Click the link below and watch the video of the news cast. I’d hug this man. Actually, I wouldn’t mind having a cup of coffee with the man. I like people who know history. H.K. Edgerton, if you ever find yourself on this side of the state, the offer of coffee and conversation with this displaced Yankee stands.
He (H.K. Edgerton) said the graffiti artist protested incorrectly.
“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, red, yellow, black, white and brown,” Edgerton said.
He said the Confederate flag needs to continue to wave.
“Black folks earned a place of honor and dignity with this flag; black folks and white folks in southland America are family,” Edgerton said. “This is our flag. This 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.”
However, those walking past Edgerton disagreed with his stance.
“For some people, represents proud history of the past in the South, but it seems to me, the offense nature of it to people of African-American descent outweighs that and certainly want to be respectful of everybody or make anyone feel uncomfortable,” Ben Abzug, a visitor from Charleston, said.
“It’s like the nativities at Christmas time. Should the state be doing it? It’s completely different than if you should be doing it,” Allen Doile said. “If people stop worrying about symbols and start worrying about each other, none of these problems would be happening.”