Source: Comedy Central

Real-Life Clayton Bigsby Goes Viral Defending Confederate Monuments

The man, Daniel Sims, was adopted and raised by a white family.

A bizarre clip from a north Alabama news station went viral on Thursday. After the local group Say Their Names pushed to get Confederate symbols removed from the Marshall County, Alabama courthouse, the Sons of Confederate Veterans group assembled outside to protest the move. Social media has zeroed in on one unlikely member, a Black man named Daniel Sims. The clip has been widely compared to Dave Chappelle's Clayton Bigsby sketch. The episode, featured on the pilot episode of Chappelle's Show, follows a blind Black man named Clayton Bigsby, who was raised being told he was white, eventually becoming a white supremacist.

"Regardless how the next person feels, I'm not gonna take my flag down," Sims said told WHNT reporter Tiffany Lester. "If I got anything to do with it, ain't no monument gonna come down. My whole family's white, went to all white schools, grew up in all white neighborhoods. My grandfather was white, and he's the main one who fought in this war here, and he taught me everything I know."

"It may make my blood boil. That monument ain't hurting nobody," Sims continued. "That monument ain't killing a soul. It ain't talking bad to nobody. It ain't even racist."

Surprisingly, this wouldn't be the first time a Black person defended a Confederate monument. Three years ago, Arlene Barnum of New Orleans protested the removal of the city's Liberty Monument.

Learn more about Say Their Names Alabama on the group's official Facebook page.