Wednesday, August 28, 2019
KANSAS CITY 2019 HOMICIDE #100: INCREASINGLY VICIOUS AMERICAN CULTURE FUELS RISING MURDER RATE!!!
Sometime in the very near future Kansas City will record the 100th homicide so far this year. The rate of local killing has escalated sharply in the past few weeks -- In fact, the carnage exceeds the traditional end of Summer crime spike. This town is now on a record pace for murders despite a change in leadership, increased efforts to garner community cooperation and ongoing outcry from elected officials, authorities and neighborhoods. Neither $25,000 for tips nor military exercises and war zone helicopters buzzing overhead have proven effective in keeping the peace.
Placing blame on a myriad of contributing factors has been the only real reaction residents have witnessed during this Summer slaughter. Local anti-gun advocates echo the national progressive imperative to disarm the populace and betray the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution with makeshift solutions that also haven't been effective in some of the most violent places in the nation. Everything from video games, mental illness & white supremacy has also earned rebuke in the search for a culprit. Meanwhile, right-wing news-watchers blinded by statistics will earnestly point to data revealing the prevalence of violence among young Black males but then condemn the entire minority populace for those crimes up to and including immigrants from nations far less violent than this one.
As we slouch to complete another year of horrific, local homicides statistics, let's consider the root cause that binds violence and disrespect for life across cultures, demographics and communities.
Kansas City along with the rest of the nation is becoming increasingly vicious in every aspect of our existence.
There are too many examples to pull from the news cycle but by no means is this a partisan rebuke given that both the abortion AND immigration debate pushed by Progressives & Conservatives alike demonstrate very real callousness and near disdain for human life and the future of the world's youth.
Of course our political discourse has always been bitter and corrosive but now social media has moved us past the so-called "politics of personal destruction" and into a virtual mob mentality hell-bent on annihilation of any opposition. Inasmuch as President Trump has used this strategy to his advantage, his opposition has also garnered support by mirroring exactly the same tactics.
But the viscous nature of American life extends beyond politics. Dominant corporations ruling over our culture are no longer American institutions but nothing more than international conglomerates with no loyalty or motive other than maximizing profit at the cost of human lives. Pharmaceutical companies have been caught playing the same drug pushing game as narco-terrorists. Banks and financial institutions are now "too big to fail" taxpayer-backed operations tantamount to casinos and even American currency has been politicized and co-opted into the current culture war.
Sorry but it only gets more bleak for those looking to a local blog for answers.
This space isn't safe and the main function is merely to keep track of local violence and hope to spark critical and alternative perspectives that don't accept the status quo debate which only seeks to capitalize off the murder spike in an effort to advance a political agenda.
And so, the murder count in our town continues and what we notice more than anything else is that whose who decry the brutality by attempting to place blame on their opposition often operate by way of the very same vicious methods which are the source of so much evil threatening this nation and Kansas City.