The list of things that are allegedly racist has just grown longer, courtesy of a homeowners association in Florida that recently ordered a woman to remove a Blue Lives Matter flag from outside her home because … well, you know why.
“She called to ask why,” Jeff Gaddie, the unnamed woman’s father, told local CBS affiliate WJAX. “They told her they had received a complaint that it was considered racist, offensive and anti-black lives matter.”
The woman then tried submitting a permission form to fly the flag, but that request was denied. When questioned about this, the homeowners association told WJAX that only American and military-themed flags were allowed. Yet the station reportedly found plenty of “other flags displayed in the neighborhood.”
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“We’ve got black officers, we’ve got Asian officers, we’re got every race,” the father noted. “I mean, for them to say it’s racist, blue is not a race — it’s the furthest thing from it.”
Agreed, but unfortunately, you can’t cure stupid, though you can certainly try. According to WJAX, the family planned to appeal the homeowners association’s decision at the next community meeting.
It was unknown whether the HOA would acquiesce to the family’s demands, though it was clear — both from this incident and others — that many homeowners associations have been overstepping the bounds of their authority.
And it’s not just in the Sunshine State.
In South Carolina, for instance, lawmakers have proposed a bill “that would make bylaws for HOAs more transparent and clearly defined,” according to station WMBF.
This would make it tougher, at least, for an association to perpetuate double standards in which, for example, it allows only some homeowners to fly non-military flags outside their home.
If Gaddie and his daughter are serious about standing up to their HOA, they would be wise to contact their state legislators and demand that a similar bill be proposed.
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