinloch. For the record, this post is a very early visit to the town, when I was quite frankly very ignorant about Kinloch’s rich history. A reader contacted me, and offered to give me a tour of the town, explaining its historic and cultural significance. You can read those new posts here. I want to stress that I see the fate of Kinloch as an example of how we as a society have a lot to learn from how we treat African-Americans and the disenfranchised. Kinloch’s decline is largely the result of outside factors which transformed a healthy, vibrant community into a shell of its former self. But there are still many proud residents left, and their tenacity and passion for their community should be acknowledged.