• Was This Black Confederate Flag Supporter Targeted and Killed By a Group of Black Men?

    It’s a question that many are grappling with after a black Mississippi man named Anthony Hervey was run off the road and killed.

    Of course, tensions have been high, particularly in the southern states, after a white 21-year-old maniac slaughtered nine people during a church service last month. Add to that a mysterious string of fires at historically black churches in predominantly souther states.

    But now if you’re black, you can consider yourself a target because you support waving the Confederate flag?

    There are surely going to be more details to emerge as the Mississippi Highway Patrol is conducting a full-scale investigation.

    However, here are some more details about this sad story from the Associated Press:

    Anthony Hervey, 49, was killed Sunday when the 2005 Ford Explorer he was driving left the roadway and overturned on Mississippi Highway 6 in Lafayette County, the Highway Patrol said.

    The vehicle’s owner and passenger in the car, Arlene Barnum, told The Associated Press on Monday that Hervey swerved and crashed after another vehicle carrying four or five young black men pulled up alongside them, yelling and looking angry. Barnum, of Stuart, Oklahoma, said Hervey yelled something back at the other vehicle before losing control and crashing.

    “It spun like crazy and we flipped, flipped, flipped. It was awful,” she said.

    She said she gave that account to a Mississippi state trooper when she was taken to a hospital after the accident.

    Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Johnny Poulos said accident reconstruction experts were on the scene Monday to conduct an investigation. He would not say if officials are investigating Barnum’s account.

    Barnum said she and Hervey were returning home Sunday from Birmingham, Alabama, where they attended a Saturday rally to save the Linn Park Confederate Monument. City leaders there recently voted to remove the memorial from the park.

    Look, this story deserves coverage. Would the AP, among other national news outlets, be covering this story if the suspected killers were black and the victim white? It’s hard to say. But probably not, at least that’s what history shows us.

    But it’s easy to admit that this is an unusual case. It’s a tragedy. And I hope that the people responsible for flipping this man’s car and leaving him to die, are brought to justice.

    No one should ever have their life taken because of a difference in political beliefs.

    Is that really what America’s coming to?

    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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