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 . . .