The NAACP is considering canceling its convention there as well. Sounds an awful lot like blackmail. I guess Mayor Funkhouser should get
approval permission from La Raza and the NAACP before he makes any more appointments. From The Kansas City Star:
The nation’s largest Hispanic rights group is warning it may cancel its 2009 convention here because of a controversial Kansas City park board member.
The head of the National Council of La Raza said Thursday that the organization is already looking at several other cities because of the appointment of Frances Semler.
Meanwhile, Kansas City officials have heard that the NAACP might be reconsidering its 2010 convention here, although no one on Thursday said they had heard directly from the national organization.
Janet Murguía, head of the Washington-based La Raza, said Thursday that Mayor Mark Funkhouser’s appointment of a member of a militant group opposing illegal immigration gave pause to the Hispanic rights organization.
The "controversial" park board member is a member of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps and opposes illegal immigration. She even "suggested a moratorium on legal immigration". Of all the nerve! s/
As far as I know Semler is a United States citizen and as such is guaranteed freedom of speech. Exercising that freedom should not disqualify her from serving on the KC park board. This is blackmail and the Mayor should not back down.