The description of a fatal accident hearkens back to the height of Jim Crow in the Deep South, with a black man being chased down the highway because of who he is.
Only his tormentors were said to be fellow African-Americans.
Anthony Hervey, a fixture in his community and supporter of the Confederate Flag, was killed on Sunday when the car he was driving ran off the road and flipped, The Clarion-Ledger reported.
Hervey, 49, and passenger Arlene Barnum, were on their way back to Oxford, Miss., after attending the “Monumental Dixie” rally in Birmingham, Ala., in support of the Confederate flag.
Barnum told the Associated Press that Hervey swerved and crashed after another car filled with four or five young black men began chasing them — she said Hervey was driving her SUV, which was not displaying any Confederate flags or stickers.
The Clarion-Ledger reported:
Reportedly, Hervey was driving and feared they were being chased. Hervey told Barnham he noticed a silver car speeding to catch up to them, and then it swerved into their passenger side.
Barnham told the News-Capital even when Hervey sped up to get away, the car continued to pursue them. At some point, that’s what she said caused the crash.
Barnum, who attracted some media attention at Sunday’s rally when she lit her NAACP membership card on fire, posted photos of the rally on Facebook, and in the immediate aftermath of the crash, posted these horrifying messages:
Barnum also posted this video after the crash:
No.. Nobody hacked my iphone. I’m alive & survived the wreck.
Posted by Arlene Barnum on Sunday, July 19, 2015
Hervey, author of “Why I Wave the Confederate Flag: Written by a Black Man,” was well-known for wearing a Confederate uniform and waving a Rebel flag, according to the Clarion-Ledger, which said he would often attract a crowd as he shared his views on the subject.
He told the Associated Press in a 2001 interview about the Mississippi state flag, which features a Confederate battle emblem in the corner, that supporting it was like “standing up for home.”
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