Sunday, August 11, 2019
TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! KANSAS CITY RACIAL DIVISIONS EMERGE AMID MOURNING FOR ERIN LANGHOFER!!!
Last week Erin Langhofer was shot dead during Kansas City First Friday festivities as a gunman fired into a crowd during a massive Crossroads brawl.
The aftermath of the tragic killing has inspired an outpouring of sympathy and a call to action from activists, police and elected officials. However, mostly unmentioned in local media is allegations of unfairness from leaders within the KCMO African-American community over the disparity in coverage and municipal action when it comes of the murder count within the Black community.
Rather than get hung up about personalities and people, let's talk about ideas. Close news watchers know where I'm pulling these quotes from . . .
Recently, a prominent African-American journalist challenged his colleagues in the media:
"It seems like the sentiment is: 'It's a white woman from Johnson County that was killed so, hey, let's respond!' But, there were no other press conferences for the Black people who have been killed this year. The Chief is getting a free pass . . . He comes out and gives a speech saying: "It's a geographical issue. My translation: People in the Black community accept this so that's their problem but now that's it's West of Troost there's a totally different conversation. Even at the Prosecutor's office . . . I've never seen the Prosecutor send out charging documents with the victim's picture on it. And that has racial undertones.
"So I believe in the Black community it's like: Okay, all these Black people got killed and you didn't say anything. A white woman from Johnson County was killed and NOW we have to come up with solutions. The optics are bad."
A KCMO activist with an even greater social media following earned a great deal of agreement and reaction with this social media statement:
"A Black woman killed @ a city park and no one gives a f*ck. A White woman killed @ a city event and everyone gives a f*ck. Shouldn’t City parks be as safe as a city event??? I didn’t watch the news today because I’m tired of seeing Quinton Lucas stick his head up the a$$ of a slain white chick for political points."
And so . . .
UNDER THE RADAR WE NOTICE RESENTMENT FROM KANSAS CITY'S AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY OVER THE ATTENTION GIVEN TO THE KILLING OF ERIN LANGHOFER VS. THE RISING COUNT OF INNER-CITY HOMICIDES!!!
In terms of airtime and the number of published words, there is no disputing the claims regarding disparity even if there might be justification of headline priorities. Nevertheless, what's also indisputable is the rising division and animosity throughout the Kansas City metro as the rate of violence and killing continues to rise.
Developing . . .