Thursday, March 29, 2012
Funny thing happened to me yesterday
I was in the local CVS (pharmacy) and I was waiting in the line so that I could purchase my chewing gum.
There was a gray haired, elderly white woman who was purchasing a few items. She was having a conversation with the cashier. Once she had made her purchase, she seemed to be struggling with the multiple bags that she had as she walked toward the door.
There was a young black man who was standing near the door. The dude was about 19 yrs old. He had his hat turned to the back, saggy pants, and both arms were covered with tattoos. At first glance, he looked like he could pass for a wannabe rapper. With the gold teeth in his mouth, he fit just about every stereotype that you could think of.
As the old white woman walked closer toward the door. He walked towards her. His eyes were fixed on her and the bags in her hand.
Was he gonna rob this old lady and run?
The black kid open his mouth and said...
"Hello ma'am. Do you need some help with your bags? Let me take them to your car."
The woman didn't flinch. She handed the bags to him. He took them and then opened the door for her.
I watched from inside the store as they walked to her car and he placed them in her car. She thanked him. He took off his hat as if to say "you're welcome". He pulled up his saggy pants and walked away as she drove off.
That scene that I had just witnessed reminded me of something that I had learned...never judge people. Let them show you who they are before you formulate an opinion about them.
(RIP Trayvon Martin)