CBS ATLANTA FACING LAWSUIT BY SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
(ATLANTA - August 3, 2015) On Sunday, CBS 46 in Atlanta featured a story on
their television newscast, on their website, and on their Facebook and social
media pages about a supposed resurgence of the KKK in Paulding County.
Prominently featured with the story, however, was the legally registered logo
of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, an organization which is in no way
affiliated with the Klan. The Sons of Confederate Veterans was founded in 1896
by actual sons of the Confederate veterans and was charged by the veterans,
themselves, with providing the true history of the South to future generations.
The SCV is an historical preservation and geneological association and is open
to members of all races who have Confederate ancestors, including black
Americans of whom the organization has members.
Before the end of the day on Sunday, state officials of the Georgia Division of
the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) had already contacted CBS 46 and ordered
an immediate removal of the organization's logo, as well as an online and
on-air apology by station management. Screen shots of the content were captured
by members of the SCV and sent to state and national headquarters. Even if a
retraction is made by the station, SCV leaders in Georgia have indicated that
they will likely pursue legal action against the station for what is viewed as
a blatant and intentional error on the part of CBS 46 and its staff to
associate the SCV with the KKK.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans vehemently affirm today that 1) there is no
connection between the SCV and the KKK, 2) the SCV condemns the use of the
Confederate battle flag and all Confederate symbols by any hate group
whatsoever, and 3) the SCV intends to aggressively pursue legal action against
any and all individuals, businesses, and governments which violate the laws
regarding the protection of Confederate symbols, flags, and monuments and the
good name of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
For more information about the Sons of Confederate Veterans or any of this
year's planned events to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the War, contact
the Georgia SCV at 404-271-8473 or online at www.GeorgiaSCV.org
Chief of Heritage Defense
Alabama Division, SCV &
Army of Tennessee Heritage Coordinator