Photo of Black Officer Helping Supremacist at KKK Rally Going Viral

Humanity stands out at a hate rally.

Most of the images from a KKK rally at the South Carolina Statehouse on Saturday were characterized by hatred and bigotry, but the most compelling image of the day was something very different—a black police officer helping a white supremacist in the South Carolina heat.

Police officer Leroy Smith was helping the unidentified KKK supporter when Twitter user Rob Godfrey took the picture that captured Smith’s poise and professionalism in dealing with such a difficult situation. Godfrey said it was “not an uncommon example of humanity in SC,” but it is also not one the public sees very often especially at such a hate-filled rally. The rally was held to protest the removal of the Confederate flag from South Carolina’s Statehouse, but hopefully the lasting image will be one of human compassion.

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