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

by John Brodgian | June 28, 2015 10:45 am

Well this is…unexpected.  With all of the recent outrage concerning the Confederate flag, there is a former president of the NAACP who is…defending it[1]?


A former president of the North Carolina NAACP – and one of the few African–American 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.

This was not the first time Edgerton defended the flag.  In 2002, he marched to Texas to defend it as part of the South’s heritage. He even marched to the White House with it.

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