Thursday, June 13, 2019
TKC QUESTION: WHY DO KANSAS CITY LATINOS HATE QUINTON LUCAS?!?!
More than any other candidate for Mayor in modern history, Quinton Lucas has worked diligently to win the support of Kansas City's burgeoning Latino community.
- Mr. Lucas has proposed an economic and racial justice platform that includes the offer of a KCMO Municipal ID Card which will provide residents identification regardless of immigration status.
- Mr. Lucas recorded a campaign commercial in Spanish as a groundbreaking outreach effort to local Latinos.
- Mr. Lucas has consistently expressed insight and interest into equitable housing and diverse neighborhoods like the Westside & Northeast in the midst of the current wave of gentrification.
Nevertheless . . .
KANSAS CITY LATINO LEADERS HAVE UNIVERSALLY REJECTED QUINTON LUCAS & PROUDLY ENDORSE JOLIE JUSTUS!!!
Sure, everybody loves a gringa and, after all, she is the familiar 4th District Council lady BUT the list of support she has earned from the leadership of the KCMO Latino community isn't just overwhelming. It's unanimous.
- The KC Hispanic Biz PAC which is the political arm of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City has endorsed Jolie Justus.
- The KC Hispanic News Endorsed Jolie Justus in a nearly poetic editorial missive
- La Raza Political Club endorsed Jolie Justus for mayor LAST YEAR.
Moreover, Jolie Justus has even garnered the blessing of TKC's political mentor abuelita.
And yes, as the mere existence of this blog can attest, election season is filled with random malcontent Latinos complaining that they're not represented by their leadership. However, politically, the groups noted above represent THOUSANDS of people, longtime political donors and community residents going back more than 100 years. These associations are, in fact, the most accurate gauge of KCMO Latino political involvement.
Accordingly . . .
Some might ascribe the situation as Black vs. Brown rivalry but this is election posturing not street level bickering. These organizations are comprised of professional businessmen, lawyers and working people. All of these groups have some affiliation, connection or have ate least heard of Congressman Cleaver's Black/Brown coalition - A group that has worked to effectively create a bridge between neighboring African-American & Latino communities.
Nevertheless, as the final vote approaches what we're seeing is Kansas City's mediocre racially charged geopolitics start into motion and continue to hopelessly divide this town.
You decide . . .