AUBURN, Ala. — The world can be a scary place.
The last few weeks have been one of the most gut-wrenching times in recent history. Black men killed by police, police killed by terrorists in the streets and a nation left to ponder how to change a system so buried in misunderstanding, hate and mixed with hope that has sparked protests and open dialogue in the country as we attempt to understand each other — from connecting cultures, admitting and fighting privilege, hardships and a broken system. In the end, one can only hope the dialogue will open channels for understanding that will lead to healing, love and solutions.
Small gestures can go a long way, especially for public personalties such as college football players. In a world where the pressure of the world is already on the shoulders of teenagers playing a game, Auburn linebacker Cameron Toney decided to take it a step further and use that power for good. The senior surprised the Auburn Police Department with a simple visit Sunday afternoon to thank the officers for their service.
Small gestures can promote change and serve as reminders that most men are good. Toney certainly appears to be one of those men.