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Black Woman Recalls Saving White Man With Nazi Tattoo At Klan Rally
Newsone ^ | Oct 30, 2013 | Hannington Dia

Posted on 10/30/2013 3:22:18 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Keshia Thomas, a Black woman who protected a White man at a Ku Klux Klan rally back in 1996, recently recalled her act, according to BBC News.

“I knew what it was like to be hurt,” Thomas said. “The many times that, that happened, I wish someone would have stood up for me.”

Thomas was 18 years old, when Klansmen decided to hold a rally in Ann Arbor, Mich., her hometown. Known for being a heavily liberal and multiracial area, hundreds of residents gathered in a show of force against the group.

Though officers protected the White supremacists with riot gear and protesters were held behind a fence, the rally soon turned hostile. A woman holding a megaphone reportedly noticed a White man among them wearing a confederate T-shirt. She reportedly notified protesters who then proceeded to chase him from the crowd.

Though it’s not known if the man was a Klan member, protesters allegedly yelled, “Kill the Nazi,” before knocking him down. They reportedly began attacking him with wooden sticks from their signs.

For Thomas, the situation had clearly gotten out of hand.

“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.

Consequently, Thomas threw herself over the man, protecting him from further harm.

Then-student photographer Mark Brunner, who photographed the motion, was amazed by Thomas’ actions.

“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?” According to Thomas, “Violence is violence — nobody deserves to be hurt, especially not for an idea.” Now in her 30s, Thomas has never heard from the man, but she did have an encounter with someone close to him: Months after the gesture, a man reportedly approached her in a coffee shop and thanked her. When she asked why, he said, ”That was my dad.”

Knowing the man had a son put things in even greater perspective for Thomas. ”For the most part, people who hurt…they come from hurt. It is a cycle. Let’s say they had killed him or hurt him really bad. How does the son feel? Does he carry on the violence?”

Now living in Texas, Thomas says she is looking toward the future and not her past.

“I don’t want to think that this is the best I could ever be. In life you are always striving to do better.” she said. “The biggest thing you can do is just be kind to another human being. It can come down to eye contact or a smile. It doesn’t have to be a huge monumental act.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: annarbor; keshiathomas; kkk



1 posted on 10/30/2013 3:22:19 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Klan in Ann Arbor is asking for trouble but that’s what they do. Too bad so many idiots are easily baited.


2 posted on 10/30/2013 3:24:58 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: nickcarraway

You do know that Newsone is a black racist website not posted here by those who want to be taken seriously.


3 posted on 10/30/2013 3:29:09 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: nickcarraway

Hopefully some good comes out of all this.


4 posted on 10/30/2013 3:29:39 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: nickcarraway

Confederate symbol = Nazi? Who knew?


5 posted on 10/30/2013 3:31:51 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin 2016)
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To: Secret Agent Man

There are lots of good folks out there of all races. There are also lots of scum of all races, note the victim and his attackers are all white.


6 posted on 10/30/2013 3:32:08 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: nickcarraway
"When people are in a crowd, they are more likely to do things they would never do as an individual"

A fitting description of socialism. Transfer of responsibility from the individual to the collective, leaving the individual seemingly blameless for whatever he does, as long as he's just going along with the crowd.
7 posted on 10/30/2013 3:33:19 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It is ironic that a black woman would be the only one trying to save a man up north who is proud to wear the Confederate Flag.


8 posted on 10/30/2013 3:34:55 PM PDT by Oliviaforever
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To: nickcarraway
It would be good to know if this courageous act changed his attitude any.
9 posted on 10/30/2013 3:35:30 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He had a Confederate T-Shirt. The BBC story say he has an SS tattoo.


10 posted on 10/30/2013 3:35:42 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; nickcarraway
Klan member, protesters allegedly yelled, “Kill the Nazi,”

I used to know a guy who was an American Nazi (yes, he was CREEPY). They hate the Klan, and I assume vice versa. Who would have ever thought?

11 posted on 10/30/2013 3:35:46 PM PDT by Hardastarboard (You can keep your doctor - if you lock him in your basement.)
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To: Hardastarboard

Conversly I recall David Horowitz, from an article in the Amer. Spectator many yrs ago made a similar observation from his black panther sympathizing days. How Huey Newton and Bobby Seale were mortal enemies. Amazing they didn’t kill each other.


12 posted on 10/30/2013 3:40:59 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

SS runes on shoulder.


13 posted on 10/30/2013 3:46:44 PM PDT by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: Hardastarboard

We had a Nazi in my basic combat training company at Ft. Leonard Wood. He had been in an earlier cycle, had been busted somehow (he joined the Army to learn small arms repair for the Nazi Party) and they were putting him to work painting murals in the orderly room while his discharge was processed. Not a bad artist in a folk art sort of way. This was in June or July of 1978.


14 posted on 10/30/2013 3:47:03 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin 2016)
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To: nickcarraway

The SS tattoo is clearly seen on his shoulder in the second photo.


15 posted on 10/30/2013 3:54:29 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: nickcarraway; KC_Lion

The Klan are dumbest bunch of damned fools only equaled by Farakhan’s crazy bunch...

They are too stuipid to realize that the issue is never the genetic attributes of race of a group of humans but the negative aspects of degenerate cultures...

What make any culture degenerate?

Any culture that doesn’t push their children to be better than the previous generation is by definition degenerate.

So instead of taking responsibility for the failings in their own respective cultures and taking steps to remedy the situation by demanding more of their offspring, they instead blame the roll of the genetic dice.

Is is any wonder that both the above bat sht crazy groups blame the jews for all their problems, when Jewsih culture HAD to work hard to survive and that is what made them a sucessful group in the first place...


16 posted on 10/30/2013 3:54:33 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: nickcarraway

I’m sorry...I don’t buy any of this...a klan rally in 96....69 maybe....and this source? Sorry ,ain’t buyin any of it.....


17 posted on 10/30/2013 4:16:34 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: Uncle Chip

I agree...we need a mod to weigh in here.....this is HIGHLY QUESTIONABLE


18 posted on 10/30/2013 4:18:12 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: CrazyIvan
It would be good to know if this courageous act changed his attitude any.

Yes. But certainly it influenced the child and to me that is even more important as the children are the future.

19 posted on 10/30/2013 4:27:32 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: C. Edmund Wright

This post just shows how gullible and mindless some people are.

Anyone, like Abby on CSI or seedy characters on Law and Order, can stamp a tat on their body anywhere to play a specific role and then wash it off afterwards.


20 posted on 10/30/2013 4:29:11 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: nickcarraway

She’s an Uncle Tom. Anyone who has read the novel will know exactly what I’m talking about, and understand that I’m saying that as a compliment.


21 posted on 10/30/2013 4:31:02 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (If you liked the website, you'll LOVE the healthcare!)
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To: Uncle Chip

The entire thing looks staged to me. The date, the cast of characters....the over dramatic poses...I can’t believe some Freepers are falling for this.

Then again, some missed obvious sarcasm today on another thread. Is Obama making us dumber?


22 posted on 10/30/2013 4:31:33 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: C. Edmund Wright
I never heard this story before, but it appears to be real. I just did a search and found this archived article from 1996 and this quote in the article:

(SNIP) Thomas ... has at least one unlikely new admirer. "We bless her," says Jeffery Berry, 43, a National Imperial Wizard of the KKK and a Newville, Ind., tow-truck operator. "If you get ahold of her, tell her that Jeff Berry thanks her."

Interesting.

23 posted on 10/30/2013 5:01:25 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: nickcarraway

She did the moral and ethical thing when it was far from the easy thing to do.


24 posted on 10/30/2013 5:26:39 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

I don’t doubt it was staged in 1996 and reported in 96, but I still say it looks phony, false and overly dramatic. I can believe PEOPLE Mag falling for it....then and now....


25 posted on 10/30/2013 6:12:43 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: GraceG

Equating race and culture is central to all ‘liberal’ and ‘progressive’ beliefs.

So the KKK is indeed stupid, but the majority of America’s elite believe the same stupid thing.


26 posted on 10/30/2013 6:22:17 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: GraceG; onyx; cripplecreek; GeronL; 2ndDivisionVet; MestaMachine; nickcarraway
So instead of taking responsibility for the failings in their own respective cultures and taking steps to remedy the situation by demanding more of their offspring, they instead blame the roll of the genetic dice. Is is any wonder that both the above bat sht crazy groups blame the jews for all their problems, when Jewsih culture HAD to work hard to survive and that is what made them a sucessful group in the first place...

VERY Well Said Grace, thank you for your Kind Words, G-d Bless You, though I am sure he already has!

It is Character that matters, not race or gender.

There is also nothing wrong with being excepting of Other Cultures, what was that old Saw about the old American Melting Pot?

FReepers Quick, Raise your hand if you or wife or children are multi Racial, Multi Religion, of different nationally or economic background.

My Guess that would be....all of us!

27 posted on 10/30/2013 7:13:10 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: KC_Lion

Granny always said she thought there was an indian in the woodpile somewhere.


28 posted on 10/30/2013 7:14:45 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: KC_Lion

What a weird title


29 posted on 10/30/2013 7:18:31 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: cripplecreek; GeronL; Zionist Conspirator; TrueKnightGalahad; onyx; MestaMachine
I am Indian Too you know, tribe of Nephite :P

According to Romney at least :p

30 posted on 10/30/2013 7:22:20 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Hardastarboard; 2ndDivisionVet; nickcarraway

>>I used to know a guy who was an American Nazi (yes, he was CREEPY). They hate the Klan, and I assume vice versa. Who would have ever thought?

Read the 3rd quote on my FR profile page, the two-paragraph one by Hayek. He makes interesting observations about between-the-wars Nazis and Communists in Germany.

I expect a similar dynamic is at work.


31 posted on 10/30/2013 7:22:28 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: FreedomPoster

That’s why the Nazi flag and other symbols were red. They admitted to this in their diaries, IIRC.


32 posted on 10/30/2013 7:35:36 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin 2016)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“That’s why the Nazi flag and other symbols were red. They admitted to this in their diaries, IIRC.”

Hitler admitted in his book something along the lines that he felt he could lead workers to his movement by stealing the red from the communists.


33 posted on 10/30/2013 8:38:42 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

I was in A2 working on a masters at the time. It happened.

What’s your problem - you don’t think black people can do something heroic? You don’t think black people can feel others’ pain?

You don’t have to have thousands to have a rally, you know. You can have 10 people, get a permit, and march down Main Street.


34 posted on 10/30/2013 9:02:54 PM PDT by radiohead
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To: radiohead

Wow,what an absurd and totally incoherent response from you, way off the deep end like someone mentally disturbed.

My problem? None, but my radar tells me this is a staged photo, a staged event, to make a political point. My instincts are normally (not 100%, but usually) right when liberals stage something to make a point.

Your racist charge outs you as a liberal troll. Bye.


35 posted on 10/31/2013 4:31:23 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: GraceG
The Klan are dumbest bunch of damned fools only equaled by Farakhan’s crazy bunch...

These days, I suspect the Klan is a bunch of federal informants waiting for some idiot saying he wants to join up.

36 posted on 10/31/2013 4:35:48 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Okay, so your instincts tell you it was staged and it’s not because you’re racist.

What part do you think didn’t happen? The Klan rally? The guy getting beat up? The woman saving him? Who was in on the staged photo? What’s your alternate scenario that’s more plausible than the way it’s reported? I’m interested in the details, because it sounds like it would be a great story.


37 posted on 10/31/2013 6:02:15 AM PDT by mongrel
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To: mongrel

My instincts tell me, because I understand exactly how the media uses phony events to promote their cause, especially the cause of accusing all conservatives of being white.

This looks just as phony to me as those planted scenarios at many tea party events. As for a klan rally in a liberal university town just outside of Detroit in the mid 90s? May have happened, but I doubt it was big. I haven’t seen anything like that in eastern NC in 50 years...let alone the 90s....

But that’s beside the point....to me it just smacks of the very same thing done at tea party rallies in the past couple of years. Having hyper instincts is a burden sometimes....


38 posted on 10/31/2013 6:07:16 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Well, as someone else noted, they were in Ann Arbor when this happened. I also lived in the Midwest at this time and there was a resurgence of Klan rallies in the mid 90s. The Klan presence was never very large, but the counter demonstrations sometimes drew a large presence. So the rallies did happen, we saw them. The particular story here, the pictures do seem convincing. It’s either completely staged, which is not the left’s typical MO, or they convinced some stupid actor to put on a fake SS tattoo and risk getting killed by a violent crowd.

I agree with you that left is very good at creating convincing lies, but this doesn’t seem like one of them.


39 posted on 10/31/2013 6:20:28 AM PDT by mongrel
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To: mongrel

Then the only thing you and I disagree on is whether or not this particular photo was staged. Which is fine.

Which of course means we agree that no large Klan rally happened.

We agree that the left is always looking to fake these kinds of things in general.

And now you should agree that it was absurd and uncalled for - for you to play the race card on me. In fact, your entire accusatory attitude was baseless and quite like how a liberal would be expected to respond....


40 posted on 10/31/2013 6:24:40 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Go back and look at the posts. I didn’t play the race card with you. You have me confused with someone else. I clearly took you at your word and asked for clarification when another person inferred you had racist motives.


41 posted on 10/31/2013 6:43:44 AM PDT by mongrel
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To: mongrel

Fair enough...I wasn’t sure how to interpret your comment on race in light of the other accusation on this thread....


42 posted on 10/31/2013 6:46:54 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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