Blind Trust

Blind Trust

What a lovely metaphor.

An Arab-American stranger stands on a busy city street wearing a red blindfold. He holds a sign professing his fear, his vulnerability, and his hope and trust in his fellow Americans’ acceptance. And then he waits. What follows is, well, just watch.

Who could resist shedding a tear at the diverse parade of humanity stepping forward, hesitantly at first, to embrace and reassure Karim Sulayman on New York City’s Central Park West? (Sulayman, a classically trained tenor, sings the video’s achingly beautiful soundtrack.) Just a wonderful snapshot of the good in each of us.

His sign:

Hello. My Name is Karim and I am an Arab-American. Like many people who are black, brown, women, LGBTQIA, Latinx, Muslim, Jewish, immigrants and other, I am very scared. We are anxious and uneasy in our own country and it is difficult to see what lies ahead for us. But I have hope that I am safe with you. Together we can build a community of caring rather than one of fear. You can trust me to care for you no matter who you are, what you look like, or where you are from. Will you embrace me as willingly as I embrace you? Will you shake my hand and/or hug me and/or take a photo with me and post it as a sign that I am safe here with you?

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trish_blog-shotPatricia M. Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, is dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and a fellow of the Australian College of Nursing, the American Heart Association, the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, and the American Academy of Nursing. She is counsel general of the International Council on Women’s Health Issues and actively involved in the international activities of Sigma Theta Tau International. Follow her on Twitter (@nursingdean).

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