Sunday, in Wichita, something beautiful went down. Wichita Kansas law enforcement met with “BLM” Black Lives Matter, on neutral festive ground to kick off a community barbecue. This wasn't just any barbecue, this one had a paramount purpose. Both sides seemed eager to mend fences betwixt the Wichita Kansas Police Department and the community it vowed to serve and protect. Following this phenomenon, there was no room left to doubt Wichita Police Chief Ramsay's intent and motives. The fact that Police Chief Gordon Ramsay was right there with his officers, front, and center, showed the community that Kansas police are serious about changing how police and community interact.

Gordon stated, “the First Steps Cookout” was everything I hoped for. The Grio (2016)

The Ressurection of Community Policing.

There was a time when police worked with communities instead of against them. Although racial strife always plagued predominately Black communities, it seemed that back-in-the-day, when police actually talked to you, instead of talking at you, there was more respect between community and police. The First Step barbecue marks a powerful statement on the issue of healing minority and police relations in Wichita, Kansas. By far the outing preempts a long-awaited healing excursion, which can only strengthen efforts on both sides toward build bridges instead of walls. Having a casual barbecue cookout seems to have been an excellent idea. According to The Grio, a lot of people attended, which means both police and community residents had an opportunity to peacefully discuss negative issues involving them and local authorities.

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Both sides appeared to have shown a desire to commit to at least burying the hatchet. Ramsay also acknowledged that it would take time for the two sides to foster real down-reaching community relationships. However, his comments about the success of the barbecue cookout may indicate that he is confident that with sincere effort, the community and police can one-day co-exist peacefully.

The First Step.

Don’t expect the "First Steps Cookout" story to go viral. Contrary to what some Americans say, there is strong evidence many don’t want to see police show minorities equal respect. This mentality often exists out of ignorance and racial prejudice, which is usually instilled in White children at a young age. It should come as no surprise when some White people's perspective on Black Lives Matter is opposite of what the movement stands for. No child is born filled with hate. However, when a child grows up in an environment that condones, promotes or ignores bigotry, eventually that child becomes a racist bigot.

If racist-bred children could be sentenced to never interact with the general public, or never leave their racist endowed homes, the world would be a better place, but that is merely wishful thinking.

Painful Memories.

The assassination of Dr. Martin L. King Jr. in 1968 conjures up one of the most troublesome flashbacks in history, concerning the predicament of race relations in America. Had the struggle really ended, most people of color would feel vindicated. However, clearly that is not the case, because decades later, and throughout the years high-tech lynchings executed by law enforcement officers became the standard bearer for America's intolerance of minorities. In 1991 Rodney King was beaten almost to a pulp by Los Angeles police and even though the attack was videotaped, police who attacked him were acquitted. That was then, but little has changed. The fact is; racists have gone on to become policemen, judges, lawyers, attorneys, clergy journalist, police Union Chiefs, politicians and our children's teachers. Fortunately for all Americans, good cops outweigh bad cops. At least Americans can find comfort in knowing "one bad apple did not spoil the whole bunch."

So, thank you, Chief Gordon Ramsay, for your officers and “Wichita Black Lives Matter” for showing America how to stop the madness.