I am in shock.

I read and see stories of horrible racist act through the news on a daily basis. We all do. And they all disgust me.

Tonight is the first time something so ugly happened right up my street.

A young Caucasian couple dined at Anita’s Mexican restaurant in Ashburn, VA tonight and wrote on their check “Don’t Tip Black People”.

I’m speechless. Disgusted. What year are we in?

How is this world not getting better? I feel that, since the election, our country is regressing. Violent and malicious acts of racism seem to be widespread.

I can’t say that I have personally received any kind of behavior like this but I believe in treating everyone with respect. Everyone deserves to be treated with love.

There is something to be said about saying something nice or don’t say anything at all.

So, tonight, I encourage you to remember that the people near you that look different from you are human beings. Their differences are what make them special. Your differences are what make you special. Who wants to be exactly like someone else?

You don’t have to like everyone. There are plenty of people to not like. But it is unacceptable to attack and mistreat another individual.

Racism is disgusting.

I am in shock.

Jen Thoden