Monday, June 29, 2020
Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas Highlights Racist Death Threat Messages & Trolling
Kansas City's Mayor offered his personal phone number to the public and now seems to regret inappropriate feedback against his recent policy decisions.
While the comments sent his way are disgusting . . . They're also typical of the reactions that EVERY politico endures from their opposition.
Don't get it twisted, this kind of chatter directed against anybody is UNACCEPTABLE, DANGEROUS, AND CONTEMPTIBLE. Sadly, it's also typical and not anything new for elected officials or any public figure.
What's more interesting and telling is that THE MAYOR HIGHLIGHTS HIS PROBLEMS at a time when all of Kansas City is enduring pandemic threats, economic hardship and a rising spate of violence. Moreover, the mayor highlights these outrageous examples to keep from addressing more legitimate (and numerous) small business concerns regarding his policy decisions.
Those with fundamental training in politics recognize this as a classic "straw man" tactic . . . A straw man is a form of argument and an informal fallacy of having the impression of refuting an argument, meanwhile the proper idea of argument under discussion was not addressed or properly refuted. One who engages in this fallacy is said to be "attacking a straw man".
Check the tweet and some of the followup discussion sent his way . . .
And here's a less important example of misleading photo shop the Mayor also highlighted today . . .
And while the image doctoring is so bad that it's comical, and only the worst kind of social media noob would believe it. Reworking photos is a political tradition and also happens to EVERYONE in the public eye.
KCTV5: Mayor Lucas asks KC to be better after altered photo, text threats
KMBC: KCMO mayor says he’s received death threats, racist texts after introducing mandatory mask order
Fox4: Mayor Lucas said it was a local number and that he has reported it to the police department.
You decide . . .