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Update and Correction on “Go back to Africa!”

Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on November 5, 2014

Earlier today I put up a blog post about a confrontation between members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and members of the local SCV camp in Danville, over the display of the Confederate flag there. The news story I used as a source quoted an SCV member as saying to one of the SCLC members, “go back to Africa!”

At the suggestion of a reader from Danville, I reviewed the video of the news story, and that shows clearly that the SCV member was inaccurately quoted. What he was saying was, “. . . then you need to go back to Africa and tell them to stop.” Who they are, and what they need to stop doing, I can only guess.

In any event, the news station clearly misquoted the SCV member in the written story that accompanied the video, and I failed to do due diligence in verifying their quote on the video. That’s on me, and I’m sorry. I apologize for putting up a post that was inaccurate and unduly critical. Getting it right is important, and this time I didn’t.



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  1. Betty Giragosian said, on November 5, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Thank you, Andy. I am really glad to know that the SCV member did not say what he was quoted as saying.

  2. jfepperson said, on November 6, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Most folks won’t post corrections, so you show your class by doing so. Good one, Andy!

    As for the actual quote in question, I’m not sure the SCV guy comes off that much better. He still wants the man from the SCLC to “go back to Africa.” Which, speaking of class, shows that the SCV guy has none.

  3. Goad Gatsby said, on November 6, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I feel that his intended statement is also a terrible thing worth mentioning. He told an individual who was black that he needed to go back to Africa instead of confronting him and the SCV about slavery. I posted the article on my facebook and included the raw story link which had the original quote. It was what I’ve come to expect as the norm of SCV and the Virginia Flaggers, which is, dismissive of any wrong doing of slavery during the Civil War. I wonder if Ed Clark will put out a statement about what his intended statement was and who is this “them.”

    • Jack said, on November 10, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      Can you please give detailed examples of what the SCV is doing or what the Confederacy did was wrong?

      • Goad Gatsby said, on November 11, 2014 at 10:44 pm

        I am going to decline to answering that question considering that an SCV member nicknamed Jack committed misdemeanor destruction of property toward my property earlier this year.

  4. msb said, on November 7, 2014 at 2:25 am

    Thanks for your honesty, Andy. I wish more bloggers would follow your example.

  5. Neil Hamilton said, on November 8, 2014 at 5:26 am


    You have the courage and the certainty of doing what is right in the end.

    Would that all bloggers had the same courage.


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