The Essence Of The American Dream In One Viral Photo

It was just another day on the New York City subway for Jackie Summers, a producer of a hibiscus flavored liqueur in a Brooklyn-based distillery. While on the F train, Summers noticed something- a moment which really symbolized America and the American dream, and he was quick to snap a photo and post it on Facebook and Twitter.

The Statue Of Liberty has a sonnet by Emma Lazarus engraved on it, referring to how America welcomes immigrants looking for a better life.  The most famous line of the poem is, “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Summers saw something that would have made Lady Liberty proud.

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The photo shows a Jewish couple sitting next to a Muslim woman feeding her infant, sharing the public transportation in an everyday sort of serenity. Summers wrote on Facebook, “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.” The nicest thing is that the picture is not staged in any way, as Summers felt asking first would have made the photo seem, “forced.”

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The heartwarming and inspiring post has already gotten 75,000 reactions and almost 60,000 shares. People loved it. One commented excitedly, “This gives me JOY! I will always pray that we as a nation might become ONE as we embrace each other & our differences!” A moment like Summers captured comes at a time of divide, where swastikas have to be erased off train walls. Summers acknowledged this, saying, “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.”