Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Debating Kansas City History: Northeast News Vs. Monument Protesters



We've offered word from this group but now it's only fair to quote Northeast News on the current Kansas City culture war against controversial local monuments.

From the latest community newspaper editorial . . .

"Take it Down KC carried out a protest march on Sunday from J.C. Nichols Park over to the monument site. The group seeks to have the J.C. Nichols fountain renamed due to Nichols’ deed-restricted developments south of the Country Club Plaza in the early 1900s that prohibited people of color from owning property within the development’s confines. Using that paradigm, the next logical step is to demand the razing of every J.C. Nichols-built structure in the city, as they are a tacit monument that represents institutionalized racism. They’ll picket Plaza area dining establishments declaring anyone who eats at McCormick & Schmick’s is a racist and the entire building must be cleansed. Don’t laugh, it could happen."

You decide . . .

11 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Actually, what should be next up, now that the "water protectors" have lost the pipeline protest, is addressing the locals who perpetrated horrors against Native Americans.
Start with the Jackson statue in front of the Jackson Courthouse and then move to rename the county itself.
Then head for Johnson County where "desperate for attention" Kraske should be a big help, and tear down the Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway and rename Johnson County too. Rev. Johnson was doing what was deemed to be helping Indian children at the time, but viewed in terms of our 2017 Silly Season, he was a bad bad person.
And watch the cowardly electeds squirm, pass the buck, make excuses, and never find the spine to tell these bozos to get lost.
As ridiculous as this latest fad has become nationally, locally you have to put up with the usual amateurishness, borishness, and incompetence of the KCMO protest and demand crowd.
Cue the local television "reporters"! We've got some good visuals here!

Anonymous said...

Labor unions were formed to keep migrating blacks from taking white labor jobs. I suppose we should outlaw unions. Have they ever apologized for their racist history?

Anonymous said...


This just goes to show you how out of touch liberals are. This monument is named after Nichols who was racist, but what is that going to do? The monument itself has nothing to do with racism. If you tear it down then they need to tear down The Plaza, and all of the housing that Nichols built. You can't erase J.C. Nichols from Kansas City, unless you tear down half of midtown. BUT if this happens you can count on the fight to do away with black history month, and take down statues of MLK, Buck O'Neill, among others, don't tell me they didn't have animosity toward whites.

Anonymous said...

7:37 your an idiot

Anonymous said...

@7:37AM, I can play the false equivalences game too. Most posters to this site are brain-dead. I suppose we should outlaw them. Have you ever apologized for the ignorance you post?

Anonymous said...

9:04, after you....

Anonymous said...

9:04 My point was labor unions were racist, churches were racist, the Democratic and Republican parties were racist and yes so was Nichols. They were all guilty of supporting segregation and limiting economic opportunity. But protesting the past while ignoring the future will accomplish nothing.



Byron Funkhouser said...

"...next logical step is to demand the razing of every J.C. Nichols-built structure in the city..."

Hyperbole.

The nest logical step is to defend the racist by claiming that everyone is racist.

Anonymous said...

When are these pea brained jackwads gong to get that you can not sterilize the world. You either learn to survive in it or get the fuck out of it. Trump got this one right. If you tear down everything these monkeys find offensive they will just dream up a new list of shit they can't live with before the dust settles. There will always be a pandering libtard egging it on and playing the race card to get the dregs to vote. Perhaps we need to start teaching little Spanky and Buckwheat that the world ain't about them and there is going to be plenty of shit in their lives they can find to whine and cry about. Perhaps we need to teach them that every stumbling block is not a reason to stake claim in failure, but all the more reason to show what you have got and excel.

Phil Cardarella said...

Part of the blame lies with those who fetishize the monuments to those who -- face it -- were men who were willing to betray our country in defense of the institution of human slavery. And cost hundreds of thousands of American lives to defend the right of some wealthy folks to own other human beings like cattle.

Robert E. Lee may have been a fine gentleman and an accomplished soldier. So was Erwin Rommel. But, the causes they fought for were reprehensible, and they deserve no public monuments for such service.

Anonymous said...

No. You have a Hollywood Civil War in your head. Most Southerners were poor non slave owners fighting what they saw as an invasion of their territory.

Likening Rommel to Lee is absolutely wrong and rather offensive. The Confederacy was not Nazi Germany.

You are more comfortable with simple, coloring book history. Lincoln said he wouldn't free any slaves if it would save the country. And he never considered blacks to be equal.

But, sure. Fixate on this fake issue no one cared about two weeks ago. It's far better than actually engaging with real issues, right?