Diversity should matter, especially to Kansas City police
The Kansas City Star
Love Kansas City’s new initiative targeting people behind the town’s violent crimes; hate the name.
A diversity of area officials — Mayor Sly James and Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté, two black men, and Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, a woman — are behind the new program called KC No Violence Alliance, or KC NoVA.
The KC No Violence Alliance is OK. But the city should lose the KC NoVa. It sounds too much like “no vas,” which in Spanish means “not going” or “you will not” or “you do not go.”
With this community’s Latino population growing, city officials should rethink the name for what should be an important initiative. The mayor, prosecutor and police chief should want everyone in town to take the thing seriously and not laugh out loud at it telling them it won’t go from the start.