Thursday, October 19, 2017
TKC EXCLUSIVE QUESTION: HOW SHOULD KANSAS CITY SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTIVISTS MORE² RESPOND TO MORE ALLEGATIONS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST PASTOR BROOKS?!?
More than any Kansas City political figure, the troubled career of Pastor Brooks has been plagued by scandal.
Late last night we noted a quick recap of his sexting scandal, $15K City Hall financial questions and resignation from City Council amid allegations of violence against a woman in his office. She said he choked her with a belt and KCMO ultimately settled for $225K.
Now there's a new charge of choking which confronts Pastor Brooks.
Reported 1st by Fox4: Kansas City mom believes man who hurt her son at school is a pastor and former councilman
Meanwhile, across the nation, women and victims of harassment have been lighting up social media with the #MeToo meme which hopes end the silence of victims, provide support and end the silence that often accompanies assault.
AND SO WE ASK . . .
SHOULD KANSAS CITY SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTIVISTS CONTINUE TO ALIGN THEMSELVES WITH PASTOR BROOKS DESPITE CONTINUED ALLEGATIONS OF VIOLENCE???
In fairness, the current incident involving Pastor Brooks is still under investigation.
Pastor Brooks has never been convicted of any crime.
Bill Cosby was never convicted.
And Harvey Weinstein isn't even charged with a crime.
Nevertheless, the position of More² advocates is exceptionally precarious because they so often find fault with other local institutions but now confront a leadership crisis of their own given that Pastor Brooks still serves as their co-chair according to their website.
Brief aside . . . We also pose these questions to progressive advocates because we their participation in the local discourse merits a response. Also, we respect the Pastor's church affiliations and realize that "the ministers" never answer questions from the public and only speak on certain ballot issues. In his work with More², Pastor Brooks leaves the comfort of his church and attempts to exert broader influence on the community as a whole. Translation - Sad as it may be . . . If the Pastor wasn't part of this progressive social justice movement with political aspirations, this story wouldn't be a story. But I digress . . .
Here's a passage from the activist website . . .
More² - "As people of faith, we are called to break down barriers that divide us along the lines of race and economic status. We know that what affects any one of us ultimately affects all of us. We are called to be agents of change in our communities."
We join hands through building intentional relationships among the people in our faith communities. This builds broad grass roots participation so we can walk the path to social justice for our great metropolitan area."
And this begs the question:
CAN WE TAKE MORE² SERIOUSLY IN THEIR QUEST FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE IF THEY REMAIN SILENT ON REPEATED ALLEGATIONS OF VIOLENCE COMMITTED BY PASTOR BROOKS???
WHAT ABOUT JUSTICE FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN???
UPDATE . . . Off the record, we asked an insider from the group for a response and this is an UNOFFICIAL hot take:
"As an organization that just worked on freeing an innocent man who spent 23 years in prison surely you don't think we would convict one of our own when there is still a pending investigation."
Nevertheless, we pose these questions to More² because they are leaders in local progressive politics and at the forefront of criticism against the same kind of police brutality and systemic racism that has football players and people all over the world taking a knee during the national anthem.
Consequently, it would be hypocritical and contrary to the stated mission of these activists to ignore repeated allegations of violence against one of their own leaders.
UPDATE: REPORTS FROM INSIDERS INDICATE THAT PASTOR BROOKS HAS BEEN CLEARED OF CHARGES RELATED TO THIS INCIDENT.
DFS usually doesn't update officially on these matters and that's unfortunate. HOWEVER, locals close to More2 have are satisfied with assurances that clear Pastor Brooks and note that the mom of the youngster has not filed any official charges.
You decide . . .