Friday, September 06, 2019
Kansas City Star Denounces Whites Who Disagree With Black Restaurant Week
Culture war meets with the Kansas City culinary scene in this unsavory discussion on the sordid topic of race.
Credit to Fox4 for their FIRST reporting an upstart local foodie effort with an upbeat feature story.
The Kansas City Star blogs the content today only to add their own spin. Here's the crux of their argument:
"Sadly and somewhat predictably, the mere existence of Black Restaurant Week has prompted reflexive complaints about racism. as critics in search of a cause have cried foul, suggesting that somehow the effort to showcase the culture and heritage of these local businesses is an affront to us all.
"Simply referencing race does not equate to racism.
"Kansas City does a fine job of celebrating an array of ethnic cultures."
And in that last line the newspaper shows its fundamental and elitist ignorance.
ETHNIC CULTURES ARE NOT STRICTLY RACE-BASED!!!
A few quick examples:
Afro-Mexicans are one of many reasons why so many Westsiders and Northeast denizens have really curly hair when its humid outside.
The difference between Sicilians and Italians is HUGE even though there's only a 9.9-mile division between the island and the mainland.
And never Pho-get about the French Vietnamese who inspired a culinary tradition that's still alive in many great local restaurants.
To be fair, there's room for debate here given that Prez Obama was the nation's first Black President even though his mom was white . . . And, sadly, silly racial categorizations are where this kind of event moniker lead us wherein even progressives seem to quizzically reference the "one-drop" rule in the affirmative. Brief aside to further blow-up country bumpkin small-town newspaper misconceptions of race and culture . . . Many residents in East Jackson, OHIO were raised to identify as black despite the fact that they pretty much look white. And then stupid purist considerations of race totally go off the rails when outsiders attempt to understand WTF Louisiana Creole people are saying.
Whilst we can agree that urban food is some of the very best in KC, it's undeniable that this is also one of very few mainstream racially tagged local events . . . Rather than attempt to address the complexity of these considerations, irresponsible newspaper pundits retreat into stand-offish partisan hackery and reinforce divisions instead of attempting to bring info and insight to their last remaining subscribers.
You decide . . .