Saturday, August 08, 2020
TKC EXCLUSIVE MUST READ!!! COUNCIL MEMBER MELISSA ROBINSON PENS REJECTED APOLOGY EXPLANATION LETTER AS MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS LEADERSHIP FAIL WORSENS!!!
Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas is losing control of the council as infighting and agenda-driven politics now threatens to delay New KCI - The biggest construction project in this town's history.
To wit . . .
FIRST ON TKC: READ COUNCIL MEMBER MELISSA ROBINSON'S LETTER WHICH THREATENS TO REIGNITE RACIAL TENSIONS AT CITY HALL!!!
The pedantic polemic tasks her colleagues with battling racism when council should be far more concerned about the rapidly dwindling supply of cash available to run this town.
Moreover . . .
- City Hall furloughs are underway.
- Historic deadly violence threatens neighborhoods.
- New KCI contract disputes could stall the billion dollar project.
- Every time it rains in KC there's a flood because of backed up sewers.
- President Trump White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx has named Kansas City as a coronavirus hotspot.
Meanwhile, if we are to take this concern at face value then we must also acknowledge that activist groups, clergy and the mayor have dedicated a great deal of time and energy to the emotional well-being of a rookie council member who continues to prioritize her feelings ahead of the interests of 3rd District constituents and all of Kansas City
To be fair, here's her side of the story and a 600 word missive issued to council early this morning . . .
LETTER FROM COUNCIL MEMBER MELISSA ROBINSON REJECTING APOLOGY
Good Morning Colleagues:
It is important for me to share with each of you why I am unable to accept our colleague’s reflective statement about her actions towards me during our debate to outsource animal control.
I am a Christian. I grew up in a small Baptist church at 29th and Indiana. As a teenager and young adult, I found my purpose and worship through ushering. I loved to greet people with a smile. For decades, I took great pride in making certain that everyone was comfortable and able to share their gifts through worship each and every Sunday. The Christian faith teaches us be merciful; to share grace; to forgive and to love. I believe in these principles and do my best to live them out. My default is to immediately forgive, even when harmed, to show mercy and to make our colleague feel comfortable.
Unfortunately, that is not leadership. Leadership is about what I can do, what we can do to move toward progress. First, an apology has to recognize the harm caused and secondly the consequence has to be equal to the severity of the action. In this case, not one action but repeated unacceptable behavior. This opportunity for growth is not about improving our decorum. We have missed the mark If we feel like this is our time to only learn how to respect each other.
In this moment, in this history of the Council Class of 2023, this is our time to set the standard on how racism is tolerated among colleagues, within Council leadership and in the Council Chamber.
Let me use myself as an example, there have been several times in which I have had implicit bias relative to age. I have thought to myself and remember referencing, “Wow, these young men in the finance department are impressive to be so young.” I have also had negative thoughts about Council members who are senior to me and have (in my mind) attributed some of the things that they have said or done to their age. I have to constantly check myself when I begin down that path. As many of us know, society sets these standards such as, older people are demented, young people are naïve, African Americans have lower IQ’s, black women are angry, women are weak, etc. and, individuals within these groups that don’t fit societal constructs are deemed “exceptional”. When these biases go unchecked we have a manifestation of what happened on the Council because we begin to believe them and make decisions based on those beliefs. The apology and reflection has to recognize that the behavior and action was racist. Just as I have to acknowledge that my comments and thoughts are ageist.
The reason why racism as well as other “isms” have to be checked is because people lose their lives when we allow it to perpetuate and fester. Inaction is a deadly tool. While I personally would love to “move on” and get to the business of the City; I cannot. I will not move past this. Dismantling racism is the business of the City of Kansas City. The very outrageous acts happening to black people around the country are connected to our inability to adequately root out racism and ensure adequate repair when we behave intolerably.
I will refrain from making judgements about one’s heart. What I know for certain is the actions are racist.
It’s only when we make the recognition that growth is possible.
We all have work to do. Dismantling racism is larger than two dueling colleagues.
Dismantling racism will not be easy, but definitely worth it.
City Council Member
City of Kansas City
You decide . . .