Kansas City Politely Ignores MLK Blvd Now Downsized & Hidden On East Side Amid Renewed Allegations Of Racism
As we all know, "elections have consequences" and the smaller MLK tribute for Kansas City offers a teachable moment about direct Democracy and how attempting to work around the electorate only inspires divisive conflict and inevitable rebuke.
What a recent write-up forgets to mention is that KC voters condemned the tactics of urban core leaders who ignored the concerns of their own neighbors when attempting overtake a major thoroughfare without consent of the governed.
Sadly, the takeaway from this tragic episode seems to be yet another allegation of racism.
"When asked in February why he thought it had taken so long to see an appropriate honoring, Kevin Woolfolk of the SCLC of Greater Kansas City said, "as great as Dr. King is, it’s just that white people don’t revere our (Black) heroes at the level that they revere their own."
Read more on recent public meetings that, reportedly, barely draw about 40 people . . .
The Kansas City Parks and Recreation Board of Directors hopes to vote this spring on a route to rename after Martin Luther King Jr., a street that might be shorter than previously planned. On Monday, after the second of two public meetings this year, Roosevelt Lyons, Parks and Recreation deputy director of operations, said he expected to be moving forward this year.