Wednesday 28 June 2017

Picture: Black policeman assists white supremacist at Ku Klux Klan rally

A view of the shirt worn by a Ku Klux Klan member during a rally at the statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina July 18, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Keane
A view of the shirt worn by a Ku Klux Klan member during a rally at the statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina July 18, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Keane
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A protest against the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse got underway at the weekend.

Under the searing heat, members of the North Carolina-based Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) rallied on Saturday to make their feelings known.

However, there was one poignant image that was captured on the day that only served to undercut the vehemences of their protest.

Read more: Ku Klux Klan hold march in support of confederate flag in South Carolina

Photographer Rob Godfrey, with the Associated Press, took this spectacular image of a black policeman coming to the aid of one of the protesters.

Leroy Smith helped an elderly man, who was wearing a Nationalist Socialist movement T-shirt, and suffering from heat stroke out of the sun.

The basic human gesture caught on film has sicne gone viral.

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