WON’T BACK DOWN! Confederate Flag Flies Defiantly Outside NCAA Tournament In S.C. Despite False Cries Of Racism & NCAA’s Attempt To Stop It
We’ve all heard that defiant and humorous battle cry that “the South shall rise again” well on Sunday, a symbol of Southern pride the Confederate Flag did in fact actually rise again! This time up a flagpole attached to a car near 2-NCAA tournament games in South Carolina.
The controversial red and blue flag, which became the preoccupation of the rabid left to have it removed from the South Carolina’s Capitol Grounds, made the unorthodox appearance thanks to members of the South Carolina Secessionist Party, local Greenville station.
The large flag also made an appearance near the Greenville’s Bon Secours Wellness Arena where the men’s games were taking place.
Confederate flag next to NCAA arena pic.twitter.com/OBoJv6V8I4
— Pete Iacobelli (@PIacobelli_AP) March 19, 2017
One of the demonstrators who apparently raised the flag told a sports reporter covering the events that “People tend to mistake this for a race thing. It’s not about race. It’s about history and it's being erased.”
People are waving confederate flags outside the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville ahead of tonight's NCAA Tournament games pic.twitter.com/DTML4TShyQ
— David Hurst (@DHurstWNCN) March 19, 2017
— Jeff Jones (@JeffJonesSports) March 19, 2017
Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller, speaking to local media and others covering the events, said that no laws were being broken and that the protesters actually contacted him before the tournament began inquiring about permits to protest, and to also bring back into public view the issue of housing the flag by reminding reluctant lawmakers to speed up the legislative process that would require funding in displaying the Confederate flag, the one that flew on the State House grounds, housing it along with other artifacts in a relic museum room, for visitors to view.
"I felt like someone had punched me in the gut," said Amy Stromberg, a spectator from out of town. "It's very disturbing what that flag represents and I thought in South Carolina we were past that now."
In a separate statement the NCAA’s senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt made it a point to remind all those in attendance that the Confederate Flag and other related symbols will not be allowed on the venue's property.
Stating “No symbols that compromise that commitment will be permitted to be displayed on venue property that the tournament controls,” he said. “Freedom of speech activities on public property in areas surrounding the arena are managed by the city of Greenville and we are supportive of the city’s efforts.”
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Source: WYFF 4