Virginia Whites Outraged Over Confederate Flag Removal, Yell ‘Go Back To Africa’
A request to move a Confederate Flag from outside of a Virginia museum to an indoor display led to an ugly showdown between residents in Danville.
The director of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History has officially requested that the City Council remove the flag from a monument outside and move it to an indoor exhibit.
The move led to an angry altercation between those who support the flag and those who called it a “Klan sign.”
“The Confederate flag has been used by many in acts of hate in the process of hate crimes,” said Rev. Avon Keen, the head of the county’s chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Frank Harvey, the head of the local chapter of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans counters, “Jefferson Davis was in that building right there when he got news that Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox. They could do the last days of the Confederacy right here in Danville and bring a lot of tourism to this area.”
Keen stood in front of a crowd in front of the museum on Monday and said, “The African-American community has patiently stood by this flag flying here, and now it’s time for it to come down.”
“Then you need to go back to Africa,” yelled Ed Clark, an official in the Sons of Confederate Veterans, adding that it was African ancestors that sold “his people” into slavery.
“It’s the right thing to do, to keep it up,” Clark told WSET. “It’s a piece of history. A lot of things offend me and I don’t sit there and say you need to stop that and take it down and be done with it. To me, it’s an attack on America.”