I picked the winner of the mayor’s race, the Superbowl, and both NFL playoff championship games – not bad.
Now the question becomes, what kind of leader will Sly James turn out to be?
Mayor-turned-congressman Emanuel Cleaver, was probably the popular Kansas City politician in the past 30 years. He had the support of both the white and black communities. In this election Sly James was helped by the fact midtown voters were behind him, while the heavier white vote of North KC and the Ward Parkway corridor went to loser Mike Burke.
Sly was not an apple to the eye to most black voters.
James – who has a white wife – has not exactly been Mr. Help The Black Man Out in his speeches. To that end, he held his victory party at 18th & Vine in the wannabe Jazz District and Negro Leagues Museum. An area which has been a 100% failure and total waste of taxpayer dollars thus far. Money that should have gone to Westport, Brookside, Waldo and even the Plaza (like a cover for its popular tennis courts).
Instead to be PC we burned it up, we always do.
So will Sly address "white KCMO" the same way Cleaver addressed "black KCMO?"
I met with Cleaver several times, did TV with him and more. But in the end, I felt his regime failed. As I’ve said before, Cleaver wanted to be everything to everyone, but after taking some hits by what he felt were white haters (the car wash deal being one), he seemed to get a bit down on white midtown events and needs.
We did not get much help from him on the Westport problems at that time. Even though we met with him and he promised to make his feelings known to the young black folks starting all the problems that never really happened.
Sly needs to mend fences first, then address both the business needs of KCMO and small business as well as helping to fix KC’s major midtown entertainment districts including the Plaza.
It’s an uphill battle that will take years as Baby Boomers drift into their senior years with Sly James as Mayor.
Eight years. Lets hope he can make some major changes for the good of our thread worn city.