P&L DISTRICT DRESS CODE CONTROVERSY CONTINUES!!! KANSAS CITY PROTEST AGAINST CORDISH DISCRIMINATION WILL COINCIDE WITH NCAA TOURNAMENT!!!
Councilman Terry Riley's mishandling of the P&L Dress code issue made things worse and it seems that angst in the urban core over alleged Cordish discrimination continues unabated.
To wit, I should have posted this notice of a P&L Protest yesterday but I'm not surprised that local media is trying to bury the story that threatens to embarrass Kansas City on the national stage.
PEACEFUL PROTEST & PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE POWER & LIGHT DISTRICTAnd while some folks are tempted to overlook this dress code controversy - the issue was really driven home to me watching some video The Pitch recorded but didn't post showing the discriminatory dress code in action:
The time is now to rebuild our communities and reclaim our country from corporate welfare kings! The Cordish Company is a billion-dollar empire infamous for using threats, intimidation and bully tactics to control city government. Cordish adopts divisive and discriminatory dress codes in their entertainment districts in major cities throughout the country while draining taxpayers in the process. The city has to divert $4 million from the cash-strapped general fund to make the bond payments for the underperforming Power & Light District. That means more cuts in basic services. The debt is expected to increase next year. There has been heated debate at public hearings and extensive media coverage about Cordish's controversial dress code and the negative impact it has on the city’s economy and race relations. If you or someone you know has ever experienced or witnessed discrimination at the Power & Light District, please come share your story. If you want to speak out against racism and discrimination, please come share your statements. We will hold a press conference and protest on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 2:00pm on the sidewalk of the Sprint Center right before the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will also be available to take your written complaints. Please contact Yancy Davis by phone at 816-678-8725 or by email at email@example.com for more information
I see Jason Harper sipping on a fruity ass drink in the background but I don't know much else about the video . . . It could be staged for all I know . . . But at face value what it depicts is obvious - A black dude, not causing trouble, minding his own business is singled out of the crowd, surrounded and taken away simply because of a t-shirt.
And in the final analysis . . . Anyone still supporting this insane and discriminatory dress code policy and the stubbornness of Cordish on this matter isn't doing so because of logic or business concerns or any other reason than to make it harder to people of color support a business that's losing millions but still strives to keep away minorities.