Axing An Important Question: Will Kansas City Overcome Our Death Culture?!?!
It's important to note that recently the FBI noted that the US violent crime rate was down for the fifth year in a row. Meanwhile Kansas City's homicide and violence numbers have remained constant over the same period of time.
Even worse . . . Kansas City crimes are often horribly and tragically creative . . . Today's example:
KSHB: A man was hit in the head with an ax during a disturbance on Friday night.
That's right . . . Despite so much All-Star hype . . . At the end of the day we live in town where "axing" somebody isn't just slang for posing a question but a very real proposition of bodily harm.
Furthermore . . . Not all of these tragedies are related to hotspots, gang violence or the social ills of the urban core . . . There are a great many domestic disputes in Kansas City that turn deadly and defy so-called "demographic explanation" or any other statistical stereotype.
And so we're "axing" this wicked little town an important question that cuts to the core of our local life . . .
IS IT A CULTURE OF DEATH BEYOND MERE DEMOGRAPHIC ACCUSATIONS THAT MIGHT BE THE ROOT CAUSE OF SO MUCH KANSAS CITY VIOLENCE AND HOMICIDE?!?!?!
This isn't merely the same old tired argument about a specific sub-genre of rap music that touts "no snitchin" . . . Let's look at the big picture.
On a global level, we see that over the past 100 years, human life has been more expendable and easily destroyed than at any other time in world history.
Just a few examples that quickly come to mind: WWII, The Holocaust, Stalin's purges and those of other Communist regimes, mass Cambodian slaughter, African Tribal Infighting and government upheaval, Abortion, drugs wars in Latin America and the crusades of The former Soviet Union and The U.S. in the Arab world have cost hundreds of millions of lives. Accordingly, expediency, degradation or ambivalence regarding human life have ruled the planet for a century. Still want to argue? Even among so many hopeful hipsters, "occupiers" and "progressives" there hasn't been a drop-off in iPad sales even after the horrific conditions of Apple's Chinese work camps was revealed.
To wit, across the globe it seems that the value of life is significantly less than at any other time in human history. Kansas City has always been a place more practical than any other part of the world . . . So, it stands to reason that this town has seen the horrific example set by the rest of the planet and taken these despicable lessons to heart.
Again, many people are quick to blame to police or demographic trends . . . But that data doesn't always prove correct in every Kansas City murder case. There might be weak trends but no scientific model of causation can be applied . . . Anything less is just mere speculation and mostly racist drivel. Real Talk: The overwhelming majority of residents in Kansas City's urban core have no involvement in violence, murder or any other sort of crime.
In the end and despite demographics, it seems that it is the absence of LOCAL MORAL LEADERSHIP that has doomed Kansas City into accepting this culture of death that is so pervasive on the planet.
Consider . . .
KC doesn't vote and we mostly regard our political leaders and public officials as a joke.
This town suffers under the same demographics related to declining and broken families enduring divorce that are part of a national trend.
Even more specific and taking into account the history of this town: The culture of civic involvement that once defined Kansas City has now been reduced to battles of political positioning or merely rich people building altars to their own legacies see: K-PAC. Not so long ago Kansas City's civic leaders worked together for the shared benefit of this entire community. Now so many of our civic organizations throughout the metro are nothing more than groups dedicated to careerists, petty politics and pursuing tax breaks.
In the absence of any MORAL LEADERSHIP Kansas City has taken to killing itself.
Other than identifying this trend, TKC can't really help . . . I've got X-box games to play and supermodels to oogle.
Cowards in the comments mostly serve to rhetorically cut down most people working fight crime in the urban core and trying to provide an example of non-violence to people throughout Kansas City. Most of the racist chatter on this blog is merely fodder with a few flowers blooming in an overall pile of manure.
Meanwhile . . .
Our Mayor so desperately wanted to inspire this town but nowadays he seems more concerned with baseball games, Toy Trains and raising taxes for the benefit of his corporate buddies.
In the final analysis . . .
It will take nothing less than an attempt to save the soul of this town in order to buck the trend of so much Kansas City homicide and violence.
Sadly, it's clear that there are very few up to the task and maybe even fewer willing to follow any kind of leadership that attempts to assert the inherent value of the lives of ALL of our residents.
DEVELOPING . . .