Sunday, January 26, 2020
TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! KANSAS CITY BLACK CLERGY FADING AS DOMINANT URBAN CORE POLITICAL FORCE?!?!
This week marked the passing of a titan in Kansas City urban core faith life, politics and cultural history.
Kansas City Pastor And Civil Rights Leader Wallace Hartsfield Dies At 90
His legacy, influence and power to inspire and lead his community should be remembered and honored.
But this post is about the future and here's what we can't help but notice . . .
THE RISE OF KANSAS CITY GENTRIFICATION AND MORE DIVERSITY IN THE URBAN CORE HAS THREATENED THE BALANCE OF POWER FOR THE LOCAL BLACK CLERGY!!!
A PERFECT example to prove our point . . .
The Save The Paseo vote served as a milestone that very well might mark the beginning of the end for this faith-based political power structure.
The voting deets tell the whole story:
"From the Kansas City Election Board unofficial results . . . Of the 11 majority Black wards in Kansas City, "Save The Paseo" won six of them. And if you combine the vote total for all 11 wards . . . "Save The Paseo" won 50.58% . . . The proponents of MLK failed REPEATEDLY both in the petition process and in this campaign."
A few more things to consider . ..
- There are far more votes in the 5th district than the 3rd - Southeast KC is now the real "east side" as African-American communities have also been impacted by income stratification and Black residents with more money to invest in homes have moved to Raytown, Grandview and Lee's Summit.
- The role of the Church is in decline throughout the nation and in the African-American community as well. For quite some time, political leadership in urban communities is no long longer strictly faith-based.
- Latino, Asian, Indian and Arab immigrants (along with a great many artsy white people looking for cheap land) are moving into the 3rd District at a rapid pace and sparking a greater ethnic diversity. These aren't patrons of Black Faith communities and as the immigrant neighborhoods mature, they're unlikely to hold the same political interests or allegiance to the will of the Revs.
Finally, since that controversial Rev who allegedly choked his assistant according to tawdry allegations, the KC Council hasn't hosted a faith leader from the urban core for more than half a decade.
For these reasons and many more . . . KC might be witnessing the end of an era and a political reality to consider as we continue to fight over the fate of a street named for MLK . . .
Developing . . .