More Small Good Things: Do Not Talk To Other People That Way
Messages of support and anti-Trump slogans in New York's Union Square subway station. Photo by Shannon Stapleton/Reuters
Amidst our national nightmare, good people are scrambling to find ways to do good, gain strength from each other and support those feeling threatened. Efforts range from the semi-lame "slacktivist" donning of safety pins to the uber-brave willingness of Muslims, some of whom have been attacked or harassed, to both call out and reach out to their haters to try to explain, "This is both our homes." In New York, Kayla Santosuosso of the Arab American Association heard about a woman being harassed on the subway, went online to ask friends to help, and was so swamped by responses she created Accompany My Neighbor via The Action Network; over 7,000 people have now signed up and she is planning intervention and de-escalation training "to truly protect our most vulnerable." And at a Miami Starbucks, it just took speaking up when some furious entitled white jerk started abusing a black employee for not getting his damn overpriced rain-forest-destroying tall vanilla latte fast enough. After he yelled he voted for Trump and claimed "anti-white discrimination" and spewed insults at her - "You are garbage! You are complete trash!" - another white guy stepped up to sternly advise him, "Do not talk to other people that way." Bravo to the good guy for upholding decency and civility, and speaking truth to hate. Be like him, and we might make it.