Hello, I’m back! If you’ve read my previous post, you know that this week, I’m guest-blogging at FuzeUs. I’ve written another post and thought I’d share what I wrote for them here again. This is all about great people doing incredible things and making a difference in the world. Hope you enjoy!
Hello everyone! Welcome to our second week of Top 5 Do Gooders of the Week. As always, we’re here to tell you good news about good people. This is the magical place where no good deed goes unrecognized or unappreciated!
Who’s been making a difference? Who caught our eye(s)? If you’re too lazy to read, just watch the video but… if you’re not… readers, here they are. (drumroll please!)
1. Jay-Z & Beyonce: Humble Acts of Kindness for Racial Equality Support
First up on our list this week is Jay-Z and Beyonce. Some of you may already have heard this but it’s worth reading about if you haven’t. Rumor has it, these two giants of hip-hop have been making a strong stand for the African American community. A close confidante of the couple leaked on social media a couple of weeks ago that Jay-Z and Beyonce have secretly been sending tens of thousands of dollars to the peaceful protesters that were arrested in Ferguson and Baltimore to bail them out of jail.
Why is this so important that they are at the top of our list? Firstly, because this comes at a time when America seriously needs strong leaders to stand up for what is right, and fight against racial inequality, so that something like #blacklivesmatter becomes a lasting movement (click the link to find out how you can support the movement yourself!) Secondly, along with other black celebrities, they have been criticized for not using their influence to enact change. However, this and other acts that are not often lauded loudly enough prove that this is untrue.
Beyonce’s Instagram account and blog also express words and attitudes of support for the black communities in the country. Without a doubt, they are enacting change. They’re just doing it with humility and grace.
2. Officer Tommy Norman: A Community Champion of Love
Number two, from the other side of the debate, comes Officer Tommy Norman of North Little Rock Arkansas, (the racial make-up of the city is 54.0% White, 39.7% African American, 6.3% Other). He is one of the most upstanding, fantastic, police officers that any of us have seen in a while, especially today when all the talk seems to be of another police shooting. But if you even take a peek at Officer Norman’s personal Instagram or Twitter accounts, it immediately becomes obvious where his priorities lie: the children of his community.
He’s out in his community every single day. He knows the kids, families, the people of his community by name and if he doesn’t, he’s getting to know them. He talks to them and he hangs out and has fun with the kids. Some people may question the reasoning or the point of his actions, but the truth is this: particularly at a time like now, we need more people (especially cops!) like him. Officer Norman’s actions are helping to break down the barrier between community and law enforcement in the right way. Police officers are meant to protect the community, not intimidate or terrorize it. People like him could help reduce the number of parents who have to tell their kids what to do if an officer pulls them over for no reason. We need more people like him who are willing to change the perspective on these issues and strike out the hostility that runs rampant in this country today.
Take a moment to visit his social media accounts or watch this interview.
(Go to around 2:00 to see him talk, but the whole thing is worth watching!)
As you can see, he’s all about love, and as corny as that sounds, it’s what these communities need.
“It’s a partnership between the police and the community. We have to work together to make our community a safer place, a more peaceful place to live.” – Officer Norman.
That’s absolutely the truth, Officer Norman. Thank you for your service to your community, every single day.
#3, 4 & 5 this week went to Beauty Bus, a nonprofit organization making a difference in the lives of terminally-ill patients, Monarch Schools, a school for homeless kids in San Diego who are giving them a chance at brighter futures, and Southwest Airlines, who surprised us all with an act from the heart at a time of tragedy for a family. To find out about the stories behind why they made the cut, click here to read it on the FuzeUs blog.
Thanks for reading!