Demonstrators SHUT DOWN any hopes that racist Richard Spencer’s ass had of spreading his hate-filled message at the University of Florida in a planned event that had garnered worldwide media attention.
Spencer left soon after complaining that he wasn’t able to speak over the crowd jeering him.
Meanwhile, an act of compassion shown by a 31 year old Black Gainesville high school football coach is what’s really on people’s minds today. Aaron Courtney heard about Spencer’s speech at UF and decided he’d just show up on short notice to make his voice and presence felt.
Outside the UF auditorium, Nazis and their supporters clashed with demonstrators but Courtney decided to try some tenderness with a Caucasian young man wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with racist symbols–Randy Furniss.
After repeatedly asking Furniss, “Why don’t you like me, dog?”, Courtney decided not to give in to the urge to clunk Furniss upside the head.
Instead, he gave Furniss a series of hugs.
Furniss at first resisted, then hugged Courtney back.
And Furniss responded to Courtney’s question about why he hated him with this: “I don’t know”.
Said Courtney afterward: “I could have hit him, I could have hurt him … but something in me said, ‘You know what? He just needs love.’”
Meanwhile, 3 of Spencer’s supporters were charged after a gun was fired at a group of people sitting on Archer Road.
William Henry Fears, 30; Colton Gene Fears, 28; and Tyler Eugene Tenbrink, 28–all of whom allegedly self-identify as Nazis–were also all charged with attempted homicide and booked into the Alachua County jail.
Tenbrink was also charged with being a felon in possession of a weapon.
Police say the men fired a gun at group of people who were sitting on Archer Road.
Tenbrink’s bond was set at $3 million. William Fears and Colton Fears each are held on $1 million bond.
They are all still sitting in the Alachua County Jail.