Wednesday, September 16, 2020

DISGRACE!!! KANSAS CITY COUNCIL COALITION BOYCOTT COMMITTEE WORK OVER ALLEGED & IMAGINED RACISM!!!



Today, a trio of Kansas City council members refuse to do their jobs in order to enact a racially charged vendetta against one of their colleagues.

Council members Eric Bunch, Kevin O'Neill and Melissa Robinson boycotted the Transportation, Infrastructure and Operations Committee and city biz couldn't get accomplished because there wasn't a quorum.



This 12th & Oak work stoppage stems from a dust up betwixt 2nd District-at-Large Council Lady Teresa Loar & 3rd District Council Member Melissa Robinson. .



The offending statement during a heated debate for those who don't remember, an exasperated Council Lady Loar said . . .

"That was a very nice speech someone wrote you, Miss Robinson."

Here's how local mainstream media translated the remark:

"An interaction from earlier this summer where she physically mocked Robinson, who is Black, and questioned her intelligence."

Was the comment rude? Probably. But, as we've noted previously, the argument was over ethics and special interests, not race and Council Lady Loar DID NOT MAKE A SINGLE REFERENCE TO RACE during the exchange.

It gets worse . . . The complaint over "physically mocking" has been hard to nail down and continues to "evolve" in this discussion. The initial dispute featured indignation over neck movement . . .

"Loar appeared to mock Robinson physically, with a neck roll and shimmy that Robinson and others who saw it read as overtly racial."

Now the "roll & shimmy" has been changed to objections over hand placement . . .

"A gesture in which Loar appeared to mock Robinson by putting her hands on her hips — a move considered by many to suggest the “angry Black woman” stereotype.

Of course, everyone is allowed and encouraged to share their feelings. But here are the facts:

DID COUNCIL LADY LOAR EVER USE A RACIST WORD OR MAKE ANY STATEMENT REGARDING RACE?!?! NOPE!!!

Regarding allegations of movement . . .

TKC HAS ANGERED ENOUGH WOMEN FROM VARIOUS BACKGROUNDS TO CONTEND THAT NECK ROLLING AND HANDS ON HIPS ARE UNIVERSAL FEMININE GESTURES!!!

More to the point and the punchline of this distraction conversation . . .

THIS IS A CYNICAL COUNCIL POWER GRAB EXPLOITING FLIMSY, SILLY AND UNPROVEN ALLEGATIONS OF BIGOTRY!!! CRYING WOLF OVER THIS DISPUTE ACTUALLY HURTS REAL STRUGGLES AGAINST RACISM WHICH STILL CONFRONT KANSAS CITY!!!

At a time when the city budget is under horrific stress and more cuts loom as the coronavirus recession continues . . .

"Every item on the agenda — including contracts for road improvements and to replace water mains along the streetcar extension route and an agreement to put a solar farm at the airport — was pushed to next week’s meeting."

Again, we're talking about hurt feelings in this discussion and while there's a time and place consider interpersonal relationships, let's not forget that the council work stoppage also delays desperately needed infrastructure repair. We can only hope this that Councilmembers Bunch, O'Neill and Robinson will do some soul searching and realize that City Hall biz is more important than perceptions of racism with little basis in fact.

Meanwhile, throwing this crisis toward Mayor Lucas ignores the decision he has already made in this dispute when he sent Council Lady Loar to "implicit bias training" and attempted to get the council back on task.

Accordingly, we give the last word to Council Lady Loar who was ready to conduct city biz whilst her colleagues staged today's public protest.

Statement from Teresa Loar - Council Member for KCMO 2nd District-at-Large
Chairwoman of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Operations Committee

As I enter my 35th year of public service, and my fourth term of service on the City Council, I am laser focused on meeting the needs of the citizens of Kansas City, Missouri.

Mature leadership is more critical than ever as people in our community face great economic challenges, food insecurity, and the threat of losing everything they’ve worked for as a result of a worldwide pandemic. It’s more important than at any time in my four terms at City Hall that we make smart decisions, and not become distracted by political gamesmanship.

My focus as Chairwoman of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Operations Committee is to make sure we deliver on the basics; safe roads, bridges, and water services are essential to our quality of life. Additionally, we are in the midst of our largest infrastructure project in the City’s history at KCI. We must find ways to work together to benefit all of our citizens, putting aside short-term goals of individual political careers and making the survival and well-being of Kansas Citians our collective goal.

I have served four mayors on the aviation or transportation committees, and was Chair of those committees under Mayor Emanuel Cleaver II and Mayor Kay Barnes. In August of 2019 I agreed to serve as chair of Transportation, Infrastructure and Operations for Mayor Quinton Lucas. We both served on the aviation committee in the previous council and he wanted someone with experience to oversee the $1.5 billion dollar project at KCI. My work for Mayor Cleaver and Mayor Barnes, combined with my past experience working for America West airline, and my 12 years of council service in the Northland, gave Mayor Lucas confidence in ability to lead the committee.

As chair of the aviation committee for Mayor Barnes, we were in the midst of a $325,000,000 renovation when 9/11 struck. I immediately reached out to airport colleagues throughout the nation and convened an Airport Security Conference here in Kansas City within weeks of the tragedy, because we knew Congress would be implementing new security legislation that could severely impact midsize and smaller airports. Our 3-day conference was covered live by Dan Abrams of CNN and many of our resulting recommendations were adopted in the federal legislation, protecting the financial viability of KCI and similar airports nationwide.

I’ve been through many challenges in my three decades as a public servant. Whether protecting the diverse student population of the North Kansas City Schools as Board President, or helping our mayors achieve their goals as the go-to leader on aviation and infrastructure, I have earned a reputation of being down to earth with an open door policy and a sincere interest in helping our citizens, small businesses, first responders and community-builders to navigate the ins and outs of City Hall to achieve our goals.

My pledge to Mayor Lucas and my colleagues at City Hall is to continue to serve the best interests of all of our citizens, and to use my leadership experience to help guide our city through these tough times.
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Check the link update:

KMBC: 3 Kansas City Council members boycott committee meeting; allege racist behavior by council member

KCUR: Kansas City Councilmembers Boycott Meeting, Call On Mayor To Remove Councilwoman From Leadership Over 'Racist' Behavior

KCTV5: The new call for Loar's removal also points fingers at Lucas for not acting.

Fox4: Three city council members boycott meeting, call on Mayor Lucas to remove chairperson

KCTV5: KC council members boycott meeting over committee chair

Developing . . .

47 comments:

Anonymous said...

Council work is rare to begin with, when they stop it will they give back their salaries for the day?

jank said...

Good job explaining Tony but don't lose the fun.

Your headline needed to have a laugh. Like this:

Three stooges accuse! And refuse work!

Anonymous said...

^^^

+100

Anonymous said...

The more they fight with each other the less damage they do to the city.

Anonymous said...

Loar was not mocking her level of intelligence.
She has no intelligence to mock.

Anonymous said...

Bunch has to go!

chuck said...

Robinson should have just "mocked" her right back!! Sat right down in her chair and pretended to write checks for utility bills, mortgage payments and then, the COUP DE GRACE!!! Pretend to transfer money into savings!

Fuck you whitey!!!!

Anonymous said...

^^^

Thank you Chuck for understanding how DUMB this debate really is.

This is worse than high school student council.

Anonymous said...

The inmates are "running" the asylum.
BLM rules the town.
And the childish behavior has just ascended to new heights.
Dig deep, KCMO taxpayers.
Will the kiddie corps and smiley selfies Lucas be able to handle an actually serious issue like the financial emergency just around the corner?
Good luck!

Retro ROCKER said...

She started this guy may not be qualified for the position. If he was white she would have said the same thing. That is what is wrong with Government many are not qualified .Look at KANSAS CITY THE BANANA REPUBLIC. THEY let protest organizers run amuck .want to loot destroy Businesses. Sure COME ON DOWN .

Anonymous said...

^^^

Retro nails it.

Look at the results of KC government. The city is a mess and now the Bunch Bunch don't even want to work to fix it.

Anonymous said...

You get who you vote for, some in this town would vote for a tree stump if he or she were their color of choice!

Use your vote wisely, stop the insanity in this town!

Zach said...

Dock them the pay that they would have received (or will knowing how KCMO works).

Anonymous said...

I am boycotting contact with blacks or going into any business that has nationally backed them ie Target or any small business that displays a BLM sign. I am sorry if they have been threatened by the mob to display it or not. F--k BLM you are the racist and you are creating more everyday.

Anonymous said...

"I am boycotting contact with blacks"

I'm sure we'll survive without you.

Thanks, bye!

Anonymous said...

Loar was not accusing Robinson of being dumb, she was accusing Robinson of being bought. Which she likely was.

Nevertheless, Lucas will cave and remove Loar from the chair. Fitting in with the central core black power brokers is more important to him than being a mayor for all of KC. There was some hope originally that he would not be just another race baiter. All that hope is gone now.

Anonymous said...

Mayor lickass is a racist little bitch, removing loar is purely racial seeing how he hates whitey so much.

Anonymous said...

Mayor mcdrinkerson is losing everything and everybody with his childish tantrums and racist behavior. #recallmayorlucasnow

Anonymous said...

T. Loar should use the h*ll out of the lot of them. Seriously.

Oops. Someone will construe "them" as raciss.

Definitely not my intent, but that's how we "roll" now, is it not?

Oops again.... "roll"....

And so it goes...

Anonymous said...

Eric Panties in a Bunch has to be the biggest pussyass councilman in the city.

Anonymous said...

There will probably be a shooting.

Charles Whitman said...

They just ràn this story on tv. Loar, Robinson, and Bunch, Loar wasn't being racist, she wàs saying Robinson wasn't speaking for hersélf

Anonymous said...

Jesus, that Melissa Robinson is a fat hog. Damn she is FAT.

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile the new municipal airport is coming right along. Is is true that a major city is looking at our old and outdated airport as a model for their new international airport?

Anonymous said...

Playing the race card undermines the importance of true discrimination that is so important to address. We know Councilman Bunch just isn't very smart and that he only won his council seat by a few votes. He'll continue to support ANY politically correct issue, as he has no orginal thoughts. And then Melissa Robinson claims racism 24/7 and has zero credibility.
Hope the Mayor doesn't cave to their decisive ugly little power play. Junior councilmembers with junior self-serving agenda.

Anonymous said...

Theresa Loar has a proven and respected history of leadership in Kansas City. Bunch and Robinson....not so much. Fake issue. Do some work for the City and stop race baiting!!!

Anonymous said...

^^^

+100

Hyperblogal said...

Whenever the member of the council don't meet, it's actually a public service.

Anonymous said...

Eric Bunch should just stick with hating cars and screwing up the streets with Bike Walk KC. Melissa Robinson should shift her career full time to teaching classes on victimization and play the race card. She is counter productive to meaningful constructive dialogue on discrimination and race. If you cry wolf all the time, nobody believes you.

Anonymous said...

Kenya
Congo
Mulatto
Oddballs

Anonymous said...

These clueless cowards who've shown they'll fold like wet paper bags at any hint of the "R" word just further opened the door started by Lucas kneeling at the feet of the rioters.
This is just a very clear signal to every east side grifter and favor-seeker that insider dealing, intimidation, and racial pandering is very likely to get them what ever they demand from this mayor and council.
And, like with Lucas and the"activists", once the door is opened, the demands never stop.
KCMO government operates on pretty much anything other than facts, merits, honesty, integrity, competence, and public service.
Sad.

Anonymous said...

I dunno 4:32, without cradle to grave welfare you'd be helpless.;)

Anonymous said...

Councilman Bunch is a disgusting man!

Anonymous said...

Black fragility on display. They simply cannot handle any criticism, and Robinson's automatic playing of the tired race card proves it.

Anonymous said...

"Black fragility on display. They simply cannot handle any criticism, and Robinson's automatic playing of the tired race card proves it."

^^^ This. ^^^

Anonymous said...

KKK
Colonialism
Mansplaining
Oh say can you see ...

Anonymous said...

Council needs to get to work.

Anonymous said...

Loar wins!

Anonymous said...

No one holds a grudge like Teresa Loar. And the author of the blog wouldn't bother being objective for fear Loar would hold and grudge and stop feeding information to the author of the blog. Nothing like a "news" outlet making up the news.

Anonymous said...

^^^

Shut up Melissa.

Anonymous said...

And yet they are still there. Getting paid. Weird.

Anonymous said...

Loar MIGHT have implied Robinson wasn't very bright. To assume that low intelligence is a reference to being black would make the assumer (Robinson) racist, not Loar. It's further proof that to black activists, EVERYTHING is racist. No point in even trying. They've really brought as forward.

Anonymous said...

For being only 14% of the population, there sure are an awful lot of them in high ranking/high paying positions. Yet, they also clog our justice system. We need to repatriate them to their homeland(s).

Anonymous said...

when did black skin become such thin skin? people are calling on a duly elected councilman to resign because .... of one comment that was only racist to the person who hears them and fills in the blanks in their own mind in a racist or overly sensitive way.

the committee chair should censure the ones who skipped the meeting not because they were sick or had a funeral or something important, but because of a 'boycott'? but elected officials don't *boycott* official meetings, that is just called 'did not show up'!

Anonymous said...

Hope for them, the Gang of Three remembered to turn off Locate on phones for last 5 months especially when making trips up I-29 between KC and St. Joseph to "cocktail lounge meetings."

Anonymous said...

Poor councilwoman robinson looks exactly like shrek. No wonder she's pissed off.

Anonymous said...

As someone who has relocated to this area, I can honestly say, this is the most dysfunctional group of people in government I have seen. It’s hard to imagine anyone voting for anyone of them.