Kansas City Petition to Remove Martin Luther King Jr.’s Name from Street

There is no doubt people fight over the dumbest things.  Throw in a disagreement where both sides of the fence have their rights; the one who wins the argument is labeled “racist.”  America is where majority rules.  Those who are not in the majority turn into snowflakes.  When it involves the color of skin, they become the true “racist” but point the finger because they did not get their way.  Council members changed the name of a street without consulting the people in Kansas City.  They changed the name from The Paseo to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, which covers a ten-mile stretch.

The street name was changed last year, and those who look to preserve history wanted to leave the name The Paseo and stated it had a significant meaning to those who lived on the street and in Kansas City, Missouri.

A group known as “Save the Paseo” wore T-shirts with the name and logo while showing up to protest silently in the church.  There were 1,700 signatures needed for a petition, and they exceeded what was significantly required.  They received 2,857 signatures as of April of this year.

Inside the church, those who cried the supporters of The Paseo were “racist.”  They claimed it was mostly white people and that the members of Save the Paseo group did not live on the street, which runs through the black neighborhoods of the city.  The people argued it would send the wrong message about Kansas City and would affect tourism and businesses since it was one of the few cities which did not carry the name of Martin Luther King Jr.  They cried about the supporters of The Paseo being disrespectful inside a church.  Is it not worse to cast a stone of judgment calling people “racist” because of the majority rules?  It is not very Christian or American.

The group Save the Paseo cast down the calls of “racism” by explaining they do have respect for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and there should be a way to honor him.  The opposition comes due to the City Council did not follow the proper protocols and just took it upon themselves to change the name of the street.  They are upset because no one who lived on the street was notified.  Their argument is legit due to the historical value, which was Kansas City’s first boulevard in 1899, was completed.  It is also named in the National Register of Historic Places.

Sunday, it was a showdown between Tim Smith, the organizer of the protest, and U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver, who was a former mayor of the city and a minister.  Cleaver pushed for the name change for years to the Civil Rights leader.  He told the protesters they were welcomed but said, “I am standing here simply begging you to sit down. This is not appropriate in a church of Jesus Christ.”

Smith said in response, the group was “designed to force the black Christian leaders who had mischaracterized the Save the Paseo group as racist to say it to our faces.”  He continued, “If tonight, someone wants to characterize what we did as hostile, violent, or uncivil, it’s a mischaracterization of what happened.  We didn’t say anything, we didn’t do anything, we just stood.”

The Reverand Vernon Howard, who is the president of the Kansas City’s chapter of the SCLU, expressed how powerful the street signs of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are.  He said, “I think that only if you are a black child growing up in the inner city lacking the kind of resources, lacking the kinds of images and models for mentoring, modeling, vocation and career, can you actually understand what that name on that sign can mean to a child in this community.”  Howard continued, “If the sign were taken down, the reverse would be true.  What people will wonder in their minds and hearts is why and how something so good, uplifting, and edifying, how can something like that be taken away?”

The return argument came from a leader in the Save the Paseo group, which also closed the meeting.  Diane Euston stated, “The Paseo doesn’t just mean something to one community in Kansas City.  It means something to everyone in Kansas City.  It holds kind of a special place in so many people’s hearts and memories. It’s not just historical on paper; it’s historical in people’s memory. It’s very important to Kansas City.”

40 thoughts on “Kansas City Petition to Remove Martin Luther King Jr.’s Name from Street”

    1. Not to mention 10 miles of residences , businesses etc all have to change personal and business address info–letterheads, business cards, driver’s license address

  1. Are the majority of the city council of Kansas City black? Are the majority of Kansas City residents black? It stands to reason if they are not then it must be that leftist white politicians in control, who delight in stirring up racial bias because it supports their agenda of “divide and conquer,” must be voted out of office.

  2. BILL WAS AND IS GUILTY NO ?
    If you want to play here it’s our rules our club or go somewhere else…..not Texas Cowboys

    Black mail Mr Biden you and you only admitted it on national television (got u) If this was anyone else you probably point the first finger. Lier lier pants on fire………..go home

    1. He was not a commie that I know of but, it has come to the light lately he was a Republican, the FBI, cia the same old groups who are now bullying Trump had smear campaigns against him. The one thing that they both have in common, Democrats are always lurking in the shadows to KILL, STEAL & DESTROY (like who? Satan)

      1. No, he wasn’t a Communist nor was he the womanizer the FBI & CIA claimed that he was. He was a Baptist minister, who believed in equality, as most of us do. When the smear campaign didn’t work, they had him assassinated. Just like they did with JFK. The Dimocrats hated him, & as soon as they could, they had him killed. And, yes, he WAS a Republican.

        1. what does being a baptist minister have to do with anything I have known a bunch of them that preached one thing and did the opposite the next day in other words that is where the saying came from do as I say not as I do and everything can remember about MLK is that he had more than one woman on the side I will say this about him he was a great speaker and he fooled a lot of people just like Jessie Jackson and Al Franklin has the have lived off the back of poor black people all these years wearing thousand-dollar suits while taking money from people that could hardly make ends meet only showing up at places where they could make trouble and then leave without trying to get things fixed all the while getting more money from these same poor people they are all fakes they don’t give a dam about these people look at King’s people still living off his name and making money off the poor all I care about is the poor being screwed over by them

        2. Martin Luther King Junior was a Republican, but his affinity for the Republican Party may have been shaken once Lyndon Baines Johnson, as President of the United States and a member of the Democratic Party, bullied the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, through Congress, overpowering the Southern federal politicians in the Democratic Party. The Democrats have been playing Americans of Black descent ever since, and it is possible that Eleanor Roosevelt starting playing them decades before the Johnsons even came along.

    2. Yes, and in the big cities where he was marching he was supplied with HO’s………It was even printed in the papers when people used to read them………Actually it stated that he was surrounded by women of the night.

      1. Even Jesus had women ‘of the night, surrounding him, but he never sinned with any of them. And, I didn’t believe it back when Dr King was still alive, & I STILL don’t believe it. ALL blacks, of that day & age, found that he was trying to free them from the ‘chains’ that whites still had them bound in, they flocked to him. And, I’d say more than one lady of the night, found their way to him. Besides, if the FBI, or the CIA says it, you KNOW it has to be a lie.

        1. Well; if it’s all bout who took “chains” off of people, President Donnie has quite literally taken the chains off far more Negros than anyone since Abraham Lincoln.

          1. You are right and the liberals hate him for it, they’re afraid all those blacks they have kept on their welfare reservation for the last 40 or more years might wake up and revolt!

    3. POGGY, I HEARD, THEY SAY, UNIDENTIFIED SOURCE, THESE ARE ALL PREFACES TO SOME COLOSSAL BLUNDERS! IF YOU HAVE NO FACTS. IF YOU CAN’T TRACE THE SOURCE. THEN DON’T WHISPER YOUR TALE INTO THE AIR. DON’T SET IT TO PAPER. JUST LET IT DIE WITH YOU!!!

    4. Martin Luther King Junior was likely at some point approached by the Communist Party of the United States of America, maybe even approached by some activists surreptitiously directly funded by the Soviet Union. There is no public evidence that any foreign agency was able to convert him into an asset of sedition. There has been and is always some foreign element trying to get United States citizens to betray the United States, or otherwise foreigners trying to instigate visceral civil war in the United States. Before all of the selves, sons, daughters, nephews and nieces of the people involved at all in the American revolution on either side of the war died, there were many attempts by British agents to derail the United States. There is no nation on earth that fully respects the borders of all nations.

  3. I am a member of the City Council in the State I reside in and the City Council in any State cannot legally do this.

    All the citizens in this city need to do is read their town charter (By-Laws) which states that in order to do this, their City Council must first bring it up at their City Council meeting for a vote. If it’s approved by the Council they then MUST POST A FLYER IN 4 SEPARATE PLACES WITHIN THE CITY FOR 30 DAYS. This is to get Public opinion before it can be voted on and if the majority vote BY THE PEOPLE is approved it can then be put into action by the City Council.

    If their City Council did this then just one person should file a complaint with their State’s Office of Political Practices which is free and the Office of Political Practices will squash this. Not because they disapprove of Mr. King, but because what the City Council did was illegal as it was not allowed it to be done without approval from the voters as outlined in their City Charter.

    This is just one more reason why EVERYONE from High School up should attend your City Council Meetings to make sure that your Council members are not up to no good.

  4. Having being old enough to have gone through the years MLK was alive , I still can’t believe people , mostly the criminal -loving liberals of course , make MLK out to being a saint !
    What happened was MLK going to one city after another , most big cities at least twice , stirring up the blacks with “speeches” so that they would riot & end up destroying their own neighborhoods , which always seemed so profoundly stupid to do be doing to your own neighborhood , but MLK would always slip away , before the riot he incited , would start . That happened repeatedly for years until he was dead , when it stopped . FBI had a huge file on this criminal for what he kept causing .
    If you give a “speech” and it causes a riot , once , shame on you , if you keep doing the same after that , repeatedly for years – THAT”S INTENTIONAL CRIME . He certainly was not a ‘ saint ‘ you should be naming streets after , in every stinking city !

  5. If I lived at 1183 Paseo (an historical address) and my local government covertly changed the name of my address from 1183 Paseo to 1183 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., I would be tremendously pissed off since, like it or not, there is a negative connotation associated with that street name which, by now, likely exists in every metropolitan city in America. Property values support my statement in any location that you wish to study.

    I’m sorry for the young child whose future will be destroyed by reversing the local government’s clandestine renaming of my address but you can get him some psychological help but you’ll never agree to subsidize the decimated sales value of all addresses that were changed.

    That’s the best I can say.

    DON’T YOU DARE REFER TO ME AS RACIST!

      1. I dont know, about that. I was married to an illegal, and the Hispanic people are so superiority minded, its sick. If they own a business, if you aren’t brown skinned, you aren’t getting hired. Maybe, maybe, to sweep up feces on street in San Francisco. Some are very nice, dont get me wrong. It’s just that they have zero intention of assimilating to the USA. We learn their language. Period. I know how we can get them to leave. First, start arresting American business owners hiring illegals for less than they pay us. Second, cut off welfare completely. Third, and this one is huge, though you may not realize it until you look for it. Third is a 50% fee, not tax, but fee, on any dollar sent out of USA. We could build the wall with that cash. If you could see Tucson, Arizona, you’d have a sick feeling inside. Just 10 years ago, in neighborhood I’ve lived for 50 years, you could leave front door wide open. No fear. Now, I have a bullet hole in my a/c duct on roof. Gunshots heard and reported 3 to 4 nights a week. Murders. People on walk getting rolled and beaten. Every wall is tagged. And theres only one color responsible, and it ain’t the blacks.

  6. This is like changing Broadway or Fifth Avenue in New York. You just don’t do it. Leave the name as it has been perhaps with a Martin Luther King Jr. sign below it as so many cities do when they want to honor their war heroes. Good grief !

  7. AGAIN AS ALWAYS ONLY THE BLACKS MATTER IN THEIR MINDS NO ONE ELSE JUST THEM THE HELL WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK AS LONG AS THEY GET THEIR WAY THEY THE BLACKS ARE STILL TRYING TO CHANGE AMERICA INTO BLACK AMERICA AND MUSLIM SCREW THEM IF THEY DO NOT LIKE IT THEN MOVE TO A BETTER PLACE LIKE AFRICA SO THEY THINK-LETS SEE HOW LONG THEY LAST IN AFRICA WITH FREE SPEECH AND THEIR RACIST COMMENTS

  8. I agree, Fernando!! Blacks are a minority, if they don’t like the way things are here in the United States, they have been FREE TO LEAVE ever since 1865.

  9. You, the city council did this. Name change for us because you know what’s best for us, what’s next skip any further elections for city council members to save our money , and the fact that you are the best individuals to make changes, how about giving your shelf’s pay raises, and of course taxes will have to go up to pay for you new paid vacations to interesting foreign destinations,to even better control us in our daily lives, AND ON, AND ON, AND ON! AND DON’T USE THE WORD “Communism”

    1. It is waaayy past time to reign these politicians in. Not just dems, either. All of them. I truly want to know, how a person like AOC, gets elected, with two dimes to her name, yet, making “only” $187,000 a year, shes a millionaire in two years. How does this happen? Hhmmmm? They wanna see Trumps taxes, well, I wanna see ALL of theirs. All the way back to beginning of their “service “. I want to know how they get so rich, so fast. Think about it. If they saved every cent, paid zero taxes, we know that never happens, it would take like 8 years. So again. How do they steal, oops, I meant, make all this money?

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