Hillsborough Confederate flag supporters receive threats

FILE - In this June 30, 2015 file photo, a Confederate flag flies at the base of Stone Mountain in Stone Mountain, Ga. The House is about to put its members on record on whether Confederate flags can decorate rebel graves in historic federal cemeteries and if their sale should be banned in national park gift shops. The vote comes after southern lawmakers complained that they were sandbagged two nights ago when the House voted — without a recorded tally — to ban the display of Confederate flags at historic federal cemeteries and strengthen Park Service policy against its sale in gift shops. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

BRANDON, FL (WFLA) — William Pew tells News Channel 8 that he wasn’t surprised to get some threatening calls after coordinating a rally in support of the Confederate flag. “My parents got one the very next morning. My parents were told that if I didn’t stop what I was doing, stuff was going to be harmed,” said Pew.

Pew organized the Redneck Rally on July 26th where a caravan of vehicles with Confederate flags drove from Brandon to Channelside. Hunter Greene, who is black, also spoke out at the rally. “If people really want to see the side of rednecks and if they are racist or not, you should come and sit down and hang out with them,” said Greene during the rally. But since then, Pew tells News Channel 8 Greene also has received threats.

Greene has now decided to still support the Confederate flag at rallies and other events but he is taking a backseat and will no longer appear in front of TV cameras in order to keep him and his family safe. “At the end of the day, we are going to keep moving forward and we’re going to be passionate and we are going to keep letting people know, this flag can stand for a symbol of good,” said Pew.

Pew hasn’t reported the threats to law enforcement and while he tells News Channel 8 he remains on guard, the movement will continue. “You have to take them all serious but at the end of the day, I can’t stop doing what I’m passionate about,” said Pew.

Pew has formed a Facebook group of Confederate flag supporters, see here.

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