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Confederate group’s reception for NC lawmakers draws protest

February 6, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A legislative reception hosted by the North Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans drew protesters, amid an ongoing debate over Confederate monuments on public property.

The News & Observer reports about a half-dozen protesters shouting “Black Lives Matter” stood outside the United Daughters of the Confederacy house Tuesday as another group wearing Confederate symbols watched.

Hillsborough Progressives Taking Action organizer Heather Ahn-Redding said the Confederate group is trying to influence legislators to protect the state’s 2015 monument law. She said lawmakers shouldn’t support “racist Confederate groups.”

Sons of Confederate Veterans spokesman Frank Powell said the group is hosting parties to be more involved in legislative issues. He denied the group is “about race.”

One partygoer approached a protester and then showed his middle finger as he walked away.

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Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com

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