Monday, January 21, 2019

KANSAS CITY POLITICOS HOLD MLK LEGACY HOSTAGE ON THE PASEO DESPITE COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR EAST/WEST 63RD STREET RENAME TRIBUTE!!!



The remarkable legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. is alive and well in Kansas City as thousands of people around the metro will pay tribute to his dream of nonviolent and faith-based resistance to social injustice that has ultimately pushed this nation toward greater prosperity and opportunity for all people.

Here's a hopeful list of people getting out of their houses and into the streets today in order to celebrate with their neighbors:

Kansas City holds several events to honor MLK legacy

However, the divisive underbelly of Kansas City politics still attempts to hijack the spirit of MLK in order to advance duplicitous power plays and, ironically, to enforce racial dividing lines only intended to preserve failing fiefdoms from economic change.

A small group of politically motivated reverends with political backing continue to demand that a historic landmark Blvd is renamed in honor of the Civil Rights icon.

To his credit, Mayor Sly James pushed back against the effort and questioned the faulty premise which promised an economic benefit simply by way of a name change.

Now, some argue that the any objection to the Revs and their political gambit is inherently racist but a closer look destroys that argument as well. Moreover, this contingent promised a public vote and referendum but quietly backed down when it was made clear that would require a funding mechanism and full disclosure of financial payments for licensing, maintenance, et. al . . . Instead, the group now seeks to bully politicos running for reelection or higher office to pass an emergency ordinance.

Meanwhile . . .

Overlooked in this discussion is that a series of community meetings put forward the East/West 63rd St. solution for MLK tribute and earned support for a street that would unite a greater cross-section of Kansas City. Still, the Revs object over petty beautification concerns that could be addressed by way of legislation IF there was any attempt to compromise.

More to the point . . .

THE FIGHT OVER THE MLK RENAME ON THE PASEO IS MERELY ANOTHER PETTY KANSAS CITY SILLY SEASON POWER PLAY WHILST MORE STAKEHOLDERS SUPPORT THE 63RD STREET OPTION!!!

Suburbanites who are easily manipulated by social media flexing might feel intimated by this issue but a closer look beyond the words of keyboard bullies reveals a far less divisive situation with KCMO slowly moving toward a compromise in classic cowtown fashion.

Developing . . .

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Overland Park needs an MLK street too!

Anonymous said...

The remarkable legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. is alive and well in Kansas City


Oh really. Then what explains KCMO's crime and homicide epidemic?

Anonymous said...

TOP PHOTO -- FROM DREAM TO SCREAM

Sly James: "I spend a lot of time talking to developers, and I spend a lot of time talking to developers about trying to get them to build East of Troost. If they don't want to do it, you can incentivize them all day long. What they look at is, how do I get a return on investment. Sometimes it's difficult to work East of Troost. There's this patina of hostility, and demand that the only people who are able to do things are African-Americans. That limits your pool of people, right there."
(from documentary OUR DIVIDED CITY)

Anonymous said...

I'm posting this again. I wish there was a prominent voice against American militarism like MLK today!

Read MLK speech from NYC one year to the day before his assassination, "Beyond Vietnam". It is transcribed many places e.g. at a site called"American rhetoric".

MLK spoke forcefully against America's war of aggression in Vietnam. "I have a dream" is a great speech but we should read what he said when he was wide awake.

The man. The martyr. The apostle of peace, civil rights and equality. Minister of Jesus Christ. The greatest American of the 20th century. Thank you Martin Luther King.

Radish

Anonymous said...

Toxic MLK-inity

chuck said...

Up next, an entire month, dedicated to "White Guilt". We can see the movie, eat the ice cream, read the books, wear the T-Shirts and just self-flagellate our white asses into a paroxysm of self hatred and guilt.

What a fuckin joke.

Super Dave said...

Wonder what Martin Luther King himself would say about his name being whored out like his family is doing with it? Never been a fan of renaming streets and public buildings simply to appease so few. The Paseo or Paseo Boulevard has carried that name for well over a hundred years. There are many other streets or buildings that could carry the King name on them if it's really such an important thing to take place. But in the end just what does purchasing a name for a street or building do for Kansas City? Not sure what the cost would be to use King's name but how about instead of wasting it on a name every year that same money is used in a manner that really does something for the city as a whole. I am sure there are hundreds of things that could use that money and would benefit from it more than anything carrying King's name on it. I bet if Martin were still alive he'd even agree with me.

Delete This said...

Clown Suit Politics has worked well this past 8 years. Sly should start his own clothing line.

Tina Turner said...

What's love got to do with it?

Just a second on a council motion....

Anonymous said...

Show some respect Chuck. You are no victim and you suffer no "flagellation". MLK was threatened all the time. He was stabbed. His house was bombed. He lived fearlessly in the face of constant death threats. He spoke out against American militarism and all his friends abandoned him.

You by contrast have an easy life full of hard-cracker-resentment.

Radish

chuck said...

Progressives are so saturated in arrogant self regard that the subjective transubstantiation of faux guilt from the activities of others in the anti-bellum South becomes a narcissistic, decadent exercise in Virtue Signalling designed to impress their peers.

It's fuckin disgusting. My family were Iowa dirt farmers and NEVER owned a slave. Only about 2% of white Americans are even related to people who once owned slaves, but..., bring on the tears, the self recriminations and head nods in shame.

What a fuckin joke.

chuck said...

Hey Radish, I have been shot at, beaten and robbed many times by blacks, so the answer is not just "no", but FUCK NO.

Anonymous said...

No one wants ANY street in KCMO named MLK.

Anonymous said...

Semi-related but how the fuck did 47th street get renamed Cleaver 2? They really must have snuck that in. That name change has proved to be disrespectful and shameful now that time has passed to objectively evaluate his time as mayor and how he destroyed the east side community he pretended to advocate for. KC was close to becoming the next baltimore or st louis under him and the city has never completely recovered

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised you are from the free state of Iowa Chuck, because you sound like an ignorant and resentful neo-confederate southern white.

I am sorry you are a crime victim though and if that is true you are justified in taking a low and mean opinion of black people, even though the path of virtue would be to not let those ugly experiences turn your heart hateful.
Take care,
Radish

Anonymous said...

Many
Lame
Killings

chuck said...

10:36 Thanks for the comment Radish.

It took a while. The first several robbings and beatings, I just forgot about it. The final straw was my dear friend Mike, killed - shot dead in the back of the head on the Indian Creek Trail 18 months ago.

Enough with the fuckin lies and the pretense that blacks, as a group are a not a pestilence. The only reason Progressives encourage the hatred of whites by blacks and try to convince every one of them that if not for "Whitey" they would be running General Electric, is they need them pissed of at us during elections so they can preserve power.

It is what it is.

Anonymous said...

Mr. King is the icon of a failed idea.

Anonymous said...

I still say if we change HIS name to either...
Reverend Paseo Luther King Jr.
or
Reverend Martin Luther Paseo Jr.
all of Kansas City's problems will be solved!

Anonymous said...

James Earl Ray should have a national holiday and a street named after him.

Anonymous said...

They want to score virtue points by invoking MLK's brand (which is all it is anymore). Has nothing to do with actually dealing with black dysfunction, which is the real problem.

Anonymous said...

Black people are even more welfare dependent than when MLK was alive running his fat mouth. Worthless cocksucker MLK

Anonymous said...

And they are more dysfunctional than ever.

Anonymous said...

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous, than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

KCMO is a perfect example

Anonymous said...

The hell it does! Maybe Olathe or Lenexa.

Anonymous said...

Post all you want, Chuck, they will continue to argue. My ancestors were from VA and SC and they did own slaves - lots of them. They also “arranged” marriages between their children and children of other families who were deemed appropriate and settled scores with dueling pistols. While I don’t find any of these practices to be above reproach, I don’t lose sleep about them either since they took place 200 years ago.

Steve Hanson said...

Why oh why didn't we just pick our own cotton.

Anonymous said...

@9:43 am: KCMO’s crime and homicide epidemic IS the true legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Anonymous said...

Amen, Steve. All they do is bitch and stir the pot here, but offer any of them a first-class, one way ticket back to Africa and a thousand bucks to buy the nicest hut in the village and see how many sign up.

Anonymous said...


East and West 63rd, why? They can't articulate their reasons.

The majority of people don't want The Paseo changed to MLK.

The activists refuse to say why not Prospect??

Here's why, just as in many other cities MLK street is mainly in urban areas and crime is high there. Since MLK was for minorities it seems only right that a street in the urban community should be renamed. Activists need to leave the boulevards and parkways alone.Keep it in the urban area where Dr. King was working for people of color.

But activists insist on putting it in areas they know will stir up hate and discontent to garner media attention. Do it reasonably and quit using his name to stir this discontent up. You should be ashamed

Anonymous said...

No to 63rd St.