Oct 24, 2017 by Will Maule

Black Man Hears 'God Whisper' Message To Him About White Supremacist Before Hugging Him

It has become somewhat of an iconic image: a black man hugging a white supremacist at the University of Florida outside an event in which supremacist leader Richard Spencer was speaking. 

 “I could have hit him, I could have hurt him ... but something in me said, ‘You know what? He just needs love,"" Courtney, a football coach, told the New York Daily News. 

“Why don’t you like me, dog?” he shouted at the Nazi. “It’s a step in the right direction. One hug can really change the world. It’s really that simple.”

Whilst the man continued to ignore Courtney's questions, he felt like God was at work, so he continued to love on the man that hated him. “I reached over and the third time, he wrapped his arms around me, and I heard God whisper in my ear, ‘You changed his life,"" he said of the encounter. 

"Why do you hate me?” Courtney said again. Furniss finally answered, “I don’t know.” 

Aaron Courtney hugs a man wearing swastikas all over his shirt at the University of Florida, where white supremacist Richard Spencer was scheduled to speak on Thursday.

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