Samya McLaughlin, a 9-year-old girl from Detroit, used her own birthday money to buy lunch for police in that city's 11th Precinct.
She brought the officers sandwiches, chips, fruit and a cookie, according to the local CBS television news affiliate, WWJ.
“I was thinking that I should feed the police officers because I wanted to show them that I support them and I thank them for all that they do,” Samya said, according to The Root.
According to the girl’s grandmother, she got the idea after watching the news coverage of police shootings in Dallas, and decided to do something in honor of her local police department.
Her father said, “It makes you feel proud. She has a big heart and she knows how to care, and she knows how to appreciate what’s going on.”
For her effort, Samya was honored as “Officer of the Day,” and was given gifts in return by the cops as a thank you.
But her humanitarian activity did not stop there, as Samya also handed out bagged lunches at a local homeless shelter, WWJ added.
Interestingly, in describing her motivation for bringing lunch to the police, the young African-American girl also said, “I wanted to show them that all lives matter”—adopting language that is typically used as a counter to the slogan “Black Lives Matter.”
The use of “All Lives Matter” as a response to “Black Lives Matter” has generated considerable debate.
An eloquent defense of the latter slogan was recently expressed by Cheryl Reeve, head coach of the Minnesota Lynx women’s basketball team, who tweeted, reports The Nation:
“To rebut BLM with ‘All Lives Matter’ implies that all lives are equally at risk, and they’re not. #BlackLivesMatter doesn’t mean your life isn’t important if you aren’t black—it means that Black lives, which are seen without value within White supremacy, are important.”