Thursday, June 06, 2019
SHAME!!! KANSAS CITY 'OJ MUGSHOT' THROWBACK!?! JOLIE JUSTUS SUFFERS REBUKE AND REGRET FOR ALTERED CAMPAIGN IMAGES OF QUINTON LUCAS!!!
One of the very few politicos whom TKC respects shared a thoughtful perspective & juxtaposition regarding the recent ruckus over campaign material and the current mayoral contest.
Apropos for THROW BACK THURSDAY, many local leaders believe this latest KCMO Mayoral campaign slap-fight is reminiscent of the controversial O.J. Simpson mugshot featured by Time magazine.
But first a bit of background on the current situation:
In last night's debate Quinton Lucas, again, complained about the campaign tactics of his opposition and their use of his image. Whilst the crybaby routine employed by Quinton Lucas typically turns off voters, the posturing works effectively in garnering media headlines. Fact: Using unflattering images of a political opponent is standard practice in nearly EVERY American campaign dating back the Founders. Arguing this practice is inherently racist is a bit of a stretch.
The condemnation of the grainy images was the only notable moment from the debate.
It turns out that NOBODY CARES ABOUT "HOUSING" AND KCMO SLOWLY SLOUCHING TOWARD SOCIALISM despite the MSM falling for local activist politicking previously.
Back to the image . . .
In an interesting development, the council lady competing for mayor took the bait and offered an apology.
KMBC's Micheal Mahoney tweeted last night:
KC mayoral candidate Jolie Justus is denouncing 3rd party flyer showing darkened image of opponent Quinton Lucas’s face. Says it came from Carpenters union which is supporting her. She calls image “racist”
And so we ask . . .
IS THE CRITICISM OF QUINTON LUCAS RACIST OR IS HE BEING A CRYBABY?!?
Maybe that question is too harsh but the 2019 election cycle has been almost unbearably boring and genteel -- This level of politeness will never last and hasn't provided our future mayor with a glimpse of how rough KC politics can get as a recession looms and the local building boom is just about over.
Nevertheless, and just for #TBT, there is, in fact, a correlation betwixt the complaints of Quinton Lucas and a milestone in American pop culture . . .
Let's not forget this 1994 passage from The New York Times: . . .
In response to the barrage of criticism about Time magazine's cover portrait of O. J. Simpson in the current issue, James R. Gaines, managing editor, posted an electronic message on a computer bulletin board on Wednesday stating that "no racial implication was intended, by Time or by the artist."
The cover portrait of a blurry, darkened and unshaven Mr. Simpson is actually a doctored version of a photograph made by the Los Angeles Police Department. Mr. Gaines's message said that the police photo had been given to an artist who was asked to interpret it. The credit line, printed at the bottom of page 3 of the magazine, said, "Photo-Illustration for Time by Matt Mahurin."
The cover has been criticized and discussed in newspapers and on television as well as in dozens of electronic messages on America Online. America Online, a national bulletin board with 800,000 subscribers, carries an electronic version of Time magazine. Accusation of Racism
Some critics said that by darkening the photo of Mr. Simpson's face Time gave him a more sinister appearance and was thus guilty of racism. Other critics said the magazine had displayed poor editorial judgment.
Forgive our comparison but just as this media ruckus seemed to foreshadow a not guilty verdict for O.J., the current campaign photo debate might offer a preview of a victory for Quinton Lucas as Jolie Justus seems far too timid and unskilled to effectively counteract racially charged rhetoric that has now been ingrained within the American lexicon.
You decide . . .