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!!!

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

was at that talk when they had it. What they left on the cutting room floor was much more insightful and entertaining.

Miss Allen said...

people are doomed to forget. Glad to see some of that old footage. the reality was a lot worse. Feel like there should have been more coverage in the newspaper other than old opinion articles. That is a good point you made, the civil rights leaders of the past are moving on and getting their story is important for KC history overall. Maybe a project better suited for the library.

Anonymous said...

Native turned out to be telling tall tales.

Caught red handed. Oops.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget, that the CITY has to PAY the MLK Family thousands of Dollars for using the copyrighted MLK Name every year !!
That's TAX PAYER DOLLARS $$$$$
Don't believe me - go research it for yourselves !!!

Anonymous said...

Was that Sharice’s daddy?

Anonymous said...

"Today most of the nation was a buzz"

Sure. Unless you mean "abuzz," which is one word and wouldn't work because it FUCKING MAKES SENSE.

Greedo said...

abuzz /ə-ˈbəz/ adjective - filled or resounding with or as if with a buzzing sound

- The office abuzz with rumors
- The town abuzz with anticipation of the big game

How about you get a dictionary before you play smart guy next time?

Anonymous said...

There were some really great "Curfew Parties" in Threadbare Hall during the riots!

None of the drunk Sorority Broads could leave!

Anonymous said...

Trigger warning!! Trigger warning!! Look out MLK triggers me!!! Here we go.....

Anonymous said...

If not for the invaders that drum would be the only musical instrument that "native" would be familiar with. Ever see a two story mud hut ?