Saturday, August 01, 2020
TKC MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS DEMAND MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS REMOVE COUNCIL LADY TERESA LOAR AS COMMITTEE CHAIR OVER ALLEGATIONS OF RACIST CONDUCT!!!
On Friday, our friends at The Call published one of the most important local missives we've seen in 2020 and the consequences of the note threaten to impact the biggest construction project in Kansas City's history - New KCI.
A groundbreaking, front page editorial demands immediate sanction against Northland Council lady Teresa Loar for her confrontation with Council member Melissa Robinson.
We talked about this debate earlier in the week and believed it was merely a commonplace dispute among colleagues at City Hall.
Now, the conversation has clearly escalated and supporters of Council member Robinson have rallied to her defense.
Here the the premise of the argument . . .
"Our Black female leaders should not be accosted for foregoing white societal norms, which encourage them to be servile, passive, non-threatening and unseen to occupy seats of power. This type of racism is far too familiar to those in the Black community, and it is no better time than now for it to end. Mayor Lucas should strip Councilwoman Loar of her committee leadership assignment, and publicly denounce her actions, to strongly demonstrate to Kansas Citians that racist behavior will not be tolerated among city leadership."
Council Lady Loar is chair of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Operations Committee.
Behind the scenes, she's also in the midst of a heated debate with East side leaders and Council member Robinson regarding an airport paving contract worth about 80 million bucks. That debate is part of the context of this story . . .
However, this passage explains the perspective of KCMO civil rights leader . . .
"Councilwoman Loar’s racist attack on Councilwoman Robinson is but a continuation of a long and bloody history of hate by white women against the Black community. This behavior of provocation, lying, then playing the victim is not new. When Loar questioned Robinson’s intelligence, caricatured her in front of her colleagues, then told the Kansas City Star that “All I asked her was who wrote that,” and “She gets very emotional about things, and she did kind of take my head off. I couldn’t figure out what it was all about,” Loar was lying, and engaging in the same type of white fragility that is responsible for thousands of Black men, women and children being lynched by the Ku Klux Klan in the Jim Crow era. Just as a white woman lied about 14-year old Emmet Till whistling at her, which resulted in a shotgun blast to his face and his body thrown in the Tallahatchie river; just as Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Black Wall Street was burnt to the ground because a white woman accused a Black man of rape; just as the thousands of lies uttered by whites have ended in the demise of Black careers, businesses, organizations, political movements, and yes, lives, Loar’s lies intended to cause more harm to Robinson – while downplaying the damage and shielding herself from criticism."
That's a heavy passage which accuses council lady Loar of a lot of things . . . Stopping just short of the JFK assassination.
However, this isn't just any angry letter, the note was signed by civil rights champions who have been at the forefront of recent Black Lives Matter protests in addition to more than a generation of advocacy.
Urban League of Greater Kansas City
Southern Christian Leadership Conference GKC (SCLC)
NAACP KC Chapter
Now . . .
READ THE LETTER IN ITS ENTIRETY!!!
The argument penned by urban leaders is open to debate but this scathing rebuke against Council Lady Loar signals that the discussion is no longer merely a professional disagreement but a citywide dispute that has implications for all of Kansas City and puts Mayor Lucas at yet another crossroads in his career.
Developing . . .