“Racism is one of the ugliest parts of humanity. But in any situation, love can prevail. This is what happened when one young woman decided she was fed up with the hate. Her act of extraordinary courage and kindness is still inspiring people today.
In 1996, seventeen Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, most of them hooded, rallied on the second floor of City Hall. 300 anti- KKK protesters waited outside with sticks and signs to protest the hate group’s presence. 18-year-old Keshia Thomas stood in that crowd to protest the white supremacist rally. All of a sudden, one of the protesters yelled, “There’s a Klansman in the crowd!” (source). She had spotted a man nearby wearing a Confederate flag shirt watching the protest and judging from his SS tattoo, assumed he was a KKK member. It was later determined he was not. In that moment, however, he became a target for their anger. They chased him:
Being followed by 300 angry protesters, he didn’t make it very far. They threw him to the ground and began to beat him:
That was when Keshia decided she’d had enough of the hate, violence, and unnecessary pain inflicted on the anyone, regardless of their ideological beliefs.
Cradling a man who had already decided he hated her and everyone who shared her skin color, Keshia showed the world that the basis of all humanity is love.
When asked why she decided to act as she did, Keshia said:
‘I knew what it was like to be hurt. The many times that that happened, I wish someone would have stood up for me. Nobody deserves to be hurt, especially not for an idea.’
After the incident, she didn’t hear a “Thank you” from the man she protected. But she did hear from someone close to him. Reflecting on the incident today, Keshia told a local news station that months after the riot, a younger man came up to her in a coffee shop and thanked her. He turned out to be the victim’s son:
“Thanks,” he said. “For what?” Keshia asked. “That was dad,” the man replied.
Learning that the man had a son, Thomas said, gave her a greater perspective on everything:
Imagine what would have happened if they had killed his father out there. That would have just been another person filled with anger, hate and revenge.
Keshia did the right thing when 299 people around her were prepared to brutally beat a racist. She knew hurting him would not solve the problem. Today, Keshia receives a standing ovation from anyone who reads her story with an open mind, and an open heart. Keshia’s story has to be shared because racism is not over, and will only subside with the circulation of love.”
You all already know where I’m going with this. How many so called Christians would do this at an anti – gay rally? Anti – abortion rally? Anti – Obama rally?
Not many that I know of. I’ve actually seen the opposite far too often. And perpetuated by the ones who claim to serve a god of love. (I purposely used a lowercase “g” because their god isn’t THE God. Their god is self righteousness)
Yet, we flaunt fish license plates, blasting Matthew West or Kari Jobe; with a WWJD bracelets and our kids blinged out with their Purity rings and bracelets……All crap.
If you can’t manage to BE the “religious right”ness that you vote for…..join PETA…that’s more suited for you….Being a son or daughter of the King has NOTHING to do with our vote….Jesus NEVER did. We scream social injustice because blaming and pointing fingers at all the evil, as our little finite minds see it, because its easier than actually letting what we preach actually show up in our lives……… it requires us to BE about it….not just TALK about it!