Heroic Black Cop Helping A White Supremacist Goes Viral

An officer rises as a beacon of light in the dark abyss of racial hatred and discrimination.

The photo is enough to give us a moral high.

The image shows a black police officer identified as Leroy Smith assisting an obviously white supremacist man out of the heat.

The man, wearing a black T-shirt bearing a swastika, was one of 50 white supremacists carrying Confederate flags who clashed with another group, Black Educators for Justice, at the South Carolina State House on Saturday.

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The image started appearing on social media over the weekend.

Racial and cultural tensions have flared in South Carolina since the shootings last month of nine African Americans in a historic Charleston church, allegedly at the hands of Dylann Roof.

Roof appeared obsessed with white supremacy and was fond of symbols like the Confederate battle flag.

"I have no choice," Roof wrote on his website prior to the attack. "I am not in the position to, alone, go into the ghetto and fight. I chose Charleston because it is most historic city in my state, and at one time had the highest ratio of blacks to Whites in the country. We have no skinheads, no real KKK, no one doing anything but talking on the internet. Well someone has to have the bravery to take it to the real world, and I guess that has to be me."

In the aftermath, South Carolina lawmakers decided to finally remove the Confederate flag from Capitol grounds, ultimately recognizing its symbolism as one of racist hatred. Some people, including groups like the KKK, reacted harshly to the move.

But though instances of hate and violence keep erupting, there are people like Officer Leroy Smith who always save the day and leave us with hopes of a better and more harmonious future.

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