Injustice. Whether it’s driven by socioeconomic differences, racial prejudice, or blatant ignorance, it’s unavoidable, and it’s maddening. Just by virtue of living in the world, we witness people being discriminated against in ways both small and large, every single day. And you know what? That’s not okay.
So, when this group of courageous young bar patrons overheard a drunk customer say something racist, they didn’t simply ignore it. No. They stood up, grabbed their jackets, and moved to a table that was farther away.
Yes! Just yes.
Sure, when a drunk middle-aged man called a busboy “Juan” and laughed, this group of close friends could have just sat there complacently the whole night. That would have been the easy thing to do. Instead, they waited to see if he did it again, made uncomfortable eye contact with each other, and quickly scanned the room for different seats. Perfect.
When they saw a deep injustice occurring, these people stared it in the face and shuffled away as quietly as possible, whispering “Excuse me” and “Sorry” to nearby customers. These people wordlessly grabbed their friend’s drink who was in the bathroom at the time and flagged her over when she got out. And, after assessing other parts of the bar, these people sat down at a table with several half-empty glasses on it.
As frustrating as it is to say, there are always going to be bad people in the world. But at the same time, there are always going to be good people, too. And when something goes wrong, they will be right around the corner, ready to bolt out of earshot and not look back for the rest of the night.