Anthony Hervey, of Oxford, Mississippi was well-known in the north of the state for his support of the Confederate flag, and in fact wrote a book in 2006 titled, “Why I Wave the Confederate Flag, Written by a Black Man</a>.”
However, 49-year-old Hervey was killed in a car crash on Sunday, July 19 in what appears to be a “road dispute.” His passenger in the car, Arlene Barnum, of Stuart, Oklahoma survived.
Have you heard anything about this in the news? Of course not. It doesn’t fit the narrative.
A day before, both Hervey and Barnum had spoken at an event in support of a Confederate monument in Birmingham, Alabama. Barnum, who is also black, said she burned a NAACP membership card at the event.
As reported by AL.com, Barnum said that on the ride home Sunday, Hervey was wearing a Confederate kepi, or military hat, when he stopped at a convenience store. Shortly after that, she said the highway confrontation started between the people in the other car and Hervey.
“I could have sworn that they knew him because of his reaction to them,” Barnum told the AP.
She said that before the wreck Sunday, Hervey sped up to avoid a silver car carrying four or five black men who appeared angry at him.
According to a Mississippi Highway Patrol report of the accident, Investigators interviewed witnesses concerning the crash including Barnum, who stated a silver vehicle occupied by five black males was following their vehicle and swerved toward them but did not make contact.
Barnum also stated the actions of the silver vehicle caused the Explorer to leave the roadway.”
A reconstruction of the crash shows the Explorer left the roadway at the crossover section of US278 and County Road 285 then continued down into the median south of US278. The Explorer reentered US278, crossed both westbound lanes and continued off the right shoulder of US278. The Explorer then collided with an embankment and concrete ditch causing the vehicle to roll over several times and coming to final rest on its roof.
Hervey was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lafayette County Coroner’s Office.
Was this a “hate crime?” We may never know. But you can be darn tootin, if Mr. Hervey had been against the flag, and it was a car full of white guys who ran him off the road, we’d already have a Department of Justice investigation into this and it would be ALL over the network news.
Instead, the grieving family of Anthony Hervey is left with a GoFundMe account to support his widow.
God bless you, Mr. Hervey.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford, Editor-in-Chief]