H.K. Edgerton is currently walking across the state of Florida in support of Confederate heritage and the battle flag. Yesterday, while paying his respects at the Hemming Park Confederate Monument in Jacksonville, H.K. was approached by a couple members of a local KKK chapter, who took issue with his embrace of the Confederate flag. Fortunately, the situation was quickly defused.
“Mr. H.K. and the other true Southerners in Florida can handle these ignoramuses,” said Facebook user Robin Foster Osorio-Pedraza. “I’m glad they’re all looking out for each other. We don’t like it when white supremists (sic) use our Confederate battle flag.It belongs to us, the descendants of those who served under it in the War of North Agression (sic).”
You can’t make this stuff up. Usually the debate about the Confederate battle flag is framed around the question of whether it ought to be embraced and/or displayed at all, but in this case we have a situation where both parties have come to embrace the symbol.
So, who has a better claim to the meaning of the Confederate battle flag over the course of its history stretching back to November 1861? Is it the KKK with its commitment to white supremacy or an African-American male, who believes that the Confederacy was an experiment in racial equality?