Friday, June 23, 2017
TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY STAR FAKE NEWS FACT CHECK: AFTER PUBLIC DISCUSSION PARKS BOARD REPORTS 'NO IMMEDIATE PLANS' TO CHANGE J.C. NICHOLS FOUNTAIN MONIKER!!!
Earlier in the week a Kansas City newspaper columnist proposed that the J.C. Nichols Fountain near the County Club Plaza should undergo a name change akin to efforts in Southern states that have torn down Confederate Civil War memorials.
The reaction to the idea has been overwhelmingly negative and our blog community was the FIRST to report serious consideration of the idea by the Parks Board - The first authority in determining fountain and park nomenclature.
Here's what we've learned so far . . .
- The Steve Kraske column didn't trend very far beyond the local chattering class in terms of support. At the first open discussion following the publication of the column there were no supporters of the name change idea.
- In fact, locals have expressed an interest in keeping the name intact in order to provide context of Kansas City's sordid history that is quickly being forgotten.
- An insider from the Parks Board was actually surprised about the lack of real world interest given social media rage.
Here's the message from Kansas City Insiders close to the Parks Board:
"Right now we have no immediate plans to change the name and frankly there are more important things we're working on this Summer. For the most part people don't complain about the fourtain because most visitors don't now anything about the reputation of J.C. Nichols, so I guess the Star's readers benefited from the history lesson. A couple of council members have expressed interest in the subject but more as a gauge of public sentiment which isn't really in favor of a rename at this point -- If the first public discussion is any indication . . . "
Conclusion . . .
WHILE THE CHATTERING CLASSES CELEBRATE THE KANSAS CITY STAR EFFORT TO REWRITE HISTORY, THERE'S NO REAL OUTRAGE OVER THE LEGACY OF J.C. NICHOLS LOCALLY OTHER THAN WHAT WAS FABRICATED BY MSM!!!
And so, with doggies and white guys killed in Kansas City parks as of late . . . We can't blame locals for failing to be triggered by the teachings of a mostly retired journalism professor.
You decide . . .