A man living in Perth, Australia, responded to some racist older women with pure class after he overheard their conversation.
Jarred Wall was enjoying his lunch with a friend at a café last Thursday when he overheard the two ladies.
The offensive conversation focused on Aboriginal Australians, and according to Jarred, terms like 'assimilation' were used in a casual, offhand manner, despite being extremely contentious words.
But rather than become angry at the women, Jarred chose to rise above the rude comments.
I could have unleashed a tirade of abuse but that wouldn't have helped. Instead, I did something nice and bought them a pot of tea and left a little note on the receipt.
The note was simple:
Enjoy the tea! Compliments of the two aboriginals sitting next to you on table 26 :).
Assimilation was a policy enforced by the Australian government in the 1930s seeking to acculturate indigenous Australians. The policies, which were based on the assumption of white superiority, proposed "full blood" indigenous people should be allowed to “die out” through a process of natural elimination, while "half-castes" were encouraged to assimilate into the white community.
Naturally, you can understand why this conversation was so offensive.
At first, Wall shared the photo on his Facebook for just his friends to see but made it public after seeing the response the post was getting.
One user responded,
This reminds me of the saying 'Actions speak louder than words'.
Hopefully people will learn that color is irrelevant, it's how a person behaves toward others that counts.
After the incident, Wall reflected, saying,
Whether they took it in and really had a think about it I'll never know, but they were at least a little shocked and might think next time they speak out loud.