Behind the scenes and it retrospect, it turns out that attempting to burn down the Country Club Plaza was a bad idea to garner support against police brutality in Kansas City.
And so, public radio continues pouting over a Democratic Party "blue wave" that never happened, very little progress in city hall meeting BLM demands, the KCPD Chief still in power, and a clear lack of progressive enthusiasm for the incoming Biden Administration.
Check-it . . .
Quick answer . . . Without Prez Trump playing the boogeyman, local activists obviously fear dying by way of encouragement.
Money line . . .
"There are definitely going to be people that are going to feel relieved — they're going to feel like everything is fine now," says Angela Martellaro, of SURJ-KC, a group that organizes and educates white Kansas Citians about racial justice.
But the coming year promises to be a challenging one for groups looking to reform the way Kansas City approaches race, policing and criminal justice.
Already, protestors and groups using the slogan "Defund The Police" have been criticized for suppressing enthusiasm among more moderate voters, inflaming conservatives and costing the Democrats a "blue wave" at the polls.
It was actually worse than that and this missive only hints at the damage.
REPUBLICANS EFFECTIVELY FLIPPED "DEFUND POLICE" RHETORIC AND DEFEATED EVERY STATEWIDE DEMOCRAT PARTY CANDIDATE IN MISSOURI!!!
As usual, Kansas kept true to red state roots and almost all of the 2018 progress for the Democratic Party was quickly undone in the Sunflower State.
Social justice & BLM proved to be a gift for the GOP and voters in the Kansas City metro not only flocked to Republicans but were so angry at protesters that they endorsed a statue of an old school slaver Prez.
So, what have we learned???
Basically, the Biden years/months aren't going to be easy for activists or progressives as the new administration confronts gridlock and Democratic Party leadership already seems to be falling apart amid worsening factionalism.
Developing . . .