TKC QUESTION OF THE DAY: IF KANSAS CITY FIRE DEPT. ANTHONY BRUNO SUPPORTERS CLAIM SOLIDARITY WITH MICHAEL BROWN PROTESTORS, THEN WILL THEY HELP FIX HORRIBLE KCFD MINORITY HIRING STATS?!?!
First of all . . .
CREDIT TO OUR KICK-ASS BLOG COMMUNITY . . . YESTERDAY . . . WE BROKE THIS STORY BEFORE ANY OTHER NEWS OUTLET AND DIDN'T GIVE INTO SPIN LIKE ALL THE OTHER NEWSIES!!!
Credit to A3 for even more really great photos of the Bruno ribbons along with readers and denizens of our blog community . . . WE SET THE AGENDA AND HAD EVERYBODY ELSE PLAYING CATCH-UP!!!
And now the aftermath . . .
Here are the follow-up reports that pretty much take the path of least resistance . . .
KSHB: But the Bruno family believes Anthony was fighting for his life too last year. They said the community should know excessive force occurs beyond Ferguson, Mo., too.
KMBZ: A city spokesperson says the Bruno family did not obtain the permits needed to hang the ribbons. Stephanie Bruno and her family could be fined $20 per ribbon if the city chooses to pursue charges.
Pitch: Anthony Bruno's family records Kansas City police officers tearing down memorial ribbons (video)
KCTV5: Family brings attention to firefighter's shooting death
Again . . . Here's what NOBODY is asking some members of the KCFD regarding their Ferguson swagger jacking . . .
NOW THAT SOME MEMBERS OF THE KCFD HAVE DISCOVERED SOLIDARITY WITH MICHAL BROWN PROTESTORS . . . WILL THEY SHOW ANY REAL ATTEMPT TO CORRECT YEARS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION THAT EXISTS WITHIN THE KCFD?!?!? MOREOVER . . . WOULD THE KCFD HAVE HIRED MICHAEL BROWN?!?!?
Fact: In the Kansas City Fire Department 13 percent of firefighters are African-American. That's compared to the community at large where 30 percent of the population is African-American.
In fairness . . . TKC doesn't want to argue with people who are grieving but when this debate attempts to co-opt the Ferguson, MO uprising . . . That's where things get political and not about really about the reality of this case at all.
I don't know why I've been holding back . . . Just gonna say it . . .
It's so phony for so many members of the KCFD to claim solidarity with the Ferguson, MO Michael Brown Protestors. The cases don't have much in common and the discriminatory hiring and employment record of the KCFD overall reveals a systemic lack of sensitivity toward any significant diversity efforts. In other words, the KCFD Bruno supporter Michael Brown gambit is one of the most cynical tactics we've seen to try and taint a jury pool that we've seen in quite some time.
Prove me wrong here . . .
IF KCFD BRUNO SUPPORTERS REALLY FIND SOLIDARITY WITH MICHAEL BROWN PROTESTORS . . . PROVE IT!!! HELP MORE BLACK PEOPLE FIND EMPLOYMENT WITH THE KCFD AND THEN WAIT AND SEE HOW QUICKLY THAT EFFORT IS SHUT DOWN!!!
Just an idea . . . And maybe a bit of a fact check toward empty rhetoric that has gone unchallenged by every newsie in Kansas City.