Confederate flag near SC basketball arena triggers fans, NCAA
BY VICTOR SKINNER
MARCH 20, 2017
Southern rebels are sending a message to NCAA officials: The Confederate flag is here to stay, regardless of efforts to eradicate the symbol of southern heritage from public life.
The Associated Press tweeted a video Monday of protesters outside of Greenville, South Carolina’s Bon Secours Wellness Arena as they proudly greeted NCAA fans with Confederate flags for a slate of men’s basketball tournament games over the weekend.
The flags waived from groups of rebellious residents gathered on sidewalks throughout the city, including one very large flag mounted to a pick-up parked atop a parking garage adjacent to the arena, SB Nation reports.
“People tend to mistake this for a race thing. It’s not about race. It’s about history and it being erased. And it is being erased,” an unidentified white man told the news site.
“You have to go and do your own research on it. Once you start to find out and start to see really why we do this, okay? We’re people, too. We have the right to be the people that we are. We’re not out here causing problems. We’ve never caused a problem in how many years? Three? Trucks running in convoy, hundreds and hundreds of people. We’re people, too.”