The heroes who stood up to hate

America saw a wave of hate crimes this year. But we also saw people try to stop them. In May, two men were killed (and one injured) defending two black teenagers from a white supremacist on a Portland, Oregon, commuter train. “I just want to say thank you to the people who put their life on the line for me, because they didn’t even know me and they lost their lives because of me and my friend and the way we look,” said Destinee Mangum, 16. “And I just want to say thank you to them and their family and that I appreciate them because without them, we probably would be dead right now.”
Kansas city heroes
That wasn’t an isolated incident. In March, in a bar outside of Kansas City, Ian Grillot ran at a gunman shouting racist epithets who had just killed one Indian immigrant and wounded another. His action saved the life of a third man (both pictured above). In October, a New York City police officer stopped an ISIS-inspired man who killed eight people with a truck. These are just a few examples of how heroism met hate in 2017. Learn eight ways to stand up to hate.