A Black farmer in Virginia recently penned a lengthy Facebook post about the types of people he feels pose the most threat to him while he does his job.
Chris Newman, the owner of Sylvanaqua Farms in Albemarle County, said when he is "farming while Black," it's not open and angry white supremacists who feels targeted by, but rather white "progressives."
The post accompanied a photo of white supremacists waving Confederate flags in protest of the Charlottesville City Council's vote to remove a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee in Lee Park.
Also present at the protest was white supremacist Richard Spencer. During the demonstration, Spencer and his group marched with torches and chanted, "We will not be replaced."
Even with the troubling imagery of people proudly carrying Confederate flags, Newman wrote that White supremacists are not as bad as people who consider themselves progressive but will call the cops when they see a Black man working on property.
"I stopped renting farmland on estates where I could be easily seen from the road, and I stopped making food deliveries into wealthier neighborhoods because of how often police would "happen by" and sometimes even question me five or ten minutes after I got a strange look from a passerby (usually someone jogging, but occasionally someone in a car)," Newman wrote in his post highlighting the segregation of Charlottesville.
"It isn't Richard Spencer calling the cops on me for farming while Black. It's nervous White women in yoga pants with 'I'm With Her' and 'Coexist' stickers on their German SUVs," Newman continued.
Newman's post came in response to many white progressives in the city speaking out against Spencer and the protest. Newman said he'd like to appreciate their effort, but he cannot based on the treatment he's received by those same people.
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