Farmer Donnie Spell, who has driven his tractor in the Hope Mills (N.C.) parade for years, tacked a sign saying “White History Month – Hug Wht Ppl” to a trailer filled with watermelons that he pulled down Main Street during Thursday’s event.
Spell’s tractor also featured a Confederate flag, which officials said he’s flown before during the Independence Day parade.
“I think, if you talk to him, you’re going to see it’s not anything meant to be vicious,” Mayor Jackie Warner said.
Of course, if you’re not a white person you might want to avoid conversating with Donnie.
Cue Brad Paisley.