Russell Walker of Aberdeen, South Carolina likes the Confederate statues that populate many southern states. He made his case in an interview with TWC News reporter Yoojin Cho and declared that everyone was unfairly depicting Confederate memorabilia as racist monuments to an ugly past. Then, he did something completely unexpected.
Walker completely undermined his argument that the Confederate flag did not represent prejudice by insulting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He used a racial slur against the historical figure in an interview with TWC News’ (Spectrum News) Cho:
‘I don’t believe it’s a symbol of racism, I don’t believe it’s a symbol of slavery. Hey, I go down the street, I see Martin Luther Coon… uh, I shouldn’t have said that… Martin Luther King. I mean, should I rip the signs down or insist they take Martin Luther King Street down or the rest of that stuff.’
Russell Walker, who lives in Aberdeen, decided to file a lawsuit against York County Clerk of Court David Hamilton. He wanted officials to return the Confederate flag, plus original artwork, to Aberdeen’s principal courthouse. His lawsuit claimed that the South Carolina Heritage Act states the state legislature has no right to move Confederate memorabilia in public buildings.
‘Judge refuses to return Confederate flag to York County, SC courthouse dismisses lawsuit:’
— Spectrum News CLT (@SpecNewsCLT) August 24, 2017
The judge boiled Walker’s issue down to one question. Was the man personally impacted when officials removed its Confederate flag and related paintings? After a mere 30 minutes, the judge ruled that Walker had not been impacted and dismissed the case.
York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson said he was had discovered Confederate flag and memorabilia fans planned a demonstration outside of the courthouse, according to Herald Online:
‘Myself and (York Police Department Chief Andy) Robinson are keenly aware of events that have happened in other places, and have a plan for security that will ensure peace and tranquility.’
The turnout was remarkably small. About 20 demonstrators carrying Confederate flags stood outside.
Civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He urged people to judge others for who they were, not for the color of the skin. A white racist murdered him, because of King’s nonviolent campaign against racism. Over 250,000 people marched peacefully to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 1963. It was there that Dr. King gave his historic I Have A Dream, speech, urging the government to rule racial discrimination unlawful.
In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a law that prohibited all racial discrimination.
Check out this video about the Confederate flag lawsuit below via Herald Online:
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