Hearne: Star Columnist Suggests Plan to Discriminate Against Black Youth

33PuD.Em.81Nanny state, anyone?

It’s hard to imagine that a “minority” newspaper columnist would demand that an independent business discriminate against poor, young black kids, but that’s exactly what the Kansas City Star‘s Mary Sanchez did in her column, “Let’s Deal With The Rowdy Youths.”

“Create the environment for chaos, bear the responsibility when the shots are fired and the punches are thrown,” Sanchez begins. “That should be the standard. It doesn’t matter whether the problems are at the zoo during free days, outside Cinemark theaters on the Country Club Plaza or anywhere else in town. The draw is free or cheap. Deal with what shows up.”

I get it. Make things affordable at your own risk and you’re on the hook for bad behavior.

That’s a pretty sweeping statement when you think about it.

By that measure, I guess McDonald’s all but deserves to be robbed and vandalized for selling inexpensive food. They should be forced to charge more so as to attract a classier clientele.

Come to think of it the Plaza couldn’t wait to dump McDonalds to rid the area of the riff raft it attracted. The Noodles & Company draws a more upscale crowd with more higher prices and less kid-friendly menu items. Bravo.

black-kids-plaza-oneIn Sanchez world, McDonald’s, with its affordable fare, got just what it deserved…the boot!

That’s right, ridiculous as it sounds, Sanchez – who to my knowledge has something like zero real world business experience to draw upon – thinks Cinemark’s Palace on the Plaza should have to charge higher ticket prices on weekends. That way the young black kids who hang there won’t be able to afford a movie ticket and will have to go somewhere else.

Voila, blacks on the Plaza problem solved! 

Nanny Sanchez wants corporate contrition too.

“Cinemark needs to admit that charging $6.75 for an evening movie on weekends is part of what attracts throngs of young people — some who only want to cause trouble,” Sanchez demands.

largeAdmit it, cowards!

Admit that you know what it takes to fill a movie theater on the Country Club Plaza on weekend nights. Admit you’re in business to sell as many tickets as possible at whatever price the market will bear so that you can make a killing selling overpriced concessions.  Admit you’re in business to make a profit. For heaven’s sake, come clean.

“The theater is central to why troublemakers are drawn by the young crowds on the Plaza,” Sanchez states.

Sanchez must not have been paying attention when throngs of blacks chose Westport to hang at. Blame that one on Jerry Harrington and the Tivoli movie theater, I guess.

And clearly Sanchez must not remember when large crowds of blacks parked their cars and gathered along 47th Street towards the northwest corner of the Plaza. No movie action then.

At least Sanchez’ column had some good, old-fashion Midwestern common sense logic:

“Let’s be clear,” she writes. “Punching a cop or firing a gun indiscriminately is criminal behavior.”

I dot know about you, but that point was a little murky until Sanchez put it into perspective.

Then to top things off, Sanchez shoots herself in the foot at the column’s end by making a case for why Cinemark should not discriminate against black kids by raising movie ticket prices to levels they can’t afford.

“Most underserved teenagers are not acting out violently,” Sanchez writes. “They are not being disrespectful. They don’t deserve to be lumped in by virtue of sharing a race or age with the hoodlums.”

Anybody down there at 18th and Grand still edit this stuff anymore?

Sanchez spends three quarters of her column arguing that Cinemark should punish all black kids by raising movie ticket prices, then caps it off by arguing that the good black kids shouldn’t have to suffer because a small minority of bad black kids are acting up.

Which is it? Here’s an idea.

How about we let Cinemark decide how to price it’s movie tickets and popcorn – just like we do McDonald’s, Noodles & Company and Plaza III price their products, and try and find a way to deal with the underlying problems that’s a little more – how do you say – well thought out and less discriminatory?



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20 Responses to Hearne: Star Columnist Suggests Plan to Discriminate Against Black Youth

  1. mike t. says:

    good grief, she really wrote that crap??? and I thought I could be stupid sometimes.

  2. Jim says:

    You shut your mouth, Hearne! If you get McDonald’s to jack up the price on my post-drunk ritual of a double quarter pounder with cheese………we are going to have words!!

    • PB says:

      So if free or cheap places to gather are the problem, how come there haven’t been any issues (that I know of anyway) at the Memorial Day concert near Union Station or at Shakespeare in the Park, which both take places in areas highly accessible to the disenfranchised youth to which she speaks. Is Mary suggesting that black youths prefer sh!tty movies and viewing wild animals to classical music and The Bard?

  3. Lou Brown says:

    As I recall, when this theater initially opened you had to be 21+ to get in. When did this change, or am wrong?
    I also had to check the byline – couldn’t believe this was a Sanchez column. Probably because I agreed with some of it.

    • admin says:

      You may be right, Lou.

      I’ll check it. Obviously they have struggled to attract that hoped for demo

  4. Libertarian says:

    Hearne, you had me at ‘Sanchez’.

  5. PB says:

    “Sanchez spends three quarters of her column arguing that Cinemark should punish all black kids by raising movie ticket prices, then caps it off by arguing that the good black kids shouldn’t have to suffer because a small minority of bad black kids are acting up.”

    Not sure when cheap/discounted prices became synonymous with blacks as I’ve appreciated what Cinemark has to done with their pricing in order to make the movie-going experience more affordable for FAMILIES as well. Granted, don’t go in the evenings much when these problems tend to occur, but their pre-6pm price of under $5 has allowed me to take my 2 kids to the movies for years without killing my wallet. And now that my kids are old enough to go on their own, they often go to the Plaza theatres for the very same reason and…gasp…they’re white! Oh the horror of trying to save $ and mixing with the unwashed masses!

  6. Kyle says:

    It’d be nice if you linked to her full column so we can read it for ourselves and not have to search. The linking will help your site’s SEO anyway, so it’s a win-win, Hearne.

  7. chuck says:

    Increasing Black Mob Violence in America is a documented fact. ANY acknowledgement of this phenomenon from the Kansas City Star and the subsequent discussion is a positive. The Star, like most media outlets throughout the US, play down, obfuscate and or neglect to report on this anarchy and the chaos it wreaks throughout the communities it is destroying at this very minute.

    So far, the lack of coverage from traditional news sources, has not only failed to stem the rising tide of violence from black mobs, it has, in my opinion, offered de facto permission for them to continue.

    I saw that Jeanene Kiesling and Mayor James dissagreed on any connection between the problems on the Plaza and the problems at the zoo. It seems that there is a connection to me, and it has les to do with “Idiots with guns” than it does the culture.

    • hot harley says:

      hey chuck….when fred died they had an opening in Topeka…
      maybe you should apply. You would fit right in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • expat says:

      Come on Chuck you know the rules. Keep it quiet or you’ll make the Creationists mad.

  8. Rico_suave says:

    I make it a point to NEVER patronize Cinemark theatres, either on the Plaza, or the one off I-35.

    Hope they go broke.

  9. balbonis moleskine says:

    I dont know why you mock…probably bc it is shovel face at the star. But alamo drafthouse has age limits and expensive tickets and I can watch a movie without the hidden jive commentary track.

    We kinda have to sacrifice one complex to the “youth” I guess.

  10. StillAtMyMoms says:

    For once I agree with the broad.

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