Here’s a powerful image of a black woman defending a white man thought to be a clansman at a protest against the KKK in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1996. Keshia Thomas was attending the anti-KKK rally when someone got on a bullhorn to announce there was a KKK member in the crowd. In the middle of the crush of people was a middle-aged man wearing a t-shirt with a Confederate flag on it, and a Nazi tattoo. The crowd turned on the man, and Keshia stepped in to defend him.
Keshia said of the incident that she “knew what it was like to be hurt.” Thomas added, “The many times that that happened, I wish someone would have stood up for me.”
While we may have come so far that we are no longer burning crosses or lynching people, racism is still a part of our society. Just ask the 24-year-old man who was shot ten times by police for walking while black after crashing his car. But seriously, we have no more racism because we have black TV channels and black people can get college degrees. Just ask Fox’s Eric Bolling.
Keshia must have been familiar with the teaching of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s belief in changing the world through non-violence.
King said, “Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.”
The King Center is currently leading a campaign for 100 Days of Non-Violence, To get involved, contact The King Center here.
Below is the historical photo of Keshia Thomas protecting a suspected clansman from a crowd of people.