TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY TOP 5 SIGNS 'THE DREAM' IS STILL ALIVE ON MLK DAY 2014!!!
Rather than give into so much cynicism that lurks behind the scenes on this day of celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it's far more productive to celebrate local success in achieving the dream of diversity in Kansas City.
To wit . . .
CELEBRATE THESE KANSAS CITY TOP 5 EXAMPLES OF DIVERSITY ON MLK DAY!!!
We know you'll be inspired by this collection of local efforts that highlights racial unity and progress touted by the Civil Rights Movement.
1. The Diverse Crew Of 99%'ers Mic Check And Advocate For A Living Wage For Workers Of Every Demographic
Poverty among the working poor doesn't discriminate. Accordingly, we've been impressed that the remnants of the "Occupy" movement have reached out to the urban core in order to advocate for a a living wage of anywhere from $10 to $15 an hour.
2. The Board For Kansas City Public Schools Hosts A Diverse Crew Of Education Advocates Making Progress Toward Provisional Accreditation
You can't argue with success or even the struggle for success . . . I guess. Anyhoo . . . That's an old pic but you get my point . . . Under the leadership of Director At-Large Airick West, the board of Kansas City Public Schools is a rainbow gang of sorts that totally represents the population of the KCPS for the moment until the Missouri Department Of Education decides to dismantle the whole unaccredited institution.
3. Kansas City Loves Mayor Sly, So We're Totally Not Racist!!!
Mayor Sly is often described as charismatic, well-spoken and likable by so many adoring fans who are mostly comprised of corporate denizens putting forth economic development projects. And while residents of the urban core don't use the same terminology to define the Mayor . . . Like it or not, they voted for him 2 to 1 in an election where the loser also celebrated the diversity of the contest and earned quite a few choice appointments rather than an outright victiry.
4. The Kansas City Black/Brown Coalition Signifies Unity Among Ethnic/Racial Political Factions
The next Council election might feature more than a few divisive contests that pit Black candidates against Latino hopefuls OR this united effort just might have forever altered the face of Kansas City politics and put an end to the at-large districts that were devised when racial segregation was rampant and serve to keep control of the city with the elite and away from po'folk, neighborhoods and minorities.
5. Kansas City Toy Train Streetcar Supporters Represent A Diverse Cross-Section Of Kansas City Consultants
Serious about this one (kinda) . . . At the very least it's nice to see that a few consultants for the streetcar ARE NOT Crossroads hipsters. In fact, toy train consultants in the 3rd District do a much better job being straight forward with their advocacy then Staubio and his crew of fakers who pretend to be civic activists and quietly explain away embarrassing consulting contracts. Nevertheless, in this effort it's important that at least the crew of consultants are diverse . . . Even if its likely the streetcar will never reach the 3rd District.
Accordingly . . .
PLEASE CELEBRATE THESE KANSAS CITY MOMENTS IN DIVERSITY THAT OFFER HOPE FOR RACIAL EQUALITY AND FEEL FREE TO OFFER YOUR OWN MLK DAY INSPIRATION!!!
I'll be back later in the day, right now I'm gonna check out this Chinese place in Northeast that just started serving spring rolls for breakfast.
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