Kansas City protesters who occupy the front lawn have now garnered national news attention.
Here's the latest report just moments ago:
This national "journalism" concerns locals who have seen coverage from this news network spark calamitous altercations with authorities which have captivated millions and served as progressive talking points for the outlet's many high powered pundits.
Accordingly . . .
SPECIAL THANKS TO CRIME EXPERT DR. ERNEST EVANS FOR HIS THOUGHTFUL NOTE ON THE LONG TERM IMPACT OF CIVIL UNREST ON KANSAS CITY!!!
Remember that Dr. Evans is a renowned expert in his field who has earned a great deal of media coverage and is a valued resource for our community.
Here's the word . . .
Dr. Ernest Evans - The 1965 Watts Riots: Lessons for Kansas City in 2020
Like most people in the greater KC-area, I have followed with concern the story of the pregnant black woman being arrested by a KCPD officer. There is an aspect of the story that is of particular concern to me--it is a fact that I have learned in the course of my many years working as a professor of political science and criminal justice studies.
Specifically, one of the worst race riots in US history was the riot in the Watts section of Los Angeles in the summer of 1965--some 35 people died in this riot. What has long been forgotten about this riot is that what sparked it was an (erroneous) rumor that white police officers were beating a pregnant black woman.
So, this current story has the potential to cause a true disaster in our city. Thus, while the case is being investigated to see if there was any wrong done it is essential that all of us in the city do all we can to keep emotions calm--at this tense time in the history of our city we do not need people "dumping gasoline on the fire."
Kansas City, Missouri has a number of issues of serious racial injustice that have to be addressed, but none of these issues are going to be resolved by an ugly, bloody race riot.
One final note: There is no "law" that says cities have to come back from major riots. Detroit never came back from the 1967 riots. In 1950 Detroit had two million people--now it has 700,000 and it lost 2000,000 in the past decade. We do not want that tragedy to be repeated in Kansas City.
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