Confederate Flag Flown Outside Greenville Arena

Confederate Flag Flown Outside Greenville Arena

The Confederate flag flew outside South Carolina's statehouse until 2015, when the state government chose to take it down after the June murders of nine black churchgoers by white supremacist Dylann Roof in Charleston.

"There's things out there that I don't like".

Members of the South Carolina Secessionist Party fly a Confederate battle flag in a parking garage beside the Bon Secours Wellness Arena prior to the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on March 19, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina.

In addition to the large flag that was seen waving near Greenville's Bon Secours Wellness Arena where the men's games were taking place, protesters were seen carrying the flag on the streets below. But I can't force people to do what I want them to do.

In a statement, Dan Gavitt, the NCAA's senior vice president of basketball, assured that the flags and other related symbols will not be allowed on the venue's property. All I know is this unbelievable university and state has taken in a son of Cuban immigrants that's married to a Jamaican woman, has mixed kids, and they've treated me like I'm one of their own from Day 1. Our alums, our community is a lovely, attractive place. In 2001, the NCAA announced the state could not host tournament games until it removed a Confederate flag flying at the state capitol building in Columbia. It's the first time Greenville has played host since 2002.

But it removed them from the state over its HB2 bill, which limits protections offered to LGBT people and relocating to Greenville.

SC was unable to host NCAA predetermined championships because of the organization's ban, which began in 2001. We are committed to assure that our events are safe and accessible to all. Roof, who in social media posts before the killings was seen posing with Confederate flags, was convicted of the massacre in January and sentenced to death.

He also says that every person who flies the confederate flag, should not be blamed or associated with what Dylan Roof did.

'No symbols that compromise the commitment will be permitted to be displayed on venue property that the tournament controls.

Some basketball fans said the Confederate flag shouldn't be there. Other areas are under the city's jurisdiction, and the NCAA backed the city's efforts to manage actions concerning freedom of speech. "We wanted to show the NCAA that we're still here".



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