NAACP Denounces Utah BLM Leader’s Statement On American Flag
Jul 10, 2021, 10:36 PM | Updated: Jul 5, 2023, 10:43 am
SALT LAKE CITY — Officials with the Utah NAACP announced it does not support the statement from Utah Black Lives Matter leader Lex Scott regarding the American flag.
Earlier in the week, Scott posted a message on Facebook, which said in part, “When we Black Americans see this flag, we know the person flying it is not safe to be around, is a racist and lives in a different America and questions their intelligence.”
She defended her words when she spoke to KSL-TV’s Garna Mejia.
“We never said we hate America. We never said we hate the American flag, we never said that. We said the American flag is being used for hate and everyone wants to twist our words for their own propaganda. They want to make it seem like we are anti-American,” she said.
On Saturday, the NAACP issued a statement, saying they do not agree with the comments made by Scott, adding that they reject the idea that flying the American flag is a racist message.
“The flag stands for all the people who have lived and served to bring about the best of the American Experience, that all people are created equal,” the statement read.
The statement went on to say, “While we recognize that the history of our nation is marked with both failures and successes in the treatment of minorities, we know the way forward starts with respect and togetherness for all Americans.”