Sadly, this fact isn’t really blasted at the top of local headlines. In fact, a bit of resentment always surfaces over constant candlelight vigils on the Eastside of Kansas City. Seriously, it’s a cruel reality that people don’t like it when the residents of the urban core complain about constant violence.
And then, in a hypocritical about face, the world comes to an end when somebody dies violently in Johnson County. Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look:
Whether it’s a missing kid turned up dead or a woman hit by a stray bullet. Johnson County residents are giving prime time news coverage when one of their own dies. Meanwhile, the murders keep adding up in Kansas City and there probably won’t be a major news event directed at stopping homicides until August. Normally, it’s not until the murder count (mostly from The Eastside) hits 100 that people and politicos start to panic. I’ve always believed that the their concern amounts mostly to fear of collateral damage but maybe I should be more optimistic.
The bottom line is: For some horrible reason (probably racism) the value of life on The Eastside of Kansas City does not equal that in Johnson County if mainstream media coverage is to be believed. It doesn’t really matter because the high local murder rate makes this town dangerous for EVERYONE no matter their race or demographic background. But that’s a fact not often reported nightly on TV News.