In the wake of Donald Trump's election, there has been a spike in incidents of racist and xenophobic harassment across the country. Racial and anti-Semitic graffiti has especially been prevalent, much of which is drawn from the rhetoric and proposals of the president himself. At a time when our country seems irreversibly fractured, reaching out to show kindness and generosity to someone who does not agree with you politically is not only refreshing but especially valuable.
Rosalind Harris, a 25-year-old waitress at Busboys and Poets, a local Washington, D.C., restaurant with a social justice mission, served three white men in cowboy hats on the morning January 23rd. The friends, wearing "Make America Great Again" merchandise, were in town from West Texas for Donald Trump's inauguration. Harris is a black woman who identifies as liberal and opposes Donald Trump. In fact, she partook in the Women's March in the nation's capitol the previous Saturday. Despite their obvious differences, The Daily Wire reports that the men and Harris remained warm and cordial, were chatty and had a good time.
The men had already left the restaurant by the time that Harris came to pick up the check. That is when she discovered that she was given a $450 tip on the $72.60 bill, making that a 625% tip. They also left her a touching note.
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.
According to The Washington Post, the tip was left by Jason White, a dentist from Texas, who chose $450 as the amount as a symbol because Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States. He told the Post, "We have to think about being better Americans, we have to look into ourselves and how we treat one another. If everyone did a little something to show respect…we can love one another."
Harris was obviously shocked and moved by the generous tip, admitting that she prejudged the men as soon as they stepped into the ultra liberal restaurant with their "MAGA" gear on.
"You automatically assume if someone supports Trump that they have ideas about you,” she told the Post, “but [the customer was] more embracing than even some of my more liberal friends, and there was a real authenticity in our exchange."
She also said that timing was impeccable, since she is planning on moving and wasn't sure that she could afford the upfront costs. Harris added, "This definitely reshaped my perspective. Republican, Democrat, liberal are all subcategories to what we are experiencing. It instills a lot of hope."