Sunday, May 18, 2014
Mary Sanchez Considers Alvin Brooks Legacy
Our least favorite Latina in the whole wide world wrote something new today that proves she doesn't have much understanding of Kansas City's urban core.
Brief aside . . . Her lesbian anti-Catholic story was a big winner this week. Credit where it's due . . . Calling out the Church is always a good angle for newsies . . . Mostly because a great many media consumers are hypocrites and in desperate need of somebody ELSE to attack in lieu of examining the contradictions in their own lives. But I digress . . .
Today Mary Sanchez discusses another Kansas City Institution . . .
Ad Hoc Group Against Crime needs someone to carry on Alvin Brooks' work
Now, we've covered the MANY leadership transitions @ Ad Hoc over the past couple of years. For awhile the put a former B-ball player in charge but then that didn't work out so they scurried to find somebody whose opinion didn't offend their mostly old school leadership board. In reality, the group lost a lot of credibility by failing to recruit former Councilman Terry Riley to take the leadership role.
Still . . . The idea that somebody could ever "replace" or even "carry on" the work of Mr. Brooks is not only condescending but just plain wrong. Like it or not, Mr. Brooks has his own style, charisma and story. And the idea that there's a 2.0 version out there is a typically simple-minded approach from Ms. Sanchez. As far as "reaching out to African-American youth" which Dirty Mary suggests. . . Again we see a clueless newsie failing to understand demographics or any other socio-economic trends that are specific to Kansas City . . . Local anti-crime organizations in Kansas City are mostly political and the big-picture advocacy and cultural influence carried by Mr. Brooks & Ad Hoc has always been more important than any grassroots work.
Sadly, we never expect Ms. Sanchez to offer a real behind the scenes look @ how neighborhood leadership in this town works . . . Instead, she doesn't even scratch the surface of another Kansas City institution in transition.
Developing . . .