SOME WHITE GUY (STEVE ROSE) FROM THE GOLDEN GHETTO KNOWS WHAT'S BEST FOR KANSAS CITY PROPER COUNCIL DISTRICTS!!!
First of all, it's important to note that I've talked with Steve Rose and I'm absolutely certain that he's one of the smartest media dudes in all of Kansas City and he has an uncanny ability to assess and predict the local political scene.
However . . . Today's he's all wrong . . .
Steve Rose: Kansas City Council needs to keep its citywide members
Let's not dwell on the fact that Steve Rose doesn't have any standing on this issue from his comfortable life in Johnson County. Instead, just taking him at his word, the arguments of Mr. Rose mostly hinge on politicos elected "at-large" offering a city-wide perspective. That's not an altogether bad idea but in reality . . . These mini-Mayors end up doing very little to justify their existence.
Credit to Mr. Rose for acknowledging at least a bit of the concerns on minority voting rights. To put it less delicately that this life-long newspaper man . . . At-Large districts are nothing but a legacy of institutional Kansas City racism devised to keep minorities out of office . . . Sorry, that's just a fact and anyone arguing otherwise is being willfully ignorant of this town's long history of de facto and de jure segregation.
But here is what's probably the most important contradiction to the arguments of Mr. Rose . . .
WHY SHOULDN'T KANSAS CITY BE ABLE TO GOVERN ITSELF JUST LIKE OVERLAND PARK AND OTHER JOHNSON COUNTY MUNICIPALITIES?!?!
There are no "at-large" representatives in the biggest cities in JoCo . . . They don't need a crew of mini-mayors taking up space to offer a "broader perspective" on their towns.
Plain and simple . . . Kansas City At-Large Districts serve to do nothing but keep people of color out of office and protect the interests of the civic elite while ERODING NEIGHBORHOOD REPRESENTATION OF EVERY DEMOGRAPHIC . . . The At-Large seats are yet another manifestation of the machine politics era of Kansas City that so many local lament but overlook when it comes to the OVER-REPRESENTATION of white people on the City Council.