#SocialBite: Black Cop Assists White Supremacist

South Carolina Officer Leroy Smith, white supremacist

#SocialBite: Black Cop Assists White Supremacist

Viral photo gives different perspective of race relations.

Published July 20, 2015

With the summer approaching its boiling point (as far as heat index and racial tension goes), a lil' sip of Southern hospitality is just what the Internet needed.

Robert Godfrey, deputy chief of staff to Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) posted the above photo to his Twitter account. Though not a state sanctioned activity (he maintains all opinions on the page are "personal"), it was a deft move in giving a different perspective of America right now.


In it, officer Leroy Smith, in full uniform and melanin, assists an older white gentleman, in a Nazi tee, making his way towards shelter and water. It's racked up nearly 5,000 re-tweets and almost as many favorites since it was posted Saturday. 

"Not an uncommon example of humanity in SC," Godfrey writes, echoing the main message behind #BlackLivesMatter: Black people are human (whole ones, not 3/5ths of one) and we know white people are too.


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Written by Chay Liberté


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