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Confederate flag 'Heritage Ride' held in Harnett County

Posted July 11, 2015
Updated July 12, 2015

— Defenders of the Confederate flag gathered in Harnett County Saturday for what they called a "Heritage Ride."

About 25 people met in Erwin to drive more than 30 miles, waving confederate flags from their vehicles and standing up for a symbol they believe has been unfairly targeted.

Matt King, one of the drivers, said he believes the flag symbolizes peace and heritage.

Jordan Walker, an African-American, agrees with King. He said he doesn’t see the flag as a racist symbol.

“I mean, it's heritage,” Walker said. “You’re born into it—it’s history.”

History is what they fear is being furled with recent furor over the Confederate battle flag. Removing it from the South Carolina statehouse grounds, they said, was reckless.

Word spread of the rally on Facebook, and within an hour, the group gained additional followers in their caravan as they headed north on U.S. Highway 301 into Johnston County.

“It bothers me a lot, “Tevin Walker, a Wal-Mart shopper said. “They don’t have to come here in public. They can stay somewhere else like home. We have kids out here. It’s already in the news.”


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  • Gen Lee Jul 13, 2015
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    didn't you know that inanimate objects can now pull triggers, not just people.

  • Robert Spencer Jul 12, 2015
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    The flag killed no one. It did not tell a mental midget with a gun to go to a church and kill people. The racist in the White House and all of his minions just wanted to keep the race thing going. This administration has set back race relations in this country by at least 50 years, when they could have been made even better than they were. If you aren't proud of where you live or where you came from maybe you need to look at yourself.

  • John Maldonado Jul 12, 2015
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  • Dati Pemby Jul 12, 2015
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    And half of what they're 'protesting' is nonsense that they've swallowed hook line and sinker from the racists at the NAACP.

  • Dunkin Barnes Jul 12, 2015
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    The difference between the Heritage Ride and moral Monday is the people at the moral Monday protest are breaking the law. They get arrested every time they go to the capital

  • Jon Jones Jul 12, 2015
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    The only ignorance I see is coming from those who look at this flag and assume those who stand by it are racist. Barely 1% of those who died in the Confederate army were slave owners. The KKK spent far more time flying the US Flag than the Virginia battle flag. Am I suppose to change how I feel about something because of how some misguided halfwit feels about the same thing. So feel free to look down on me because I support this flag and I am very proud of my Southern heritage. If you are that ignorant then you are not anyone I would have willing associated with in the first place.

  • John Jones Jul 12, 2015
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    This is no different than the moral Monday protest. They are protesting against something they don't like or disagree with. I believe we should protest against the NAACP, BET, Miss Black America Pageant. Is it racist to have organizations solely for one race? Isn't that discrimination?
    I bet MLK Jr. would turn over in his grave to see how divided the country is 40 plus years after his death. It's not just the whites who are racist. I was listening to 97.5 the other day and it seemed like every topic was centered around race or the color of someone's skin. So so sad.

  • Charlie Watkins Jul 12, 2015
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    There are many who silently support the Confederate Flag. Be proud of your heritage because it cannot be changed.

  • Charlie Watkins Jul 12, 2015
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    It is a free country so have at it.

    If they want to fly the Confederate Flag then do so. They can fly the Black Panther flag if they so choose.

    Freedom of expression still rules.

  • Jeff Herring Jul 12, 2015
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    How about calling it what it really is "white supremist's flag" ride.