The Teenager Girl Who Saved A Man With A Nazi Tattoo

Submitted by: normalfreak2 1 month ago in News & Politics


This is definitely a heroic act.

An excerpt from the BBC: Keshia Thomas was 18 when the Ku Klux Klan, the white supremacist organisation, held a rally in her home town in Michigan.

Liberal, progressive and multicultural, Ann Arbor was an unusual place for the KKK to choose, and hundreds of people gathered to show them they were not welcome.

The atmosphere was tense, but controlled. Police dressed in riot gear and armed with tear gas protected a small group of Klansmen in white robes and conical hoods. Thomas was with a group of anti-KKK demonstrators on the other side of a specially-erected fence.

Then a woman with a megaphone shouted, "There's a Klansman in the crowd."

They turned around to see a white, middle-aged man wearing a Confederate flag T-shirt. He tried to walk away from them, but the protesters, including Thomas, followed, "just to chase him out".



It was unclear whether the man was a Ku Klux Klan supporter, but to the anti-KKK protesters, his clothes and tattoos represented exactly what they had come to resist. The Confederate flag he wore was for them a symbol of hatred and racism, while the SS tattoo on his arm pointed to a belief in white supremacy, or worse.

Mob mentality had taken over. "It became barbaric," says Thomas.

"When people are in a crowd they are more likely to do things they would never do as an individual. Someone had to step out of the pack and say, 'This isn't right.'"

So the teenager, then still at high school, threw herself on top of a man she did not know and shielded him from the blows.
There are 11 comments:
Male 3,213
Fashion, apparently, is no place for either tolerance or inclusiveness.
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Male 7,942
It's important to call out violence no matter what side.  We have to call out the ugly when we see it to stop it.  "The Left" is constantly calling out their extremists.  "The Right/Conservatives" need to start doing the same.
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Male 1,317
On a side note, did anyone notice the plumber butt on that guy?
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Male 1,317
The progressive, multicultural, liberal people of Ann Arbor proved they are as barbaric as the Klan.  In exactly the same manner as the Klan would lynch a black in a frenzy of hatred, so did they.  The mob are no better than the Klan.

She on the other hand is the type of person who will stand up against injustice.  She is the type of person who will make a difference in this world.
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Male 4,242
Now that's a true hero. And that's how you change the world through kindness.
Fighting hate with more hate only leads to even more hate.
Let her example teach the rest of you.
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Male 3,492
Brave, but horribly stupid.
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Should a mob lynch him?  Absolutely not.  

Is he worth dying for because of a stray bat hits you in the head?  Absolutely not.

He choose to wear those clothes, showing those symbols and approach that crowd, while they had no right to lynch him, risking permanent injury trying to protect him is quite unfair to your loved ones.

If she was paralyzed during that assault, would the KKK donate to her care?  I somehow doubt it.
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Male 3,684
daegog thats what a true hero does. a true hero doesnt think about whether or not they could get hurt, they dont think about whether or not the person they are hlping will have any gratitude, all a true hero thinks about is doing the right thing. "virtue is only virtue in extremis."
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Male 3,492
robthelurker That's the same bullshit the military sold me back in the day.  They literally brainwashed me into thinking that "man, i hope i can jump on a grenade and get a congressional medal of honor".  And i promise you, i wasn't the only one.  

I recall getting older in the military and arguing with the newer guys about heroism.  They said i should be happy to die for my country.  I explained to them, i want to go home with all my arms and legs, not medals.  I made them each a deal, if they can take a bullet for me, i would do my absolute best to write up their obituary to make them seem like the greatest hero ever.

That said, there are reasons good enough to die or get maimed for, protecting this guy is not one of them.

I would also disagree with your concept of hero.  To me a hero is a single mom, that works multiple shitty jobs to put food on her table for her and her kids.  She does this for 18+ years because she has to. 

In comparison, diving on that goof and screaming, no don't hit him seems really easy to me. 
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Male 3,684
daegog "To me a hero is a single mom, that works multiple shitty jobs to put food on her table for her and her kids." and she does so without gratitude from her kids, she does so knowing that if she had to she would run into a burning building with out hesitation or concern for her own danger to protect her kids. she does this for 18+ years because she has to.

"there are reasons good enough to die or get maimed for, protecting this guy is not one of them." that guy is a human being, he doesnt deserve to be torn apart by a mob like a wild animal.

"In comparison, diving on that goof and screaming, no don't hit him seems really easy to me." a black woman defending a man wearing a shirt with the confederate flag from physical assault from a mob is easy? 

im sorry for your experience in the military. it should never be ""man, i hope i can jump on a grenade and get a congressional medal of honor." it should be "we stand on guard for thee." sorry, im canadian. but standing on guard for your country does NOT mean having to die or be injured for it. some people see it as an honour (lt. dan from forest gump wanted to be left in the jungle to die for his country just like his ancestors, but he survived, legless though, but went on an awesome crab fishing adventure and invested his money is some weird fruit company). but getting injured or killed isnt the honour, its serving your country thats an honour.

look, im sorry, the only military references i know are from movies, which seems really disrespectful, but i have one last thing. there is a movie called bubba ho-tep, its about bruce campbell playing an aging elvis in a retirement home with a black jfk fighting a cowboy mummy... ok just bear with me. at the beginning of the movie, elviss bunk mate dies, and the daughter comes to collect his things. there are some pictures with friends, a tin of chocolates and a purple heart. she throws everything away. elvis asks her if he can have one of his pictures and the purple heart, and the tin of chocolates. look man, i dont know shit, im just a stoner who collects comics and works at a grocery store, but there are people who are proud to serve their country, and some of them are proud of their purple heart. to some people, the purple heart means more than just getting injured or killed. i completely understand that there are people in the military who think, "man, i hope i can jump on a grenade and get a congressional medal of honor". and that is not okay. that is not what being a hero means. a hero is many things. a hero is a mom raising her kids working multiple shitty jobs top put food on the table for 18+ years. there are the stupid heroes who dont think about their own life when a grenade is tossed. and then there are the heroes who come home alive and write obits about the idiots who saved their life.
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Male 45
..end of the day we are all human, have Same blood, same organs..I would do the same as this girl just so I would not have to whiteness a man being beaten. 
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