Monday, January 21, 2019
Kansas City MLK Monday 2019 Postscript
Today most of the nation was abuzz about an essentially pointless social media kerfuffle betwixt a teen and an old school Native American dude . . . Meanwhile, back in Kansas City, the conversation was more polite and focused on the past.
A few takeaways as media attempts to offer a teaching moment to the NEXTGEN who care far more about fornite . . .
- Councilman and mayoral contender Quinton Lucas now owns the MLK street name issues and, while it might not play anywhere else in KCMO, it might be one of the keys to differentiate himself from his urban core competitors among the African-American community and traditional liberals in the Wark Parkway & Brookside corridor.
- The celebrations were low key today and a lot of that is because THE KCMO CIVIL RIGHTS GENERATION IS PASSING AWAY. Those who marched with Dr. King are getting harder to find and their stories are slowly becoming history at a time when Americans have hyper-short attention spans.
- The MLK legacy cuts both ways and while it's usually a stumbling point for Conservatives. More often, the Democratic Party seems unable to live up to the standards of the American icon. To be fair, in casual conversation even some leaders of the Black community have trouble navigating the current, confusing epoch of of identity politics.
And so, here's a quick round-up of how today looked according the MSM.
Fox4: Efforts to name KC street for Martin Luther King, Jr.; hitting roadblocks since 1975
KCTV5: Kansas City residents celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day
WDAF: Metro students learn about loss on Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Mothers in Charge
KSHB: Months later, supporters wait for progress on MLK street renaming in KCMO
Finally, a local conversation on MLK, riots and race relations 50 years later . . .
Hopefully, more for the morning update . . . STAY TUNED!!!