Protestor hugs Nazi at white supremacist speech
Can Neo-Nazis be rehabilitated? Well, of course you can, if you view them like members of a cult, and try to bring them back to society. As the modern era delivers us further and further into evil, fringe ideologies like Neo-Nazism have cropped up as a response to the void in modern life. But these movements only serve to grow the void. Should we punch our delusional countrymen, or instead, ignore their views and create a society in opposition to those twisted ideas of racial pre-destination?
At white supremacist Richard Spencer's much-publicized speech at the University of Florida, a massive crowd of protestors outside and some Neo-Nazis engaged in scuffles and conversation. Randy Furniss wore a shirt covered in Swastikas, making no qualms about his views. He was punched at one time.
But later, Aaron Courtney, a 31-year-old high school football coach, did the opposite.
Courtney, being immensely charitable, explained:
“I could have hit him, I could have hurt him ... but something in me said, ‘You know what? He just needs love.’”
It's quite the move, for a man who hates your entire race. Courtney went on to say, regarding the Spencer speech:
“I found out about what kind of person he was and that encouraged me, as an African-American, to come out and protest. Because this is what we’re trying to avoid. It’s people like him who are increasing the distance ... between people
“I had the opportunity to talk to someone who hates my guts and I wanted to know why. During our conversation, I asked him, ‘Why do you hate me? What is it about me? Is it my skin color? My history? My dreadlocks?’
“After beating around the bush, and avoiding my questions, I asked him, I pleaded with him, I almost broke out in tears, growing increasingly angry because I didn’t understand."
And then, Courtney hugged the man. Furniss finally responded that "I don't know" when asked why he hated black people.
“I honestly feel that was a step in the right direction," said Courtney. "For him to take a picture with a guy that he hated when he woke up this morning.”
Courtney even said that “I reached over and the third time, he wrapped his arms around me, and I heard God whisper in my ear, ‘You changed his life.’”
Let's hope so. As for the speech, here's a photograph of the whole crowd who came out to see Spencer:
Yeah, that's right. The entire back of the auditorium was flooded with media and protestors, who chanted "F**k you Spencer" as he came out. It seems that for every genuine white supremacist out to see Spencer talk, there was a large contingent of journalists and protestors there to counteract what he represents to society.
Why is the media so obsessed with Spencer? It seems clear to me that he is an utterly fringe person with no real base, and nobody cares about what he thinks, save for the media, who likely see giant attention being brought to the fact that there is a white nationalist brazenly going around saying insane racist stuff in 2017.
But that type of loon will always exist. Until he has a mass movement, I'm not worried about him. I think he has virtually no support, and without the media, nobody would know his name, and he would have no influence on society.
What do you think? Is Nazi-punching the right answer? Nazi-hugging? None of the above? Maybe a new rejuvenated political project to make people less myopic and miserable? Yeah, let's do that.