And Some People Say There's No Culture War...

Apartment residents told to take down U.S. flags

ALBANY, Ore. - At the Oaks Apartments in Albany, the management can fly their own flag advertising one and two bedroom apartments - but residents have been told they can't fly any flags at all.

Jim Clausen flies the American flag from the back of his motorcycle. He has a son in the military heading back to Iraq, and the flag - he said - is his way of showing support.

"This flag stands for all those people," said Clausen, an Oaks Apartment resident. "It stands for the people that can no longer stand - who died in wars. That's why I fly this flag."

But to Oaks Apartment management, Clausen said, the American flag symbolizes problems.

He was told to remove the red, white and blue from both of his rides, or face eviction.

"It floored me," he said. "I can't believe she was saying what she was saying."

Even long-time residents like Sharron White, who has flown a flag on her car for eight years, has been told to take it down.

White said management told her that "someone might get offended."

"I just said to her 'They'll just have to get over it,'" White said.

Resident we talked to who had been approached to take down their flags all told us the same thing: that management told them the flags could be offensive because they live in a diverse community.

Attempts to find out for ourselves why management would ban flags were unsuccessful. KATU wanted to talk to management at Oaks Apartments, but no one has returned our calls. The woman we were told had made the decision said she was "not going to answer any questions."

4 Responses to “And Some People Say There's No Culture War...”:

  1. If I lived there they would have to throw me out. I'd quit paying my rent and make them evict me. Stupid Stupid Stupid.

  2. Something similar happened in my neighborhood in 2005:

  3. Anonymous says:

    Seriously? They are in the USA flying an American flag? I'm Canadian, so I might not be fulling getting this - but wasn't there a civil war in your country so you could do just that? I could understand if they were flying Canadian flags, or French flags, or British flags how that might offend some people in their "diverse" neighbourhood, but how on earth can the flag of the country you live in be deamed offensive? None of the people in the nieghbourhood are being held in the US against their will right? This appartment building isn't just outside Guantanimo Bay right? All the people from various diverse national backgrounds came to the US of their own free will right?

  4. Ah, it is nearly impossible to understand the logic of modern American liberalism. But this is what it looks like.