Viral photo of white man holding black woman's baby warms hearts but has split reactions
A photo of a white man carrying a Black woman's sleeping baby as she filled out some forms has gone viral, and people praised the man for his kindness. However, there were also some people who questioned why a white man's kindness towards a black woman is considered something worthy of celebration, as this is what any decent person should do.
The photo was taken by an Alabama woman named Natasha Wilson, who was waiting at a doctor's office when he saw the incident.
At the time, the mother was struggling to figure out how she could hold the baby and write down the medical forms simultaneously.
According to the onlooker who shared the happy news to Good Morning America, a gentleman from across the room volunteered to help her out.
"That's when this gentleman from across the room spoke up and said, 'Ma'am, would you like for me to hold that baby for you while you do that?' The mother smiled with relief and answered, 'That would be wonderful!'"
After the mom agreed, the gentleman walked over to pick up the sleeping baby, even humming and rocking him until he was called back to the room.
"This was something I had never witnessed in my life. I have seven of my own children and people just don't normally offer help anymore to someone they don't know."
The woman in the photo was eventually identified as Jade West, and the baby was named Jayce Billings. The good Samaritan in the other hand is named Joe Hale.
"I felt relieved and appreciated at the fact that he wanted to help, he seemed really genuine. He talked about how he never stops being a 'paw paw' and how he loved kids and just about my baby in general! He was literally just loving on him and talking to him as if he was his own grandchild and had known him his whole life. He was just the sweetest."
Although people appreciated what the man did for the woman, it garnered some negative reactions from when it was posted to The Shade Room.
According to people on the internet, such a kind gesture should be the norm, and not something applauded. After all, this has happened in other instances already.
"@dawn.nadeau This should be normal."
"@him_a_laya She Couldn't afford a Car Seat or Sumthing"
In the end, people called for everyone not to look at a person's skin color, as it is the inside that counts.