A man in Minnesota took to social media Thursday in hopes of getting a neighbor to take down a Nazi flag he’s been flying in his backyard.
The flag has been up since last weekend, Ben Holsen told television station WCCO in Minneapolis.
Holsen lives down the block from the flag owner’s house on Pleasant Street in the suburb of Lauderdale
He described his feeling about the flag to WCCO as “disgust.”
“I had a hard time sleeping last night. … His direct neighbor is Jewish. When they said they were worried and terrified and didn’t feel safe in their own home, that’s when I got disgusted even worse,” Holsen said.
The flag owner didn’t want to do an on-camera interview with the television station, but said, “It’s America, I can do what I want.”
City officials agreed that forcing the homeowner to take the flag down would violate freedom of speech, WCCO reported.
“Obviously, it’s a First Amendment right,” said Holsen, who decided to make the public aware of the situation by posting a picture of the flag on Facebook.
“My neighbor began flying his Nazi flag this week. The City Hall administration isn’t willing to do anything. My Jewish neighbors are afraid. I’m disgusted,” Holsen wrote. “Any ideas how to make this stop?”
Within minutes, Holsen received dozens of messages from friends and strangers upset about the flag.
“I hope he takes it down. Look what the flag stands for. That particular flag stands for genocide and hate and it’s not welcome in this community full of love,” Holsen said.