As most of you already know, my wife, Sophia, and I were grocery shopping and speaking to one another, in Greek. As our viral video demonstrated, a lady started harassing us and yelling at us to "Speak F**king English, This is America!" If you haven't already seen the video, you can find it at the end of this post. But frankly, we don't want to make this about us. There's a bigger story here, and its one of bravery.
There were about 10-15 people around us; however NO ONE felt the need to speak up or to intervene. I didn't feel too threatened; however, what if Sophia were there alone? Or even worse, alone with our kids? All too often I feel like incidents oh harassment occur and more people choose to look the other way rather than help.
Because of that, both Sophia and I feel the store manager deserves a reward. A HUGE reward. She went above and beyond and we need to show the world that these kinds of people are amazing citizens! So what's our idea? Let's send her to Greece!!! The very country of origin of the family she defended. We might as well make something good come of all this. And frankly, we'd prefer to put the focus on her actions because we need more people like her around.
We setup this GoFundMe campaign to try and make this happen. PLEASE, step up and make your voices heard with $5 or $10. She's more than deserving and its a great way to make a positive out of all this negativity.
We promise to be 100% transparent by posting EVERY single receipt, and 100% of the proceeds will be turned over to the manager in the form of a trip to Greece. If for some reason there's any money left over or she does not accept the gift, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to a charity or non-profit fighting racism and/or xenophobia in the United States, or even returned if necessary.
Thanks everyone! Much love.
- Andreas Argeros
- Cheryl Wilson
- Rebecca Cody
- Juliette Todd
- Eric Chapman