As a third night of protests in Charlotte, North Carolina went off mostly peacefully, people in the city are breathing easier. And many of the stories that emerged from last night’s protest had a very positive message, like this one.
The video below is going viral because of the bravery one protestor demonstrates in the face of his peers. The “free hugs” man in the video has had enough of the Black Lives Matter hypocrisy and he’s not afraid to say so.
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The clip begins with the “free hugs” man embracing a white police officer, who is gracious for the interaction. The Black Lives Matter protesters aren’t so pleased by the outreach. The immediately begin to berate him. There’s some harsh language exchanged.
The “free hugs” man then hugs an black cop. The profanity doesn’t stop.
“You a pussy, nigga!” one man exclaims. Crossing the lines, apparently, is out of the question.
“It’s not like that,” said “free hugs” man. Then the altercation gets personal, and the back-and-forth heats up.
“Did he kill somebody?” “free hugs” man says gesturing to the white officer. “Did he kill somebody?” he repeats, pointing at the black officer.
“We cannot say that every cop is bad, none of these people here shot anyone!” he explains to a woman. She’s not having it, though. She’s screaming at him, and demanding that he talk off his shirt.
“The thing is, I see them as human beings just like I see everybody on this side as human beings,” he says. “This uniform doesn’t make him a robot, just like your skin color doesn’t make you a criminal.”
“This man gave me a hug,” he says, point to the cop, “and this man wants to fight me because of that,” he says, motioning to a BLM protester.
“How does that make sense? Spreading more hate into the world, that’s what’s frustrating me.”
The point may be lost of some of the protestors who just want the cathartic release of a good violent protest. Yet Black Lives Matter activists complain about cops stereotyping black people as criminals. This one man is standing up to this. While it is still a protest, it has purpose.