Commander in Chief Kelly Barrow of the Sons of Confederate Veterans has requested that Attorney General Loretta Lynch direct the Civil Rights Division of the United States Justice Department to launch an investigation into the
suspicious death of Mississippi political activist Anthony Hervey.
Hervey, 49, of Oxford, Mississippi was killed when the automobile he was driving was forced off of Highway 47 north of Oxford on Sunday morning, July 19th. A passenger who survived the crash reported that their car had been forced off the road by a pursuing car.
Arlene Barnum told authorities that she and Hervey were returning from a Confederate Flag rally in Alabama when the incident occurred. According to Barnum, a silver car with several African/American males chased their Ford Explorer and forced it off the road, where it flipped several times. Both Hervey and Ms. Barnum are also African/Americans.
Anthony Hervey was well known in the Oxford community for his outspoken views supporting Confederate history and heritage. He was the author of Why I Wave the Confederate Flag, Written by a Black Man: The End of Niggerism and the Welfare State
Commander Barrow praised Hervey’s independent thinking and his courage in supporting Confederate Heritage.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of a friend, and we ask that the Justice Department immediately join in this investigation. Mr. Hervey was likely killed because of his color and his beliefs.”
“We also call upon the President and leaders of the Democratic and Republican Parties, along with the NAACP, to condemn the illegal and widespread destruction and vandalism of Confederate symbols. Their support of this cultural cleansing has created a very divisive atmosphere in the South and by their silence they have created the impression that they support these hostile and destructive actions. This is not the road to brotherhood and understanding.”