One of the most common themes of Facebook Fake News during the election was the comparative generosity of Trump supporters vs. Sanders supporters. People who supported Trump, so the story goes, are cheap. They don’t tip. Sanders supporters do.
Mind you, the story was absolutely false – working-class Americans, not socialists, are far more generous and aware of other human beings. But as stupid as it was, it worked. I can’t tell you how many times I saw photos displaying the false generosity of Democrats.
Well, now we have a photo we can use to fight back. And this one isn’t a hoax, and the generosity behind it leaves all other tip photos in the dust.
The Washington Post sets the scene. A young black waitress, Rosalynd Harris, had recently participated in the Women’s March on Washington, and found herself waiting on a table of Trump supporters the following Monday.
“Harris…told the Post she was admittedly a bit prejudiced when the men, who were white, told her they were in town to support Trump. After the men had left, Harris picked up their check and found that they left a heartwarming message and a generous tip. They left Harris a $450 tip on a $72.60 bill.”
The message written upon the check is a wake-up call for liberals, and us all. “If everyone would share their smile and kindness like your beautiful smile, our country will come together as one people. Not race. Not gender. Just American. God Bless!”
The generous Trump supporter is a man named Jason White. And given that the anger and vindictiveness of the election hasn’t stopped, and shows no sign of stopping, his message is needed now more than ever. Come together, let Trump do his job, and – as corny as it might sound – America will be great again.
And this is how we make it great …she said the men left her with so much more. Their words were a reminder not to make assumptions. And that so many Americans want unity, regardless of their politics, and to not be afraid to connect with someone as human beings, she said.
“This definitely reshaped my perspective. Republican, Democrat, liberal are all subcategories to what we are experiencing,” she said. “It instills a lot of hope.”
It’s no surprise that only conservative news outlets are carrying this story – liberals don’t usually accept facts that harm their worldview, after all. But Harris’ response to White’s generosity is a model for us all, and an example that liberals, too, can change their minds.
To paraphrase another’s beautiful summation, sometimes all that is needed to do so is to be kind to one another. Media portrayals of people can lie – Trump supporters know this all too well. But daily kindness tells the plain and simple truth.
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