A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation


Nikki
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Aspiring law student, bibliophile, and ukulele player.

Twitter: @nativejaws
Andres: Love of my Life

did-you-kno:

Damage Control is a drinking game where 2 friends swap phones and drunkenly text something crazy to anyone in the other’s contacts, then scramble to fix their damaged relationships. Source

did-you-kno:

Damage Control is a drinking game where 2 friends swap phones and drunkenly text something crazy to anyone in the other’s contacts, then scramble to fix their damaged relationships. Source

I see a lot of posts lately about police officers being bad people, and I’d just like to share something about my dad who is a police officer. There are good and bad people in every organization and to judge a whole by the sum of it’s parts can be unfair to people like my dad.

My dad has been a police officer since he was in his early 20s. He’s lived and breathed his badge to protect his city. He’s been hit, shot, and stabbed, but he does it because he loves his job.

Shortly after my dad retired, he went to work for the police force of a major university. Two football players raped an underage girl on campus and he made it his mission to make sure they went down with harsh punishment and without any special treatment. He came home that night and told me those boys ruined that girl’s life, so he ruined theirs. 

Today a student’s laptop, who was bought by her father as a gift for getting into the private expensive university with a full ride, was reported stolen. Her father who works at a 7/11 worked hard to buy her what he believed to be a refurbished laptop - all he could afford. The young girl walked into the police station in tears saying they didn’t know it was stolen and that her father was going to be so disappointed. My dad called my mom and asked if we could give her our spare laptop that we were going to trade in for extra cash. He wanted to give her a laptop for free. My dad didn’t want her to fall behind on her studies or for her father to feel like he couldn’t help his daughter.

Don’t get me twisted there are bad police officers and they are unfortunately the majority, but there are also a few good police officers. Just like there are good and bad people.

And I’m really proud of my dad for being on the good side.

"I had always believed that I could do anything, and when you’re in school you can do anything. You can play any role, you can play any age, because that’s what you do at school. But the realization that they really didn’t make movies or TV shows about black women… I suddenly panicked. I just had this panic like ‘Oh my god, I spent all this time to do this thing that the industry is not set up for me to succeed in this thing.’ So I freaked out. I freaked out." - Tracie Thoms: Life After Juilliard

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