Conservatives often think it useless to try to speak with progressives about politics. All too often, the response is irrational anger, obscenities, and recourse to “you’re a racist, sexist, speciesist, nativist, ist, ist, ist.” We know, however, that occasionally, civilized discourse is possible, and kindness can change hearts. Such a case is this, from Fox News:
A waitress at a Washington D.C. restaurant received a very generous tip and a warm message on her receipt from three men who were in town for President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Rosalynd Harris, who works at Busboys and Poets in the northwest part of the nation’s capital, told The Washington Post she was beaming with confidence Monday after taking part in the Women’s March over the weekend.
A group of men from west Texas entered the restaurant and started to chat with Harris. One of the men, who said he was a dentist, complimented her on her smile. Harris, who is black, told the Post she was admittedly a bit prejudice when the men, who were white, told her they were in town to support Trump.
However, Harris didn’t expect what would come next.
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.
Living in Texas, as I have for 15 years, I’ve seen this kind of generosity often. I see politeness and consideration for others constantly, so often, the opposite seems odd and jarring. I’m not the least surprised by their generosity.
Harris said she was overwhelmed.
You automatically assume if someone supports Trump that they have ideas about you, but [the customer is] more embracing than even some of my more liberal friends, and there was a real authenticity in our exchange,’ she told the paper.
Harris added that the message was a great reminder not to make assumptions and that many Americans want the country to come together regardless of politics.
Is Harris a convert to constitutionalism? Perhaps not, but it’s likely she’ll be more willing to listen and think about conservative arguments in the future. Who knows, she might even give President Trump a chance.
Thus endeth today’s admonishment to practice tolerance and kindness.