Sunday, March 05, 2017

TKC SUNDAY QUESTION: HOW CAN OLATHE REBRAND AFTER DEADLY TRIPLE SHOOTING HATE CRIME CONTROVERSY?!?!



International controversy and fear recently focused on a Kansas City metro suburb that's now struggling to shake off the negative perception and establish an identity in the aftermath of alleged hate killing.

Here's a typical headline from local news that acknowledges the problem:

Olathe city address overshadowed by shooting

While some newsies report the "racially charged Austins shooting draws eyes to evolving Olathe . . ." The reality is that this part of the metro isn't "growing increasingly diverse" . . . It's simply growing and confronting real world problems along with tragically negative perceptions . . .

To wit . . .

IS OLATHE DOOMED TO BE THE "METH TOWN" OF JOHNSON COUNTY OR CAN THE ENCLAVE REDEEM ITSELF???

All of the typical problems of the fading middle-class confront this community as more and more Americans are forced to confront an identity in the aftermath of consumerism, steady incomes and/or good public schools . . . But that's not to say that a new vision of the suburbs isn't possible.

A rebrand for Olathe is about more than a few horrible public service or tourism ads . . . A genuine attempt at rebranding and redemption must involve a real effort to find a vision for a community beyond the lowest rent suburb among otherwise rising home prices in JoCo.

You decide . . .

21 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Welcome to Olathe - the angriest place in Kansas!

Anonymous said...

Olathe: Come for the racial profiling, stay for the drunken murder.

Anonymous said...

Olathe is not the Independence, MO of Joco, they're the Prospect Ave. of Kansas.

Anonymous said...

This isn't Olathes only issue and won't be the last, remember that hater Paul Wilson who was going to get the union guys to attack Tony lives there.

Bob said...

Bad publicity will cause Olathe to decline into impoverished obscurity. Just look at how other cities have suffered that fate after racial attacks: Charleston, Orlando, San Bernardino, Boston. All dead and gone.

Really, journalists are such nitwits.

Anonymous said...

Lets stop trying to put ten pounds of shit in a five pound bag here. Olathe doesn't need to re-brand anything. Kansas City has about 50 times more murders than Olathe each year. If any place needs to rebrand it is KC. Perhaps Thugville on the Plains would work. This story is just another cheap attempt to get mileage out of a plain old murder story of two people in a plain old dive bar. The victims were not Kings or Presidents. They were just plain old people. Lets don't do the reverse racism thing here by playing it for all it is NOT Worth Mr. Tony Funkhouser.

Anonymous said...

Bigotry has always been Olathe's brand

Anonymous said...

Maybe they can get a drone base and bomb Yemen.

Anonymous said...

Olathe is easily the most religious and conservative city around KC, the Nazarenes have a huge presence there and there is a church of every demonization on every corner. They are in strip malls, former pawn shops, and even in the Great Mall. It is also the most boring, bland place with that much population you will find. That said, the redneck that shot the guys was I'm sure more an aberration more than anything. It was more of a drunk, racist redneck with a short temper and easy access to a gun. I'm betting that guy wishes he didn't have such easy access to that gun now that he's going to live out his days in prison.

Anonymous said...

Read:

http://narrative-collapse.com/2017/03/04/10-worst-spree-shootings-of-2017-so-far/

Anonymous said...

Its pretty clear thie guy had multiple issues. The biggest one being he went to a bar, got shitfaced, got obnoxious and got tossed out on his ass. He should have left his gun at home, but he didn't. He walked back into the bar under the influence of the alcohol they had sold him and picked two people to be the focus of his booze amplified anger. If he had not been shit faced he may have had better judgement, but he was. In his drunken logic he showed the people in that bar a thing or two.

This guy will not meet the death penalty in Kansas. The Feds will decline to prosecute most likely because you have to do or say a little more than telling people to go back to their country to make a hate crime. Maybe the feds will find a bunch of white supremist shit in his home to support the possibility of a charge, but my money is on this guy is probably no more racist than the next guy - he was more just shitfaced, defective and ignorant. So now he'll make a plea deal, get substance abuse help in prison and in a few years he'll be right back on the streets. After all, the average convicted murderer in this country does under seven years in prison - but in America we call the person defective and not the system.

The lesson is not that there was racism at play, but that we have a world packed full of mental defectives and substance abusers who could go of at any moment with a flip of the right switches and we have done nothing in this country to find the metrics to reduce or prevent these nutballs from having their switches flipped. In the mean time, standby folks. We will have another mass killing within the next 90 days and the cry babies will whine, but do nothing to address the real issues.

Super Dave said...

Olathe, has become what in the early 1900's they referred to as a Melting Pot. So many foreign elements with different cultural backgrounds with a potential for creation of disharmony, along with a good dose of hate makes for a town sitting on a powder keg.

Anonymous said...

8:37, speaking of the Wilson dude, he lives over by the so called hater shooter and is jobless now. Appears his great selling practices couldn't keep the company afloat. Or it caused the company to fail who knows. He'll probably be a welfare next drinking in bars and flipping out with a gun like he did here that time (minus a gun) you remember that?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, that GUN got dumbass f'cken drunk, shot some bar patrons. Then, that GUN drove away drunk where that damn, drunk GUN risked so many lives out on the roads.

Uh oh, did I type GUN? It's suppose to be GUY, G-U-"Y". But, if ya ax Looney Lib Liars why some bullets were fired, they're gonna blame it on the GUN!

Anonymous said...

Cool,in on my way.!!

Anonymous said...

Look, O town is my hometown. Its gone through a lot of changes over the years. 10:47 is right, it IS run by the nazarenes, but I actually think that is changing. Olathe has been FLOODED with Hispanics. Im not even joking about that. Its right on I-35 and those beaners just keep coming up from the border. Now, I will say K-Machos is fucking delicious. Olathe used to be racial between the nigs and whites, but that is no longer so. Its black vs hispanic now. The whites moved out of downtown Olathe.

Does anyone remember the shooting/killing from the 90s? Look it up. Guy is in Lansing over the drive by at Olathe North. Hey, they got a Twin Peaks, and you could never go wrong with Bonitas. BO-NEETas. mmmm mmmmm son love me some titty yes sir!

Anonymous said...

10:47....thats some real shit man. Good post.

Anonymous said...

glad to see olathe getting the attention it deserves.

the rest of johnson countians try to avoid it, but can't because it accidentally ended up as the county seat.

Anonymous said...

They're standing up for America! God bless them.

Anonymous said...

10:47 nails it.

Anonymous said...

Olathe has long been the armpit o JoCo. Time for some deodorant.