A Green Country Confederate Group Denounces Correlation With Hate Groups
A group of Green Country Confederate supporters is speaking out against racially-charged protests like the one in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The group is saying it's giving the Confederacy a bad name.
"That is very frustrating and we hate it but it happens repeatedly." Said Bryce Hill with "Sons of Confederate Veterans".
Hill said a lot of people try to associate their group with controversial protests like the one in Charlottesville, Virginia two weeks ago and rallies over the past week.
He says that's far from the truth of their message.
"Our constitution and our organization denounce all of that. You can't even be a member of the "Sons of Confederate Veterans" if you're a member of one of those." Said Hill.
The group released a statement right after Charlottesville saying "the Antifa and the Alt-Right has nothing to do with the Confederacy, the S-C-V nor Southern History."
Hill asks "Why would the KKK and the Aryan Nation go marching through Charlottesville? And it wasn't even about the General Lee monument there. They were looking for a fight. Antifa showed up and they gave 'em one."
But the group says tearing down monuments and renaming schools, like Lee Elementary, is not the answer to the problem.
"If you don't like General Lee sitting there in Charlottesville, let's go over there and put up a monument of equal quality of Frederick Douglass, a very deserving person for a monument." Said Hill.
Hill said it's going to take a lot of work to move past the stigma attached to the Confederate name.
He says it would help if hate groups stop using their flag.
"The KKK, the neo-Nazis, the Aryan Nations, the people that have confiscated our flag and use it do it without our authorization and we demand they cease and desist." Said Hill.