Homeowner told to take down "racist" Blue Lives Matter flag
Jacksonville, FL —
A woman in Florida has been ordered to remove her "Blue Lives Matter" flag from her home.
The homeowners association said they asked the woman to take down the flag after they had received a complaint about the flag being "racist and offensive" to Black Lives Matter. The family of the woman is challenging the homeowners association for the right to fly the flag.
The association said that the flag is breaking the neighborhood's rules and only American and military flags are allowed to be displayed. The association asked her to submit a form for permission to fly the flag, but they denied it when she did saying, “Only certain flags are allowed to fly but we can refuse any flag that we want on any grounds,” WJAX-TV reported.
WJAX-TV found flags other than American and military themed flags being flown on houses in the neighborhood.
Jeff Gaddie, the father of the daughter, said the flag has flown outside his daughter's house for years and it's about honoring those who serve in law enforcement.
"If you drive by and see that flag, it kind of makes you feel a little bit better that there’s a family that supports what I’m doing,” said Jeff Gaddie. “We’ve got black officers, Asian officers. We’ve got every race. I mean for them to say it’s racist, blue is not a race. It’s the furthest thing from it.”
The family plans to appeal the decision at the homeowners association meeting next month.