KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY POLITICALLY ABANDONED BY EAST SIDE AND NOW HELLING HELPS WITH RESCUE EFFORT!!!
Here's a bit of political spin and machine politics from Dead Tree Media that's worth a click . . .
MAYOR SLY HAS BEEN COMPLETELY NEGLIGENT AND ABSENTEE ON KANSAS CITY'S EAST SIDE BUT IN THE AFTERMATH OF A BRUTAL ELECTION BEATING . . . HE'S TALKING THE SAME OLD EAST/WEST LINE THAT EVERYBODY MENTIONS DURING ELECTION TIME!!!
Here's Helling dutifully transcribing the Mayor's talking points . . .
Dave Helling: The lines that divide us can be erased
We've all heard this line before but let's hit it again . . .
“We have to go east and west,” Mayor Sly James told The Star. “There are too many things in this city that go north and south.”
He was quite right, of course. There are two great dividing lines in Kansas City, south of the Missouri River: State Line Road, which separates Missouri from Kansas, and Troost Avenue, which divides the races. Both travel north to south.
Both streets divide political power, and therefore responsibility: Kansans and Missourians argue over tax policy, jobs, transit, schools. Troost segregates housing, neighborhood improvements, education, crime."
Beautifully written, a wonderful sentiment but here are the facts:
- Mayor Sly hasn't had many high profile visits to the Kansas City east side since Derron Black scared him away.
- Mayor Sly's agenda has been totally corporate and focused on tax breaks with only a soft commitment to an east side toy train payout that nobody really believed.
- Here's the big one . . .
MAYOR SLY HAS BEEN TOUTING THE KANSAS CITY TECH "CREATIVE CLASS" THAT MOSTLY EXCLUDES PEOPLE OF COLOR!!!
Even Rev. Jesse Jackson notes the lack of tech diversity but not a peep on the topic from Mayor Sly.
Fact: The Kansas City "Creative Class" tech community is lily white and our Mayor would rather play celebrity and cheerleader than mention the problem.
If Mayor Sly wants to work on erasing Kansas City dividing lines . . . Then he should start with his own administration that has consistently delivered two different messages to these disparate communities.
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