Saturday, November 09, 2019
TKC SATURDAY NIGHT PLAYLIST!!! LATINO ARTIST PETITION CHAMPIONS KANSAS CITY MLK BLVD ON J.C. NICHOLS PARKWAY!!!
Here's a consideration that garnered the Saturday local news media spotlight as more factions weigh in on this contentious local issue . . .
For the moment we want to give this effort the serious consideration it deserves and won't question the fact that many of these petition organizers don't actually vote or reside in Kansas City proper.
Here's the artsy proposal that takes the vibrant spirit of back alley murals and paints the politics of this town with just a bit of creative expression:
MLK: Petition underway to rename J.C. Nichols Parkway to honor MLK
The reasoning behind this move not only challenges big money local residents and invokes a social justice reinterpretation of Kansas City history but also ignores the request from many African-American community leaders that the MLK tribute should also involve neighborhoods wherein the majority of the population is African-American.
We wouldn't dare suggest this "news story" is merely yet another publicity grab but instead we admire the cleverness of the proposal that might or might not be very effective satire at the expense of local news and political leadership. Reality: It's Saturday night and key demographics are out enjoying their lives NOT watching the legacy broadcast reporting . . . So this is really just a bit of fun filler on a local topic that has already been decided by people with real power.
Sadly, just as spray paint murals attempt to challenge the political status quo in Kansas City, they also mostly serve to beautify blighted neighborhoods and provide non-profit handouts to struggling artistes -- It both respects rarely providing substantive change. Nevertheless, we acknowledge the idea as INVENTIVE even as afterthought and one more political opinion shared in this ongoing conversation of at least two years amid the rising homicide, worsening homeless problem and a property tax crisis that threatens to put working people outdoors as the weather turns colder.
And all of this inspires tonight's playlist on the topic of politically charged street life . . .
As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday night.