A kind gesture between a Trump supporter and a black Washington D.C., waitress has spread across the Internet, and ignited hope for many.
Jason White, a dentist from West Texas arrived in Washington for Trump’s inauguration, and quickly removed his “Make America Great Again” baseball cap when he walked into Busboys and Poets, a restaurant with sprawling images of iconic African-American figures and art. When Rosalynd Harris arrived at work, she was still overjoyed about the Women’s March the day prior and didn’t let White’s presence throw her off.
The two chatted, made small talk and White complimented Harris on her smile. When it came time to pay the $72.60 tab, White not only paid it, but he left a $450 tip with a warm message.
“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,” the note reads. “Not race. Not gender. Just American.” Then he added, “God Bless!”
The $450 was a nod to Donald Trump being the 45th president of the United States, White said in an interview, as well as his hope the country can move forward peacefully under his administration. White said he was a Trump supporter from the beginning and while he doesn’t agree with all he says, he does admit Trump sometimes speaks without thinking.
White and his friends left before Harris read the note on the receipt and saw the large bonus and was presently surprised. “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.”
The extra cash came at the perfect time for Harris who is a professional dancer and started waitressing 18 months ago to supplement her income. Harris also said the exchange, aside from the money, was a necessary reminder to not pre-judge anyone.
“This definitely reshaped my perspective. Republican, Democrat, liberal are all subcategories to what we are experiencing,” she said. “It instills a lot of hope.”