At a Confederate Flag protest on July 18th, Officer Leroy Smith helped a man suffering from heatstroke as he struggled to get out of the sun. Considering temperatures reached 98 degrees, the scenario isn’t all that notable, at least at first glance.
But what is peculiar is the fact that Smith, who is black, is aiding a man with a giant swastika on his t-shirt.
The image, which stands in stark contrast to the protest at which it took place, has gone viral. But Officer Smith doesn’t think the act itself was all that special.
“I consider myself like every other officer who was out there braving the heat on Saturday to preserve and protect,” Smith said in a statement. “I hope this photo will be a catalyst for people to work to overcome some of the hatred and violence we have seen in our country in recent weeks.”
not an uncommon example of humanity in SC: Leroy Smith helps white supremacist to shelter & water as heat bears down. pic.twitter.com/GoF23r3mRe— Rob Godfrey (@RobGodfrey) July 18, 2015
The photo was posted on Twitter by Rob Godfrey, a spokesman for South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. Godfrey described the picture as a “not an uncommon example of humanity in SC.”
Since it was posted, the photo has been seen by millions.
(Source: AP/ABC News)