A Washington, D.C., man who is being praised for opening his home to protesters so they could escape arrest thinks the people he helped are the real heroes.
â€œI hope that my 13-year-old son grows up to be just as amazing as they are,â€ Rahul Dubey, 44, told ABC news channel WJLA Tuesday after nearly 70 protesters left his home as the cityâ€™s curfew lifted at 6 a.m.
After a 15-minute standoff, the police surged forward, pushing protesters with their shields and spraying gas, according to The Washington Post.
â€œIt was a human tsunami,â€ Dubey told the paper. â€œI was hanging on my railing yelling, â€˜Get in the house! Get in the house!â€™â€
He opened his door, and protesters raced in. He gave them milk to wash out their eyes, and let them spend the night â€” despite police attempting several times to coax the group outside to be arrested, according to protesters who spoke to local D.C. news station WUSA9.
Dubey can also be heard saying in a video posted widely to Twitter that police â€œshot tear gas through the windowâ€ of his home. He also said that police â€œput me up against a wallâ€ for about 15 seconds when he tried to get to his home earlier that evening.Â
â€œHow were you able to get home if they were holding you?â€ a protester recording the video asks him.
â€œBecause Iâ€™m not Black,â€ he responds.
Although many would see his actions as brave, Dubey doesnâ€™t think he did â€œanything special.â€
â€œI know most people wouldâ€™ve flung open that door,â€ he told WUSA9.
He added to the news channel that he feels the nation is â€œlostâ€ and â€œvery fragile,â€ and he decided to help because no one is â€œdoing anything about it, except for these people.â€
He continued by describing what the protesters were doing while staying in his home:
â€œ[The protesters] lead with love, and when you lead with love, the country is exactly like this â€” where weâ€™re diverse and weâ€™re united,â€ he said. â€œThey were in there in groups, being pragmatic, they were problem-solving, they were sharing their fears, they were frightened, they were consoling each other. Thatâ€™s the America I know. And if my leaders could actually reproduce what took place in that house in unity, weâ€™re going to be a much better country.â€
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