‘Dukes’ Actor Bemoans ‘Wave Of Political Correctness’
Ben Jones, a Democrat who starred in “The Dukes of Hazard”, is defending the Confederate flag.
Jones spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday from Sperryville, Virginia, where he owns a store that sells Confederate flags and other items and celebrates the fictional Hazzard County from his TV show. He runs two other Cooter’s Place stores — named for his “Hazzard” character — in Nashville and Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Jones said his stores will never stop selling Confederate items even as national retailers such as Wal-Mart drop them in the wake of the massacre of nine people at a black church in Charleston. The man charged in the deaths had been photographed with the Confederate flag.
“We’re not changing anything in stores. There’s no reason to change anything,” Jones said. “We despise racism.”
He added: “It’s not a hateful symbol, and we despise that it’s being used by bigots and hate groups.”