Former NAACP President defends Confederate flag: ‘Black folks earned a place of honor, dignity with this flag’

It’s not just a matter of black and white.

A former president of the North Carolina NAACP – and one of the few AfricanAmerican members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans – stood in front of a monument in Asheville, North Carolina, on Wednesday to tell those passing why he wanted the Confederate flag to continue to fly.

H.K. Edgerton stood waving the flag, telling anyone who would listen why he thought the Stars and Bars stood for something other than hate and racism. He said the flag is a symbol of the South’s struggle with civil rights over the last 150 years.

“Black folks earned a place of honor and dignity with this flag; black folks and white folks in southland America are family,” Edgerton said, according to WYFF.

wistv.com – Columbia, South Carolina

Edgerton took up his post in front of the Confederate statue just hours after a “black lives matter” protester vandalized the monument. He had tough words for the vandals, who he said don’t understand the inclusive nature of Southerners.

“I’m not going to blame it on a Yankee, because I’ve seen some Southern folk around here that are real questionable too, that don’t know anything about who they are and their families and the honorable people in the southland of America,” Edgerton said

Wednesday wasn’t the first time Edgerton defended the Confederate flag. In 2002 he marched all the way to Texas to defend the flag as part of the South’s heritage.

“That was my message when I walked to Texas, that was my message when I walked to the White House, and it’s my message still,” he told WYFF.

Not everyone who heard his argument agreed. One passerby told WYFF that if people take offense to the flag, that should trump all other concerns.

“For some people, it represents the proud history of the past in the South, but it seems to me the offensive nature of it to people of African-American descent outweighs that,” said the passerby, adding that people shouldn’t “make anyone feel uncomfortable.”

But to Edgerton, the flag – and everything it represents – is part of being a Southerner.

“This is our flag,” he said.

 

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135 thoughts on “Former NAACP President defends Confederate flag: ‘Black folks earned a place of honor, dignity with this flag’

  1. maridots says:

    The confederate flag is part of our history, like it or not. Many fought and died for that flag, they lost the fight but they were willing to stand up for their beliefs. Next will be the statues which are already being defaced. I’ve even heard some remark that history books should be rewritten and this part of history should be omitted. No it shouldn’t be. Good people fought this fight. They had the guts to do it, we need to remember and honor those who were brave enough to stand for their beliefs and allow the confederate flag to remain a part of our history, proudly waving on flag poles.

  2. LittleRoot_48 says:

    This government would like nothing better than to be rid of Southerners altogether. The removal of the flag will lead to the removal of monuments, museums, dead bodies of Confederate generals, change of names for streets, bridges, buildings, schools, etc. named after Confederate generals, state parts purged of any Confederate memorabelia and if some people out there had their way, elimination of Southern people.

    1. Doug says:

      Not all Southerners. Just rural Alabama. It’s of no value anyway.

      1. John Campbell says:

        Only Doug. :o)

  3. Doug says:

    Put on your Sunday go to Meeting clothes and don’t forget to bake a pie for the Church Social.

    1. LittleRoot_48 says:

      Do it all the time. I’ll put you on my prayer list.

  4. For My Liberty says:

    The Constitution protects our right to free speech. It does NOT protect anyone’s “right” to NOT be offended! TOTALLY fed up with the BS on the left, of anything they don’t LIKE, “offending” them, and thus, must be removed….I am OFFENDED by the LEFT!

  5. fireboatman says:

    “I was born in the Land of Cotton, look away look away Dixie Land” Yes, I was born up North but my Great grand daddy was Adjutant at Citadel when captured, he was interned in Binghamton New York state and I have returned home in Cape Fear North Carolina. I have never had problems with any of our citizens and we have had great fun together and savor our heritage. The flag means a lot to all of us and may well fly again to stand against Tyranny.

  6. LisaLisa says:

    Edgerton is incredibly small minded. He may see the flag as southern heritage. But, the rest of the country and in fact the world see it as a flag of intimidation and hatred. In Germany it is ILLEGAL to display the Nazi flag. So, when the Neo-Nazi’s gather they fly the confederate flag to promote the idea of white supremacy. The confederate flag was only flown beginning in 1961 to intimidate the civil rights movement at that time. It is a battle flag that a part of its display was to support the business of slavery. I think he is sorely confused.

  7. Nicko Thime says:

    FORMER head.

  8. Joe Vigue Sr. says:

    Did it without grits!! Other than that, I have no problem with anything else Southern.

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