A Confederate flag was spotted flying at a parking garage adjacent to the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina, where men’s NCAA Tournament games were being held, reports Yahoo Sports.

The flag was reportedly flown by a group of protesters who wanted to taint the tournament’s return to the state.

From Yahoo Sports:

They flew a large Confederate flag from the back of a pickup truck located atop a parking garage adjacent to the arena where two second-round games are being played Sunday evening.

The Associated Press reported that Greenville police had the protesters move the truck about 50 feet away, citing safety concerns if the flag tipped over. The protesters told the Associated Press they hope to make their presence known to the NCAA.

For more than a decade, the NCAA refused to host major championship events in South Carolina because of the Confederate flag’s presence on statehouse grounds in Columbia. The state only became eligible to bid to host again after the flag was officially removed in July 2015, just weeks after white supremacist Dylann Roof shot nine African-American people to death in a Charleston church.

The NCAA released a statement on Sunday about the Confederate flag protest, reports the outlet. In the statement NCAA senior vice president of basketball, Dan Gavitt, said that the NCAA is committed to making sure that the games are “safe” and “accessible” for all.

SOURCE: Yahoo Sports


Protesters Fly Confederate Flag Next To NCAA Tournament Venue In South Carolina was originally published on newsone.com

10 thoughts on “Protesters Fly Confederate Flag Next To NCAA Tournament Venue In South Carolina

  1. Arthur Childress on said:

    The NCAA should never have returned in the first place. Those people will never change. What’s really ironic is the number of Black athletes who are willing to offer their talent to schools that would not admit their parents not so long ago. While HBCU’s go begging.

    • Diane on said:

      It was a pathetic scene watching those HBCU presidents begging for a handout and smiling and grinning in the bigots face. Despicable!!!!!

  2. That damn flag needs to be BURNED and then shoved where the sun don’t shine up those RACIST POS butts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That flag stands for nothing but HATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. If we’re going to remove the Confederate flag from display, what about the more than 50 public buildings, bridges, roads, dams, and highways named after Robert Byrd? He was a Democrat who served as a U.S. Representative from 1953-1959 and as a U.S. Senator from 1959-2010. Before his career in politics, Byrd created a new chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in West Virginia. Byrd became a KKK recruiter and was elected the top officer (Exalted Cyclops). He once said: “I shall never fight in the armed forces with a negro by my side. Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.”

    • specialt757 on said:

      Yep, him along with any other white person who doesn’t stand against it. It’s not enough to say I’m not racist, you have to stand against racism, if you don’t, it’s as good as condoning it.

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