The Pardu

The Irony Of The Heat Exhausted Racist And The Compassion of Life

In Black trooper assist KKK, Jon S. Randal Racist suffer heat exhaustion on July 20, 2015 at 9:36 AM

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Amidst the hate, the racial taunts, the ape noises displayed by participants of the Ku Klux Klan rally Saturday, this is the image going viral, that of a black South Carolina state trooper, displaying his humanity by assisting one of the protesters, a man proudly wearing a t-shirt with the Nazi symbol. The man had taken ill because of the heat, and it was not his fellow protesters shouting over the Confederate flag’s removal who helped him, but a black man, the same black man who assisted in the taking down of the same flag during the flag removal ceremony – Leroy Smith, director of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Rob Godfrey captured and tweeted this image, saying, “not an uncommon example of humanity in SC: Leroy Smith helps white supremacist to shelter & water as heat bears down.” The image is now being shared across social media.

The Ku Klux Klan and other groups protesting the removal of the Confederate flag said they were there to peacefully display their heritage, but unfortunately some of their members were there to display the other “H” word – hate.
One man was caught in a video making ape noises, another man threatened to “hang your black **ss.” In another video, another Confederate flag-holding white man tells a person that they are the color of excrement.

But, in the end, it was not this supposed display of this “H” word (Heritage) that has captured this nation’s attention, it was instead the display of Humanity, which Trooper Leroy Smith showed, the same humanity displayed by family members of the nine innocent people who were shot and killed by the gunman, who proudly posed in front of the Confederate flag. Those family members forgave the gunman despite him taking away their loved ones.

Trooper Leroy Smith helped this man despite the hate displayed by his fellow companions proudly displaying the Confederate flag that even famed Confederate General Robert E. Lee said should not be displayed. These are the examples that are rightly being displayed now and being shared, not the hate, but the humanity, and, finally, the last “H” word – “Hope.”


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