Quai James recently became famous — or, rather, infamous — for making fun of a little Hasidic Jewish boy’s hair in a video that went viral. Sadly, James seemed to be further evidence of the rise of anti-Semitism in this country.
But then, something pretty amazing happened: James apologized. Really and truly apologized:
— Quai James (@quaijames) May 8, 2018
That’s not an act; that’s sincerity. It takes a lot of character to own up to something like that, and James did it with grace, class, and real heart.
The man who made that video mocking a little Hassidic boy apologizes. He seems to understand what was wrong with what he did and sounds really contrite. https://t.co/2HFvtFFfvp
— Lahav Harkov (@LahavHarkov) May 8, 2018
— Mujahed Kobbe (@Moj_kobe) May 8, 2018
Wow this is legitimately very impressive. https://t.co/4blK9hF8bg
— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) May 8, 2018
Thank you thank you thank you. This is beautiful and courageous.
— Elad Nehorai (@PopChassid) May 8, 2018
You have me convinced. As someone who retweeted your video and criticized you for it, wanting to defend that little Jewish boy, I accept your apology. It’s heartfelt and genuine. A lot of people can learn from your example. I wish you success and happiness. https://t.co/UGXUZNCqny
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) May 9, 2018
Thank you for this. Takes a big person to admit they were wrong, and an even bigger one to apologize for it. ?✌?
— Sam 'The?FOO' Janney (@PolitiBunny) May 9, 2018
In a world of non-apologies, this stands as an example of true self reflection and I commend you for it.
— CitizenEggBot.ABotOughtNotToBeEasyToSpot (@CitizenEgg) May 8, 2018
Thank you. Peace. https://t.co/lD2peTMPc6
— Susan ? (@shoshido) May 8, 2018
Mr. James, you are what we would call a mentsch. You accepted, and you've repented. Hindsight is always 20-20. Glad you were able to realize that. Thank you for your words; they are truly meaningful. Any time you want to walk the streets of my neighborhood with me, I'm happy to.
— Kalman Yeger (@KalmanYeger) May 8, 2018
I'm Jewish. Thanks for posting this. We've all made mistakes. I know I have. When we acknowledge our mistakes, we learn and we become better people. Shalom.
— Hylton Lonstein (@hlonstein) May 8, 2018
You're a good man.
— Mo Mo (@molratty) May 9, 2018
Indeed he is. And this story gets better still:
So this just happened ?? today after work i went back to the Jewish community to seek forgiveness from those who have been affected & as soon as i started talking this man instantly realized who i was from the media & Asked to take a photo also invited me back for a dinner?? pic.twitter.com/eNGutGT5Vb
— Quai James (@quaijames) May 9, 2018
THIS IS HOW IT IS DONE https://t.co/UOGt5rboOw
— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) May 9, 2018
How often do we see this?! Someone making a mistake, hurting someone, and risking anger and rejection to apologise and make amends! Bravo. ??????
— Dr. Dina McMillan (@drdina1) May 10, 2018
This is an inspiring story, and you deserve the praise you are receiving.
— Leopold B. (@ExotericCD) May 10, 2018
@quaijames , you're becoming a great example for anyone that has done wrong. Your apologies and repentance are sincere – many can learn from you. G-d bless you.
— Michael Verschleiser (@MosheVee) May 10, 2018
Amazing, Quai. You're a good human being. Thank you.
— Glutton4Pnshmnt (@Glutton4Pnshmnt) May 9, 2018
?Awww! So happy you went back and even happier he was (and others) kind and forgiving.
— The Black Politico (@TheBlkPolitico) May 9, 2018
This is absolutely AWESOME. Love this!!! You were genuine and sincere. It showed.
— Michael (@Michael2014abc) May 10, 2018
You’re apology seemed so genuine what else could we do but take you at your word? It takes real courage to admit a mistake and I forgive you. I hope you can forgive me for judging you. In any regard what you’ve said is amazing best of luck to you always and firever
— a sapien? (@sapientsapien) May 9, 2018
Because he saw your genuiness and humility. We all do. Thank you for setting such a powerful example of what it means to be a man.
— Lea Lundy (@lea_lundy) May 9, 2018
I watched your video last night @quaijames and you are one awsome human being. You are proof that a new beginning is right in front of us every minute of every day. May Gd bless you.
— (((Rushette))) (@RushetteNY) May 9, 2018
This one man is going to have more positive impact on the nation than all the SJWs could ever hope. https://t.co/5MKhNyJe5s
— Colonel Assault Mom (@colonel_potter) May 9, 2018
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.