'Black Lives Matter, but so does yours!': White cop touched by note from 2 black women who paid for his meal
A white police officer received a heartwarming note from two black women who also paid for his breakfast at a Cracker Barrel. Sumner County Patrol Deputy Jody was having a meal at a Cracker Barrel in Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday, June 16, when a waitress handed him a note written by two other diners. The message was short and sweet and read, "BLM [Black Lives Matter] But so does yours!' Thank you for your service. Breakfast paid."
Deputy McDowell clicked a picture of the note and shared it on Facebook after which it went viral across social media platforms. He had written, "I want to thank the two sweet black ladies who paid for my breakfast this morning. While waiting for transport to be completed, I decided to have breakfast at a Cracker Barrel near the Nashville airport. I received this note from them."
Click to see note here.
However, McDowell was unable to meet the two women who had left the eatery before the waitress handed him the note. The officer's post received many comments from people who had been touched the women's gesture. Many social media users saw the note as a prime example of how the country can move forward united. One such user shared, "This is what our country is all about."
"THIS is how America should be. What a nice gesture. Folks need to see more things like this, thanks for sharing!" one said while another added, "It is the beautiful caring hearts inside, not the color of all of our skins. That was so kind and caring of them."
"Finally there is hope. This country is losing their minds yet 2 black women saw a way to do something positive during so much turmoil in our country. I wish I could give these ladies a big hug!" wrote another.
"God Bless all 3 of them! I strongly believe that the majority of all people in this country feel the same way. A few bad cops or a few bad protesters make us sad but they are the few and most are good, loving people," shared another social media user.
Over the last few weeks, tensions in the country between the police and the public have been at an all-time high given the death of George Floyd. Floyd was killed while being arrested by an ex-cop, Derek Chauvin, who knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes sparking nationwide outrage.
Floyd repeatedly said he was unable to breathe but Chauvin paid no heed and refused to move his knee from Floyd's neck. Chauvin was arrested and charged with second-degree murder while the three other assisting officers — Tou Thao, J Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane — were charged with aiding and abetting murder. The incident has resulted in a clash between the police and the Black Lives Matter protesters with the movement taking precedence as people demand the end of police brutality. However, there have also been many examples of officers taking to the knee along with protesters and also marching along with them during rallies.