When a city’s constituents are fed up, sometimes they do crazy things. Hijacking a mayor’s “State of The City” address is one of them. Kansas City Mayor Sly James was interrupted by an angry man during his speech this week. Derron Black stormed the podium, snatched the Missouri state flag, threw it on the ground and grabbed the microphone.
“This man had just gotten through talking about what the fuck he ain’t goddamn did!” the man said, pounding his fist into the podium.
Before he could say anything else, as if that wasn’t enough, he was wrestled to the floor by two bodyguards. Black was then arrested and is currently facing charges. But that didn’t prevent him from speaking about the incident.
“This is Derron Black. I’m here on 11th and Locust, downtown Kansas City at police headquarters. It is the 19th day of March, 6 p.m., and I’m just reflecting on all today’s events and I would just to apologize to all my fellow Kansas Citians for being disrespectful and disruptive today. But also would like to challenge Sly James because he just seems to be definitely disillusioned with the condition of our city right now.
“If you have listened to the State of the City, and if you have any consciousness about the true reality of the condition of the people east of Troost or just throughout Kansas City in general, you would absolutely be frustrated just like I am. But it’s okay. Everything — everything is from the Lord above, and I would like to tell everybody that will see you tomorrow 1300 hours when I’m finally released, Lord willing. Thank you.”