Unlikely friendship began at Richard Spencer rally
Two men with opposing views at the Richard Spencer rally, ended up seeing eye to eye.
Julius Long was among several protesters at the rally but he had a different approach to fight the hate.
"I actually wanted to hear what Richard Spencer had to say," Long said.
Long didn't get in to see Spencer but he did manage to strike up an unlikely friendship.
He met Randy Furniss, a man dressed in a Swastika shirt who talked to CBS 4 before he was chased out by protesters.
"I gotta have a level of respect for anybody who would go out anywhere wearing what he wore in a crowd where you're by yourself," Long said.
He said Furniss was calm and didn't fight back. Long explained the ordeal as "reverse racism".
"I didn't agree with what was going on... I didn't agree with people that had love signs, anti hate signs, beating him... spitting at him and calling him all types of names," Long said.
After Furniss was kicked out Long offered to drive him to his car. After talking for an hour and a half, he realized they had a lot in common.
"We all have similar views...some of his views were right. He's a proud white guy he feels that white is right...he's white he should feel that way. I'm black and I'm proud...black power white power...what's the difference?" Long said
The next day Long took Furniss to get some "soul food" for him to experience the black culture, he said Furniss really embraced it.
"That was definitely a wake up call for Randy when he was exposed to our culture and I think everyone needs more exposure to different cultures so we can understand them... what we don't understand, we fear."
Long said he hopes everyone can learn to embrace differences, help each other and work towards building a better America.