Before my family moved to Texas, we lived in East Los Angeles. I remember every night I’d hear gunshots, helicopters and sirens. They lulled me to sleep because I can’t remember a time when I didn’t hear them. To me, cops were terrorizing my neighborhood. They were not the good guys. I was programmed to dislike cops and to fear them. I felt this way until we moved to a small Texas town. The cops seemed nice. And although, I knew they were not the LAPD, I was still very terrified of them. I had to reprogram myself to not start sweating at the sight of patrol car in my rear view mirror. I had to reprogram myself to believe they weren’t the bad guys. I had to reprogram myself to see them as a human being. The latest shooting of an unarmed black man in Tulsa, OK is heart wrenching. I believe it is the cops turn to reprogram themselves. Not all black men/boys are a threat. Not all black men/boys have a gun. Not all black men/boys are out to kill you. Calm the fuck down.