Friday, August 21, 2020
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY BLACK LIVES MATTER SCORECARD REVELED!!!
This might be the only objective news outlet in Kansas City if only because I can't finagle my way onto a shadowy billionaire's payroll in order to totally sell out.
Thankfully, this is good news for the local discourse and our reporting on power moves that impact voters, residents and fellow broke-ass plebs.
To wit . . .
TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! OUR KANSAS CITY BLACK LIVES MATTER SCORECARD OFFERS THE ONLY ACCURATE GAUGE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE PROGRESS (OR LACK THEREOF) IN THE METRO!!!
Everybody else is too scared of being cancelled . . . Thankfully, protesters are typically disgusted with this dark corner of the web and would rather ignore us. Several attacks over the years following (self) righteous indignation ultimately proved unsuccessful in garnering likes, shares and/or interest -- Which is the lifeblood of cancel culture . . . A love for curvy women and views that range from libertarian to hippie and then back to our bemusement at open carry gun nuts have distinguished our political value systems as far too confusing to confront or understand. That's the way it should be for any ALTERNATIVE publication that hopes to do something besides sell snake oil. (Note: TKC Snake Oil For Sale Coming Soon!!!) Also, special thanks to Zuck and social media for devising an algorithm that almost completely ignores us so that we can have a more productive conversation and blog.
Enough prelude . . . Here's the rundown.
BLACK LIVES MATTER DEMAND FOR KCPD LOCAL CONTROL BUSTED
Police local control was the first demand from BLM protesters as they marched on city hall following a couple of weeks of riots on the Country Club Plaza. Mayor Quinton Lucas was quick to make progress on this effort but was sold out by his colleagues. The topic of local control won't be on the ballot this year or next year and remains nothing more than a pointless gripe with very little legislative momentum.
KCPD TOP COP STAYS WINNING
KCPD Chief Smith isn't going anywhere this year. The rallies of support were nice but it's really the votes on the Police Commission that keep him safe. Whilst the mayor bounced around betwixt protesters and nice words for police . . . Politicos connected to Jeff City held their ground and trusted protesters to lose interest after a few weeks . . . And that's exactly what happened.
BLM NOW HAS NEW KCI INFLUENCE
Actually, BLM activists don't have anything to do with the new airport. However, savvy and connected Kansas City power players skillfully used the power of protest, media sensitivity and progressive scribes to skillfully flip an airport contract worth 80 MILLION BUCKS. The punchline is that very little of this cash will benefit "the community" but the implications of the urban power move will resonate on a project that risks the financial future of the entire city.
SIGN OF BLM PROGRESS COMING SOON TO KANSAS CITY STREETS
Very soon Black Lives Matter art will adorn city streets in a creative flex that will likely only spark more division and pointless political bickering. From a creative perspective, we're interested to see what the artists devise. And, we've already warned our more reactionary friends that damaging these displays is a hate crime. Whilst police murals have been dismissed by City Hall, we honestly hope that an exchange of creative expression can substitute violent clashes amid an already discordant and tense year.
A few more important points on the topic of BLM wins and loses.
- By way of protest leadership, Justice Horn has emerged as a rising star amid Black Lives Matter protest. Sadly, he cut ties with the local group over a myriad of allegations but remains an influential young leader.
- Rising star attorney Stacy Shaw has been at the forefront of local protests and her rise to prominence was vaulted by the BLM movement. Her legal skill and gift for organizing give her nearly limitless potential in the current political epoch.
- Long dead J.C. Nichols was cancelled and is name was removed from a Plaza fountain.
- Sadly, weeks of rioting followed by coronavirus restrictions shuttered nearly 3 DOZEN businesses on the Plaza and left hundreds of workers without jobs. Costs to fund KCPD during the riots totaled $2.1 MILLION.
- Mayor Quinton Lucas now confronts a recall effort that's gaining momentum led by a cadre of upstart GOP operatives who seem to object to the mayor's allegiance with BLM. Political denizens patiently wait to see if they'll be able to pull off their coronavirus restriction push back project that might or might not resonate beyond social media.
- Black owned restaurants and businesses have enjoyed an enthusiastic renaissance during this time of civil unrest as even staunch conservatives find themselves supporting the worthwhile fare and independent spirit of local urban entrepreneurs.
Finally . . .
The Feds always have the last word and a visit by Attorney General William Barr to Kansas City shared word of more than 1500 arrests amid a federal crackdown named for a young murder victim which sparked law enforcement push back following weeks of nationwide violence and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Developing . . .