As confrontations between neo-Nazi and white supremacists continue at various locations around the country, there was an interesting moment at the most recent one at the University of Florida where counter-protestors vastly outnumbered the neo-Nazis. For some reason, a white skinhead walked right into a crowd of counter-protestors and initially there was a fight where he was punched. But then this burly black guy enveloped the skinhead in a bear hug, holding him tightly and repeatedly saying “Give me a hug!”
I suspect that white supremacists and neo-Nazis do not like the idea of being hugged by black people. So facing the prospect of having platoons of large black men who might be designated huggers waiting for them might be far more disconcerting to them than being punched in the face.
It is kind of like the time in 1999 when Michael Moore organized a busload of gay men to descend on anti-gay rallies organized by the Westboro Baptist Church. These gay men would dress in flamboyant clothing and have fun right in the face of the church founder Fred Phelps and his church members who would quickly pack up their signs and get the hell out of there.