Kansas City Activists Demand Reparations From New Plaza Owners

Here's a neat trick we're watching . . .

Some, but not all, Kansas City "social justice activists" cheered as "mostly peaceful" protesters burned TV news vehicles, police cars and threw all manner of debris at local cops because some tragic ex-con in Minneapolis met with a horrific fate by way of murder committed by a bad cop who let the country go up in flames because of his incompetence.  

And then . . . 

As The Country Club Plaza now endures economic hardship, empty storefronts and global retail FAIL. Many, but not all, of these activists want to take away a payday from the purchase.

There should be enough contradictions in that statement to confuse everyone about bloggy bi-polar politics. Still, that's TKC context . . . Now check the request for cash prizes amid an ongoing American cultural shift:

"The new owners of the Country Club Plaza are Texas-based Ray Washburne and HP Village Partners. Washburne’s wife, who is also on the board of HP Village Partners, is Heather Hill Washburne.

"Heather is a direct descendant of H.L. Hunt, a Texas oil tycoon whose legacy includes founding the Kansas City Chiefs, a part of the family’s expansive $5 billion sports empire. Given that the Hunt family and their associated businesses have long navigated spaces of privilege, their entry into Kansas City’s real estate market begs the question: Will this ownership transition offer a moment for reckoning with the Plaza’s exclusionary past, or will it be another chapter in a long story of economic disadvantage for our city’s Black communities?

"Why Reparations Matter

"As the Plaza changes hands for an undisclosed amount, we are left to wonder: what could a sale like this mean for the Black community?"

Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .

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