Current tragedies have heightened tension between police officers and the black community, but they've also presented a teachable moment for parents. Rapper The Game, who recently led peaceful protests in L.A., shared that he has had conversations with his oldest son, Harlem, about "good cops and bad ones." On Sunday (July 10) Game was proud to announce that Harlem had taken his words to heart and did some research of his own, coming across Arkansas officer Tommy Norman.
As REVOLT previously reported, Norman is getting recognized across social media for being a positive example of policing in the African-American community where he works. Young Harlem, 13, was so inspired by Norman's work that he started a GoFundMe account to support the officer's efforts, and Game himself donated the first $1,000. Harlem's goal is to raise $50,000 to help purchase and deliver items such as snacks, drinks and toys to keep Norman's trunk stocked for the kids and members of the community.
Titling his campaign, "A good son for a good cop," Harlem wrote, "Every police interaction does not have to be a negative one and Officer Norman is changing that one person at a time. He has changed the way he approaches the community he patrols and is committed to building strong relationships with the residents."
As you can imagine, officer Norman was overwhelmed by the news. "What do I say? What do I do?" he wrote. "As I type this I look into the sky & thank the man above for my heart to serve! But can I be honest? I don't see what you see. I don't see the amazement. Being on the inside looking out, and giving of my heart & soul for so many years is just a part of life for me. To grab the worlds attention? No way! A sincere thank you to@losangelesconfidential & his son@hvrlemtaylor for having faith in my mission & dream to change the world!"
As of this writing, more than $15,000 has been raised. It's one more example of people taking action to rise above perceived differences and uniting to move forward. You can support the campaign here.