Since Donald Trump’s victory on Election Day, minority communities have been fearful of what his presidency will mean for them and their families.
From his call to ban Muslims and his disparaging remarks about Mexicans to his failure to adequately disavow white supremacists has led many of his supporters to feel that it’s allowed to voice their antiquated views in public.
But as always, someone comes along to provide that flicker of hope amid the doom and gloom that prevails.
This time it was in the form of a female customer at a restaurant in Denver, Colorado.
The Denver Post reported that Osamah Ajour was serving a customer at the Damascus Restaurant on Nov. 9. The customer asked him how he felt about Donald Trump being president.
“I answered that I was hanging in there,” Ajour told the Denver Post. “I said this country is way better than what happened Tuesday. She was just very nice, she was interested in how I was feeling.”
When the check came, the customer left him a $100 on the $23.61 bill — a whopping 424 percent tip — with a note on the receipt saying, "You belong here & I'm glad you are here."
One of Ajour's friends, Ihsan Riahi, posted a photo of the receipt on Facebook with a caption saying, "This is the America I know n (sic) love.”
Ajour, who is Palestinian and recently moved to the United States from Jordan, commented on his friend's post: "Brother you forgot to mention that I was a fantastic waiter! This lady made me happy today, I wish I get the chance to see her again, there're words deep in my heart left unspoken (sic)."
He, like many immigrants, are worried they will be forced out of the United States after hearing Trump threaten massive deportations once he takes office.
President-elect Trump has not made any attempt to calm the fears of minority communities in the country.
In fact, his cabinet appointments have been even more alarming as many of them have a history of racist and anti-Muslim views.
But despite the fear, it’s heartening to know that there are people out there who are willing to stand up for American values even if the incoming government won’t.
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