The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: How to Be Your Own Hero and Other Actions You Can Take This Week

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The Root reports that Hector Montoya of Dallas had been saving his money for nearly a year with the intention of buying himself a new PlayStation console, but when he saw a news story about a mother and child dying in a house fire because they had no fire alarms, he sprung into action.

Montoya took the money he had saved and bought 100 smoke detectors for local families in need, even working with the Grand Prairie Fire Department to help install them.

The little Good Samaritan got his PlayStation though: two teens heard about Hector’s selflessness and decided to gift it to him. They even threw in another $150 for him to continue his life-saving initiative. Aww!

4. Rotten Eggs

While the children in Texas were busy outdoing each other with their good deeds, some adults in Virginia were working overtime to commit a terrible one.

During an annual Easter egg hunt in a West End neighborhood, parents and children found white supremacist notes wrapped up in Easter eggs.

The Root reports that a family was egg-hunting Sunday with their 3-year-old son when they discovered eggs containing SMH-worthy messages like “diversity = white genocide…mass immigration and forced assimilation of non-whites into our lands is genocide.”

Leave it to racists to pick the holiday celebrating Christian values of acceptance and peace to spread their messages of hate.


5. “They can incarcerate my body but never my mind.” – Rubin “The Hurricane” Carter

And speaking of hate…Boxing legend Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who succumbed to prostrate cancer Sunday, could have hated everybody after being imprisoned for 19 years, locked up for three murders he did not commit.

But instead of allowing the injustice make him bitter following his release from prison (after a long legal fight in 1985), the 76-year-old Toronto native– played by an Oscar-nominated Denzel Washington in 1999’s “The Hurricane” – went on to become a champion for others who had been wrongfully imprisoned.

And that is how you win, ladies and gentleman. No matter what, you never let them beat you.

I’ve spent my entire career as a civil rights activist and anti-violence advocate. I hear from folks all over the country about how fed-up they are—how much they want change—but they don’t know where to start. It’s not enough just to be informed, we’ve got to work tirelessly to do better. With the “The Lookout,” I’ll collect the most important stories and action items that you need to know about and things you can do each week, keeping you involved so you can create positive change for yourself and your community.

I want to hear from you; what’s going on in your community? What stories or events should folks know about? Leave a comment below. 

More About Tamika Mallory

Called “a leader of tomorrow” by Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, Valerie B. Jarrett, Tamika D. Mallory is a nationally recognized leader and civil rights activist. Tamika is the Founder/President of Mallory Consulting, LLC and the former Executive Director of the National Action Network (NAN), one of the nation’s leading civil rights organizations. She is featured regularly as a leading voice on key social justice issues and is currently making headlines around the country for her tireless activism and strong stance on women’s issues, anti-violence, young adult advocacy, and decency. 

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