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WATCH: Man Claims Confederate Flag Isn’t ‘Symbol of Slavery,’ Then Calls MLK a ‘Coon’

The North Carolina man’s lawsuit to return the Confederate flag into a South Carolina courtroom was thrown out today — but not before the plaintiff could both defend the Confederate flag from accusations of racism and use a racist slur against Martin Luther King Jr.

Prior to Russell Walker learning the verdict of the case, he voiced his defense for the flag outside the courthouse:

I don’t believe [the Confederate flag is] a symbol of slavery. That’s my personal view — but how they feel is their business. It would be ludicrous for me to tell you how they feel. Hey, I go down the street and I see Martin Luther Coon, I mean, I shouldn’t have said that, Martin Luther King. I mean, should I rip the signs down?

Walker, an Aberdeen, North Carolina local, sued the York County, South Carolina Clerk of Court in the hopes of returning the Confederate flag into the courthouse, according to the AP. Despite Walker claiming the Confederate flag was ” a religious symbol” to him, his lawsuit was dismissed as the judge pointed out the man lives in North Carolina, not South Carolina.

This case occurred over two years following the removal of the Confederate flag from the Columbia, South Carolina statehouse grounds — a catalyst in the escalating debate on the role Confederate symbols should play in America today.

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