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US Flags Banned at Apartment Complex

October 14, 2009

First this news story made me scratch my head.  Then it made me angry.

At an apartment complex in Albany, OR residents are not allowed to fly the American Flag. 

But to Oaks Apartment management, Clausen said, the American flag symbolizes problems.

Residents are not even allowed to have flags on their vehicles.  One resident was told to take the Flag off of his motorcycle, and another was told to take the Flag off of her car that has been there for over 8 years. 

Resident we talked to who had been approached to take down their flags all told us the same thing: that management told them the flags could be offensive because they live in a diverse community.

To me that is the biggest bunch of crap I have ever heard.  Honestly?  The American Flag?  the Flag of the country that you currently live in is offensive? 

A valid point was brought up by other LeftFace authors, that some apartment complexes have rules regarding flags of certain sizes (or any flags at all) being displayed on balconies and such.  However, that is part of the lease agreement and totally understandable.  It’s the reasoning behind the banning of the American Flag at this apartment complex that gets my blood boiling.  And that fact that they are telling residents to remove them from their cars as well.  How do they think that will even fly?

PSH!  If you are offended by the American Flag… then don’t look at it.  I personally see absolutely NO reason why the Flag would be offensive to anyone, of any ethnic or cultural background.  Even if you moved to this country from another country, there is no reason to be offended.  You chose to live here.  This is a symbol of the place you chose to reside.  Don’t like it?  Then choose to live somewhere else. 

Problem solved.

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  1. October 15, 2009 5:11 am

    I have the feeling that apartment manager is looking for a new job… I could see someone here trying to take the flags off the motorcycles or the cars in the parking lot. No way in hell. Yes, we signed the lease and don’t have flags on the balcony or on the windows, but on my car? on DH’s bike?

    divisive? ever seen the idiots screaming at each other on the road about the football team flags flying on their car/truck? THAT’s divisive!


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