Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Kansas City Petty Vandalism Earns New York Times Coverage Despite Stunning Lack Of Public Interest In Local History

Every news station covered this drama and filed a breathy report lamenting the display . . . Still, nobody seemed to care about the recent memorial that was only dedicated a couple of years ago . . . Even nationwide coverage failed to garner much interest in long forgotten history in a world that's mostly waiting for fresh garbage content via their social media feed . . . Take a look:

Kansas City Police Investigate Vandalism of Memorial to Lynching Victim

The memorial to Levi Harrington, a black man killed in Kansas City, Mo., in the 1880s, had been vandalized before. The authorities are investigating the vandalism of a sign that memorialized a Missouri man, Levi Harrington, who was lynched in the 1880s, the police in Kansas City, Mo., said on Monday.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

All monuments matter amiright! Hahahahaha!

Anonymous said...

It's a;; China's fault. No covid 19, no destruction.

Anonymous said...

And yet, no one is investigating the destruction of the Christopher Columbus and Thomas Jefferson statues or defacing of the Lincoln Memorial.

Weird.

Anonymous said...

Shouldn't have tossed it down the hill, should have hung the sign from a tree by a rope, then it would not be vandalism, it would be a legitimate protest.

Anonymous said...

There's a presumption that there is a connection between the destruction of the sign and current national politics. What the story doesn't mention is the local homeless population use this as a place to loiter, use drugs, drink, destroy property, litter, and generally make the area inhabitable to anyone but their peers. My guess is some enterprising drug addict living in the woods below decided to destroy the sign because they had nothing better to do. Of course, that's not an interesting story the NY Times would want to cover though.

Anonymous said...

9:34 you are precisely right sir. alll those nearby woods and the steep banks of trees, lots of homeless living nearby, many bridge and woods dwellers, the police don't go anywhere near it. I had not realized til reading the Star story that the actual lynching commemorated by that plaque did not occur there but at an obviously-now-long-gone street rail bridge on 5th street ... not exactly clear in my mind where that memorialized event took place. so the piece in the story quoting the NAACP fellow as this being "sacred ground" seems a bit of hyperbole, although clearly this is stupid vandalism and hooliganism which in general is a problem in parks and public spaces in KC, thats for damn sure

Unknown said...

What's the scrap value of that marker?

Anonymous said...

Oh, wait. So, this has nothing to do with the fact that KC is a corrupt, racist city at its core? Nothing at all to do with the fact we're a town and not an actual city because of its residents readily accepting what they've been fed since KC was built by rich men with no regard for the law? It has nothing at all to do with our city hiding behind its rich, philanthropic history to make ourselves feel better? Okay. Got it. You're being fed stories that don't add up if you have the ability to think critically. We are still a mob town, plain and simple.