17 years later: a black woman recalls protecting a white klansman
Keisha Thomas remembers it like yesterday. It was June 1996, and 17 Ku Klux Klan members held a rally in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Hundreds of locals arrived on the scene to protest the KKK’s presence as police protected the Klansman.
Thomas was standing in the crowd when someone noticed a man with a confederate flag T-Shirt and SS tattoo.
“A woman with a megaphone shouted her accusation, ‘There’s a Klansman in the crowd.’ As the man tried to get away, Thomas was among the crowd that gave chase. The man was attacked when he showed up at a KKK rally with a Confederate flag. He started to run when cries of “Kill the Nazi” rang out, but soon fell to the ground. Protestors began to kick and strike the man with placards.”
Then Thomas did the unthinkable. The 18-year-old threw herself on top of the man to shield him from the blows.
“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,’ “ she told NY Daily News.
Thomas has not met the man who she protected that day, but was thanked by his son.
Love has no color.
Sometimes you have to set hate aside to do what is right.
Thoughts on Thomas’ actions?
Do you think that you would have been able to do the same thing?
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