One of the topics that I take up in the final chapter of my book about Confederate camp slaves and the Myth of the Black Confederate Soldier is the presence of a very small number of African Americans in social circles that subscribe to this myth. I have written extensively about H.K. Edgerton as well as Karen Cooper and Anthony Hervey.
Add to this group one Andrew Duncomb, who is the subject of a forthcoming documentary directed by Christopher Stoudt.
It is a very short preview, but it includes a wonderful moment in which a convenience store employee offers her thoughts about a black man embracing a Confederate flag.
I think it’s a bunch of bullshit cause white folks did us in.
That pretty much encapsulates why the vast majority of African Americans have a negative view of the Confederate battle flag. That said, I do think it is worth exploring the connections that Duncomb and others have forged with Confederate heritage groups like the Sons of Confederate Veterans and Virginia Flaggers as part of this study. Stay tuned.