Hopeful thread breaks through all the anxious Twitter noise

Hopeful thread breaks through all the anxious Twitter noise

Image: Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesGetty Images A Twitter thread is offering some hope for Muslims and others disheartened in the week since Donald Trump's immigration and travel ban was signed. A Muslim friend recently told Giridharadas about one of her relatives who joked, "Trump is the best thing ever to happen to their community." A Muslim friend just told me a story that will solve none of our large problems but might make you smile. Despite living in a tolerant city, her headscarf always got glares. Many of us are like the people at the airport or the ones giving glares: not hateful but not as consciously inclusive as we could be. My friend and her relative weren't amazed by the shift away from hatred. What I take from the story is that tolerance and inclusion are not adequate responses to hate. Love is not merely letting a Muslim enter your country. Love that is more than "live and let live." It's about love and get love.

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A Twitter thread is offering some hope for Muslims and others disheartened in the week since Donald Trump’s immigration and travel ban was signed.

The True American author Anand Giridharadas shared a story Friday in tweet form, prefacing that his 14-tweet thread “will solve none of our large problems but might make you smile.” Some joy is a welcome relief as social media becomes an ever darker place in Trump’s America.

A Muslim friend recently told Giridharadas about one of her relatives who joked, “Trump is the best thing ever to happen to their community.” His friend was predictably shocked. But the lesson Giridharadas learned from the encounter shows Trump’s divisive rhetoric has unearthed everyday kindnesses.

1. A Muslim friend just told me a story that will solve none of our large problems but might make you smile.

— Anand Giridharadas (@AnandWrites) February 3, 2017

2. She said a Muslim relative of hers joked that Trump is the best thing ever to happen to their community. She was like, “What???”

— Anand Giridharadas (@AnandWrites) February 3, 2017

3. He said, People used to be neutral about us at best. But recently he landed at an airport, and people were thanking him for being Muslim.

— Anand Giridharadas (@AnandWrites) February 3, 2017

4. He couldn’t believe it. After all this time,…

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