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Teen BLM Supporter Tells Pensive ‘Proud Boys’ Member He ‘Can Change’ His Ways In Powerful Video

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A powerful video demonstrated the possibility of a path to understanding when a fearless teen showed empathy towards a Proud Boys member who repeatedly debased himself.

Activist Vixxy Vyohr, who was not in the video, filmed and posted the clip on Twitter after covering Saturday’s demonstration in Denver, Colorado, held by the Proud Boys.

The far-right extremist group hawked false claims that President-elect Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election due to voter fraud.

Initially in the video, the 43-year-old Proud Boy member, dressed in Right Wing Death Squad gear, appeared resistant to speaking with the 17-year-old Black Lives Matter protestor.

But unlike others who would default to vilifying and dismissing individuals associated with hate groups, the teenager remained persistent and questioned his views.

The two began a meaningful conversation in which the man eventually let his guard down and admitted:

“Honest to god, I’m kinda dumb, straight up.”

But the off-camera teen immediately countered:

“You’re not dumb.”

The man continued:

“I am kinda dumb. I don’t really research much, I just kind of live by the, by the like knee jerk.”

“I just think and move like a f’g dog.”

Vyohr later identified the young activist was a woman named “Ashira” and said of her interaction with the man:

“I think it’s one of the most poignant of the day.”

“The Proud Boy both sums up the reactionary mindset of the average American in 2020 and have what seems to be a moment of genuine reflection while talking to a young protester.”

The teen continued to dispute his claims and asserted:

“You can change. You don’t need to call yourself dumb.”

“You don’t need to call yourself stupid. I believe you’re very educated.”

The man told her he was 43 and added:

“I feel like I’m stuck in my ways.”

When Ashira asked who was telling him that he was “dumb” and “stupid,” he replied, “me.”

To which she passionately responded that it was not true and encouraged him to:

“Tell ‘me’ to stop. You need to get those negative thoughts–stop ’cause it’s not true.”

“You need to know that it’s not true.”

The man acknowledged her by nodding and thanked her when she told him she firmly believed he was smart, despite not knowing each other.

The clip ended with him saying:

“For what it’s worth, I don’t want this to be the way it is.”

“I’m sorry for using the F-word. My apologies.”

In reaction to the video, Vyohr tweeted that the man’s words were:

“important in terms of conversations surrounding deradicalization and working class unity.”

Many were moved by Ashira’s fortitude in her non-judgmental interview.

 

This Twitter user noticed that Ashira’s compassion resonated with the protestor, who appeared to have a moment of introspection.

 

Ashira shared Vyhor’s clip of her on her social media and said of her encounter:

“I am glad that people are being open minded and self reflective!”

“Know your worth and remember you can always change! A conversation I will never forget.”

People directly complimented Ashira and expressed their admiration for the young woman with a bright future.

There is hope for humanity after all.

This heartfelt exchange showed that honest conversations can be had in a civil manner when there is no hostility and when we listen to one another.

And while there are no guarantees for quick solutions, it’s a good place to start.

Well done, Ashira.

Koh Mochizuki

Written by Koh Mochizuki

Koh Mochizuki is a New York-based actor and writer. Originally hailing from Los Angeles, he received his B.A. in English literature and is fluent in Japanese. Disney parks are his passion, and endless cups of coffee are a necessity. Instagram: kohster Twitter: @kohster1