Friday, July 10, 2020

Kelly's Westport Inn Apologizes For Slave Owners Who Owned The Historic Kansas City Building More Than A Century Ago

Smashed windows over the weekend and a burned mini-wagon elicited this admission of guilt even though the the building wasn't handed down over generations . . . In fact, the Irish hooligans who own it now have benefited from their immigrant granddaddy's hard work.

A snippit of their statement . . .

"For the past 150+ years the various businesses and operators at 500 Westport Road have had no affiliation with slavery. We want to be transparent about our building's history without celebrating the past atrocities that occurred here. We are eager to learn more about the best way to do this. We have started by covering a plaque hung inside Kelly's that was dedicated to Albert Boone . . . Our father and grandfather, Randal Kelly, came to the US from Ireland in 1926 in search of a better life. In 1947, Randal began bartending at the building. He called this Irish Pub “the poor man’s playground” where people of all walks could gather.

Then and always, Kelly’s is committed to honoring the Irish phrase posted above our door: Failte – "Welcome.” And that goes for everyone."


More:

Kelly's speaks out about historical background

Recent protests in front of Kelly's Westport Inn have caused a discussion in the community around the bar's history, specifically that it once kept slaves in the basement in the 1800's. The owners of the bar put out a statement, sharing a desire to to shine the bright lights on systemic racism and on the racial injustices that occurred in or near the building.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the new normal. You get your windows smashed in and you have to apologize.

Anonymous said...

413 nailed it. We are sliding from citizen protest to mob coercion. From free speech to lip service or else. Even some on the left are arguing against the Woke Speech Police.


https://reason.com/2020/07/08/the-reaction-to-the-harpers-letter-on-cancel-culture-proves-why-it-was-necessary/

Anonymous said...

^^Pro tip: Don't post links. Nobody reads them.

Anonymous said...

So sick of this stupidity. Plenty of other minorities (Irish, Asians, Jews and Hispanics to name a few) have faced adversity in the US, but all have proven to rise above it without the need for domestic terror. Today everyone has more choices than ever before. If you hate the US, there are many other places to move. Find one that meets your expectations and be happy there.

Anonymous said...

The owners should not apologize to the BLM crowd (the organization) forever more to be known as "THE MOB". They own a building. So you now expect any one that owns a building formerly, like over 100 years ago, that owned a slave or employed a black maid or butler, to apologize too?
Stand up to these bullies. There are laws against bullies and we need to start enforcing them. And to all the little pretty white girls, you're being played and will end up living with some black guy without a job. Tell me when that happens who is the slave?

Anonymous said...

Restitution means ship their asses back!

Anonymous said...

Why apologize ? Ever hear an apology for everything/anything a minority does and where they do it 100 years prior? You could not go into a block in the KC Metro where a MINORITY didn't kill someone, Many are Racist attacks committed against non blacks. None are excused.

Anonymous said...

This building should know better than to just sit there all smug and silent.
Shameful!

Anonymous said...

Apologize for what?

I always knew in the end business owners in KC are a bunch of pussies and for sure in Westport. None of them have the balls to stand up lock n load and protect their business.

Anonymous said...

Why would you apologize to this mob! That is not going to save you when the next time comes to riot and tear up something!

Anonymous said...

Janie Yanofsky, the owners wife, is hot!

Anonymous said...

I apologize to all of the fat bottomed girls I picked up at Kelly's and fucked but do want to say thank you.

Anonymous said...

Kelly's should apologize to its patrons for all of the stale beer they sold over the decades. That place reeked.

Anonymous said...

^^OK Boomer. Stay in Frogville, but know the Bob Evans there doesn't serve beer.

Anonymous said...

^^ shit yourself when Bif pulled out ? Bottom boys are like whale shit. But lower.

Anonymous said...

Yes, its true, the Kellys owner's wive Jane Yanofsky is Playboy material. Is Playboy even in business anymore? Anyway she is so beautiful. But then why would a rich guy marry a woman who wasn't? Wealth has its rewards!