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This Dad Happened To Capture A Heartwarming Moment Of Charleston Healing After Tragedy

Never underestimate the power of a hug.

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Nettles wrote on his own Facebook that the picture was hard to take. It was a really emotional moment for him:

Parker doesn't understand how powerful that hug is. To him it's just a hug. 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.

Nettles isn't letting the attention around his Free Hugs photo go to waste, either. He's currently selling two different versions of it as a poster, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Mother Emmanuel AME Church.

Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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