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Former NAACP president vocally defends Confederate flag

H.K. Edgerton is a former president of the North Carolina NAACP and one of few African-American members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. (Credit: WYFF) H.K. Edgerton is a former president of the North Carolina NAACP and one of few African-American members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. (Credit: WYFF)
ASHEVILLE, NC (WYFF) -

Hours after "Black Lives Matter" was spray-painted on a Confederate monument in Asheville, North Carolina, H.K. Edgerton stood with a Confederate flag, telling those passing by why he wanted it to continue to fly.

Edgerton, a former president of the North Carolina NAACP and one of few African-American members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, was outside the monument waving the Confederate flag soon after the graffiti was removed.

He said the graffiti artist protested incorrectly.

"I'm not going to blame it on a Yankee, because I've seen some southern folk around here that are real questionable too, that don't know anything about who they are and their families and the honorable people in the southland of America... red, yellow, black, white and brown!" Edgerton said.

Read more from NBC affiliate WYFF: http://bit.ly/1Ni43iG

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