The Plaza in Kansas City is an entertainment district under siege. Not by a foreign enemy, but by a domestic enemy. Back in 2010 it was the scene of one of the first Obama Mobs (Flash/Mahogany); then, in 2011 it was Country Club Plaza that under attack by black individuals who collectively brought chaos and anarchy to one of the last remaining hopes for commercial activity (and the collection of tax revenue) for the city.
To see what happens when black people drive away white people, look no further than 2013 Detroit.
|"For Colored Only" is the future for most of America's major cities as businesses and law-abiding citizens abandon them... Kansas City is on its way there, with black people remaking 'The Plaza' in their image|
A bid to establish a new curfew for young people in the city's entertainment districts is on hold. Talks between the city and some Kansas City young people have been going on for some time over the issue.
City Councilman John Sharp said that there needs to be more time to develop a working plan. "We have a year-round curfew now," Sharp noted. Sharp told KMBC's Micheal Mahoney that the problem is the city has at least four sets of curfews, depending on what time of the year it is, and how old the young person is.
The latest plan calls for a 9 p.m. curfew for people 17 and younger in the entertainment districts. Sharp believes that is too early. Another councilman, Jermaine Reed, called the latest plan, "the Save the Plaza" curfew.
"But what we need to do is save all of our young people," Reed said.
One option under consideration is for the city to spend more money on providing Kansas City young people with more entertainment alternatives, rather than just hanging out."Save the Plaza."
More like "Save Kansas City from becoming another Detroit" plan.
Back in April, when the news of extending the curfew first came up, the usual suspects cried... racism [Teen curfew sparks talk of race, The Plaza: Proposal to be held for 3 weeks, KMBC.com, April 24, 2013]:
The talk of expanding Kansas City's curfew for teenagers took a blunt turn at City Hall Wednesday.
KMBC's Micheal Mahoney reported that a City Council committee talked openly about racial tensions on the famed Country Club Plaza.
The city is considering expanding its late May-to-late September curfew for teens to a year-round policy. The measure is being sponsored by City Councilwoman Jan Marcason.
Mahoney reported that the race discussion started when City Councilman Jermaine Reed noted that all 34 curfew tickets issued by police on the Plaza from June 2012 until December 2012 were issued to black teenagers.
"The data is the data. That's what I'm looking at," Reed said. "We've got to be honest and have an honest conversation. Say, 'Here's what it says and have an honest conversation, as well."
Mayor Sly James heard Reed’s claims. He was watching the meeting in his office, and came down to the meeting, warning members to keep the discussion in context and not just about race.
James cautioned there was a difference between just issuing citations only to black teens versus ticketing people in violation of the curfew.
“Race does play a factor,” James said. But he said that the curfew discussion needs to be above that factor.
"The Plaza hasn’t changed that much since I was a kid," City Councilman Michael Brooks said.
Brooks said some blacks do not feel welcome in the shopping district.American cities are littered with the abandoned remains of once thriving shopping districts/malls, hulking relics of an early time when commerce thrived (all due to the social capital that once flourished there).
Malls sit empty, gathering dust.
The Plaza's future is in a precarious situation, because the problem driving away consumers (and, in turn, forcing businesses to shutter their doors) is presently incapable of being mentioned in polite society.
|Police don't work -- why not just ban the demographic causing the trouble and driving away businesses and consumers (tax revenue for the city) at 'The Plaza'?|
Blacks, protected by Organized Blackness who see any law passed that might harm delinquent black kids causing trouble in The Plaza as an attack on all black people.
[Cleaver: All plaza curfew will do is 'make a lot of black kids angry', KSHB.com, 5-5-13]:
Congressman and former Kansas City Mayor Emmanuel Cleaver weighed in on the contentious debate over extending the summer curfew on the Country Club Plaza, making it clear he opposes such a policy, and calling on parents to step up to keep their children safe.
"All we're gonna do is make a lot of black kids angry, who will take out their anger someplace else," Rep. Cleaver told 41 Action News in an interview Saturday."I think we've got to put in place a lot of options for young African Americans. And the other problem is parents. I don't think we let the parents off the hook," Cleaver continued.
The former two-term mayor's opposition to making the Plaza, and other entertainment districts' current summertime 9 p.m. weekend curfew year-round sets him squarely in the midst of an ongoing city council debate about how to improve safety in the city's entertainment districts.
On April 24,a council committee agreed to wait three weeks before addressing the issue further after councilman Jermaine Reed pointed out that all 34 tickets issued in 2012 went to African-American youth. Shortly thereafter, Mayor Sly James arrived to make an impromptu speech, and called on more stakeholders to be present at the next discussion.
How do you improve safety in the city's entertainment districts?
Jim Crow might have a thing or two to say about that...
But he's been retired, put out to pasture.
With him gone, Birmingham and Memphis entered a terminal state; as did many parts of Atlanta, Macon, Savannah, Columbus, and Albany (Georgia).
Detroit died, a city whose days as the "Arsenal of Democracy" are only a footnote in its history.
Milwaukee is well on its way to a similar fate, with Kansas City racing to catch up.
A curfew ordinance should only be issued by a nation in the throes of war, or during a natural disaster.
In the case of major cities under the iron hell of Black-Run America (BRA) in 2013, a curfew must be issued in a conquered nation.
Even then -- it's only going to make a lot of black kids angry...