THE TKC SATURDAY NIGHT PLAYLIST!!! KANSAS CITY ETIQUETTE AND GUIDE TO AVOID GETTING KILLED BY POLICE REALLY JUST AN OLD CHRIS ROCK JOKE RETOLD IN THE AFTERMATH OF CHAOTIC FERGUSON, MISSOURI RACIAL CONFLICT AND UPRISING!!!
Today Kansas City Mayor Sly and a great many community leaders gathered to discuss the best way for young African-American men avoid conflict with police amid these tense times of racial disparity and conflict.
Take a look ...
KCUR: Mayor Sly James, Politicians Offer Young African American Men Advice On Interacting With Police
FOX4: Do’s and Don’t When Stopped by the Police
KSHB: Police and community leaders held a panel discussion on what to do when stopped by police.
WDAF: Kansas City community leaders discuss citizens’ public rights
Most of this stuff is sound advice . . .
THE ONLY PROBLEM IS THAT IT'S PRETTY MUCH ALL BASED ON EVEN FUNNIER CHRIS ROCK JOKE!!!
While politicos and public officials recycling old comedy routines makes for a good time, the effectiveness of this bit of persuasion is unclear. Like it or not, the reality of the tragic circumstances surrounding the uprising and ensuing chaos in Feguson had a lot more to do with civic unrest in the face of SUPREMACY, cultures clashing and rage over political disparity and just good-old-fashioned American opportunism rather a simple problem than Kansas City good manners and politeness could have avoided.
Just a few links to illustrate the point . . .
New York Times: Dozens Rally for Officer in Ferguson Killing as Funds Are Raised Online
US News: Ferguson's Problems Are Not Ferguson's Alone
Slate: The Two Very Different Worlds of Ferguson
Huff Post: "Policemen are very cynical. I know I am," Page says from a podium on the video. "I hate everybody. I'm into diversity. I kill everybody."
Eric Drooker: This iconic New Yorker Cover really tells the whole story with one powerful image.
And so . . .
IS IT REALISTIC TO TOUT CODES OF ETIQUETTE FOR KANSAS CITY RESIDENTS INTERACTING WITH POLICE IN THE FACE OF A CULTURE WAR PLAYING OUT ON A BIGGER SCALE???
In fairness, it's really hard to justify killing polite people and nice guys usually win when it comes to contests that DON'T involve money, women and power.
So, there's no harm in following these rules even if most politicos are just making this stuff up as they go along.
And all of this inspires tonight's playlist . . .
As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday night.