This One Photo of a KKK Member Proves Why Hate Never Wins

July 20th 2015

South Carolina director of public safety Leroy Smith amazed many when he helped an elderly person apparently suffering from heat exhaustion at a Ku Klux Klan (KKK) rally over the weekend.

Twitter user Rob Godfrey captured the moment Smith, a Black man, guided an individual sporting a white supremacist shirt to shelter and water at the blistering rally in Columbia, South Carolina, where the temperature reached nearly 100 degrees that day.

As noted by BuzzFeed, the KKK put on the event outside South Carolina's statehouse in protest of the state's recent decision to remove the Confederate flag from capitol grounds. Calls for the flag's removal began after an avowed white supremacist terrorized and killed nine Black people inside Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

With some getting violent at the rally, many appreciated the image of Smith assisting a man in need regardless of that individual's likely views on race relations. Here are some reactions to the picture.

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