ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. — Neighbors are upset after a Rocky Mount man added more Confederate flags to his yard following the Charleston shooting.
Edward West, who lives in a predominately African-American neighborhood, now has 150 Confederate flags in his yard, according to WITN.
His neighbors told WITN he’s flown a Confederate flag in his yard for several years, but even more flags went up after last week’s killings at a historic black church in Charleston.
West said to him the Confederate flag means, “I got my own property and nobody can tell me what to do with it.”
The flags cover West’s front and backyard, which are surrounded by “no trespassing” signs and barbed wire.
Some neighbors told WITN they don’t mind West flying the flags, but others see them as a sign of hate.
According to city officials, the flags are legal and there are no codes regarding flying them on private property.