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Welcome from the Kansas African American Affairs Commission

The Kansas African American Affairs Commission is committed to being catalyst for positive change in African American communities across the State of Kansas.  KAAAC Commissioners and staff have worked to create an informative, accessible, and resourceful website for your use. We encourage you to stay abreast of upcoming programs and community events, as well as, access resources needed to join with the KAAAC in reducing disparities and inequities for African Americans throughout our state. Through community outreach and public policies we create focus on strategies in the areas of Economic Opportunity and Asset Building; Healthy and Safe Communities; Schools and Educational Opportunities; Criminalization and Social Justice; and Civic Leadership and Advocacy.  We look forward to building collaborative relationships with other state agencies; our Legislative Body; Corporations; foundations, small businesses; Faith Based organizations, and community members which will lead to effective changes in African American communities in Kansas. 

If you would like to join our efforts, we encourage you to contact our office, sign up for our Listserv, and/or follow us on Facebook.  It is our hope that together we can successfully construct solutions that will make the State of Kansas a great place for African Americans to reside and prosper.

Our Mission

The KAAAC members work to devise strategies to address public policy concerns of the African American community. The Commission will serve as a conduit for programs, grants, research, and policy advice for state and local organizations while addressing needs for change that are unique to the African American Community in the state of Kansas.


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Kansas African American Affairs Commission Statement on the Derek Chauvin's Murder Trial

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April 9, 2021

 

The Kansas African American Affairs Commission stands solidly with those who protest the human life violations which occur when those who are trusted with enforcing the law see themselves as above the law.  As we watch the testimony emerge related to the facts which led to the murder of Minneapolis, Minnesota citizen Mr. George Floyd, we are concerned that an all-too-common situation is being revealed.

Had Mr. Floyd’s murder not been recorded on a smartphone, shared with multiple media outlets, and witnessed by America during a time when the majority of the citizens of our nation were at home in quarantine, this may have been yet another case of police brutality without accountability.

We honor those who serve with dignity, strong conscience, and impeccable character.  We know that the vast majority of those who have taken the oath to preserve and protect do so with unflawed service records.  We respectfully honor our own Commissioner Jonathan Westbrook who has served with excellence on the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department as an officer since 2007.  Yet, we have seen with our own eyes during more than eight minutes of torturous treatment how many men and women of color are treated by law enforcement officers; and we, along with America, are appalled.

Stricter training guidelines must be enforced for law enforcement officers.  Those who violate departmental rules and regulations must be dismissed as unfit for this

human relations position.  Those who demonstrate a propensity for punishment instead of patience, frustration and fear instead of relationship-building, and an utter disregard for human life when the human is of color instead of treating everyone the way they would want to be treated – those individuals have no place in the law enforcement profession.  The Kansas African American Affairs Commission will continue to stand in force with those who are working to prosecute offenders, legislate policies and statutes to correct evident and hidden wrongs, and protest ongoing cover-ups for those whose badges are tarnished by self-preservation and ill intentions.

Dr. Martin Luther King said, and we concur, that “We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality.”  We are not satisfied, and we will not be silent. 

Commissioner Dr. Beryl New, Chair
Kansas African American Affairs Commission

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