Tuesday, June 09, 2020
TKC MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY HUSCH BLACKWELL HONCHO BLAMES LEGACY OF SLAVERY FOR CIVIL UNREST!!!
We post this tiresome missive NOT ONLY because it offers a glimpse into the brilliant legal mind of one of our many betters BUT ALSO given that the screed reminds us that publications completely subsidized by sponsors are always doomed to produce horrible, well-meaning but pedantic content.
Today's example . . .
Jeff Simon, partner at Husch Blackwell: Business, civic leader: Chains of slavery were built for profit (then and now) — together we must dismantle them
Money line in an extensive polemic . . .
"In Kansas City, maybe visit the marker down the street from the River Club where Levi Herrington was lynched by a white mob on April 3, 1882, after being falsely accused of killing a Kansas City police officer.
"Here is the point: the deepest roots of slavery are economic. Slavery is directly and inextricably bound up with business and commerce, profit and loss, opportunity and expansion. The legacies of slavery are also rooted in economics. Excluding blacks from economic opportunity means more opportunity for whites, or so the thinking goes. For example, the Ku Klux Klan enjoyed a resurgence after World War I, even to the point of holding its own big parade down Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C., in 1925. One of the reasons for its new popularity was that poor whites returning from the military faced a tough job market and did not want competition from blacks.
"If the business community created and perpetuated slavery in this country in the interest of commerce and profit, we must then ask ourselves what moral obligation that imposes on us now."
Read the whole thing, we dare you . . . There's a completely unworkable solution offered that will bring about American racial harmony along with a subtle glimpse at the many indignities that public relations professionals must endure every day.
You decide . . .