This blog has a surprising cross-section of readers from throughout the metro/Midwest/nation/world and right now we want to highlight a perspective that has been unspoken in the discussion of KCMO City Manager job search.
It was widely believed that Mayor Q would make history by selecting the first African-American female City Manager in Kansas City history. Behind the scenes, this debate was so intense that a white dude applicant who didn't make the final round threatened a lawsuit that, apparently, had more influence than most locals realize.
Now, amid a great many inappropriate social media jokes about "his type" . . . Mayor Q picks a white dude who is well qualified but leaves some of this strongest supporters feeling betrayed.
Here's some worthwhile reference material about the influence of African-American lady voters and the very real power they hold in this community . . .
Detroit News: How Black women shape Democratic politics
And so, we turn to one of the very smartest people we know who sent this message for which we are grateful given that is speaks to a subject that local social justice warriors would rather politely ignore . . . .
"So, three experienced African American City Manager candidates (2 males and a female ) were skipped over for young privileged white male for the KCMO City Manager's position. Shamefully, once again African American Women professionals are denied an equal opportunity in the KCMO City Government. How many African American Women have ever served as Department Heads in KCMO???
A KCMO Taxpayer and Voter.
Now, this isn't just idle chatter or an empty threat.
Remember that last election former Council Lady Alissia Canady posed a serious threat to Mayor Lucas and actually earned a bigger percentage of votes than he did in the 5th District — The REAL East Side. She lost in a plurality but there are quite a few people who believe Alissia Canady could beat Mayor Lucas in a one on one contest.
Even more interestingly, Former Council Lady Canady still has some affinity from local Conservatives after she helped the "Save The Paseo" effort win a petition victory. Meanwhile, without former Council Lady Jolie Justus playing the foil, local right-wingers have quickly lost their patience with the Mayor Lucas.
Now, of course, Mayor Q will hide behind his mom's life story if ever pressed on this topic of his love for Black women . . . We understand the strategy . . . It has worked for him so far.
However, politically speaking . . . With this move that picks a white guy instead of keeping promises to make his city manager selection "transformative" the Mayor risks some of his most diehard supporters and hopes they they'll forget about the very significant slight a few years from now.
Developing . . .