College Student Told to Remove American Flag from Apartment Balcony

Melissa Mecija, 10 News (San Diego), September 19, 2014

A local college student contacted Team 10 after he said his apartment complex managers told him he needed to take down his American flag.

Brad Smith moved into the new Boulevard 63 Apartments last month. The property is not owned or operated by San Diego State University.

A couple days ago, he received a notice to remove the American flag hanging from his balcony.

Smith asked the apartment community managers why.

“We were then told that it was for political reasons and that the flag could offend foreign people that live here, foreign exchange students,” Smith said.


The community manager told Team 10 anyone that displays a banner or flag will receive a notice.

However, a representative with the apartment complex owner later said something different.

Melanie Flaherty, the vice president of marketing for Carmel Partners, said, “We allow state and country flags.”

She said there was a “misunderstanding” between the tenant and the community managers and the rules will be changed.


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  • LHathaway

    What was it someone said on this very forum last week. . At this point, arguably, the American flag is a symbol of white oppression?

    • Samuel Hathaway

      The concept of the American flag as a symbol of white oppression was the natural consequence behind the attacks on the Confederate flag. Since the Confederate flag was the battle flag of an extinct civilization whose agricultural economy was based on black slavery, the American flag was the flag under which history witnessed the destruction the Indian cultures. Whites are the boogey-men and and such, we need not be reminded of them by flying their white-supremacist symbols who vanquished the browns. That’s the multiculturalist, diversity-driven agenda, you understand.

      And since whites are destined to minority status, there is no reason to suppose that the symbols of a coming voiceless minority deserve any kind of symbolic representation — not even a flag.

      • LHathaway

        You perhaps misunderstand my post (likely my fault) which was at this point the American flag stands as a symbol for whites being oppressed in the USA. That’s what it represents. That was what I intended to mean by ‘white oppression’.

  • MekongDelta69

    Stated Out Loud: “We allow state and country flags.”
    While Silently Thinking: “Unless they offend anybody who shouldn’t be here in the first place.”

    Well – that’s “mighty White” of you, Melanie Flaherty.

  • me

    Traitors and globalists, united under communism. California should just sink into the ocean already….

    • D.B. Cooper

      Then, the rest of us will have problems with fleeing Californians of all types. History shows that once they move to your town, they will try to give their advice on how to run things, which is the exact same way they ran things in California.

      • me

        Who said anything about evacuation?

      • where do you live so I can visit your state maybe become your next door neighbor . . or at least buy a home there then rent it out to a large family of Detroit transplants

        • Atheist Realist

          i like your screename. Are you a traffic fan?

  • OS-Q

    “It could offend”

    A typical act of intimidation – I highly doubt there would have been any complaints, at least not from foreigners, maybe from libtards “on behalf” of imaginary foreigners.

    • propagandaoftruth

      If our national flag offends some exchange student well by all means hide it!

      Wouldn’t want to offend exchange students who hate our country.

      • OS-Q

        Hide it, we told them we’re Canada!

  • Why would the Amurrikan flag offend foreigners? It’s their flag, not ours.

    He should have put up an Arizona flag, knowing they allow state flags, or maybe a Mississippi flag, and then wait on the other side to see if they would unload or wind their watches.

  • Easyrhino

    Holder and his dunce squad at the DOJ will probably file some disparate impact/ethnic intimidation charges against this kid.

  • Atheist Realist

    if these people are offended by the american flag, why the eff do they live here?

    • Oil Can Harry

      Twenty years ago I told a liberal that after the Left succeeds in demonizing the Confederate Flag they’ll next go after the Stars and Stripes.

      He thought I was crazy.

      • nBmnp

        The really sad part is that if you would raise the topic today, he would probably not remember anything of it.

        Leftists don’t have a memory.

        They live in a bubble that is constantly being warped and changed by the media. Because they are pretty stupid they don’t realize that political correctness can change any time and that a perfectly PC-statement can get you in trouble in 20 years after PC changed.

        They actually like being led and manipulated, that makes them feel safe and secure.

    • Boris McGuffin

      Because they want to take over.

      Anyone offended by the American flag should have the top of their skull made into a canoe by a .44 Magnum.

    • ghettovalley

      This was my first thought as well. How can the flag of the nation that you moved to on your own free will possibly be offensive to you?

  • TruthBeTold

    Does anyone else remember the story from Boston (about 20 years ago) when Hispanics said they didn’t like seeing Irish shamrocks in their community?

    • Oil Can Harry

      You have a good memory.

      IIRC blacks and Hispanics living in a Boston housing project whined that some of their white neighbors had American flags and Shamrocks on their apartment doors.

      The nonwhites complained to the Housing Authority that they were intimidated by the sight of these hate symbols.

  • My apartment complex in Texas has strict rules about what can be on a balcony. Maybe they don’t want to offend the Mexicans who live here? In any case, if given an opportunity to fly a flag, my flag of choice is no longer the flag of Amurkistan, but the Confederate stars and bars.

    White patriots, whom I love, but disagree with due to their stupidity about race and about Republicans, need to come up with a new flag since the stars and stripes represents the traitors in Washington.

    • How about same overall layout and color scheme but with 14 Stripes and 88 Stars?

    • LHathaway

      White Blue and Green of the Pacific Northwest.

      • Guest

        Here it is. Isn’t it lovely? The green land, the blue sky, and the White people in between…

      • Who Me?

        Here it is. Lovely. The blue sky, the green land, and the White people in between.

        • Who Me?

          Okay, something weird going on…. maybe my computer, maybe Disquis, maybe me. Sorry about all the multiple postings and triple pictures.

          • Alexandra1973

            It takes a while for pictures to show up.

  • TheCogitator

    I doubt the community managers would tell foreigners not to display their flags because Americans may be offended.

    • willbest

      Sounds like an opportunity for some quality black knighting.

  • Michael Robert Ryan

    I would’ve taken it down and then replaced it with the Confederate battle flag.

  • IstvanIN

    I don’t know how to take this. The way the flag post is attached to the balcony grating it might cause damage. Apartment complexes have to have rules on how things are attached to the building or placed outside the apartment. Was this some kid trying to cause a ruckus? Are foreign flags being flown on the outside of the apartments? This may not be the same as the school in Arizona that banned the US flag because it offended Mexicans.

    By the way I believe the flying of non-US flags should not be allowed.

    • Alexandra1973

      I’d put a flag up but they’re rehabbing our apartment complex and there’s a rule against nailing something to the doors, windows, trim, and the like.

      Now if I could hang it up without putting in nails….

  • Truthseeker

    I remember when I was in Korea. The streets were lined with lampposts that had attachments to hang flags. Every national holiday, there’d be a South Korean flag in every one. By this logic, that should’ve offended me, since I was a foreigner. Why it should’ve offended me I’m not sure, but apparently it should have.

    • Andross

      Why should a flag be provocative?

      Flags represent sovereignty, the control of territory by a specific group of people.

      Low-IQ foreigners don’t particularly like being reminded that some area is controlled by people other than themselves… especially in an area that’s “in dispute” as to who actually controls it. You can fly a Mexican flag in LA without much trouble because no one really questions who’s in control there. :p

    • Alexandra1973

      I’d be happy that they were patriotic, myself. 🙂

  • Shadrach

    Here is a great Idea: Do not like the American Flag, why not leave!?

  • Shadrach

    Talk about a direct violation of the first amendment.


    How dare he fly an American flag while in America itself? What nerve! Doesn’t he know how disrespectful and down right offensive that is to people who HATE AMERICA? –

    What’s truly offensive here is the fact that people who hate America so much that they find the flag offensive are even here in the first place! If you are offended by the flag my Grandfather fought for, and his buddies willingly gave up their very lives for. You are in the wrong country! And if you make the mistake of mentioning that your offended by the flag while unbeknownst to you, in the wrong sort of company for such talk. You just might learn how very, very, personal some of us take that kind of talk.

  • Ograf

    At that point I would have to send management a note. KMLWA

  • Immigrants come to the west to be offended by our cultures, our flags, our customs, our traditions, our food, our religion, and our entire existence. So much so, that we must change, adapt, and evolve for them to like being around us.

    Non-whites own the majority of the world, but that isn’t enough apparently. They must have the west too – and if this results in white genocide – then so be it.

    A white person is less discriminated in a non-white country than in a western country.

    The white family of a murdered teen, is more likely to get justice in the east than in the west.

    Liberalism is insanity.

  • Alexandra1973

    I’m not offended by Canadian flags flying if I’m in Canada. I’d think there was something wrong if they were flying our flag or anyone else’s.

  • Raymond Kidwell

    The American flag is unAmerican. As is the constitution and white males. Stop living in the past people and get with the times.

  • The correct answer is “No.”