When American artistic icon Andy Warhol made the 1968 pronouncement, “In the future, everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes,” no one knew how close to the truth he had come.
While the internet offers instant gratification and overnight fame these days, there’s little chance that Florida A&M University student Jabari Richardson was thinking of getting “likes” or retweets when he stopped his car. , opened the trunk and distributed shoes, clothing, and other items to a homeless man standing on the side of the road.
The college senior, who was in the process of moving, decided that giving away his things instead of selling them was good karma. Thankful to have more than he needed, he was just having it.
“Growing up, my mom always taught me that there are many people in need. Not everyone is blessed like me, ”Richardson said. WXTL-Tallahassee. “My mom always had clothes and shoes on my back. I can definitely take that for granted. Anything can disappear in the blink of an eye. “
Unbeknownst to Richardson, his selfless act had not gone unnoticed. The driver in the car behind him captured the entire event on video and posted it on TikTok with the caption, “I don’t know this young man, but he deserves to go viral.”
Not only has the video garnered more than 6 million views to date, but local reporters also tracked down Richardson and the story made the evening news.
Which is all very well, but as those who engage in acts of true charity know, 15 minutes in the spotlight can be a nice distraction, but a good heartfelt deed is its own reward.
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