On Thursday, Fox News reported that Utah’s Black Lives Matter Chapter posted a hate-filled screed on Facebook over the Fourth of July weekend, calling the United States flag a “symbol of hatred,” and said in no uncertain terms that everyone who flies it is a racist.
On top of that, the chapter, which is reportedly not officially affiliated with the national BLM group, said on Facebook that it questions the intelligence of anyone who displays the flag.
“When we Black Americans see this flag we know the person flying it is not safe to be around,” the group said in its post. “When we see this flag we know the person flying it is a racist. 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.”
Fox said Lex Scott, the founder of the group, confirmed the post on Wednesday and further said it generated a lot of heat from many who were offended by the statement.
“Ever since we put up the post, our page has been flooded with hatred from people who fly the flag,” she reportedly said. “And we want to thank those people for proving our point.”
The group limited who can respond to their hateful screed and doubled down:
Welcome racists. We know you are big mad about the racist flag post. You will not be heard here. You will be blocked and your comments will be deleted. We will be donating $1 to AOC’s election campaign for every racist that we block. Thank you for contributing to the re-election of AOC. We will jot down your names and attribute each donation to you. Comment below to help her once again head to Washington
The group then vowed to “destroy the systems that continue to give you the power to marginalize people of color. Period.”
When asked how she would respond to people who say the American flag is for all Americans, she said that those who are offended by her group’s statement should take it up with hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan, which she said proudly wave Old Glory at their rallies.
“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 said. “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.”
The report also stated:
She said she receives hate messages via Facebook on a daily basis and many of the senders have American flags on their profiles.
“If you see that every person that hates you is carrying an American flag how would you feel about that flag?” she continued. “I feel fear. That is not up for debate. I feel like the person flying it is racist, because every racist that I have come in contact with is either wearing that flag or flying that flag. I feel as if I should avoid that person because they may be dangerous.”
She recently appeared on Fox with Utah Sen. Mike Lee, a Republican, to discuss issues regarding police reform:
Let’s face it. This has nothing to do with racism. This has everything to do with hating America and causing even more strife and division.
One commenter at Fox accurately noted:
It’s just amazing … that these people decrying the “racist symbol” can’t grasp the concept of that symbol being responsible for their freedom to do so. Only in the United States is that possible…and that flag represents that freedom.
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