Sunday, January 27, 2019

TKC MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY 3RD DISTRICT COUNCIL CANDIDATE RACHEL RILEY QUESTIONS CITY HALL PRIORITIES AFTER MLK RENAME ON THE PASEO!!!



After the decision to change the name of The Paseo to MLK Blvd, MSM focused mostly on the celebration and smiles of a small group of faith leaders and elected officials. Meanwhile, the reaction of Kansas City's African-American community has been more complex and nuanced.

Moreover, as always we remind our readers:

OPINION IN KANSAS CITY'S BLACK COMMUNITY IS NOT MONOLITHIC AND MANY AFRICAN-AMERICAN LEADERS QUESTION THE REAL WORLD IMPACT OF THE MLK RENAME ON THE PASEO!!!

An exemplar . . .

Rachel Riley is a 3rd District candidate for KCMO council and her comments on the debate recently created a stir among her loyal network of friends and followers. Here's a quick glimpse at her remarks that have earned a great deal of reaction in support of her skepticism of the ordinance in lieu of a public vote:

Rachel Riley: "MLK was about changing minds not street signs . . . What would Martin Luther King Jr. say about naming a street after him, while 200 homicides in 2018, poor housing, poor education, racism, joblessness, trash & blight goes unnoticed in this city?"

For those who don't know her, Ms. Riley is a tireless advocate and volunteer. She lost a son, a victim of a KCMO homicide surge, and subsequently dedicated a great deal of her time to improving her community. Her inquiries about the move have inspired more denizens of the African-American community to speak out and question the motives of SOME faith community leaders and their council reps.

Here are some important concerns from KCMO East Side Leaders in opposition to the name change . . .

- Within The Paseo corridor, some leaders claim 10 of 14 neighborhood groups are in opposition to the change.

- Name and address changes will impact residents who struggle with transportation and Internet access.

Worst of all . . .

THE MLK NAME CHANGE THREATENS KANSAS CITY EAST SIDE VOTER REGISTRATION INFO!!! INSIDERS FEAR THE 3RD DISTRICT WILL LOSE VOTES BECAUSE OF THE NAME SWITCHEROO!!!

The irony of MLK costing East Side votes isn't lost on urban core leaders who are working to address the problem and provide assurances which downplay the tech challenges that have confronted KC elections and remain unsolved for years on end.

Finally, on a salty note, even for Sunday . . . There are IMPORTANT QUESTIONS ABOUT AN MLK RENAME FUNDING MECHANISM and DISCLOSURE of taxpayer funds paid to both the King family and their local representatives.

And so, we hope this post inspires more MSM coverage of the DIVERSITY OF OPINION WITHIN KANSAS CITY'S URBAN CORE that often contradicts political narratives, local coverage and polarized opinions.

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60 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't really understand why the Revs need a payoff in 2019. They don't have the ability to move elections like they once did. Like most people in KC, their influence is overblown.

Anonymous said...

Nice to see some people thinking for themselves instead of buying the company line from the Democrats. It is a non partisan election after all.

Jonah said...

^^^^ People thinking for themselves. Definitely will never make the newspaper.

Kc loves Alex Jones said...

if only people understood that the real plan was to disenfranchise the third district using the mlk name to destroy property values and then swoop in to take over and buy up property. Think about it.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Rachel Riley for speaking up. Isn’t this whole waste of time sideshow quinton Lucas’s “great accomplishment”? Triple shootings and blight all over the place and we just need to rename the Paseo and trash it’s history. It’s a damn shame what has happened to KC.

Anonymous said...

Nice to see someone from the 3rd district not subscribing to group think and challenging the narrative from city hall.

Anonymous said...

She is right. This city simply cannot continue its downward spiral. The cost of changing the name of the street isn’t worth losing more police or services. When will we wake up and realize that those that are killing people don’t give a shit about all of your feel good services and hand holding? Children and young adults are dying at an incredible rate and Sly James hasn’t given a shit about anything but the west side and reading to kids. What is reading to kids going to do when we are leaving them a dangerous city to live in?

Anonymous said...

Hmm according to Clown Suit Slicks most recent tweet we are


"Best people, best BBQ, super amenities and affordable life in a beautiful, artful setting"

Hyperblogal said...

Even more worrisome is the willingness of the council to ignore the law. The law on name changes was put in place just to avoid this kind of shenanigan.

Anonymous said...

Agree with @9:56 - some property owner along Paseo needs to have the courage to challenge this!
And quickly, so the eight Councilmembers who deliberately violated and ignored the Charter requirements for changing a street name have to bear that stigma going into the next election!

Anonymous said...

@ 9;56 & 10:06 - + 1000 ! Why didn't they vote to put the question on the next election in the districts affected? My other suggestion is that they could rename one block of "The Paseo" for every time Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Kansas City, Missouri, or thought that Kansas City was important enough for his message to be delivered personally. That would equal zero blocks of "The Paseo" being renamed.

Anonymous said...

She's right. Renaming Paseo to MLK Way is to improving the east side as building a streetcar is to improving KC infrastructure.

Both are a waste of money that could be put to better use, plus the rename is going to be a big inconvenience to everyone whose address will change.

Anonymous said...

Good for this lady. The more the black community stands up and asks good, challenging questions, the sooner they'll escape depending on Democratic politics and achieve their real potential.

Anonymous said...

Its funny how many "good to see Black Person think for themselves" comments there are on this blog. Proves you do not know any black people and let one black person speak for all of them. If you did know any you would know that just like most white people, they couldn't care less about the name change.

Anonymous said...

The reason black people will never be republicans is because republicans like to embrace racists too much. Get rid of them, get black voters.

Anonymous said...

It's good to see Ms. Riley take a thoughtful responsible position on this ridiculous proposal, but there are lots of people in the black community who regularly do the same, but are squashed by what passes for "leadership" in that very same community.
And the revs know they can easily roll elected officials like the cowards at KCMO city hall, as well as the Star editorial board and other "opinion leaders" around town.
Just roll out the race card, occupy people's buildings, intimidate and threaten, make empty promises, and concoct back-stabbing rumors to get your way.
Works every time.
Unqualified police chiefs, special taxes passed with no accountability on how the money is spent or by who, millions that disappear into black holes like 18th and Vine, boondoggles like taxpayer-funded grocery stores, and on and on.
Best of luck to Ms. Riley, but her ideas and interest will be met with deathly silence.

Anonymous said...

10:37 you seem to have the kkk creating dummocraps mixed up with the republicans who ended slavery, facts seem to evade the dummocraps all the time, no worry’s, we’ll help you keep them straight

Anonymous said...

Riley for Mayor!!

Anonymous said...

Hats off to Rachel finally someone who has brains.
Also for hating Republicans so much why do they want MLKs name in a completely liberal area? He was a Republican.

Castizaje said...

Afro mericans gotta fix themselves.

Anonymous said...

@10:17,implying that dr. King never visited KC, that is false. I was looking through KC star archives via the kck library databases and read several stories talking about king speaking to gatherings in KC in late 50s early 60s. I think his SCLC even had mini conventions here. Obviously his major theater of operations was Alabama and Deep South but for sure he was active all over the country. Remember he was an anti war guy as well as a labor union guy not just a “content of our character not color of our skin” guy.

Thanks,
Radish

p.s. I don’t care either way about name change to paseo but I do think the costs are something to be concerned about

Anonymous said...

1037 Then how do you explain all the democrat black voters while the Dixiecrats were still running the party?

Anonymous said...

Amen! Riley is absolutely right.

Anonymous said...

Simple solution is: only change the name if the mlk estate is willing to pay all the costs and also provide funds to adopt it to keep it clean.

Anonymous said...

Thank God for Rachel Riley! Ir's racist to assume that a small group of ministers speak for the majority of the people affected by this!

Anonymous said...

Of course, in his WELL FED world, erruhthang be FROSTY, y'all! TooT! TooT!

Anonymous said...

@10:7, you are referring to events that occurred prior to 1888 when the Republican Party was still Populist!

When Mark Hanna and Harry Sinclair took the Party down the road of being a political tool of the Plutocracy all that changed.

Yes, there was a minor uprising of a weak form of Populism under T. Roosevelt, but that had been thoroughly squelched by the 1920s.

The only accomplishment of the current Republican Regime in the White House and Congress was the enactment of a further shift of the Tax Burden from the Wealthy to the Productive Classes, merely a continuation of the Eisenhower/Nixon/Ford/Reagan/Bush/Bush continuum.

And thee never as a period when the Dixiecrats ran the Democratic Party, they were always on the outside of leadership, just like the so-called "moderate Republicans" have always been.

Anonymous said...

It might help if black people actually worked for a living rather than living on welfare cradle to grave.

Super Dave said...

This lady do make some good points for sure.

Anonymous said...

The name divides, like it or not. Not an intelligent move in an area you want to grow.

Anonymous said...

They need to get a repeal petition going.

Anonymous said...

Hey Turnip, er, Radish. I think you may not be correct as I Googled "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr./ Kansas city visits" and I got 8,570,000 responses. By the 80th response there is still not one reference to MKL,Jr. actually stepping foot in Kansas City (Kansas or Missouri). Now this is just one search but by 90 responses it is Chic-fil-a ads and such and I doubt he went there either. I am not saying that MLK, Jr. wasn't a decent and historical man. I am saying that the act of changing a major roadway name in an established community for any historical figure without due diligence is a bad move and I think the KCMO council has to be called out. I think Rachel's stand on the issue is correct and proper and I believe it should be left "The Paseo".
@ 10:17

Super Dave said...

I have lived here all my life and can say I don't ever remember Dr King being here. Dr King had a plateful just dealing with the east coast and southern states.

Anonymous said...

So now the future news on tv will say: “tonight at 5, another drive by shooting on MLK”.


Sounds about right. Good job Quinton good job.

NAH NAH NAH NAAAAH ... HEY! HEY! GOODBYE! said...

To all you Democrims with blind faith and still getting whipped by the jackass party massahs, one word: BLEXIT!

Anonymous said...

A street name that repels 80% of the population from visiting the area. Now that's ass backward advancement. Stay classy KC.

Anonymous said...

James Earl Ray was a hero

Anonymous said...

Leave the current name, "The Paseo".
Add a second honorary name to the boulevard, "Martin Luther King Way".
Some street signs reflecting the added new name can be added at busy intersections along the boulevard.
No reason that both signs cannot be displayed near each other. One above the other or next to each other.

Anonymous said...

12:49: Most do, and harder than you. You need to get out more.

Anonymous said...

3:26 that’s a damn lie, you should be ashamed of yourself

KINGS OF CASH---GRABBING LOADS OF THE KC STASH said...

Great idea. In downtown Dotte there are "Carol Marinovich Way" signs along a few blocks of North 7th Street, near city hall and the county courthouse. The cost for several "honorary" signs was far less than many hundreds of signs along many posts at corners and such for very many miles, accompanied by registering thousands of address changes.

Anonymous said...

how much do you have to pay the King family to have the name on Paseo? Is that like royalties? Does cleaver get money for his blvd? Bit ironic unless clarified, certainly ironic if makes voter registration difficult. Does the King center then advocate within the city?

Anonymous said...

Given the population of the U.S. in 2012 and the annual rate of participation by race reported by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2015, about 35 million white people participated in one of the six major government assistance programs that year. That's about 11 million more than the 24 million Hispanics and Latinos who participated and considerably more than the 20 million Black people who received government aid.

In fact, most white people receiving benefits are enrolled in Medicaid. According to analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 42 percent of non-elderly Medicaid enrollees in 2015 were white. However, U.S. Department of Agriculture data for 2013 show that the largest racial group participating in SNAP are also white, at more than 40 percent.

https://www.thoughtco.com/who-really-receives-welfare-4126592

Anonymous said...

little tired of fck head 5:52
https://www.cbpp.org/research/food-assistance/snap-helps-millions-of-low-wage-workers

Anonymous said...

About $59 billion is spent on traditional social welfare programs. $92 billion is spent on corporate subsidies. So, the government spent nearly 50% more on corporate welfare than it did on food stamps and housing assistance in 2006.

https://thinkbynumbers.org/government-spending/corporate-welfare/corporate-vs-social-welfare/

Anonymous said...

What Genius! There are also way more white people in the country.

What about the proportions? All you're telling us is that there are more white people around.

"How to lie with statistics."

Anonymous said...

Why does that make it ok to reward a permanent underclass for doing nothing?

Anonymous said...

Pew Research: Blacks are twice as likely as whites to be on welfare.
http://pewrsr.ch/158jAuR

Anonymous said...

To 1:45, if you think typing something in google counts as “research” then I cannot help you friend. Use a news bank database. I use it through the kck public library. MLK visited Kansas City on multiple occasions it is a fact. You are entitled to your own set of opinions but not your own set of facts.

-Radish

Anonymous said...

Interesting comments, pro and con. Refreshing not to see copro boi on here today.

Anonymous said...

go ahead and ignore the corporate welfare which you all bitch about giving TIF to developers. You all support right to work i suppose too.

Anonymous said...

Union busters.

Anonymous said...

How about more trade programs in high school and grants for construction materials.

Anonymous said...

folks need real life skills not history classes that teach clinton lost the 2016 election b/c of Russia.

Anonymous said...

you all pigeon hole bullshit and do not put the pieces together.

Anonymous said...

maybe when you in a nursing home, the underpaid worker will make you all literally butt hurt, while the the companies building the nursing home with government subsidies have retired victoria secret models massage their balls with strawberries.

Anonymous said...

That's jerry Hall's job isn't

Anonymous said...

that said, it doesn't mean home depot on linwood might call the police on me after my patience gets tested at the return counter while they 'busy' pretending to staple things and putting pens in the drawer..

Anonymous said...

might, might not

Anonymous said...

Paste a link or shut up you asshole Radish. Star only goes back to 91 and King was dead by then.