For years, the complete disparity of American society – of the haves and have nots – has created much debate, anger and frustration. It’s also been the punchline of many a joke, about how The American Dream was just to create the unequal madness we have today. However, if you look at the photo captured by New York resident Jackie Summers you can see for yourself what The American Dream is.
On the F train of the NY subway, the liqueur producer was on his way to work when he noticed something truly special; something so special, he just had to get a snap of it. On the train, he noticed a happy Jewish couple sitting together alongside a Muslim woman who was feeding her infant son. What makes this rather simple photo special, though, is the total unity: two groups of people from entirely different backgrounds sitting alongside one another as if there was no difference. Imagine indeed, huh?
Jackie captioned the image: “A Taoist (me) gives up his seat so a Hasidic couple could sit together. They scoot over so a Muslim mother could sit and nurse her baby, on Easter Sunday. This is my America: people letting people be people.”
Is that not the true American Dream? To be open to all, to never dissuade someone from being part of America whatsoever. To never doubt anyone based on creed, race, nationality or anything else – only on their actions as a human being.
There is no way that the photo is forced as the people don’t have a clue it is happening – Summer never even asked, fearing it might make the image feel forced. Summers was very clear, too, about why he felt the image was so important to share.
“Given the age of divisiveness we live in, it seems people are looking at this photo as a reason to put issues like race, religion, and sex aside to focus on more important issues relevant to peaceful coexistence.” Summers added.
If you have been doubting the open and inclusive nature of America given recent events, let this photo give you pause. Some people might have it all wrong, but the majority don’t. Thanks for sharing this Jackie; you’ve made our day.