A picture from a New York subway is melting the hearts of many as it is a sigh of relief in the country’s growing hate and bigotry.
Rachel MacKnight, who is an actress by profession, shared a picture on Twitter that showed a family which is apparently Muslim, smiling at baby who is sitting with his mother, who is white. The mother is also smiling back at the family.
MacKnight shared the picture with a caption that read, “Thiiiiiis is what makes America great. Happy 4th of July, y’all.”
Taken today on the C Train. Thiiiiiis is what makes America great. Happy 4th of July, y'all. ???? pic.twitter.com/2b7Q89E2EI— Rachel MacKnight (@rachmacknight) July 2, 2017
The picture comes right in time as the nation celebrated Independence Day. Many on Twitter pointed out that this is what real America is as it accepts diversity and welcomes people from all walks of life, regardless of their cast and creed.
However, many also raised concerns that, as a nation, we have come to such a point that acts as simple as this rekindle hope in our society.
And Greater! Feel the love and respect of family! Sacred moments.— Pam Grier Ph.D (@PamGrier) July 5, 2017
You are so right! This is what America is all about!— VMacDem (@Virgini62844178) July 2, 2017
This is New York at its best! New York is a big Melting Pot of so many people and they love!— Niecy (@NycLadi) July 4, 2017
This is beautiful, but it's kinda sad and somewhat shocking that till this day and year(2017!), occurrences as this may come as an oddity.— Melina Kim (@peacefulsabaa) July 4, 2017
This photo is so adorable. Love this.— jax ?? (@jaxbra) July 4, 2017
That's the America I love. That's the America I am celebrating today!~!— Kayla Linkletter (@Roxburyfunny1) July 4, 2017
The picture comes months after an incredible act of interfaith harmony was witnessed on a NYC subway, when people of different religions made room for a Muslim woman who had to feed her baby. The incident happened when a Taoist who was traveling on the F train in New York City saw a Hasidic couple standing and gave up his seat for the two. But, moments later, he saw the couple making room for a Muslim woman who was then able to nurse her baby.
Ever since President Donald Trump was elected, there has been a spike in hate-related incidents. Attacks on women in Islamic head scarves, racist graffiti and stories about bullying of immigrant children have come to light. The country has also been divided over the Mexican border wall and executive order on immigration that bars people from seven Muslim majority country from entering the United States.
Moments like these are surely a breath of fresh air in the politically suffocating environment.