A photo of a white Alabama man holding the sleeping baby of a black woman as she filled out paperwork in a doctor’s waiting room has gone viral on social media as commenters hailed the image as a sign that Americans can overcome both racial and gender divides — or that we’re maybe not as divided as many might think. Facebook user Natasha Wilson shared the heartwarming image on Facebook last week, explaining that the man had seen a mother struggling to juggle her paperwork with her sleeping baby.
“This man, from across the room, asks her if she would like for him to hold her baby while she did her paperwork!!” wrote Wilson. “She smiled and said that would be wonderful!! This man went over there and rocked and loved on that baby like he was his!!”
“My heart Melted!!!” she continued. “Racism is still VERY real in our society today BUT THIS MAN GAVE ME HOPE & a sweet memory I’ll never forget!!”
Wilson’s post quickly gained traction and had amassed more than 653,000 likes as of Tuesday. Commenters on the post described the moment as a symbol of hope as the country struggles to deal with an atmosphere that has become increasingly racially-charged in recent years.
“[It’s] nice to read a nice story like this after all the hate being spread right now,” wrote one Facebook commenter.
Speaking to ABC 33/40, Wilson added that the man, whom she later identified as Joe Hale, successfully kept the baby soothed and asleep until he and his mother were called for their appointment.
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