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At A Richard Spencer Rally, This Former Aryan Brotherhood Member Made An Unlikely Friend

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When Randy Furniss walked into a Richard Spencer rally, his life changed for the better – but not at first. That’s because, almost immediately upon his arrival, Furniss was assaulted by multiple protestors to the event.

The multiple swastikas on his shirt and tattooed on his leg made Furniss an instant target. However, things were not as they appeared, as he’d soon find out.

Identifying as a former racist, Furniss says he only wore the shirt to guarantee himself a ticket to the rally. “I wanted to see what Spencer had to say,” said the 31-year-old. But when it all turned violent, Furniss got help from an unlikely person.

An Unusual Savior

Any explanation Furniss gave to the angry mob mostly fell upon deaf ears – except on Julius Long.

With Long being a black man, it is expected that he and Furniss would be at odds. Yet, Long was attending the rally for an unusual reason: to understand the mindsets of Richard Spencer’s followers. So when he saw some of the 2,500 protestors assaulting Furniss, he felt compelled to stop it.

“I didn’t see racism from him,” said Long, “But I did see a lot of racism from people who had ‘Black Lives Matter’ shirts on and ‘Love Conquers All’ signs.”

Long then offered Furniss a ride home. That’s when the unexpected happened.

Destined To Be Friends

After helping Furniss file a report for assault at the Gainesville Police Station, Long wanted to talk to Furniss about his views. The two had chicken and waffles at Celebrity’s Soul Food, discussing Furniss’s past in the Aryan Brotherhood and his change of heart.

“I used to hate everybody — everybody who wasn’t white,” said Furniss. “And honestly, I don’t know why.”

His racism took a turn after he shot a man in his youth then turned the gun on himself. “I’m trying to not be racist anymore, but it doesn’t happen overnight.”

When asked if he regrets attending the rally, Furniss said not at all. “This shit started a friendship [with Long],” he said. “It was meant to be.”

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