A contractor was fired Saturday after arriving to a job site with a Confederate flag on his vehicle, the couple who hired him said.
Allison and Zeke Brown, who are black, said they hired a contractor to fix the brakes on their golf cart, but were shocked to see the Confederate flag hanging off the back of his SUV, Yahoo Lifestyle reported.
The couple’s front-door camera caught video of the encounter.
“Hi, you know what, I do apologize — I know you’ve come from a very long way, but we’re going to use someone else,” Allison told the contractor as he stepped out of his vehicle.
“She’s upset with the flag,” Zeke told him.
Michael offered to take down the flag, but Allison maintained she did not want to do business with him.
“No, you don’t need to take it down. You can continue to believe what you need to believe, sir. But no, I cannot pay you for your services. Thank, have a good day,” she said.
The contractor then got back into his truck and drove off.
Michael said he doesn’t support slavery, but will not take the flag down because his siblings requested he fly it for the Fourth of July, according to his interview with Yahoo. (RELATED: Next USC President Was The UNC Chancellor Embroiled In Swift Confederate Monument Controversy)
“I don’t support slavery and neither do my siblings. But I am not going to take it down when my siblings asked me to fly it. If [the family] wants to take offense, they can,” he said.
“I didn’t want to be the ‘angry black woman,’ but I wanted him to learn and feel that bottom-line loss,” Allison told Yahoo in an interview.
“You don’t go to Germany and wave the Nazi flag. It’s the same thing,” she continued.
The flag was “absurd,” Zeke said in the interview, adding that he had to walk back into the house in order to calm himself down after seeing it.
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