TOP 5 REASONS KANSAS CITY BLACK YOUTH VIOLENCE DILEMMA COULD DESTROY MAYOR SLY JAMES!!!
Kansas City Mayor Sly James has enjoyed quite a bit of success and public admiration throughout his tenure but there's one issue that has the potential to bring his re-election hopes crumbling down.
To wit . . .
KANSAS CITY INSIDERS WARN THAT AN EXPECTED SPIKE IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN YOUTH VIOLENCE THIS SPRING/SUMMER COULD DAMAGE MAYOR SLY'S NICE GUY PUBLIC IMAGE!!!
1. Economic Development Doesn't Work In A City Too Violent For People To Visit Or Reside.
Just another basic services reminder that politicos hate . . . Also, there's no debating that Mayor Sly's Legislative record suggests that he's more concerned with eco-devo work and not anything related to neighborhoods.
2. Top Ranking African-American Leaders Don't Have A Lot Of Love For Mayor Sly.
The East Side isn't inspired by Mayor Sly and none of the political groups in that area count him as one of their own. Sure, demographically speaking . . . African-American voters will most likely choose Sly over anybody else . . . But by that same token, there's a likelihood that many East Of Troost voters might not find their way to the polls at all to assist a politico who many believe has neglected the 3rd District. Example: 3rd and 5th District failed to show up and give former Councilman Alvin Brooks what should have been an easy victory over a lanky, awkward and uninspiring City Auditor named Mark Funkhouser.
3. Mayor Sly James Hates Tough Questions
The Mayor might be a great orator but he isn't skilled at community discourse. He communicates by way of charisma at cocktail parties, the Internets and highly-scripted press events among friendly crowds. Before his political life, Mayor Sly James built an ULTRA-successful law practice where there was no doubt he was in charge. Accordingly, pesky newsies, activists, competing elected officials and errant members of a crowd can easily throw the Mayor off his game with just a few words. The Mayor and his people seem to be accepting this fact and that's why this year he's giving his state of the city to a bunch of high school students rather than face critics regarding an upcoming violence spike that he has failed to manage.
4. Mayor Sly James Doesn't Have A Plan To Address Increasing Kansas City Youth Violence
There have been years of prelude leading up the current crisis and both the Mayor and his people seem to think that the virtue of their mere presence would control increasingly hostile groups of African-American youth turning nearly every public gathering into a disaster area. And NO, putting this all on the Mayor's Youth Commission doesn't count as a plan.
5. Mayor Sly James Has More Street Cred Among Hipsters Than In The Urban Core
During the last election Mayor Sly James touted his Montgall Ave. roots but didn't mention that he hasn't really been back there in 30 years. Even worse, the Mayor has surrounded himself with hipsters and middle-managers who have very few community connections. What's worse is that Sly and his people are known for being out of touch, aloof and mostly driven by self-interest . . . Couple this perception with the Mayor's "win at all costs" style of bully politics and it's easy to see why it's mainly corporate types who comprise the Mayor's main base of support in order to earn more tax breaks and favors - Strictly a biz relationship.
Therefore . . .
KANSAS CITY'S GROWING INABILITY TO CONFRONT YOUTH VIOLENCE ON THE PLAZA, AT THE ZOO AND IN THE STREETS SEEMS TO BE MAYOR SLY'S ACHILLES' HEEL AND REVEALS HE DOESN'T HAVE AS MUCH COMMUNITY SUPPORT!!!
For the sake of Kansas City's safety, let's hope the Mayor and his crew can change their style and fix some of these perceptions. Meanwhile, there's no doubt that a pattern of urban core/African-American/Black youth violence confronts Kansas City and neither the Mayor nor most of the mainstream media seem willing to discuss the topic openly.
Developing . . .