Kansas City Fire Department Diversity | Art In Non-Fungible Tokens
The Kansas City Fire Department is falling short when it comes to its efforts to diversify and a Kansas City filmmaker's movie is the first for sale accepting only non-fungible tokens as payment.
Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: A lack of diversity in fire departments is systemic in Kansas City and the rest of the country.
Months after a Kansas City Star investigation found evidence of discrimination at the Kansas City Fire Department, progress in diversifying it has been slow. According to the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters, a failure to increase recruitment, advancement and retention of Black firefighters can be found in firehouses throughout the country.
- Gary Tinney, executive vice president, International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters
- Sylvia Brown, president, Equality for Firefighters through Education, Community Service and Training, Kansas City, Missouri firefighter
- Regina Wilson, firefighter, New York City Fire Department
Segment 2, beginning at 28:07: How non-fungible tokens are allowing buyers to purchase certified originals of digital art from paintings to movies.
"Lotawana" from Kansas City filmmaker Trevor Hawkins is the first movie in history to offer shared ownership and be premiered through the cryptocurrency known as NFTs. It is part of the ongoing trend of artists, athletes, and organizations looking to cash in on the NFT movement that is providing a new way for art of all kinds to be traded digitally.