(Reuters) The Sons of Confederate Veterans asked the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to look into a car crash in Mississippi that killed an outspoken African-American defender of the Confederate flag.
Anthony Hervey, 49, author of "Why I Wave the Confederate Flag: Written by a Black Man," was killed on Sunday when the Ford Explorer he was driving to his home in Oxford, Mississippi, from a Confederate flag rally left the road and overturned.
The passenger in the car with him told local media there was a silver car occupied by several African-American men chasing them and may have run them off the road.
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Hervey often sat at the Confederate memorial on the Oxford town square, sometimes wearing a Confederate uniform and waving a battle flag. He addressed crowds all over the United States and in Europe.