Among so many d-bag Internet commenters there is a long standing myth that Kansas City’s African-American Community deserves an inordinate amount of crime and violence because “they” don’t cooperate with the police.
The “stop snitchin” urban legend was first popularized in Kansas City by Pitch reporter Nadia Pflaum who is supposed to be an expert on African-American culture because she dates a Black dude who is a fashion designer and DJ. Like all things related to Nadia, I’m sure her intentions were pure but the way the story played out was sloppy, kinda gross and rather weird.
Armed with this knowledge of anecdotal and isolated “stop snitichn'” instances a great many racist white people then discounted the suffering of communities dealing with crime and actually blamed the victims of violence simply because of their area code and skin color.
This week those hateful generalizations can be put to an end with a rather courageous effort to stand up against young adults rioting on the Plaza by members of Kansas City’s African-American Community.