Council dude Bunch is playing both sides of the Kansas City Black Lives Matter debate badly.
Voters who actually pay attention to policy know that 4th District In-District Council dude is backing away from a vote on local control despite his affinity for BLM given his speech to an EPIC crowd of protesters at City Hall. Remember that KC BLM protesters placed local control efforts for KCPD at the top of their list of demands.
However, in fairness and with the caveat that TKC believes that nearly all politically-charged public art is mediocre and contrived . . .
Councilman Bunch and his office are front and center in support of upcoming Black Lives Matter street murals.
Sadly . . .
IN A RECENT EXCHANGE, THE OFFICE OF COUNCIL DUDE BUNCH SMACKED DOWN A SUPPORTER OF MURALS HONORING LAW ENFORCEMENT WITH A SNIPPY RETORT!!!
We recently covered the po-po mural effort as organizers and supporters of police seemed frustrated that council dismissed their pleas. Clearly their concerns are not unwarranted unlike most police searches in this cowtown . . . Budump-bump-bump!!! (I keed, I keed)
Anyhoo, it gets worse . . .
In response from Council Dude Bunch's office INTERCEPTED by our TKC blog community . . . We get an EXCLUSIVE glimpse at the juxtaposition betwixt BLM murals and tribute to the po-po.
Here's the reply . . .
"Our deepest apologies for the delayed response. Thank you for reaching out about your proposal.
"As a City-initiated project, KC Art on the Block is moving forward without the necessity of permits being issued. The City does not have a permit process for non-City initiated painting on public streets by private entities/organizations. The funds for this project are all privately raised, the City is not funding the project and public works staff will not be implementing the murals. Prioritization of the KC Art on the Block project was supported by 11/12 Council members and Mayor Lucas who felt this value statement is a priority and were willing to adopt a resolution initiating it. Three City Council Offices were involved in pre-leadership/planning. The project was fully vetted with hundreds of hours of pre-planning by 20+ supporting private civic organizations, plans submitted with all project volunteers/organizing and communications is being administered privately. Within the City of Kansas City, MO legislative process, same-day adoption for a Resolution requires 9 Council votes.
"Regarding your proposed street mural, we thank you for the suggestion, but this proposal is not a priority for our office at this time.
Now, it's not our intention to put
"This proposal is not a priority for our office at this time."
There's a better way to treat constituents and people volunteering their time to try to help police and show support for law enforcement by way of public art.
Unfortunately, this exchange shows us that Council Dude Bunch's office is rather brusque with a great many "back the badge" advocates whilst embracing BLM artsy endeavors but still forgoing any MEANINGFUL policy initiatives on public safety, social justice or any topic that doesn't involve bicycles.
Developing . . .