TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY HOPES TO AVOID FALLOUT OF THE FERGUSON, MISSOURI UPRISING!!!
So far Kansas City's response to the ongoing conflict in Ferguson, Missouri has been peaceful and well-meaning.
A non-violent rally was well attended by local activists and mostly kind souls who wanted to convey their dissent constructively and show just a bit of solidarity with STL area protestors without taking down an innocent Quiktrip.
However . . .
KANSAS CITY INSIDERS FEAR THE FALLOUT FROM FERGUSON, MISSOURI RIOTS AND CONTINUING VIOLENCE!!!
Nearly every Saturday night in this town has been a hot mess with violent flash mobs dominating either The Plaza or Westport.
KANSAS CITY INSIDERS HAVE WARNED MAYOR SLY THAT HIS ROCK THE BLOCK EVENT IS A BAD IDEA AND HAS THE POTENTIAL TO SPIN OUT OF CONTROL OR SIMPLY TURN VIOLENT LIKE IT HAS IN YEARS PAST!!!
Our blog community FIRST noted pleas to the mayor to postpone the event . . .
The Mayor chose to ignore and deny what was simply a call for caution with a bit of bravado and willful ignorance.
Moreover . . .
MAKE NO MISTAKE, WE WOULD LIKE NOTHING MORE THAN A SAFE EVENT WITHOUT INCIDENT BUT NOBODY IS REPORTING THAT THERE HAS BEEN PROBLEMS AT THESE PARTIES PREVIOUSLY!!!
Moreover . . .
IGNORING THE POTENTIAL FOR TROUBLE AS UP TO 4K KANSAS CITY URBAN CORE YOUNGSTERS GATHER NEAR DOWNTOWN IS NOTHING LESS THAN DANGEROUS!!!
One more . . .
THANKFULLY, WE'VE HEARD THAT OUR BLOG COMMUNITY WARNING HAS BEEN NOTED AND THERE WILL BE INCREASED SECURITY @ ROCK THE BLOCK!!!
Really, that's all we wanted to hear but Mayor Sly turns just about every question to his administration into a challenge because he simply doesn't understand that political discourse shouldn't be about "winning at all costs" and communicating with Kansas City needs to be more substantive than simply sharing selfies and backslapping on Twitter. Finally, we can't help but notice that Mayor Sly's stubbornness and brash tactics have increasingly become an Achilles heel to his mayoral administration as their lists of failures continues to grow.
Brief aside . . . The fallout doesn't just include tonight's pizza/dance party but also holds consequences for law enforcement in Kansas City i.e. local cops don't seem to like talk about body cam legislation. But I digress...
Again, let's go on record and reiterate that we want nothing less than absolute safety and security for any Kansas City young person who attends this event. However, it's important to note that a cynical survey of tonight's party just seems like the Mayor is using students as props to support his agenda without completely understanding the reality of an ongoing racial crisis in Missouri and how quickly crowds can be incited not by bloggy news content written for adults with sophisticated humor, style, taste and wit . . . But by circumstances that are still unfolding.
Accordingly, here are some of the latest links from Ferguson, Missouri that kinda prove our blog community point in practice rather than rely on sentimental social media pleasantries . . .
New York Times: Protesters and Police Face Off Again on Ferguson Streets
Huff Post: Missouri State Senator Tweets 'F*ck You' To Governor Jay Nixon Over Ferguson
Vox: Who was Michael Brown?
CBS News: Anger boils over again in Ferguson
Telegraph UK: Dramatic pictures emerge of Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri
Newsweek: What Happened in Ferguson, Missouri, on Friday
NBC News: Michael Brown Killing: Police in Ferguson Fire Tear Gas Amid Looting
Developing . . .