After Saturday’s violent demonstration by KKK and neo-Nazi groups in Charlottesville, Va., Page Braswell decided she couldn’t remain silent about a man in her town who was flying a Nazi flag.
Braswell, who didn’t know Joe Love both live near the town of Mount Holly in Gaston County, about 15 miles northwest of Charlotte, North Carolina. Braswell said a photo had been circulating of a Nazi flag hanging at the home.
“I thought, ‘What? This is my town,’ ” Braswell said Monday after video of her confronting Love had been viewed 138,000 times and shared almost 3,000 times on Facebook.
The video shows Braswell driving to Love’s home, spotting the flag and a Trump sticker on his truck, then asking, “Hey! What’s up with the Nazi flag?”
Love asks who she is and says, “What’s that flag got to do with you?” He tells her his name and, in language laced with profanity and hand gestures, tells her it’s none of her business and she should leave. He says he’s not a Nazi but “this is Nazi fucking America.”
“Where do you live? What kind of flag do you fly?” he asks.
“I fly a rainbow flag, thank you,” Braswell responds, prompting Love to call her “queer” and “lesbian.”
Braswell said Monday she’s actually a straight, white, married woman with no rainbow flag at her house. But she said the kind of language leveled briefly at her is the kind of thing minorities and LGBT people face all the time.
“They’ve got to be brave every day. There’s no reason I can’t be brave for two minutes,” she said. “If people are doing it, we need to call it out. If we don’t, it’s just going to get worse.”
BRAVO Page Braswell. You are a real american hero.
UPDATE: According to a posting to Page Braswell’s Facebook page the Nazi flag has been taken down.