HOPE MILLS, N.C. (CBS Charlotte) - A float in a local Independence Day parade that claimed to promote “White History Month” led to multiple complaints made to town officials.
According to the Fayetteville Observer, the float consisted of a tractor bed full of watermelons, adorned with a Confederate flag. It was said to be pulled down the parade route by a John Deere tractor.
On both sides of the float were white signs that read “White History Month” and “hug wht ppl [sic].”
Town officials will review parade float applications in light of the incident, the newspaper learned.
Officials in Hope Mills, including Mayor Jackie Warner, received numerous calls and emails on the matter. Some calls were reportedly made before the parade had even concluded.
“I believe we’ve got to make sure we’re sensitive to all people’s feelings,” she was quoted as saying. “Our town has become more diverse.”
The float was submitted by a person named Donnie Spell, one of eight ideas submitted by the community member according to the director of the town’s Parks and Recreation Department, Kenny Bullock.