TKC SUNDAY QUESTION: IS KANSAS CITY PREPARED FOR A WHITE POLICE CHIEF?!?!
Tragically, political correctness already threatens to hijack the discussion of a critical decision for Kansas City — The selection of a new Police Chief.
To wit and because every other media outlet in town is afraid to mention it . . .
RACIAL IDENTITY POLITICS WILL INFLUENCE THE SELECTION OF THE NEW KCPD TOP COP MORE THAN ANY OTHER FACTOR!!!
How do we know this???
Because that's exactly the way it played out last time . . .
Kansas City outsiders and clueless suburbanites don't know this but retiring Chief Forté was actually the safer option among contenders for his job. People who really know Kansas City understand and lament that there's actually two KCPDs -- One Black and the other white -- Among a coalition of top brass among African-American high ranking police leaders, Commander Forté was actually the more amenable to influence from white political leaders and was considered the "safer" choice.
But during his tenure, the political landscape changed in Kansas City and throughout the nation.
Kansas City now lives in the shadow of the Ferguson, Missouri racial uprising riots which proved to be nothing less than the precursor for the absolute destruction of Missouri Democratic Party given the incompetent, middle-of-the-road fumbling of then Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.
Residents of the Show-Me State and the world witnessed a political establishment paralyzed with fear against social justice protest and unable to protect Quiktrip or Little Caesars from the vengeance of some social justice warriors and straight-up looters, arsonist and criminals. Just a quick reminder of the chaos that most people would like to forget . . . Fergson riots were so confusing and catastrophic that a coalition of Black men armed with guns rushed to the defense and protection of white community biz leaders given the call to destruction of some protesters shipped in from out of state.
Since 2015, deadly police shootings of young, African-American men have inspired a wave of protests just like Ferguson across the nation in Baltimore, New York, St. Paul, Minnesota and Baton Rouge, Louisiana . . .
Kansas City avoided these riots and mainstream media credits the work of Chief Forté in "building a bridge to Black residents" as the determining factor that saved KCMO from burning down.
Brief personal aside here given that TKC's Latino heritage is also fair game amid KC's continually growing ethic population. Forget about a Latino police chief . . . Vince Ortega has been passed over for nearly two decades and there just aren't many top ranking Latino KCPD denizens to compete for the job. Moreover, given the current immigration battle . . . Avoiding the topic altogether and letting the Feds do all the deporting is a tactic that most cities seem to be adopting.
But I digress . . .
Now . . . The change in leadership puts Kansas City at a crossroads . . .
The question that timid media and "progressive" denizens of the local discourse won't ask . . .
IS KANSAS CITY LOCKED INTO THE SELECTION OF AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN POLICE CHIEF OUT OF TACITLY RACIST FEAR OF RIOTING AND RACIAL POLITICS AMID INCREASING URBAN CORE CRIME???
This political consideration is ultimately unproductive given the increase in crime and homicide under the tenure of Police Chief Forté.
The very cruel and unfair reality is that the current divisive discourse focused mostly on unproductive racial divisions makes increased flash mob riots, shooting and robberies on the Plaza along with the horrific homicide rate in the urban core "okay" as long as progressive racial quotas are satisfied with an African-American police chief in charge. Put even more simply, Kansas City progressive won't stand for a white police chief arresting all the Black kids on the Plaza over the weekend but if an African-American leader is in control, that somehow makes it more acceptable . . . This worldview represents nothing less than the worst conception of "multiculturalism" that Kansas City has to offer which ultimately hasn't helped to solve so many ongoing problems.
Tragically, local media and leadership are too cowardly to address this crisis and directly confront the racial identity politics which influence the selection of a new Kansas City police chief.
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