Outside Gainesville, Florida, a Nazi that’s been identified as Randy Furniss, was surrounded and punched in the face by protestors who showed up for a speech given by terrorist leader Richard Spencer.
Spencer is the president of the National Policy Institute, a white supremacist “think-tank.” In the lead up to Spencer’s speech at the University of Florida, shots were fired at protestors in Gainesville on Friday, where thousands of protestors showed up against Spencer’s appearance.
One man decided to approach the situation differently, however.
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A black man, who’s since been identified as Aaron Courtney by the New York Daily News is seen confronting the Nazi and asking what he hated about him.
“What don’t you like me, dog?” He asked, then according to Western Journalism, he pressed, “Why do you hate me? What is it about me? Is it my skin color? My history? My dreadlocks?”
Furniss didn’t have a response. Courtney told the Daily News,
“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.”
Courtney accredited the need to hug him to the teachings of his father, a bishop.
“Something in me said, ‘You know what? He just needs love. Maybe he never met an African-American like this.”
Courtney persisted to attempt to hug the Nazi three times after that, but eventually, with his arms wrapped around him, he told the Daily News, “I heard God whisper in my ear, ‘You changed his life.'”
In the end, Furniss answered Courtney’s original question, “Why do you hate me,” to which Furniss answered honestly, “I don’t know.”
Courtney believes his approach is “a step in the right direction.” And he’s right. What’s happening around us on a daily basis, the news we’re reading, the whole world seems to be off balance with the things that are happening.
Maybe Courtney will spark inspiration for those who are out there making a difference in our world, and those of us trying to disrupt it.