by Gina Cassini | Top Right News
Now, in the wake of the anti-Confederate purge, some of the same folks have organized a new social media campaign encourages people to film themselves tearing down Confederate flags from people’s property or vehicles.
And it is already turning violent.
In what appears to be the original video, posted to Facebook on July 11 by Jamari Williams, a young black man runs up to a house and jumps to tear down a Confederate flag from the flag pole. Another male, in the driver’s seat of the car, filmed the ordeal while laughing and saying “no flagging’” repeatedly.
— Afro America (@A1Lilray) July 12, 2015
#NoFlagginchallenge snatch & run LMAO f*** the flag,” the video’s caption says.
According to Williams’ Facebook page, he lives in Sarasota, Florida.
In a statement posted to their Facebook page, the Sarasota Police Department said it’s in touch with other law enforcement agencies and encouraged the public to come forward with any information regarding the video.
“The Sarasota Police Department is aware of this video and we are looking into this incident but we have not received any reports of a theft of a flag from a residence,” the statement said. “Also, we do not know exactly where this video occurred & whether it was in our jurisdiction.”
Meanwhile, other law enforcement agencies across the country have, including numerous reports in Anderson County in South Carolina.
Another video, also posted to Facebook, shows a Hispanic man walking through stopped traffic to reach a truck with three large flags flying. The man dramatically rips off two Confederate flags and tosses them to the pavement while the man filming laughs and says “turn up” several times.
— Nocturnus Libertus (@NLibertusOnline) July 12, 2015
And in a new shocking video from an uncertain location — a mob of Black youths attack a White couple with a Confederate flag — cold-cocking and apparently knocking out the White male, while the female frantically tries to stop them.
It is incredible that with all the trespassing and now assaults, that none of these people have yet been shot. But it is only a matter of time.
Opinion on social media has been fierce, with supporters and condemners alike:
Will the #NoFlagginChallenge become the civil rights Ice Bucket Challenge? Spreading direct action against white supremacy.
— yonatan miller ~Tech (@shushugah) July 12, 2015
— Whyt (@sheDNTtrusthoes) July 12, 2015
This whole #NoFlagginChallenge is just not cool .somebody gonna get hurt or killed … i am sure there must be a better way to make a point
— Tears carpenter (@Tearscarpenter) July 12, 2015
Others either threaten those who would do this to them, or warn people not to do it:
— Ethan Sabo (@TGR_EthanSabo) July 13, 2015
@claireTfran What do you mean crazy enough. It is my right to shoot you if you come on my property and destroy something on it.
— Nurse John, BSN, RN (@JohnRacher) July 13, 2015
— Thomas (@YURAKAPTIV) July 13, 2015
— @SWAG (@BartShumaker) July 13, 2015
@A1Lilray Real intelligent. Posting video of yourself, stealing personal property, on the internet for millions to see. Arrest warrant….
— D3frock3d (@D3frock3d) July 13, 2015
I'm glad good people have used the #noflaggingchallenge hashtag to discourage this. It's not a game, it's a crime and you'll be hurt/killed.
— Scott (@_crookedcrosses) July 13, 2015