My Comment: Every once in a while, I run across a story that touches my heart, in a way that feels like the Holy Spirit saying pay attention, this is what my Gospel is about. And this is one of those stories. Today while so much hate is being spread, this is how Jesus wanted us to react to hatred. I could quote a lot of scripture on this, like ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’, ‘If your enemy is thirsty give him a drink’, ‘Do not overcome evil with evil’ you get the point. ‘Love your enemy.’ Quite the contrast from some who preach hatred. May we all learn a lesson from this story. Let your light shine!
(The Daily Mail) A photographer who captured an image of a black teenager shielding a supposed white supremacist from an angry mob has spoken about the enduring legacy of the pictures he took that day in 1996.
The iconic images was taken in Ann Arbor, Michigan, during clashes between the Ku Klux Klan and anti-clan protestors.
In June 1996 the Klan held a rally outside the city hall with a small group of Klansmen dressed in white robes and hoods.
Photographer Mark Brunner has spoken about the enduring legacy of the pictures he took of a black teenager shielding a man from anti-KKK protestors in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1996
Police dressed in riot gear and armed with tear gas were also present to protect the Klansmen from an estimated 300 people protesting against them.
A large crowd of anti-clan protesters spotted a man with an SS tattoo and a confederate flag T-shirt and identified him as a probable Klansman.
Then a woman with a megaphone shouted, ‘There’s a Klansman in the crowd.’
In a split second the crowd turned from peaceful protesters into an angry mob baying for blood.
There were shouts of ‘Kill the Nazi’ and the man began to run – but he was knocked to the ground. A group quickly surrounded him, kicking him and hitting him with their placards.
Then suddenly a black teenager in the group – 18-year-old Keshia Thomas – separated herself from the mob and threw herself on the man to protect him.