A real life Clayton Bigsby

There is an African American in Alabama who is an ardent supporter of the confederacy, waves its flag proudly, and opposes the removal of monuments and the renaming of buildings that honor the leaders of the rebellion. He was part of an otherwise white group of people who were interviewed when they came to protest the removal of confederacy-era monuments.

One of the interviewed individuals is a Black man named Daniel Sims, seen in the video wearing a variety of Confederacy-supporting merchandise.

“Regardless how the next person feels, I’m not gon’ take my flag down,” says Sims, who states that his family is entirely white. “If I got anything to do with it, ain’t no monument gon’ come down.”

Sims also claimed to have been taught “everything I know” from someone who fought in the Civil War, a claim that is mathematically dubious.

“My whole family is white, I went to an all-white school, lived in an all-white neighborhood,” he said. “My grandfather was white and he was the main one that fought in this war here. And he taught me everything I know.”

Naturally, this has brought back memories of the famous Clayton Bigsby sketch that Dave Chappelle made in 2003. (Language advisory) For those not from the USA, the sketch is a dead-on parody of the highly respected public television investigative documentary program Frontline, right down to the narrator’s sonorous voice.

Yet another example of life imitating art.


  1. sonofrojblake says

    Sincere question:
    “ain’t no monument gon’ come down”
    Is it racist to render this man’s speech pattern thus? Or would it be racist not to? His statement in his final paragraph doesn’t sound like that.

  2. John Morales says

    sonofrojblake, it’s a pretty accurate transcription -- around 10 seconds into the clip.

    And all his talk sounds like that; it’s clearly the local vernacular.

    Frankly, it never occurred to me to wonder whether or not it’s racist — but, had I done so, I would not be seeking for others to tell me their own opinion. I make my own.

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