The Worldnetdaily has their usual slanted reporting as they clutch their pearls at statements from the mayor of Kansas City,Kansas (not Missouri) to a large Latino conference about the increasing diversity of his city. That city is now less than half white, which the WND makes clear they think is a very bad thing. Here’s what the mayor actually said:
“Kansas City, Kansas, is a city with no ethnic majority. Kansas City, Kansas, is 40 percent white, 28 percent Latino, and 26 percent African-American,” Holland said. “Our school district speaks 62 different languages by the children every single day. And Kansas City, Kansas, has a proud heritage of welcoming all people into the community, people who are not welcome in other places.”
Latinos started coming with the Santa Fe railroad more than 100 years ago, to build the railroad, he said. Another railroad, the Underground Railroad, brought African-Americans to Kansas. “If they could get across the river they were free and settled in a township of Quindero.”
“We continue to have a number of groups of refugees from around the world,” he added, mentioning the large Hmong community that came in the 1970s and 80s following the Vietnam War.
In recent years, the city has welcomed more refugees from other parts of the world, including Muslim Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq, Hindus from Bhutan and Buddhists and Muslims from Burma.
Kansas City has also thrown open its arms to the LGBT community, Holland said, even though most of the state of Kansas leans Republican.
Wow, how horrible. A diverse, welcoming community that doesn’t look like a sitcom from the 1950s. Yeah, I can see why the Worldnetdaily would find that idea frightening. It challenges Christian right hegemony.