Tuesday, June 30, 2020
CELEBRATE!!! KANSAS CITY PARKS BOARD UNANIMOUSLY VOTES TO REMOVE J.C. NICHOLS NAME FROM FOUNTAIN AND PLAZA PARKWAY!!! RACISM SOLVED!!!
Weeks of violent protest and millions of dollars destroyed during Country Club Plaza riots has resulted in a decision that has little to no impact on the daily lives of Kansas City residents.
Here's the declaration of victory . . .
"This accomplishment serves as a catalyst for change, and KC Parks remains determined to live our mission, which includes social equity," the KC Parks Board said in a statement announcing the unanimous vote to remove J.C. Nichols name from a plaza fountain and nearby parkway."
Fear not . . .
THE RENAMING OF J.C. NICHOLS FOUNTAIN AND PARKWAY SOLVES THE LEGACY OF RACISM AND INEQUITY IN KANSAS CITY!!!
Actually, this move doesn't accomplish anything more than changing about half a dozen street signs. So there's no point in getting too worked up about it. In the end, nobody stood up for the dead, racist, rich white dude in public and even his family gave the go ahead a few hours before the inevitable decision was declared.
More interestingly, it doesn't look like there will be an MLK rename on The Plaza and that ongoing slapfight still evokes anger and discord among urban denizens fighting for social justice via street marker.
But for tonight, we can all find solace in one less example of racism on local streets which might or might not make historic deadly violence, the worsening pandemic and American economic collapse easier to endure.
KCTV5: KC parks board unanimously votes to remove J.C. Nichols name from fountain, parkway
Fox4: For now, the fountain is considered unnamed and the street will temporarily be called Mill Creek Parkway until the board determines a new name.
KMBC: Kansas City Parks Board swiftly votes to remove J.C. Nichols name from fountain, parkway
KSHB: J.C. Nichols' name to be removed from fountain, parkway near Plaza
KCUR: A protest movement against social injustice and racism had renewed scrutiny on Nichols' role in helping create Kansas City's racial dividing lines.
Developing . . .