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Gen. Larry 'Pants on the Ground' Platt: Confederate statues 'are trying to drive the black folks out of the community'

The committee deliberating on the fate of Rebel relics held its first public hearing yesterday

20171102(1)THE GENERAL: Larry "Pants on the Ground" Platt says Confederate monuments are driving African-Americans out of the city.Screencap/11Alive"General" Larry Platt, known the world over for his brilliant "Pants on the Ground" performance on American Idol's ninth season, said Confederate statues "are trying to drive the black folks out of the community."

Platt, who was granted the title of General by civil rights icon Rev. Hosea Williams for his work in the movement, attended last night's Confederate monuments advisory committee meeting to voice his concerns with monuments and street signs peppered about metro Atlanta.

Thanks to 11Alive, you can stream the footage from Wednesday night's meeting. Platt takes the mic around the 60-minute mark.

The next committee meeting takes place on Nov. 8.