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.
Good morning world...... So as I told you yesterday, I had conversations with my oldest son @hvrlemtaylor about good cops & bad ones & he did his research & found officer @tnorman23's page & i was touched by how active he is in the black community where he polices. My son said, how does he help all of these kids & stuff, is he rich ??? I said I don't know if he's rich but sometimes it doesn't take much to help those in need son...... Being that my son is on vacation with his mother visiting relatives in Atlanta, Arkansas & Louisiana he wanted to do something for officer @tnorman23 in Little Rock so he delevoped a #GoFundMe to try & raise $10,000 so that officer @tnorman23 can stuff his trunk with toys, goodies, food & other things to help him continue contributing to the kids & people in Little Rock Arkansas..... (& BEFORE SOMEONE NEGATIVE PUTS IT IN THE COMMENTS BELOW, YES I COULD'VE GIVEN THE 10K MYSELF BUT THAT WOULDVE STOLEN THE JOY OUT OF MY SONS IDEA & HIS COMMITMENT & DEDICATION FOR SOMETHING & SOMEONE HE FELT TOUCHED BY). But as I type, I AM GOING TO DONATE THE 1st $1,000 !!!!!!!! Not only am I proud of my son for taking initiative, I'm thankful that I've raised him with such a pure heart regardless of the negativities he's seen me over come...... So please CLICK THE LINK IN MY BIO & donate anything as small as $1 to the officers mission & together we will help a good soul continue being a super role model for other law enforcement & a life saver for the children of tomorrow...... As soon as the $10,000 goal is reached... The funds will then immediately be transferred from my @therobinhoodproject account by my charity's manager @ilndprncss to officer @tnorman23. "It takes a village to raise a child" & this good cop is going the extra mile for a lot of young African American children... #BlackLivesMatter to more than just #BlackLives #AGoodSonForAGoodCop #StayCommitted [Tag as many people to this post as you can & FOLLOW officer @tnorman23 NOW..... I'm really amazed by what he is doing !!!] again... PLEASE CLICK THE LINK IN MY BIO & contribute ANYTHING you'd like... Let's see @hollywoodunlocked & @theshaderoom post this 🤔
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.