Tuesday, June 30, 2020
TKC DOUBLE TAKE: HERE'S WHY AN ARMED STL STANDOFF WITH PROTESTERS THREATENS TO SEND KANSAS CITY RESIDENTS BACK TO THE SUBURBS!!!
The aftermath of a confrontation betwixt protesters and homeowners in STL has resonated across the nation but the dust-up has very specific implications for Kansas City.
By now everyone has seen the standoff video and reaction has mostly been mockery, outrage and a somewhat informative debate the about legality of the encounter.
Last night, right-wing talker Tucker Carlson seems to articulate the conservative outrage over the incident in hopes that "ordinary citizens" would stand up to #BlackLivesMatter protests.
The partisan slap-fighting is great entertainment for the uninitiated but here at TKC we are initiated and realize that playing bongos in the street never changed anything and defending an urban castle with a high-powered rifle is no way to live.
Therefore . . .
INNER-CITY LEADERS SEEMINGLY ENDORSING VIOLENT PROTEST RISK WASTING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS SPENT LURING WEALTHY RESIDENTS BACK TO THE URBAN CORE!!!
A few things to consider and support of our research . . .
- The march toward "local control" of Kansas City police is now up for a public vote as Mayor Lucas double-crossed police union supporters. The move was demanded by #BlackLivesMatter protesters and the mandate promises to have "transformative" consequences in terms of law enforcement.
- The Jackson County Prosecutor and KCMO Prosecutor have refused to press charges against protesters and have effectively thumbed their nose at local police.
- Right now there's a full court press to replace the KCPD Chief that's backed by dead-tree media and urban political leaders.
All of these moves prove a simple axiom: Kansas City politicos are picking protesters over police and property owners.
And so . . .
Residents with enough cash to buy fancy homes, condos and luxury apartments are probably smart enough to realize that Kansas City and the entire nation lies in the midst of political upheaval. Urban centers serve as the apex of this disruption which hopes to transform longstanding institutions like the police and redistribute resources i.e. taxes with a renewed focus on creating systemic change via more funding to social workers and community-based resources.
These goals are often accomplished by way of tax increases; of which KC has a record of supporting.
Historically, people who hold wealth targeted by higher taxes tend to make bold and quick moves to protect their savings.
And so, this left vs. right, black vs. white distraction quickly advances into a real life discussion regarding the sordid topic of coin.
There has only been one fight since the beginning of time and it's haves vs. have nots.
Capable leadership might be able to convince wealthy Kansas City residents that this town will balance progress and social justice with more practical concerns about maintaining infrastructure and services for residents and businesses who have invested heavily in this cowtown.
Instead, City Hall quickly fell to its knees and met the demands of #BlackLivesMatter within less than two weeks.
Again, a decision to abandon a trendy urban center isn't racial or political -- It's simply a move to preserve capital. Look at KC's Eastside wherein upwardly mobile working, professional and middle-class African-American families abandoned urban homes and settled in places like Raytown, Grandview and Lee's Summit.
In the midst of the pandemic and civil unrest, the 2020 urban exodus is real and it's already underway.
If Kansas City hopes to preserve so much "momentum" built by hundreds of millions worth of taxpayer-subsidized development then the current discussion among "stakeholders" might also consider the devastating impact of urban flight sparked by riots, plague and a movement that has vowed to make American society more "equitable" by way of redirecting taxpayer resources.
Meanwhile, the smart money is already packing up and looking for suburban refuge.
Check the links:
RFT: St. Louis Prosecutor Investigating Mark and Patricia McCloskeys' Armed Encounter
Media Maters: Right-wing media praise St. Louis couple who pointed guns at peaceful protesters
KSDK: What the 'Castle Doctrine' means in Missouri
NY Post: Safety experts blast gun-toting St. Louis couple
The Pitch: St. Louis couple attracts national mockery for threatening protesters from the yard of their stupid, tacky house
KMOV: Experts examine whether it was legal for St. Louis couple to point guns at protesters
Curbed: How St. Louis’ History of Private Streets Led to a Gun-Brandishing Couple
You decide . . .