We all make mistakes….
And some of you like nothing more than to document mine. Be it a lowly typo or spelling error. Fair enough. But within reason, KC Confidential has been reasonably transparent about allowing readers to have their say. Even against our/my better judgement.
That said, how lame and transparent is it, when Kansas City’s paper of record writes a story about a prickly subject – a curfew aimed at young blacks on the white-as-can-be Country Club Plaza – and puts it to bed tonight sans the ability for readers to register a comment.
Are they afraid – in their largely white, Anglo-Saxon worlds – that someone may utter something politically incorrect while they slumber in suburban beds. Of course they are.
While they prepare to pilot their $40,000-plus Volvo Coupe convertibles to the office on Monday.
So it is tonight, as easily predicted, that everything was quiet on the Plaza. Funny, they didn’t bother to report on the other entertainment zones being curfewed; 18th and Vine, Power & Light, Westport. Speaking of which…
The word I got is, the Young Jeezy festival thingy went off without a hitch. That said, chances were, if there was to be any trouble tonight, that would have been the top candidate. The moral of the story being that every gathering of urban, black youths is not destined to end in violence.
Most of the summer-long Plaza youth gang bangs – the ones the Star and other media largely ignored – went off for the most part without a hitch. A fight maybe, some pepper spray here or there. You don’t think that happens on the Plaza, Westport, Brookside, Waldo and gosh-knows-where week in and week out anyway?
Let’s end this one a positive note, shall we?
My favorite quote line from the Star‘s puff piece tonight headlined, ‘Kids Enjoy Plaza – With Their Parents’:
"The scene bore no resemblance to the chaos of many Saturdays this summer."
A tacit admission that the newspaper had ridden out a summer of uncomfortable news about unruly black kids until shots were fired.