A former white supremacist from Ohio received an enormous swastika tattoo on his chest lined up with a rose in honor of Juneteenth — saying he now proudly helps the Black Lives Matter motion.
Dickie Marcum, a 34-year-old steelworker from Cincinnati, cried tears of pleasure after inking away the vile image and explaining to his daughter, “Daddy doesn’t hate folks anymore,” he wrote in a now-viral Facebook post.
“Once I got here residence and my spouse noticed the cover-up, she began crying and hugged me and saved saying that she’s so pleased with me,” he stated. “I’m pleased with myself, however I nonetheless really feel disgrace for ever getting it.”
In a prolonged confession about what led to his racist beliefs, Marcum stated he first received the tattoo 13 years in the past.
In highschool, he was bullied by some black college students and later started socializing with individuals who used racial slurs, solidifying his ignorant world view.
After a black man was convicted of kidnapping and attacking his then-girlfriend in 2007 — an expertise that left him “blinded by hate”— he stated he received the tattoo.
“Once I heard what a black man had [done], I used to be blinded by hate and instantly shut down and all I might take into consideration was how a lot I hate ‘them,’” he stated. “It’s a extremely silly approach to assume, and I can’t justify how I felt and I’m not going to, I used to be an fool and I held onto that tattoo for 10 years as punishment to myself.”
For years he was too embarrassed to go swimming for concern folks would see the swastika.
“As a result of I lived virtually 20 years having that mentality, I felt like I deserved the disgrace that I felt,” he stated.
However working in development alongside of us of various races helped him study that persons are greater than their pores and skin shade.
Marcum lastly went underneath the needle once more final week at Silkworm Tattoo in Hamilton, Ohio, which supplied reductions for patrons protecting up illiberal pictures in honor of Juneteeth, a vacation celebrating the official finish of slavery.
“My daughter doesn’t actually know what that [swastika] image is, so I defined that the tattoo meant that daddy didn’t like folks, and now she is aware of daddy doesn’t hate folks anymore,” he stated.
He then confirmed off his new ink social media, issuing a public apology to “everybody he damage.”
Now, he feels a “weight” has been lifted — and the duty to vocally help minorities.
“I’m completely in love with this tattoo and I believe a rose was a beautiful selection as a result of it represents love and progress, and I believe that’s an ideal illustration of who I’m now,” he stated.