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Clyburn: ‘Absolutely,’ Many of the Capitol Protesters Chose Their Whiteness over Democracy

‘When that guy walked in there with that flag, he wasn’t talking about the Confederacy, he was talking about his whiteness’


CLYBURN: "Oh, many of them, absolutely. I can't tell you how many times in my life I have heard people say to me, to my teeth, so to speak, that that is what is paramount with them. Why would anybody be going there with this so-called Confederate Battle Flag? I have been telling people all the time there is something else about that flag that people don't focus on. That has never been the Confederate Flag. And when people tell you it is all about heritage, it is not about heritage. That flag was never adopted by the Confederacy. They always rejected that flag. Nathan Bedford Forrest put that flag out here when he was forming the Ku Klux Klan, or when he was running it, though he said he didn't found it. But the fact of the matter is, that flag has been adopted by skinheads and white supremacists in Germany. You can't — it's illegal for the swastika to fly in Germany. So, they took that flag. So, when that guy walked in there with that flag, he wasn't talking about the Confederacy. He was talking about his whiteness. That flag is the flag of white nationalism and the flag of white supremacy."

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