‘Stop getting your panties in an uproar, America’: Confederacy advocate on march for racism
Kevin Patrick Thomas Walker is taking his message of the Confederacy to the streets.
While protests break out in cities across the United States, one Ohio man is walking up and down State Route 128 several hours each week wearing a Civil War era Confederate outfit complete with the controversial flag. He’s taken part in Civil War reenactments in the past on the Union and Confederacy side, but it’s the south’s banner he’s holding these days, Fox19 reported.
“I’m just a reenactor with a bum leg walking up and down the street, trying to show you guys you’re nuts fighting over old hash,” he explained.
He believes that Confederate monuments and flags should stay where they are and that his march is his own version of a protest. The walks began just after the Charlottesville violence and he sticks to a busy street in Cleves, Ohio, hoping he’ll get attention and spread the message.
“This is history,” Walker said. “Stop getting your panties in an uproar, America.”
He said that some people have cheered but not everyone is friendly and he’s gotten a “finger” or two.
“I think people are offended more so than supporting him,” said Steve Hannon, who stopped when he saw Walker. “I think because of the Confederate flag and the Confederate garb.”
Walker said that despite the opinions of others and the danger of the route, he won’t quit.
“This country is crazy, man. We are fighting each other instead of working with each other,” Walker said, holding the flag of the half of the country who wanted to suceede.
However, Walker promises he’s not racist and doesn’t see the flag as a symbol of hate — just history.
Hannon said that he doesn’t agree with all of Walker’s views, but appreciated that when he stopped to talk with him, they had a civil conversation.
Enquirer media partner Fox19 provided this report.
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