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I shouldn't have said that': Confederate flag advocate accidentally lets racial slur slip

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Sometimes people sound reasonable right before they slip up.

On Friday’s “The Glenn Beck Radio Program,” Glenn Beck shared an unbelievable clip of an interview with a North Carolina man attempting to defend the Confederate flag.

Russell Walker of Aberdeen, North Carolina, attempted to bring a lawsuit against York County, South Carolina in June for removing Confederate paraphernalia from the main courtroom, WSOCTV reported. In an interview on the street, Walker explained why the Confederate flag isn’t racist, saying it was OK for people to disagree on its meaning … right before he called civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr., a racial slur.

The York County main courtroom used to have a Confederate flag and portraits of two Confederate generals, but they were removed during renovations. Judge Jack Kimball dismissed Walker’s suit asking for the flag and the portraits to be restored, ruling that he had no standing to file such a suit in the first place since Walker doesn’t live in South Carolina.

“You’ve got to be careful of who you’re standing next to because sometimes people will sound totally reasonable,” Glenn said.

“I don’t believe it’s a symbol of racism. I don’t believe it’s a symbol of slavery,” the man said of the Confederate flag. “That’s my personal view, but how they feel is their business.” After his slipup, he tried to cover it with “I shouldn’t have said that.”

“It’s clear that that’s the way he refers to Martin Luther King always,” Glenn said of the slur. He urged Americans to think about the company they keep and to be aware of these examples of racism. “America, wake up, this stuff is exactly what our black neighbors are talking about that we never see,” he said.

To see more from Glenn, visit his channel on TheBlaze and listen live to “The Glenn Beck Radio Program” with Glenn Beck, Pat Gray, Stu Burguiere and Jeffy Fisher weekdays 9 a.m.–noon ET on TheBlaze Radio Network.

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