Lex Scott, the leader of Black Lives Matter Utah, said on Thursday she stands by an earlier statement that called the American flag a “symbol of hatred.”
Scott first received backlash for a statement she posted on July 4 on the Facebook page for Black Lives Matter Utah, which is an independent chapter and not affiliated with the national Black Lives Matter organization. In it, she described the American flag as a symbol of hatred and said those who fly it are racist.
After first stating she would take down the post, Scott decided to leave it up. She also added new posts to the page on the subject.
“When we Black Americans see this flag we know the person flying it is not safe to be around,” the original Facebook post stated. “When we see this flag we know the person flying it is a racist. When we see this flag we know that the person flying it lives in a different American than we do. When we see this flag, we question your intelligence. We know to avoid you. It is a symbol of hatred.”
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Scott’s original post quickly spread around the internet and drew national attention. Scott spoke to Fox News on Wednesday about the controversy and said anyone offended by the statement should consider talking to groups like the Ku Klux Klan, who she said waves the flag during their rallies.
The activist also spoke with the Salt Lake City station KSL NewsRadio on Tuesday. During that appearance, Scott said, “Every interaction that I have had with a racist, they are holding an American flag. What would you think if you were me?”
Her Facebook post caught the attention of Utah Rep. Burgess Owens, a Black Republican who took to his own Facebook page with a response. He wrote, “According to BLM Utah, flying the American flag is now racist and hateful. What an insult to those who have fought, served, and died for our freedoms.”
Jacarri Kelley, the leader of the Northern Utah Black Lives Matter chapter, also at least somewhat disagreed with Scott’s choice of words. During an interview with KSL NewsRadio, Kelley said, “The American Flag, do I think it’s racist? No. Do I think its past has very racist tendencies? Yes. We all do.”
A message posted on Thursday on the Facebook page for Black Lives Matter Utah promised to be “our last statement about this matter.”
“I stand by my words,” Scott’s message stated. “You show up for a protest and hundreds of armed white men show up. They have guns, they yell racial slurs at you, they are carrying and wearing American flags. I run over 50 Facebook groups. We receive hate messages daily. When you click on the profiles of the people sending these messages their profiles are filled with American Flags.”
Scott continued in the post, “I feel fear. That is not up for debate. I feel like the person flying it is racist, because every racist that I have come in contact with is either wearing that flag or flying that flag,” she continued. “If you truly loved that symbol, if you did not believe that it stood for racism, then why no outrage when it is used in this way.”
Scott is a sicko. Let’s see how far she would get I Russia or China with her comments? She wouldn’t be a problem in a communist country because she’d be put to death very quickly.
She is a symbol of hate.
It is a symbol of their hate. They should stop hating people who are not even here anymore and try to spread some love for our country and the vast majority of people of today (except themselves, of course).
We are not racist you moron. We are TRUE AMERICANS AND BELIEVE IN AMERICA. If you were in any other country you’d be under dirt you piece of garbage.
Well Lex Scott, you believe it’s a hate emblem — get your friggen head out of the gutter, men & women for 246 years have rallied and died under that flag. You sucks don’t like it, you feel afraid when you see us white patriots parading with it high or on our shirts and hats, you should because you blacks are the prejudice bunch by rioting, burning, and hating us whites for our color !!! You are the ones that brought all this crap about, if you hate the flag, the country, and the whites that settled this country and tried to bring ALL COLORS together – then get the F&%CK out of this great country !!! Yall are not going to be trashing it much longer, we are sick of it and WE ARE THE PATRIOTS, WHITE/BLACK/BROWN/YELLOW/PRETTY TAN FOLKS that are going to take care of business !!!
Got It ?????
I did not read this article …..turned me off with the mention of the hate for our FLAG ……when I hear BLM i think of Hate because this ORGANIZATION …only teaches hate …..and steal money that should go to help the BLACK PEOPLE ……not teach hate
The BLM leader needs to be arrested and put on a plane with a one way ticket to China and that they can never come back to the USA.
Go to a place where you are not hated
Slime balls like this twit is the reason there is hate in this country and we have to thank ex president Obama for that, before him relations between the several differant races in the country were progressing just fine until the race baiter in charge started this turn down, I mean he did such a great job in Chicago as a so called organizer take a look at it now, and this imbecile Clark is probably one of his followers and if black lives matter so much why don’t she do something positive and help negotiate peace between the gangs in Chicago and stop the murder of so many innocent young lives that have been wasted and then maybe just maybe people will start listening to what she has to say.