One day after the Women’s March on D.C., Rosalynd Harris, a black waitress at Busboys and Poets, started her her shift. What waited for her following was an experience with a table of West Texan men that she’ll never forget.
Busboys and Poets is a D.C. staple that was known as Black Broadway in its art haven heyday. The collage on the walls, painted by Anas (Andy) Shallal who owns the shop, features civil rights icons like Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Seeing these images, according to the Washington Post, Jason White and two friends from West Texas removed their red ‘Make America Great Again’ baseball caps when entering Busboys and Poets in hopes that they wouldn’t stick out so much.
With the intense emotional climate of D.C. in the past few weeks, with the Trump inauguration and the Women’s March on Washington the following day, White and Harris both spoke of strong emotions when interviewed by the Washington Post.
However, the conversation between the table and Harris was friendly and warm – White said Harris’ service was wonderful. With that in mind, he decided to write this note on his receipt, along with a $450 tip.
We rise by lifting others. A lovely act of kindness pic.twitter.com/S01SV3w8ts
— Busboys and Poets (@busboysandpoets) January 24, 2017
The note reads:
“We may come from different cultures and may disagree on certain issues, but 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 tip was White’s nod to Trump becoming the 45th President. White told the Washington Post, “We have to think about being better Americans, we have to look into ourselves and how we treat one another,” he said. “If everyone did a little something to show respect…we can love one another.”
Harris told the publication, “You automatically assume if someone supports Trump that they have ideas about you,” she said, “but [the customer was] more embracing than even some of my more liberal friends, and there was a real authenticity in our exchange.”
This good deed not only shows that party lines are insignificant when it comes to dealing with people, real and good people, all across this country. Erasing preconceived notions is one way to start uniting the country to really make America great again, and we’re listening.