The Black Lives Matter Utah Chapter declared the American Flag “a symbol of hatred” in a controversial Facebook post.
The group wrote “When we Black Americans see this flag we know the person flying it is not safe to be around.”
“When we see this flag we know the person flying it is a racist,” the post continues. “When we see this flag we know that the person flying it lives in a different America than we do. When we see this flag, we question your intelligence. We know to avoid you. It is a symbol of hatred.””
Chapter founder Lex Scott told Fox News after the post “Ever since we put up the post, our page has been flooded with hatred from people who fly the flag and we want to thank those people for proving our point.”
“I would ask those people if they ever showed outrage when the Ku Klux Klan marched down the street holding that flag, if they ever showed outrage last week when Patriot Front, a White supremacist group, was marching through Philadelphia holding that flag, if they feel outraged that the Three Percenters have co-opted their flag, that the Proud Boys have co-opted their flag,” she continued.
“If they have never shown outrage when hate groups use their symbol for hatred, then they need to not come to us – they need to go directly to those groups. When you allow a hate group to fly that flag in the name of hatred, and you say nothing, and you do nothing, you send a message to us that you agree with their messaging. You agree with that hate, and you condone it,” she added.