In a world in which people of color are constantly being harassed and scrutinized by white people and law enforcement, it has become increasingly unsafe for young black kids to engage in any kind of rambunctious behavior.
Fortunately, there are still people out there who are dedicated to doing the right thing and helping those in need.
Asante told the kids to place whatever they had in their pockets in her cart and proceeded to pay for the items — which included deodorant.
These two black kids were stealing out of Walmart Security was watching them So I told them whatever you got in your pockets right now walk with me to the register and don’t question me I copped the deoderant they were about to steal for them I couldn’t let them go to jail…
— Nanasia (@MelaninMotiv8er) June 11, 2018
Asanta spoke to Unilad and described the situation in further detail. Apparently, the kids had lost their mother and were living with their grandma:
When I saw it happen I was like ‘Oh my God.’ I saw the security guard walking towards them so I went ’round the corner, took them and said, ‘Come with me, ask no questions, follow me to the register.’
When we got there I said place whatever is in your pockets in my cart and they did. I saw the deodorant and I knew immediately something was wrong. Who steals deodorant? It costs four dollars.
The little boy said, ‘We’re sorry ma’am,’ and I said, ‘You couldn’t ask anybody!?’ The other said their mother had died last year so it was just him, his brother and two little sisters living with their grandmother.
Twitter was emotional over Asante’s perceptive and gracious act of kindness.
Best Twitter share I’ve seen. Thank you for doing good when given the opportunity. For the record you don’t enable kids when correcting them with love.
— Kimberly Mosley (@Instructor_KYM) June 11, 2018
I’m glad there are people like you in the world no kid deserves to have a record because of not being able to afford deodorant. You saved them from being put unfairly in the system and from alot of ridicule at school.
— mark (@blahwhatsam) June 11, 2018
I’m sitting in my car with tears lapping my chin. Thank you for standing in the gap for those kids. After all they’ve been through, the last thing they need is a criminal record. They didn’t need a lecture; they needed to know that people care enough to help. I pray they call!
— Toccara C. (@IamCaraKeyaCee) June 11, 2018
I’m going to try to pay closer attention and follow your beautiful example. We’re in this crazy world together. We need to help each other through.
— Suzanne Hemond (@SuzanneHemond) June 12, 2018
I’m bloody inspired!!
I’m definitely doing something positive today for someone@NanasiaMusic You’re my hero for looking out for these two boys!
The world is a better place with people like you..🙏🏾
— £.$. (@MahoganyMan) June 12, 2018
Asante’s kindness even garnered a shoutout from Shonda Rhimes.
Asante told Unilad that she felt like her trip to Walmart that day was fate.
“I said you don’t have to steal, you just have to ask. I said I know you don’t know me but here is my number and if you need me, call me. I can be your big sister,” she said. “I also opened my wallet and gave them all the cash I had. They were so thankful and gave me the biggest hug. God made me go to Walmart that day. It took one act of kindness to change the path these boys were taking.”