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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