Saturday, July 01, 2017
TKC SATURDAY MUST SEE!!! TWO WHITE HIPSTERS EXPLAIN KANSAS CITY 'TROOST WALL' DURING URBAN EXPLORING LUNCH!!!
Sorry, I don't have any patience today.
Also, just about every resident of Kansas City has heard the story of horrific and institutionalized segregation within local communities accompanied by all of the typical guilt and lamentations but with very few practical solutions about combating the legacy of this practice that has pretty much tainted every aspect of local life.
I guess we should celebrate these hipsters for trying to enlighten their communities, but today it's just really hard for me to congratulate somebody for having lunch on the East side.
To be fair, this mini-movie tackling a touchy subject is well-produced, it's heartfelt and honestly has good intentions that will be completely lost on haters from both sides of Troost.
Here's the intro from Michael Wesch, keynote speaker, anthropologist, digital ethnographer, and national professor of the year: "I decided to go to KC and eat at a fancy place on the Plaza (uncomfortable for me) and then walk with Nathaniel Bozarth to a place on Prospect Ave for a second meal (even more uncomfortable). Along the way we explore the making of the Troost Wall and the history of structural racism in KC."
Now, take a bit of time to check the movie that's lighting up social media in Kansas City:
Inspiration and a question for our blog community . . .
Is this movie blissfully naive, far too earnest or accurate in its depictions of Kansas City???
Of course there will no shortage of reflex and reactionary hateration but at the very least the clip deserves serious consideration because the moviemakers address this sordid subject matter by bringing their perspectives into mix and offering a glimpse at ground level gut reactions to historical divisions that define Kansas City.
You decide . . .