MISSION STATEMENT: KANSAS CITY MUST DEMAND FIRE DEPARTMENT DIVERSITY!!!
Been thinking about this one for awhile, (UPDATE: The Fact That THERE'S A TOWERING INFERNO ON THE PLAZA RIGHT NOW!!!) and a recent media blitz brings it to the forefront.
THE LACK OF DIVERSITY IN THE KANSAS CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT IS NOT ONLY ILLEGAL BUT MUST BE ADDRESSED IF THIS OLD SCHOOL INSTITUTION IS GOING TO DEMAND FOR MORE SALES TAX CASH!!!
A bit of proof to back up our mission statement . . .
KCTV5: Kansas City fire departments in both cities court diversity
Tragic local stats . . .
"The Kansas City, MO, Fire Department is nearly 14 percent black and 13 percent female, with Hispanics comprising a little more than 5 percent of the department. The city's overall population, according to the latest census figures, is about 30 percent black and 10 percent Hispanic."
Now, in the last election because of law voter turnout, Kansas City politicos were able to ram through yet another water levy without addressing the fact that this town's Water Dept. is in desperate need of an outside and independent audit. Similarly . . .
IF the Kansas City Fire Department cheerleaders are going to come into minority neighborhoods and beg for cash THEN the criminal practice of refusing qualified minority candidates and refusing to promote minorities and women within the KCFD must be addressed.
TKC is taking this further than just a talking point debate . . .
IN THE COMING MONTHS LOOK FOR OUR TKC BLOG COMMUNITY TO DEMAND THAT CITY HALL UNDERTAKE A KCFD DIVERSITY PROGRAM FOCUSED IN IMPROVING PROMOTION AND HIRING PRACTICES THAT HAVE BEEN HERETOFORE BASED ON OLD SCHOOL PREJUDICES!!!
More . . .
IT'S TIME TO PUSH BACK ON OLD SCHOOL FIRE DUDES HELLBENT ON MAINTAINING A CLOSED SYSTEM FUNDED BY TAXPAYER CASH!!!
Real talk . . . The threat of real City Hall and public oversight has always been the only thing that makes local fire dudes back off from their bullying.
This isn't going to be easy . . . KCFD is the last institution in Kansas City resist diversity and equal hiring. But even the demographics of the union lobbying leadership that supports their political power has changed. Now is the first opportunity to change the status quo given a leadership transition and overall crappy finances for the city.
Developing . . .