DAILYKENN.com -- A peaceful shop owner in Kennesaw, Georgia was confronted by a group exasperating controversy.
It's not the first time the shop's owner has been targeted by hate. The discredited Southern Poverty Law Center earlier had stereotyped Dent Myers as a racist, reports say.
Nonetheless, Myers' Wildman's Shop is appreciated by his neighbors.
Wildman's shop features historical items and embraces Southern heritage; something left-wing bigots vilify. It hasn't always been that way. The shop opened in 1971. Not until recently has the regressive left turned up the heat of hate and intolerance on children of the Confederacy. The once-benign Confederate battle flag graces the front of Wildman's Shop now as it did before anti-white racists began demonizing it.
Austin Goodsell led a student march to the shop, a report says, apparently to exploit the environment of hate and tolerance fueled by the mainstream media's exaggerated coverage of George Floyd's death. Only about 100 participants bothered to show up, if the media can be believed. (Fewer than a dozen can be seen in the video.)
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Goodsell said the protest group faced the shop owner, who is well known in the area, and said "there were about three of them talking to Myers, and they were giving their viewpoint, and he was explaining his life and his background and everything like that. By the end of this he basically gave the only guy who shook his hand something from the store."
Video of the handshake that Goodsell captured gained attention on social media. An unexpected moment of peaceful dialogue during a heated week in America.
The group had about a five minute or so conversation and then the crowd started moving and people started going into the store.
As the Southern Poverty Law Center describes Myers, and as it well known in the area, his shop sells some incredibly racist memorabilia. He has owned it since 1971. Even with that, the Kennesaw Historical Society, in 1993, awarded Myers his first Historic Preservation Award. With no mention of his racist items.
Goodsell also described other interesting exchanges with the Kennesaw Police Department that day. He said at one point, someone who didn't appear to be a student, or from the area, became "rowdy", Goodsell said.
"He stopped his car in the middle of the street, telling the cops, don't shoot."
Goodsell says police weren't paying much attention to him, but he continued to make a scene. He says an officer then offered the man water as a gesture of peace, and that's when the two began talking.
In another moment, Goodsell describes a scene where an officer from the Kennesaw Police Department was sitting with a group in a park. He says the officer told someone that he saw the sign saying "Black Lives Matter."
According to Goodsell, the officer told them he saw the "Black Lives Matter" sign and said, "blue lives, black lives, when you hear somebody, I know when I see your signs saying Black Lives Matter, that don't mean that my life don't matter too," Goodsell said.
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