Mayor Quinton Lucas believes change can come through understanding

Justin Parrish
June 01, 2020 - 4:36 pm
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What can I do, what can I do to help? Many of us are asking this question as protests around the country are pushing back against racial inequality, in response to the death of George Floyd during an arrest in Minneapolis, one week ago.

"Part of the reason I wanted to talk to you, is because there is a lot you can do. You talk sports every day and we know there are a number of black athletes in all of our sports leagues," Kansas City, MO, Mayor Quniton Lucas said on Fescoe in the Morning on Monday. "I think it's how we humanize people, I think it's getting to even those summer league coaches, I say this as a guy who grew up without a father in my life. You invest in someone, building those relationships, being that first person. Let's say you're a white guy from Olathe, right? You can coach a team in the city, that's the sort of thing that I think allows us to change and change what those relationships are like."

"What we're seeing now, really is just a collapse in some ways, of relationships in our communities, at least broadly. The police, people attack them and that sort of thing, they're really just a representation, in many ways, of our communities. We hire them, they come from our communities, and to the extent that if there are problems with black community-police relations, it's a problem with our community that underlies it. I really think that getting involved in the lives of people in a different part of town, understanding them more, is a key way that we make things better." 

By and large Mayor Lucas has done an outstanding job, he's taken leadership and gotten involved with the community. Honestly, the way that he has handled everything could truly be a lesson for leadership across the country.

 

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