Thursday, September 03, 2020
KANSAS CITY POLITICAL #TBT: ACTIVIST CLAY CHASTAIN CHALLENGES FORMER MAYOR SLY JAMES AND ALLEGATIONS OF AMERICAN SYSTEMIC RACISM!!!
This week we've seen former Kansas City Mayor Sly James reestablish himself on the national stage. He has made a few national news appearances, promoted his book and offered his insight into the current culture war. Many speculate the former Mayor is politicking for a D.C. appointment if the Democratic Party takes back the White House.
Meanwhile . . .
Renowned activist Clay Chastain hasn't been as lucky. He lost his congressional bid and continues an arduous legal fight against city hall to push a fixed rail transit past Mayor Q & Council.
Still . . . Tonight we share a word from this longtime denizen of the discourse in order to examine current cultural trends and a few statements touted by one of this town's most popular leaders.
Clay Chastain: Are Sly James, BLM and liberal democrats right? Is there systemic racism in America?
Sly James, BLM and many liberal democrats are trying to put citizens on a guilt trip by claiming racism is systemic in America. Many non-thinking people have been swept up into believing this false, damaging and defamatory charge.
Interestingly, Sly never alleged this while Mayor of Kansas City for 8-years during which Kansas City's black on black murder rate soared as he pushed white elitists projects. The systemic racism charge appears to be largely based on the brutal behavior of a few bad racist cops (that we must weed out of America's police force). No doubt, America has a few bad racist citizens in everything. But few, is not systemic.
In today's society and business world, where is there undeniable proof racism is systemic in America? In fact, who has really even bothered to define systemic racism? Let us assume it can be defined as a vast number of white Americans (still the country's majority) thinking they are genetically superior to minority races (especially blacks) and thus deprive them on that basis alone. If so, where is that attitude represented on the ground? In today's America, whites openly....worship with blacks, go to school with blacks, swim with blacks, marry blacks, play professional sports with blacks, vote with blacks, work alongside blacks, want blacks to succeed and are openly friends with blacks. Nationally, a majority of whites elected a minority black President. Locally, the majority of white Kansas Citians elected a black mayor three different times over me (1995, 2015, 2019) - a white man. Yes, people tend to naturally congregate with their own race (like in Japan, China, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Amazon, etc.) but that does not mean those people look down on other races as inferior to theirs. It usually just means people are more comfortable with others who look like them and share the same cultural and religious distinctions.
It is true many whites are upset over the on-going black on black violence taking place in American cities mostly by a small minority of economically-deprived black citizens. However, if a small segment of white people were committing most of the violent crime in America, would not blacks, and other minorities, also be upset by this? Being upset by something that endangers one's safety, terrorizes one's community and offends one's morals, is not the same as being upset over someone's race or skin color.
Many democrats, like Bernie Sanders, have called President Trump a racist. Where has the President ever said he believes his race superior to other races? Can any of his policies (even border security) be proven racist? How is the President's efforts to...lower black unemployment, create opportunity zones in inner cities, enact judicial reform and financially assist black colleges racist?
If Sly James, BLM and others want to claim that America and President Trump are racist, then they need to come to the debate with proof - not inflammatory, empty and racially-oriented rhetoric drawn upon an America of the past.
There is no clear way to prove this, but I believe the vast majority of white Americans (today) are not racist and accept all people equally so long as they are... peaceful, respectful of others, work hard, are not lazy and do their part to take care of their families, communities and neighborhoods.
Right now, it may be politically fashionable to put America on a racist guilt trip. However, I for one am not buying it.
Kansas City Community Activist, Clay Chastain
You decide . . .