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Carson: Confederate Flag OK on Private Property

Ben Carson does not have a problem with Americans hoisting the Confederate flag above land they own, NBC News reported.

“I am not opposed to anybody doing whatever they want to do on their private property,” the Republican presidential hopeful said while campaigning in North Carolina. “We’ve already talked about the Confederate flag issue way too much. (It is) old news. But as a general principle, people can do whatever they want on their private property; that’s one of the basic tenets of freedom in America.”

The controversy over the Confederate flag increased following the recent church massacre in Charleston, S.C. That state’s Legislature voted to remove the banner from the Capitol, and there have been numerous calls for taking down the flag elsewhere in the South.

Carson, who is African-American, acknowledged the flag can be used as a symbol of hatred. He told CNN that a neighbor flew the Confederate colors “as a message to us.” The man removed the banner when other homeowners “shamed” him with U.S. flags, according to Carson.

NBC News pointed out that on Monday, the candidate responded to those demanding that NASCAR officials discourage fans from waving Confederate flags during races. Carson told The Associated Press that people should be allowed to display the flag “if it’s private property and that’s what they want to do.”

He added: “Swastikas are a symbol of hate for some people, too. And yet they still exist in museums and places like that.”

Photo: Western Journalism

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