Wednesday, October 30, 2013
That's the situation Keshia Thomas was faced with back in 1996 when the klan decided to march among a group of protesters in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
"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....' “
To get an idea what Ms. Thomas had to go through, just look at the pictures in this post.
No doubt this was a profile in courage, and this young lady deserves a special shout out for letting her humanity shine through. Honestly, I can't say that I would have done the same thing.
Thomas, who had previously experienced violence, says that the man did not deserve to be attacked.
“Nobody deserves to be hurt, especially not for an idea."
She has never met the man she protected again, but months later a young man approached her in coffee shop and thanked her. When she asked what he was thanking her for, his reply was simple.
“That was my dad.” [Source]
At least the man's son had the decency to thank Ms. Thomas for literally saving his father's life. I wonder what happened to the father. He must have lost all of his white supremacist cred when he put himself in a situation which caused a black woman to have to save his life.
How do you explain that to the boyz back under the hood?
"I saw that n****r woman pulling you away from the crowd. What the hell happened to you?"
If the klansman is dead, hopefully he made peace with his maker before he checked out. If he is still alive, he needs to realize that it's not too late.
*Pictures from the New York Daily News.