RACIST KANSAS CITY PARKS EXPOSED?!?

A local public radio "journalist" digs up a crusty and almost completely unread document from 1865 and then projects a highly aggrieved racial screed against KCMO parks.

The suppositions aren't based on fact and the sophomoric essay is the kind of tripe that would barely count for college credit at even the most progressive institution. 

For those who need myths about local racism to keep their job or get a promotion, this kind of junk might be useful.

But make no mistake: The KCUR report is the OPPOSITE of journalism.

This is garbage for people who are either willfully naive or suckers for a worn out political narrative that only excites a shrinking minority of well-meaning white women who grew up in a middle-class bubble.

Check-it . . .

What's Keeping Kansas City Parks From Being Major Destinations? A Shameful History

After spending most of my free time in parks for a year, I visited St. Louis and saw a city that related to its parks very differently. My attempts to understand why revealed a stark truth: our parks were designed to separate people, not bring them together.

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  1. This is the most bogus article I have read in a long time. People need to get over this racial equality that is racist itself. There used to be donors for Swope Park Northeast and other parks just like donors for the Ward Pkwy corridor. When people bring an area into high crime and blight of course the donors stop. You want to take a look at racial equality? Take a look at the black race who has discriminated and killed the white areas with hatred and violence. Everyone has seen it over the years and everyone knows what has happened in certain areas including parks nationwide. But when you get racist mayors and racist ball players like Patrick Mahomes who milk the race card when they their selves see what the truth really is, you will have ongoing division. Funny how these people don't know a thing our our city and aren't even from here.

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  2. "Are we going to keep frequenting separate parks where we only encounter people who look like us, heeding the boundaries as envisioned by our city's founders?"

    HELL YES LADY!

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  3. Just another example of wringing your hands over something that took place in the realities of the 1860s instead of being serious, honest, and concerned about what's going on TODAY in your own community.
    Is the excuse now that a thug fires a weapon mindlessly into a house and kills a four year-old boy in his be because of parks issues in 1865?
    "Journalists" like this don't seem to realize that such nonsensical narratives actually destroy the credibility of the very issues they think they're supporting.
    Sad.

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  4. Any of you white boys wanna head on down to Swope Park this summer, remember, the best scenario is a missing catalytic converter, the worst scenario, you go missing.

    The joys of diversity.

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  5. Who the hell eats fish out of trout lake? Why don’t you try to get donations for swore park and then have a shot out there during bbq season. Dumb dumb dumb. People go where they feel safe and that is the end of the story.
    While in STL sounds like you didn’t go to N STL things are a little different there.

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  6. BLACKS

    LOBR

    MURDER

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  7. wow Lucas discovered Loose Park! he's a regular Daniel Boone.

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  8. More lib whining. They'll never stop.

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  9. Blacks murder blacks all of the time in Swope Park.

    Is that racist ?

    Blacks murder blacks and whites all of the time in KC Parks.

    KC Star has to go back to the 1860's, 150 years ago to find an instance where a white killed a black in a KC public park.

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  10. I love all parks.
    They are great places to suck cock and be the butt-slut that I am.
    I don't care what race is there.

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    1. Jennifer is that you? Lol

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  11. "What's Keeping Kansas City Parks From Being Major Destinations? A Shameful History"

    KCUR has gone full blown shit-bird crazy. What keeps KC Parks from "Being a Destination" is people in the metro area and suburbs know there is a good chance you will be murdered, robbed or raped by black men in the local public parks.

    Plus, no one from outside KC is going to load up the family in the SUV and go to Swope Park for their family vacation.

    Our taxpayer money funds KCUR to report such fraudulent news material.

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  12. The article failed to mention the black serial killer that was killing white men in south kc parks along the walking trail.

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  13. Generally speaking I prefer not to be shot or robbed while walking my dog so I avoid KC east side. Gina seems like a “Karen”.

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  14. White people stay away from Swope Park, why? read the headlines, shootings and murders are not uncommon. Park Police are impotent and KCMO PD is to busy to spend time there unless it's a serious crime.

    Go to Loose Park any weekend (nice weather) and it's packed

    Drive by any small park and it's busy

    Whoever wrote this article is a moron and should have stayed in St Louis....glad she and the family got out of there safe as it is one of the highest crime per capita in the U.S.

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  15. Didn't KCUR have a reporter murdered in the East Side last week?

    How soon they forget. Can tell they really valued her.

    She was just a casualty for the cause as Karl Marx would say.

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  16. "More lib whining. They'll never stop."

    And yet most of the whining on this blog is done by white geriatrics like Chuck. Weird.

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  17. The author spends 2/3 or the article talking about their trip to St. Louis, 1/3rd with some quotes from the parks department and then concludes without any supporting evidence that KC parks act as some kind of magical wall that segregate our city. She's been reading too many post-apocalyptical comic books instead of using common sense and talking to people. Just look at all of the beautiful pictures of parks in NE KCMO in the 1920's - 1940's and what they've become.

    The only thing that's changed is the migration of crime in Kansas City. As it expands from NE KCMO the Park upkeep, use, and diversity similarly change. More drug addicted homeless people begging for money in a park - people disappear. Someone gets shot in a park, people disappear. Cars get stolen at gun point at a park, people disappear. It has NOTHING to do with race. A lot of families from KCMO go to the parks, pools, and other public resources in JoCo and other suburbs because it's safer.

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  18. I think if Gina is real woke an apartment just became available once the bullet hole in the window is fixed

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  19. This is part fluff, part politics making it total bull shit. It does however check a box with HR and looks good on the resume.

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  20. I am not a KCUR journalist thank God!5/3/21, 10:13 AM

    People like to congregate where they can safely enjoy themselves. If you look around the Ward Parkway area you see well maintained homes, nice lawns, clean streets and not far away nice business areas. Because people in that area invest in these things privately, not from the public dole. There aren't cars parked on the lawn that are weeds and overgrown. There aren't needles scattered on the ground or in the parks and playgrounds. There aren't people trying to sell illegal drugs or driving down the street hunched down with (c)rap music (?) blaring out of the car. You don't hear of drive by shootings in the neighborhoods of the westside of Troost. Go to the east side and you have homes that haven't been painted in 30-50
    years, trash everywhere, needles in playgrounds and people hanging out on corners smoking something, drinking liquor out of a bag and begging for "help out a bro". All of the public pools in KCMO are on the East side, is that reverse discrimination? Until the east side people actually take pride in themselves and invest in their own areas of town you are not going to get a good result. KCMO has spent millions of dollars specifically in the black community creating shopping opportunities, housing rehabs, rental assistance, every imaginable aid service and it never gets any better. Compare high school drop out rates between the east and west sides, big difference. Until the black community decides that they will be better it will not improve ever.

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  21. Cradle to grave welfare doomed advancements long ago.

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  22. Makes for a captive voter though.

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  23. Politicians continues to destroy the Black culture by treating them as helpless children, addicting them to hand outs to secure their VOTES and cooperation in perpetuity. Democrats!

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  24. Lot of gunshots, murder, rape, robberies, assaults, needles and perverts in Kansas City's Parks.

    Destination place for those who enjoy the aforementioned activities.

    Be curious to see if Mayor Lucas takes his little one to Kansas City's Parks to play.

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  25. 9:55 OUCH! LMAO!

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  26. “I think if Gina is real woke an apartment just became available once the bullet hole in the window is fixed.... and the blood gets cleaned up!”

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  28. Tower Grove park in STL, which she looooved was donated to the city by Henry Shaw, a successful English immigrant. At the time , it was his country estate. His will set up a private foundation to design and maintain the park. It also banned black people from entering the park. Oh well!

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  29. Thanks woody. Yeah her choice for comparison of St. Louis is odd for that is really a more racial place than KC. First time I ever heard whites use a racial slur about blacks people a racist name was freshman year at a Missouri private college , some St. Louis duders, I think from CBC or chaminade high school, St. Louis has like thirty two little municipalities and much strange local things and often bending around the black/white thing is the reason for strange legacy things things

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  30. Racial conclaves with white overlords? It is almost as if the writer does not realize that all majors cities developed around ethnic conclaves and ethnic neighborhoods. There were Italian, Irish, German, and Slavic neighborhoods in old Kansas City and most people kept to their own kind. This self-segregation lasted up until Johnson’s policies resulted in block busting and white flight to the suburbs which created real segregation between the rotten urban core and more idyllic white dominated suburban areas.

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  31. 1:30 - amazing how the press labels the confederate states as some kind of model for diversity and inclusion - St. Louis, Atlanta, Charleston, New Orleans, blah, blah, blah. The reason their so diverse is because the diversity was brought there via SLAVERY. Then they go an poke holes at Kansas, a FREE state, and try to say it's some kind of white supremacist's mecca. Nope - there's not a lot of people with African American descent because they were not forced to move here. All welcome - just not forced to move here like a piece of property.

    Of course, that doesn't fit the narrative though.

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  32. Take your favorite blanket, picnic basket, Aunt Bea and your .45 to Swope Park.

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  33. Most of the people who are like “swope is so dangerous oh my god ” i doubt are even likely to go there and play frisbee golf or any outdoor rec activity!

    The article was silly

    Good job on the historical research but the conclusions are nuts . The parks aren’t racist any more, an do they are, ask th black mayor to fix it

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  34. The cities mentioned were much older as public parks were popular in the 19th century. That's not to say they weren't segregated back then. The records of lynching is evidence of that. The Pendergast Era was incredibly racist. The Chicago Mob were racist. Organized Crime was necessary to establish an apartheid regime in Kansas City region. Many surrounding towns had black communities that no longer exist today.

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  35. the parks in a shit hole suck, what a surprise.
    Good day to go to oceans of fun.

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  36. Why no mention that Parks and Recreation Director just resigned and named her Asst. Director as successor?

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  37. Thank you for proving their point. Oceans of fun is in the suburbs.

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    1. And has been ruined by the horde, much like Worlds of Fun. It's all the Africa section now.

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  38. good idea to go to swope park and do what black people do in loose park. Convert newly to Islam and wear a burka for a stroll to express how devout truly you are. If a black person looks at you in swope park exclaim "don't you bother me!"

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  39. anyone in KC wearing a burka is an uppitty black american woman raised baptist.

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  40. More woke-scold bullshit from another lazy 'journalist' in desperate need of facts and basic research.

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  41. You'd think that having experience of both of the high-crime urban areas in the state might have given the clueless snowflake author a slight hint as to why some parks are less frequented. But no, no, muh racism.

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  42. You want to know why Kansas City parks suck? The constant car break-ins. That's what keeping most people from going.

    Not planners from 1865!

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  43. Ok, here's a good test. Pick a park, virtually any park, in Johnson County and one in the East Side. The author should spend an afternoon/evening in both. But she should go to the one in Johnson County first, because the likelihood of her escaping the East Side Park unraped, unstabbed, or otherwise untraumatized is slim.

    That would be journalism. Please don't attempt it, dear. Empty virtue signaling to the woke-market is better for you.

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  44. once i got to watch an uppity very pissed off black lady in her nicest poncho getting arrested outside Victoria's Secret after she allegedly did unspeakable things to a Victoria Secret staff member! When i asked what the kerfuffle was about, the whole group gave me stink eye.
    Another boring day in a shit hole town.

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  45. 3:17 my car hasn't got broken into, but of all the cars in the lot parked after hours, I was the only vehicle that got a parking ticket!
    The parks, the whole metro, and outlying suburbs suck!

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  46. pedestrians in all parks of the greater KC metro & suburbs, all race, ethnic, or gender identities may be subject to real or mock car peel outs perpetrated by anybody upon anybody.

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  47. J-School students are usually dumb enough to believe the woke nonsense that their professors cram into their brains. An unfortunate result is they badly underestimate the criminality of the ghetto black populace. That's what happened to the young KCUR reporter, with tragic results. The lucky ones just get their cars stolen and their homes broken into.

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  48. it's really great to be subject to a black man's best white man imitation and have to discuss your philosophical & pragmatic errors regarding an allegedly broken toilet.

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  49. Be careful walking in the parks, the big ones are not dog turds but the leftovers from the homeless camp !

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  50. Seemed like once a month, they used to fish a car with a dead body inside out of the Swope Park ponds. That's a true destination road trip !

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  51. today's a good day for a picnic and a swim at long view lake. Idyllic parks region wide, memories to be made!

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  52. In the 19th century, the Blue River became a popular place to vacation and relax. Industry followed and capitalized on the lower Blue River for the land, transportation and labor availability.Eventually, the river grew more constrained as the entire basin grew more urbanized. With this urban development, flooding events became more problematic, affecting a larger population and causing significant economic losses. https://ufdcimages.uflib.ufl.edu/AA/00/06/14/34/00014/01-2016.pdf

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  53. https://www.examiner.net/entertainmentlife/20171017/standard-oil-refinery-and-birth-of-sugar-creek

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  54. http://northeastnews.net/pages/fairmount-park-a-sugar-creek-beauty-spot/

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  55. https://medium.com/lessons-from-history/what-we-do-with-our-spare-time-isnt-nearly-as-strange-as-what-our-ancestors-did-5a18d136cec4

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  56. KILLA CITY ISNT A MAJOR DESTINATION BECAUSE ITS A GHETTO ASS DUMP WITH NOTHING TO DO

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  57. WHEN THE RACIST GOVERNED EVERYTHING KC WASNT A FUCKIN GHETTO

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  58. NPR, now there’s a legit news organization.

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  59. G from KC in the STL

    Did he go to O’Fallon lake in Spanish Lake STL? Nothing but prostitution, drug dealing and abuse, rolling gun battles... and me, and like 6 old black guys fishing. And the only reason they don’t get rolled is because they’re from there, they know those punks, their mamas and G Mamas... and hang out at the VFW or Prince Hall Lodge.. if one of them was shot, there’d be community hell to pay...and NOBODY rode their bikes to get there.... Jeebus

    Author went the “nice” STL

    PS: Forest park is boring, and crazy drivers use it as a cut through to Kings Highway, another rape, an actual, violent rape... not the “I just broke up with my boyfriend” kind

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