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Could you have done this?

MzKB
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edited October 2013 in For The Grown & Sexy
This took place June 1996 in Ann Harbor, Michigan

Images of a black teenager leaping into harm’s way to protect an alleged Ku Klux 🤬 member from an angry mob have lost none of their impact 17 years later.

Keshia Thomas spoke with the BBC about the day when 17 KKK members held a rally.

Hundreds of locals had arrived to protest their presence, while police with riot gear and tear gas protected the Klansmen. An 18-year-old Thomas stood with the National Women’s Rights Organizations Coalition protestors behind a purpose-built fence, when someone in the crowd noticed a white man with a Confederate flag T-shirt and an SS tattoo among them.

A woman with a megaphone shouted her accusation, “There’s a Klansman in the crowd.”

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As the man tried to get away, Thomas was among the crowd that gave chase.

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He started to run when cries of “🤬 the 🤬 ” rang out, but soon fell to the ground. Protestors began to kick and strike the man with placards.


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As the blows continued to rain down, a horrified Thomas threw herself on top of the man to shield him.

“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 said.



“She put herself at physical risk to protect someone who, in my opinion, would not have done the same for her,” he said. “Who does that in this world?”

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.”

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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.”

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Comments

  • Kat
    Kat Don't @ Me to Dumb Shit. H-TownMembers Posts: 50,667 ✭✭✭✭✭
    What an amazing woman.
  • dalyricalbandit
    dalyricalbandit Co-Owner Of AllhipHop.com, Super Moderator, Administrator, Moderator Members, Moderators Posts: 67,918 Regulator
    edited October 2013
    bad 🤬 happens to folks who dont mind their business I'm good I'll just keep it pushing and looking from a distance
  • Meta_Conscious
    Meta_Conscious Hypocrite The BashmentMembers Posts: 26,227 ✭✭✭✭✭
    she did the right thing...
    I dont belee in dat 🤬 tho slime...
  • KingFreeman
    KingFreeman Way UpMembers Posts: 13,731 ✭✭✭✭✭
    She's a better person than me for sure. Can't call 🤬 tho cause I'm sure she woulda done that for a person of any color.
  • Kat
    Kat Don't @ Me to Dumb Shit. H-TownMembers Posts: 50,667 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Kat wrote: »
    What an amazing woman.

    KKK 🤬


    Why must you be an idiot?

    She had every right to stand back and watch that man get stomped, but she chose to be better than him and his kind and she did it alone..that's amazing.

    I wonder what he thinks of that day and if it changed him.
  • Meta_Conscious
    Meta_Conscious Hypocrite The BashmentMembers Posts: 26,227 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 2013
    @sixsicksins do u belee in the teachings of Black Jesus or nah?
  • NYETOPn
    NYETOPn Members Posts: 1,276 ✭✭✭✭✭
    She was way too kind to help out a dope who, if she was on fire, would probably spit on her & go out for barbecue after laughing his porcelain ass off about it.
  • onetoughmiracle
    onetoughmiracle NY Giants Fan...Always Keep the Strap On You! Members Posts: 2,242 ✭✭✭✭✭
    couldn't be me, she str-8 coonin
    foh, i wouldve be the first one stompin that mf

    ^^^^this^^^^
  • SixSickSins
    SixSickSins Reading over Tananarive Due's shoulder. Somewhere getting asked about natural hair.Members Posts: 8,134 ✭✭✭✭✭
    couldn't be me, she str-8 coonin
    Stopitfive wrote: »
    @sixsicksins do u belee in the teachings of Black Jesus or nah?

    I believe that the Black Creator will smite her and bless us with her death.
  • Sour-Cream
    Sour-Cream Members Posts: 6,494 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Kanye Kardashian owns this thread
    🤬 na.
  • AZTG
    AZTG Members Posts: 7,598 ✭✭✭✭✭
    couldn't be me, she str-8 coonin
    Nah. Id stomp him out. I been in protests where we stomped two dudes to an inch of his life.
  • MzKB
    MzKB Members Posts: 3,366 ✭✭✭✭✭
    couldn't be me, she str-8 coonin
    VIBE wrote: »
    AZTG wrote: »
    Nah. Id stomp him out. I been in protests where we stomped two dudes to an inch of his life.

    So if he had died, you would've risked life in prison for a few minutes of stupidity?

    In all fairness, it would be suicide by stupidity.

  • AZTG
    AZTG Members Posts: 7,598 ✭✭✭✭✭
    couldn't be me, she str-8 coonin
    VIBE wrote: »
    AZTG wrote: »
    Nah. Id stomp him out. I been in protests where we stomped two dudes to an inch of his life.

    So if he had died, you would've risked life in prison for a few minutes of stupidity?

    @vibe Take a second to think, it aint that simple. We were in ny in front of the UN, had about a 150 kurdish people and we were protesting Turkey. Lil background info, in Turkey the Kurds and Turks have been having an armed conflict for the last 30 years. At the time we were protesting cause Turkey was using chemical weapons.

    During the protest, people came from the Turkish consulate to take pictures of us and 🤬 . One of them ended up pushing a 11 year old girl down and kick her then tried to ran, stupidly he ran in the direction of this big 🤬 who body slammed his ass and before he could get up me and like ten other dudes stomped his 🤬 the 🤬 out. He deserved it.

    second dude was a similar situation.
  • Dr.Chemix
    Dr.Chemix Members Posts: 11,823 ✭✭✭✭✭
    dumb as 🤬 ...

    somebody did a back flip in their grave