KANSAS CITY ATTORNEY HARRIS WILDER ADVOCATES FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN PARTY PEOPLE @ AMERICA'S PUB!!!
For at least a couple of years we've all heard that America's Pub was on the way out in Westport. Now talk about the place is stirring once again.
But more importantly . . .
WE'RE HAPPY TO SEE OUR FRIEND HARRIS WILDER BACK IN THE NEWS AND STANDING UP FOR A PARTY PLACE THAT NOW CATERS TO AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN CLIENTELE!!!
Mr. Wilder makes some good points in this WDAF story about the club on the way out . .
Harris Wilder, lawyer for the bar, says that their landlord, Manor Square, has made it clear that it wants the bar’s lease to end as of December 31st. Despite that, Wilder says that it is currently in negotiations and hopes everything is still on the table.
“America’s Pub is the only venue in Westport that caters to a primarily African American audience,” said Wilder. “One can draw whatever conclusion one wants to draw from the fact that America’s Pub has taken the brunt of criticism for things that happen in Westport.”
I couldn't agree more . . .
MAYBE WESTPORT MIGHT FOCUS ON BETTER LIGHTING, MORE SECURITY AND MAKING SURE THE BARTENDERS DON'T OVER-SERVE . . . RATHER THAN JUST TRYING TO KICK OUT ALL THE PEOPLE OF COLOR!!!
Because the story is about local nightlife . . . It's not really a civil rights struggle but that's not to say that people of color don't need a bit of consumer advocacy in Kansas City as well . . . Especially when businesses tend to scapegoat rather than dealing with their own problems.
Mr. Wilder deserves credit for calling out Westport on their shameful tendency to blame Black people for all of the problems in the party district.