by Marshaun L. Quinniey
Over the past week many leaders throughout the United States of America have taken actions to improve relationship between police officers and the community residents in response to shocking loss of lives in Baton Rouge, LA, Dallas, TX, and St Paul, MN. These leaders include government official such Senator Ted Cruz, Senator John Cornyn and former President George W. Bush working with President Barack Obama as he praised the Dallas Community for exemplifying the true character of America, in response to recent tragedies. Also, leadership has been demonstrated by athletes such as the Minnesota Lynx standing together to express “change starts with us” and Carmelo Anthony calling for other athletes to advocate for change.
Locally, on Tuesday July 12, 2016 in Western New York’s Niagara Square, in front of Buffalo City Hall, leadership united in a ceremony to help Western New York heal together, after several recent tragic deaths.
Recently, the international community experienced the unneeded public execution of Mr. Philando Castile, Mr. Alton Sterling, Officer Brent Thompson, Officer Patrick Zamarripa, Officer Michael Krol, Officer Michael Smith, and Officer Lorn Ahrens. The WNY leadership that united to promote healing included Mayor Byron Brown, Senator Timothy Kennedy, Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen, Pastor Craig Pridgen, and Councilman Ulysees O. Wingo. In addition to such community leadership taking a step to better our community, several local organizations joined together at the event to create Peacemakers. These organizations included F.A.T.H.E.R.S., Stop the Violence Coalition, Buffalo United Front, No More Tears, Back to Basic Ministries and DADS.
These proactive steps for preventing further problems was a step that supplied a great impression of the character of the Western New York community. This movement united people of various nationalities, races, and color. It demonstrated resilience, compassion, and unity in the aftermath of the recent tragedy. It is obvious that the conversation, handshakes and hugs, were more than front or façade. The actions and words by attendees were genuine and a demonstration of the character of the City of good neighbors that will move the community forward. This is the type of character that has fueled existing progress and serves as a sign of the potential for future progress in the Western New York Community.
Quinniey is the newest columnist for the bullet and is alumni of New Mexico State University (Master of Science in Industrial Engineering) and Xavier University of Louisiana (Bachelor of Science in Computer Science). Also MLQ is alumni of Amherst Central High School (New York Regents and General diploma), and City Honors Grade School.