Parker Nettles is just 3 years old and a Charleston native. Last Sunday, him and his parents were near the Emanuel AME Church where the deadly shooting happened a week ago. The family spotted people with signs saying “Free Hugs” and the hashtag #CharlestonStrong. While Parker’s dad John, a professional photographer, went to go snap a photo of a black woman and white woman embracing, Parker ran up to the black woman for a hug.
John Nettles, Jr. then snapped this heartwarming and inspirational photo.
Since becoming viral symbol of peace and unity, the photo is now available as a poster. It costs $15, is available in color or black and white. Plus all the proceeds go to The Emanuel Church Fund.
Nettles wrote on his Facebook, “He doesn’t understand that he’s hugging a black woman and that he’s a white boy. He doesn’t understand that just last week there was another white boy who decided to murder several black people – just because they’re black. To him, it’s just a hug with another person.”
This amazing image just shows that racism is taught. We hope that one day all the children don’t hesitate to hug someone of a different race. The world needs more hugs!
It gave me happy tears!