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Arrested Georgia Militiaman Also Neo-Confederate Activist

By Heidi Beirich on November 2, 2011 - 11:43 am, Posted in Neo-Confederate

Emory Dan Roberts, 67, who was one of four militia members arrested yesterday in a wide-ranging terrorism plot, was also a neo-Confederate activist who has rubbed elbows with hate group leaders.

In 2003, Roberts helped organize a protest in Toccoa, Ga., against attempts to change the Georgia state flag, which at that time featured the Confederate battle flag in its design. The flag was replaced in 2003 by referendum.

Roberts’ “Georgia State Flag Rally” had on the bill prominent members of neo-Confederate hate groups. One of the speakers listed was Nelson Waller, a South Carolinian who has been a member of the hate groups Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), which believes “mixing the races is rebelliousness against God,” and the League of the South (LOS), a secessionist organization. League leader Jack Kershaw once opined, “Somebody needs to say a good word for slavery.”

Waller told Hatewatch that Roberts was a “good friend” and that the allegations were likely a “trumped up charge.” He said Roberts was a “staunch ally” in the battle for the former Georgia flag and that he was glad Roberts was involved in a militia. “We need more of that,” he said.

Also on tap that day was Mike Crane, an LOS member who is also a lifetime member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), an organization made up of the male descendants of confederate soldiers that has been infiltrated at the highest levels by members of hate groups. H.K. Edgerton, a black neo-Confederate who argues slavery was good for his people, also spoke.

In 2004, Roberts was the organizer of pro-confederate flag rally that took place outside a middle school in Stephens County, Ga. The rally included several protestors carrying Confederate flags. Law enforcement officers were called in as a safety precaution, and a rock was allegedly thrown at a school bus. One of Roberts’ fellow protestors, Larry Leitgeb, was arrested.

  • Jason Rudeseal

    If you want to see what Dan is really about feel free to visit us on facebook. If anyone knows Bill Nigut i would really like to speak to him

  • Jason Rudeseal

    I know Dan Roberts and he does not hate anyone. He also speaks his mind and supports what is right. He fought in a war for his and your ability to live in this free land we call america. He should not be Judged until it is done by the system and even then it must be watched on how truthful the system is being. He does not belong to any hate groups and has only been placed in them by people who consider people who dont believe the same as them to be wrong and therefore must be wrote off some how. You people are not the wathmen you are the very ones the true watchmen are here to protect america from. Thanks Jason Eli Rudeseal.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Josephine, thanks for setting the South back 50 years. Keep on celebrating ignorance, paranoia, and childish behavior.

  • JosephineSouthern

    Now now, down you apes – Mr. Edgerton is more honorable than any of you can certain more than the jesse and sharptons, He has a right to his perceptions the same as you and also does H. Cain. Some of you think you speak for everybody and nobody else can have their say. Well you don’t and you will find that out soon enough. And all this talk of hate groups is a made up thingy to divide the country and power. There no such words as hate groups until 1980. Pay attention are you will all be slaves of the government even those who get the hand-outs instead of a hand-up.

  • Chris

    @Jane,Amen! Lol!

  • Jane

    Idiots are found in all colors, beliefs, and nationalities.

  • Marisa

    I’d say that among black people, H.K. Edgerton just might start to look over his shoulder every time he leaves his house. He is a dirty joke.

  • MST

    H.K. Edgerton, a black neo-Confederate who argues slavery was good for his people, also spoke.

    This is a joke, right?