Columbia, South Carolina (NEWSWATCH33) – Byron Thomas was recently interviewed on CNN in regards to his position on Confederate flag. Surprisingly, he is in full support of the flag and hangs it in in room at home and at school.
Byron Thomas is a senior and student senator at the University of South Carolina, where he is majoring in public relations and political science.
Byron Thomas publicly spoke to CNN regarding his view on the Confederate.
“Regardless of what happens at the statehouse, I will continue to hang the Confederate flag in my apartment. Because of that decision, I’ve been called “an Uncle Tom” and “a sellout,” and accused of despising my race. Let me be clear: I love the skin that I am in. God gave me my skin color, but he also gave me freedom to think for myself and the right to stand by my beliefs. My skin color should not determine how I think, what I believe and what flags I hang in my home. This process should teach us all to respect the beliefs of others. I hope those who view the Confederate flag as a symbol of hate will keep open minds to those who view it as a symbol of Southern heritage and history, regardless of their race,” according to Thomas.
Jason Johns, a member of the Patriotic Royal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, has reportedly offered partial membership to Byron Thomas. According to Johns, “I’ve never witnessed a Black man so eager to protect the flag of his ancestral masters. My great grand daddy talked about Blacks like this but I’ve never seen it for myself. My brothers had a quick meeting about this Black boy and we agreed that he would be right for our cause. We are about the preservation of White America and we know that this boy will help us get other Blacks to support us.”
Jason Johns stated that he is awaiting a response from Thomas.
It is unclear if Bryon Thomas will accept this offer, however it is very confusing to many as to why he would accept the Confederate flag when it was never about accepting African-Americans.