Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Kansas City J.C. Nichols Rename Conversation Advances Without Much Defense Of Long-Dead Racist White Dude



Here's a glimpse at the discourse and more insight into the talking points in this ongoing discussion.

More importantly . . . As the talks proceed it seems like there there might not be an MLK rename but the old school real estate dude is DEFINITELY being replaced.

Checkit:


KC Parks Engage: Reexamining J.C. Nichols

Where are you on the complicated legacy of Kansas City developer J.C. Nichols? Should his name be removed from the parkway running to and alongside the Country Club Plaza? And from the memorial fountain adjacent to the Nichols-designed outdoor shopping district?

On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, the city and area residents weighed in.

Kansas City’s board of parks and recreation commissioners – in partnership with the Library – held an online community engagement session to solicit public input on a proposal to rename both the parkway and the fountain. An initial, in-person forum had been held Thursday, June 18.

Participants and other viewers joined this second public hearing via Zoom. Individual comments were limited to 90 seconds.

Nichols’ practices have drawn renewed scrutiny as the country tries to come to terms with longtime racial inequity and injustice in the wake of the killing of George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis policemen on May 25. Yes, Nichols was a renowned visionary who developed the Plaza and some of Kansas City’s most beautiful neighborhoods. But he was also responsible for racial redlining and residential covenants that kept Blacks, Jews, and other marginalized people from purchasing homes and living in the more desirable areas of the city – the kind of historical discrimination that is drawing fresh attention and intensified condemnation nationwide.

While participants in the public hearing by the parks and recreation commissioners could offer renaming suggestions, the session focused on the question of whether to remove Nichols’ name from the parkway and the fountain at the entrance to the Plaza.

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18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good riddance. It's an ugly fountain.

Better to tear it down and start over.

Devin said...

^^^ Not going to happen.

It was just renovated 2 years ago at a cost of millions. To tear it down would be a horrible financial loss considering we haven't finished paying for it yet.

Anonymous said...

BLM fountain?

Byron Funkhouser said...

The problem with living up to the ideals of the founding fathers is that they never intended that they be applied to anyone except white male property owners.

"...of the people, by the people, for the people..."?

Remember that the Supreme Court of the United States once ruled that a slave "had no rights that a white man was obligated to respect."

The Constitution itself would not have been possible were it not for "The Great Compromise". And what was the "Great Compromise"? That a slave was 2/5ths of a man.

Question: What do white teachers say to children of color about this? And what do children of color think about the Cult of the Founding Fathers? Or, does their opinion not matter.

BLACK LIVES MATTER

We are better people than the Founding Slave Owners were.

We need no monuments to them.

Anonymous said...

Asshole Byron. J.C. Nichols never owned a slave.
You are a disgrace!

Anonymous said...

My vote: Leave it!

Anonymous said...

They’re making decisions that the actual owners of the plaza don’t want, when did they get that kind of power that will destroy there only decent thing left in kc?

Just shut up bLIEron, none of those rules apply today, are you so stupid or something? Why are you stuck on old laws that haven’t been in place for over a hundred years? Move on or just die already, people like you are what’s destroying this country with a thought process that doesn’t exist anymore. Piss off retard.

Anonymous said...

The city didn’t “weigh in” in anything, this was for a selected few people in the hood, less than one percent of the citizens even knew about these so called meetings. And when did the parks board get the power to rename a shopping district that they don’t own? Fucking Demorats are out of control.

If you erase the racist past and current racist attitudes of the dimwit party then does that mean slavery never happened?

I could live with that, I’m tired of being blamed for the failures and abuses of the despicable dimwit party.

Anonymous said...

Byron is the greatest dumbass on TonysKC. That's the only thing that has been proven by this blog.

Anonymous said...

Name it the Karen Black Fountain.

Anonymous said...

FARMERS FOR TRUMP 2020 70 percent of farmers voted trump

Anonymous said...

BYRON DOESNT CARE ABOUT THE 80 BLACKS KILLED BY AND FOR BLACKS THAT MAKES HIM A POLITICALLY DRIVEN LIAR JUST LIKE THE LIBERALS THAT OWN HIM

Anonymous said...

THE DEMOCRATS OWN YOUR BLACK ASSES THEY ARE THE KKK

Anonymous said...

OPEN A BOOK STUPID PUBLIC EDUCATED IDIOTS

Anonymous said...

KILLA CITY IS RUN BY STUPID BLACKS THAT IF YOU LOOK AROUND THEY CANT RUN A CRACKHOUSE JUST LOOK AT AFRICA PEOPLE ARE STARVING KILLING DYING. THE BLACKS HAVE A TERRIBLE TRACK RECORD JUST LOOK AT THAT SHITHOLE POOREST CONTINENT AFRICA THATS ALL FUCKED UP HELL LOOK AT DETROIT CHICAGO WASH DC BALTIMORE LETS FACE IT RACISM IS ALL THE BLACKS HAVE TO LIVE ON HINT SHARPTON JACKSON HAVE MADE A LIVING OUT OF RACE BAITIN

Anonymous said...

There happens to be thousands and thousands of old, white geezers out here who simply don't want to be around blacks. No, there is not one single thing you can do to change it.

Anonymous said...


I hope the owners of the Plaza dump the place turn off the Christmas lights on their way out and let it become a Landing for you dumb fucks that's at 63rd and Troost with phone stores, nail salons and a Dollar General Store, The Landing turned out an obvious Shit Hole. Next stop Prairie Village Mall....

Anonymous said...

Rename? Be consistent. Tear it down like the statues or shut up. Just say no to RENAME