Sunday, August 13, 2017
TKC SUNDAY NIGHT: WILL KANSAS CITY PROTEST CULTURE STAY NON-VIOLENT?!?!
Per ushe, the aftermath of the latest round of a violent culture war features lesser minds playing the blame game and using tragedy for their political advantage.
What we've seen so far is nothing more than racists supported by some Conservatives and Trump supporters offering nothing more than a continuation of the same destructive protests which defined the nation when Prez Obama backers conducted the same kind of racially motivated rioting in Ferguson and Baltimore. We're now just getting a look at a different side of the same coin. What I desperately want to believe is that here in Kansas City we're better than that given that politically motivated violence is, and hopefully will continue to be, a rarity.
Don't get it twisted, in Kansas City there are far more people getting killed over gangs, drugs, money and women . . . And that's a problem that our current weekend culture war doesn't even attempt to address.
Still . . . Because it's Sunday and I think a moment of respite is well-deserved . . .
In Kansas City, our working-class practicality somehow understands that the lethal theatrics of the divisive American culture war are, in many ways, a luxury of people who haven't found more productive uses of their time.
Our election battles and legislative battles along with a few scant protests reveal that locals often have an understanding that real world financial disputes are at the heart of disagreements that we need to take seriously. The rest of it . . . From vagina hats to pudgy storm troopers playing dress-up and carrying the Nazi flags is nothing more than a distraction.
The former police Chief was credited with connecting to the Black community and avoiding Ferguson-style unrest, like it or not, that might have been a very real accomplishment and something that earned him his exorbitant overtime bonus money.
Our new chief forged his reputation by being a very nice, but also a very smart guy . . . And so it's that same kind of KANSAS CITY NICE that focuses on work, money and power RATHER THAN pointless theatrics that very well could be this cowtown's saving grace for avoiding politically charged culture war clashes.
At the very least, all of this might only be a short, practical prayer for Kansas City to avoid following the lead of a nation plunged into an infinite loop of bitter drama led by yet another batch of inept politicos.
Check the links:
NPR: Charlottesville Tries To Pick Up Pieces After Day Of Deadly Unrest
CBS News: Angry crowd attacks "Unite the Right" organizer in Charlottesville
NY Times: McAuliffe Counters Critics of Police Response to Charlottesville Violence
CNN: Charlottesville killing was an act of domestic terrorism
Fox News: Maxine Waters Blames Trump for White Nationalist Riots: Your Side, Not Many Sides
BBC: A reckoning in Charlottesville
WaPo: Alleged driver of car that plowed into Charlottesville crowd was a Nazi sympathizer, former teacher says
You decide . . .