Wednesday, September 02, 2020
KANSAS CITY SMALL BIZ FEARS BACKLASH OVER BLACK LIVES MATTER MURALS!!!
Street level politics sparks fear amongst a growing number of Kansas City small biz operators who are concerned about reactions to an upcoming controversial art project launched with the endorsement of mayor & council.
To wit and as the mural project prepares to start painting very soon . . .
MORE SMALL LOCAL BIZ OWNERS WORRY THAT BLM SIGNAGE WILL DETER CUSTOMERS FROM KANSAS CITY!!!
Here's the best note sent our way over the past week . . .
"Does the city really know what it's doing with these murals? I understand that the politics benefits them and I don't totally disagree with public art or even BLM for that matter. But nobody asked me about painting what's tantamount to a huge political ad on the street near my place.
Nobody bothered to ask business owners how they felt about it or the potential pitfalls. Why not? Neither the mayor nor the council can predict what's going to happen before the election and these murals could be the focal point of more protest or even worse trouble. That's the last thing we need, we're barely surviving as it is . . . Not to mention people who are going to be turned off by what they think is all of KCMO endorsing BLM. Those folks, and there are a lot of them, might skip a visit, boycott or refuse to spend any money in Kansas City.
Just wanted to let you know that this decision was done without the input of nearby employers and workers whatsoever. It's a shame that our mayor and the council keep putting small business last."
Special thanks to a few local biz people and workers who have sent messages our way about this issue. Moreover, it's surprising to realize how many folks don't know how to contact Mayor & other elected officials or that the 4th District is represented by council members are Katheryn Shields & Eric Bunch - Both of whom enthusiastically endorsed this project.
Developing . . .