Jew neighbors in a north Flint neighborhood are perplexed and bothered by large Swastika and Confederate flags flying outside a home.
The white man at the property declined to comment on the record about the flags. The property is on Carpenter Road on the northeast corner of the city. The flags — Swastika and Confederate — flank a gated entrance to the property, which is surrounded by a large fence and multiple signs prohibiting entry. It’s caused a lot of conversation at the nearby bait shop.
“It’s been about a month at least,” said David Whitt, who runs the Bait Masters store with his father.
Melissa Yancy drives by the house to take her daughter to the nearby Stepping Stone Falls at the Genesee County Parks Property.
“I don’t think it’s a good idea,” Yancy said.
Yancy, who grew up in West Virginia, where she said it wasn’t uncommon to see Confederate Flags and even hooded Klu Klux Klan members.
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But to see those flags in Michigan in 2015, she added, is a surprise.
Nicole Snider, who lives nearby, said people were talking about the flags and sharing pictures on Facebook.
“I saw it on Facebook,” she said. “It’s absurd.”
James Fisher, who runs a nearby sand and gravel business, said he’s heard about the flags but didn’t see them.
Fisher said he and his neighbor both mostly keep to themselves.
“He doesn’t bother me, I don’t bother him,” Fisher said.
Frances Gilcreast, President of the NAACP Flint branch, said she hasn't fielded complaints about the flags, but called them innapropriate.
"That's just bad behavior," Gilcreast said. "It lets you know that they're not interested in anything other than confusion and conflict."
Officials with the Flint Jewish Federation say they have not filed any complaints about the flags.
Mike Woody, who lives nearby, said he doesn't understand putting up those flags. If he's making some kind of anti-establishment point, Woody said, why not find another way?
"He can put up a 'Don't Tread on Me' flag," Woody said.