As millions of Americans took some time to soak in the festivities of the July Fourth holiday weekend, many people took to Twitter to both celebrate the country as well as call out the ways it needs to improve. One Twitter user shared a moment of sheer hope, at a time when many in the country fear growing hate and bigotry.
Rachel MacKnight, an actress based in New York City, posted a photo on July 2, which she took on the city’s C-train, showing a young child from what appears to be a non-white, Muslim family grinning at a baby held by a white woman, who is also smiling.
“Thiiiiiis is what makes America great,” MacKnight’s caption read. “Happy 4th of July, y’all.”
Many people in the comments celebrated the photo as a display of the United States’ ― and New York City’s ― diversity, as well as an instance of community love.
Thiiiiiis is what makes America great– Rachel Macknight (@rachmacknight)